(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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Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.
Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus
Following Kickback, stick around the Union for a free screening of Avengers Infinity Wars.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes its new freshmen with a breakfast, meet and greet with Honors College administrators, faculty, staff and peers and an opportunity to learn about the experiences they will have with the Honors College.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition marks the start of a new academic year. All new students gather together as UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, administration and faculty welcome them to Roadrunner Nation.
Convocation Center, Main Campus and overflow seating in Recreation and Wellness Center
This is an opportunity for students to learn everything they need to know about their major and college. Each UTSA academic college has a lot to offer including mentoring, class information, support and research opportunities.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campus
This is a casual event where new students can meet their college mentor.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
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