Texans can now access free training to enhance language and communication skills of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through a new program at UT Austin.
Made possible through a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the training will enable parents and caregivers from across the state to participate in in-person or online trainings from the UT Speech and Hearing Center. The trainings teach intervention strategies to reduce behavioral issues and increase communication and language skills in children with ASD. Called Project SKILLS (Skills and Knowledge of Intervention for Language Learning Success), the trainings consist of eight sessions that are free to parents and caregivers of children ages 12 months to 6 years. Additionally, the program will provide tablets and internet access to parents and caregivers who do not have devices or access to the Internet.
“We really want to contact people who can’t afford this type of program, but are in need of assistance because their child was diagnosed with autism,” says Madhu Sundarrajan, co-director of SKILLS and assistant professor in the Moody College of Communication. “This project is designed to target families who live in Texas, with a focus on individual training for both parent and child.”
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