Forest Institute Offers Autism Aid Through Several Opportunities
In recognition of National Autism Awareness month Forest
Institute is reaching out to those affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)
by providing services and graduate level training.
Just last week, the Centers for Disease Control reported
a 23 percent increase in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders since
its last report in 2009. One in every 88
children is now diagnosed, and in Missouri the same report showed one in 72
"Forest is prepared to help meet this need it two
ways. First, we are now offering clinic
services for children with ASDs up to the age of 14 at the Robert J. Murney
Clinic,” said Dr. Michele Willams, Director of Forest’s Applied Behavior
"Secondly, we are one
of only two schools in Missouri approved by Behavior Analyst Certification
Board® to offer coursework and supervised experience for those training to
become Board Certified Behavior Analysts® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior
Because children with autism often have difficulty
interacting in typical environments, Forest is also hosting an autism friendly
performance on April 14, 2012 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm to allow families and
children with ASDs an opportunity to attend an event where they can enjoy the
Theatre Ensemble from Columbia, MO will travel to Springfield for the first
time to present "Weird Beard, the Asperger’s Pirate.” The performance will be held at Forest’s Main
Academic Building at 2885 W. Battlefield Road.
The performance is
"autism-accessible" meaning it is "sensory sensitive”:
- no special effects or loud volume
- theatre house lights will never go fully dark during
- widely spaced seats to reduce "crowding” sensation
- audience members are free to move, vocalize, hand-flap,
get up during the performance, etc.
For more information or to purchase
tickets, visit www.forest.edu/abaproduction.
For information on Forest’s clinic
services contact the Robert J. Murney Clinic at (417) 865-8943.
For information on Forest’s Applied
Behavior Analysis graduate programs contact Admissions at (417) 823-3477 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.