November 27, 2012

U of L works with autism research and implementation

David Emerich has been working as a speech pathologist for the past 6 years. His job is to help autistic kids learn how to communicate for the first time.

By Michelle Eigenheer–

The University of Louisville credits itself with being a premier metropolitan research university. U of L works on many levels in order to work with issues facing Louisville and the United States. Autism is one of several areas that U of L works to research.

The University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities is one part of the university that works with children with autism. Their website states that, “the Autism Center provides occupational therapy along with social skills development to help clients reach their full potential.”

The Autism Center works with children and their families in order to treat autism and improve communication skills and includes an Autism Training Center that’s goal is to turn research into practice when helping those affected by autism.

The College of Education and Human Development also works to treat autism. “Our teacher preparation program in special education focuses on preparing candidates to teach students with disabilities, we offer concentrations in learning and behavior disorders, moderate and severe disabilities, autism, and assistive technology,” said Amy Lingo, Assistant Department Chair at the College of Education and Human Development.

The School of Music’s Music Therapy program is another that works to treat autism, emotional-behavioral disorders and other mental and physical health needs. Music therapists are trained in the undergraduate program to use music in order to help clients restore, improve and maintain physical and mental health.

Autism is one of many missions that the University of Louisville addresses through its research and involvement in the community and is an example of how several different branches of U of L can contribute to one overlying project.

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Photos by Austin Lassell/The Louisville Cardinal 

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