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Autism Team at ABSS going the extra mile

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — The Autism Team with the Alamance Burlington School System is going the extra mile to help local parents and professionals who work with children with autism.

Kathie Townson is a program specialist with the Exceptional Children Department.

“We do our best to meet their academic, social needs, behavior needs, communication needs. Our overall goal is really to integrate them as much as we can into the school system and into the school setting,” she pointed out.

The district-wide Autism Team consists of school psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and social workers who all work to evaluate students with autism and develop an education plan for him or her.

“I’ve seen a lot of kids grow with their language, their communication, their behavior, their social interactions. It’s really great to see that,” added School Psychologist Audrey Davis.

The Autism Team is hosting a free workshop for parents and members of the community on Sept. 24 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It will be at the ABSS Administrative offices at 1712 Vaughn Road in Burlington. It’s an opportunity to hear from two authors, both of whom are mothers of children who grew up with autism. They’ll share advice and ideas with those at the workshop.

For information on the workshop, click here or call Lori Byran, community relations at 336-438-4006.

In addition, the Special Education PTA is sponsoring a lunch and fun day from 11:00am-1:00pm on Sept. 27 at Elon University. It will be open to all special education children and their families.

Channel 8 Fox News, Paul Choate