Three years of improvements beyond measure

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - Three years of improvements beyond measure

JOPLIN, Mo.—In honor of its third birthday, Ozark Center for Autism celebrated with a three-ring circus! As is tradition, the birthday party featured a “Wall of Accomplishments.” Since opening in 2007, 27 students have enrolled in the Ozark Center for Autism preschool program.

The center recently established a Special Education Center, expanding its therapy services to kindergarten through 12th grade students. Both programs offer specialized training from credentialed behavior analysts.

“It is amazing to see the transformations these children make on a daily basis,” said Paula Baker, Freeman Chief Clinical Officer and administrator for all autism programming. “Many come to us unable at first to express wants or needs and progress to communicating with words just a few short months later. This birthday celebration is a tribute to each and every milestone a child has reached during these three years.”

Ozark Center for Autism, developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Consulting Group, provides intensive therapy, vital to unlocking parts of the brain that control functions such as language, emotion, social skills, and interest.In January, Ozark Center for Autism will continue its expansion with the opening of a diagnostic center featuring the resources of an entire team of diagnostic professionals. The only center of its kind in the Four State area, it will recommend local treatment opportunities to families once a diagnosis has taken place.

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. For more information, visit or call 417.347.7600.

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