(March 25, 2014) -- To commemorate National Autism Awareness Day, the UTSA Teacher Education Autism Model (TEAM) Center in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 2. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a video game simulator to help parents of children with autism learn to use behavior analytic interventions. The open house will be at the TEAM Center in Durango Building Room 0.220 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
The TEAM Center, which opened in early 2013, provides low-cost Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services to children in Bexar County, while serving as a teaching laboratory for special education teachers working on their graduate degrees.
"The TEAM Center allows us to synchronize what we're teaching in classes with field experience," said Lee Mason, assistant professor of special education in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and director of the center.
The video game simulator and other technology is just one method the TEAM Center students and researchers use to advance research in this field. The center also relies on toys, murals and learning centers to help students research behavior in children with autism.
This semester, eight UTSA students are partnered with eight children from across Bexar County, allowing for a personalized experience. Each UTSA student is given the opportunity to work as a lead therapist while being supervised by Mason and Alonzo Andrews, a board-certified behavior analyst.
Children who get services from the TEAM Center receive a functional behavioral assessment and verbal behavior screening that allows UTSA graduate students to develop individualized plans for their needs each semester. Children receive up to seven-and-a-half hours of ABA therapy each week in 90-minute sessions. Children are discharged from the program at the end of each semester after their progress is evaluated.
Special education teachers who want to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts must complete 1,500 hours of on-the-field training and pass a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst Exam before they can practice independently.
"We are both teaching and service focused," Mason said, adding that the cost of a semester of services through the center is only a fraction of the cost of what similar services cost elsewhere.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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