Autism Center receives grant to review autism materials

The University of North Texas' Kristin Farmer Autism Center received a $2,000 award to review the intervention section of the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET), as part of the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training website (TSLAT).

The updated information will assist Texas and other special education teachers and autism service providers in identifying interventions that have current research evidence to support their use in classrooms, clinics, centers and homes.

"Importantly for UNT and the Kristin Farmer Autism Center, this activity will likely do much to establish UNT as a recognized contributor to effective autism programming within the State of Texas and southwest region," said Kevin Callahan, executive director of UNT's Kristin Farmer Autism Center. "It is our hope that the funds will be used to hire a UNT graduate or undergraduate student in autism or a related field, who will provide assistance under the direct supervision of center researchers."

UNT's Kristin Farmer Autism Center provides families a resource for comprehensive autism spectrum disorders treatment, research and support and allows UNT to bring together its long history of interdisciplinary autism services and research under one roof. The center allows families in the North Texas region and beyond to have access to high-quality services designed and implemented by top researchers, professors and professionals in the fields of special education, applied behavior analysis, early childhood intervention, speech and language pathology and other fields in autism and disabilities intervention.

--Mollie Jamison, UNT News Promotions