By Joan Williamson, Brevard Center, Program Director
The Brevard Center has an extraordinary resource in Florida Tech’s School of Psychology. Located in Melbourne, the school offers free monthly workshops which are open to anyone interested in issues related to autism.
On October 28, the workshop, “Understanding Autism from a Clinical and Sensory Perspective” was presented by the Brevard Center’s Dr. Debra Sloane and Karen Rathgeber. The workshop was held in the Scott Center, a new 22,000 foot facility that provides services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and training for parents, educators and other professionals as well as research on effective treatments for autism.
Several CIP staff and this year’s CIP student senate had the opportunity to attend the workshop. Debra presented information on the characteristics of Asperger’s and a detailed description of the services students receive while at CIP. Karen discussed sensory integration and how it affects our social, physical and emotional development. Following these presentations, our own Moultrie Woodall, Ben Kesselhaut and Peter Snell gave accounts of their lives before CIP and how they are different now. This was followed by questions from the audience.
It was a wonderful and informative evening and I felt much like a proud parent as I listened to our students. A special thanks to Debra and Karen for their fantastic presenters.