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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Lee Mason is helping teens manage autism

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(July 31, 2013) -- Meet Lee Mason. He's the visionary behind UTSA's autism center.

In January 2013, Mason opened the Teacher Education: Autism Model (TEAM) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The center offers low-cost Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services to children and teens with autism. It also offers a controlled training environment for UTSA graduate students in special education, educational psychology and related fields who want to earn their ABA certification.

In San Antonio alone, an estimated 9,000 children and 21,000 adults live with an autism spectrum disorder. But, only 30 board-certified behavior analysts are available to serve them.

ABA, which is most effective in 20-40 hours-per-week doses, requires therapists to systematically apply interventions based upon principals of learning theory. The goal is to improve socially acceptable behaviors in individuals with autism.

Last spring, the TEAM center primarily worked with preschoolers.

This summer, Mason and his graduate students are working with teenage boys who have high-functioning autism. The teens are learning to manage their autism in challenging and uncomfortable social settings such as dating and new relationships.

Mason, an assistant professor in the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, says the social skills clinic has been a great learning experience for both students with autism and the UTSA graduate students providing ABA therapy.

"We are very happy with the success of the TEAM Center over the past two semesters, but we have a lot of work left to do," he says. "We already have more than 100 names of children in need of UTSA's services on our waiting list. We are also hoping to expand the TEAM center's services into the evening hours, which would benefit school-aged children with autism."


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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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