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UW-Eau Claire to Offer
Autism Programs in June and August
MAILED: May 13, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education is sponsoring two programs related to autism in June and August.
"Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (Part I and II)" is scheduled for June 10 and 11 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Eau Claire and June 17 and 18 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
A follow-up program will focus on Asperger's Disorder, the most recent addition to ASD, in the morning session, and on "social understanding," a significant feature of social development that is often absent or significantly delayed in people with ASD, in the afternoon. That program is slated for Aug. 12 in Eau Claire and Aug. 13 in Wisconsin Dells.
All programs will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Susan Stokes is the presenter for the programs. She has specialized in the area of autism spectrum disorder as a speech/language pathologist and autism consultant for 18 years.
Autism is a complex neurological disorder that alters the functioning of the brain. It typically appears during the first three years of life and is four times more prevalent in boys than girls.
Autism is on the rise in the United States. A May 6 article in Time magazine titled "The Secrets of Autism" states that as many as one in 150 children age 10 or younger may be affected by autism or one of its many related disorders. Including adults, more than one million people in the United States suffer from one of the autistic disorders, also known as pervasive developmental disorders.
Asperger's Disorder is characterized by impairments in social interactions and the presence of decreased interest in activities. Those who suffer from Asperger's Disorder display no significant delay in language and test in the range of average to above average intelligence.
The program fee is $113 per person for one day, $198 per person for two days, and $282 per person to attend all three days. The fee covers instruction, instructional materials, refreshments and lunch each day. Participants may choose to earn one graduate credit by attending all three days, completing additional course requirements and paying tuition costs.
For more information, visit UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education Web site at www.uwec.edu/ce, contact Anita Eggleston at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at 1-866-UWEC4CE.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 13, 2002