Saturday, July 28, 2007

Clinic Notes: Public Awareness of Autism and ABA

According to a recent Schafer Report the mayor of Albuquerque has called for a Town Hall meeting on Developmental Disabilities. One of the panels at the meeting will be devoted to autism. I think this is a great idea. And If I were the mayor I would require all city employees to attend. Policemen, firemen, teachers, anyone who might come in contact with a child or adult with autism should be there. And perhaps a special workshop should be offered as a follow up. I am in the process of trying to organize a day camp for children with autism. Games and other activities would be available, all run by qualified staff. While the children with autism were involved in recreation I would talk to teachers, parents, and other interested adults about ABA and autism and Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and others ould do their part. And hopefully the community to come together to help fight the epidemic.