Ozark Center for Autism celebrates two years of amazing progress

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Ozark Center for Autism celebrates two years of amazing progress

JOPLIN, Mo.--On Thursday, October 15, 2009, Ozark Center for Autism proudly celebrated two years of service to children with autism and their families. Family, friends, supporters, and staff gathered to commemorate the occasion and celebrate successes.

The school is experiencing excellent outcomes and the children are progressing in communication, learning, and social development. Fourteen preschoolers are currently enrolled at Ozark Center for Autism for year-round schooling. Four children have graduated to regular preschool or kindergarten from the program, with one currently in transition. Ozark Center for Autism also currently serves eight outpatient students and one child in the school district.

Autism is the fastest growing childhood developmental disability and affects a child’s ability to communicate with loved ones and interact with the world. Developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Consulting Group, Ozark Center for Autism provides the only evidence-based treatment proven to be effective—Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In this intensive one-on-one therapy, teachers prepare preschoolers to function as independently as possible. Family members participate and learn to reinforce ABA training in the home environment.
Ozark Center for Autism offers new in-home services, art classes for teens, and plans to continue to expand services to reach older children and adults.

For information on Ozark Center for Autism services and classes, please call 417.347.7850.

About Ozark Center
An integral component of Freeman Health System based in Joplin, Missouri, Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults, and families in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it.

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