Educational briefings: Autism clinical services will soon be available in Rowan County – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY – Kelsie Hoilien, dDirector of Applied Behavior Analytics Services at Partners in Learning, is currently in the process of negotiating and securing contracts with North Carolina Medicaid and several private insurance companies, with plans to begin accepting clients in Rowan County in the coming months.

“ABA is the gold standard for treatment of autism spectrum disorders, and unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult for parents to find service providers in the area due to the lack of behavior analysts in the state, long waiting lists for assessment and diagnosis and often even longer waiting lists to begin services once a provider is found Once in our new facility, we will be able to serve a large number of clients and provide families in the community with a place where they can receive diagnostic assessment and treatment in one place,” Hoilien said.

Families using clinical services through Partners In Learning will have access to assessment, ABA therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, play therapy and occupational therapy. The center will be Rowan County’s first comprehensive autism clinic with plans to train its teaching staff in the fundamentals of ABA to provide additional support for children with autism in their classrooms.

It is estimated that one in 44 children is diagnosed with autism and one in six children is diagnosed with intellectual disability between the ages of three and 17, according to the CDC.

“April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month and we really wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of understanding the statistics, knowing the signs and knowing where to get help,” Hoilien said.

Early signs of autism include delayed speech development, repetitive motor movements or vocalizations, lack of eye contact and joint attention, delayed social and play skills, impulsivity, self-harm, limited interests and sensory sensitivities.

“We are very grateful for how the community has rallied around our Partners for Our Future campaign. Thanks to generous private donors and grants, we raised $10.2 million for our $12 million campaign,” says Amy Vestal, Director of Development.

The State Employee Credit Union Foundation awarded Partners In Learning a $1.5 million challenge grant for its clinical services, which will be called SECU Family Development Clinic. Partners In Learning provides early intervention services in 16 North Carolina counties.

Partners In Learning has a comprehensive network of services in place for children with special needs, regardless of family economic resources. The new facility will provide space for children to receive expedited diagnosis and early therapy, offer more family support services and include a 13-classroom education center.

The organization is still looking for donors to complete the new facility. It is still possible to name the autism clinic and the individual therapy rooms. For more information on becoming a donor, contact Amy Vestal, Director of Development, at [email protected].

Catawba College presents “Our Song” on April 24

SALISBURY — Catawba College’s Shuford School of Performing Arts performs “Our Song” April 24 at 4 p.m. in the campus’ Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.

“Our Song VII” will return after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Each spring, students registered with the Catawba Singers are invited to provide choral music for their last concert of the season. Now in its seventh year, this year’s concert will feature music from all genres ranging from contemporary classical, spirituals, Broadway, pop favorites and more.

The Catawba Singers are under the direction of Dr. Phillip E. Burgess, Dean of the Shuford School of Performing Arts. Susan Trivette, collaborative pianist from Catawba College, is the choir’s accompanist.

The one-hour concert is free and open to the public.

Catawba College esports team leads successful spring semester

SALISBURY— Catawba College Esports teams have had a successful season so far and a few were ready for the playoffs which started on April 8th.

Catawba Halo qualified for two playoff births, one in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the other in the Ultimate Gaming Championship collegiate series. All games are best of five games. The first to win three matches wins the match.

Catawba is the ECAC’s fourth seed nationally with a 6-2 record in 26 games played. In the UGC, Catawba is the second seed in the Third Division South with a record of 12-2 in 45 games played.

UGC’s Third Division South includes the University of North America, Catawba College, Sam Houston State, Old Dominion, University of North Alabama, High Point University and the southeastern state of Missouri. ECAC comprises 35 colleges and universities.

The ECAC starting list for Catawba includes Chris Little, Brown Clay, ryan tindal and Matt Pujals in the same way replaces Ivan Ontiveros and Bryson Linkous.

Catawba’s UGC list includes Chris Small, clay brown, ryan tindal, Matt Pujals and Ivan Ontiveros.

The Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Team for Catawba ended their season after a playoff loss. Their list included Gabriel Vasquez, Sebastion Olvera, Rhyne Thorton and Nehemiah Butler-Moore with substitutes Christian Basinger and Kirill Camp.

Carson Turlington represented Catawba College for League of Legends in the Victoris Amateur Draft, a league for college and amateur players aspiring to join the professional leagues. Carson is the current favorite to win Division MVP, Division Rookie and make the first team all pro.

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