Pingree Lends a Hand: Expanding School Resources to Home

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Many people know the statistic that one in every sixty-eight children will be diagnosed with autism. What they don’t necessarily know, however, is that this prevalence runs second highest in Salt Lake City. In Utah locale, one in fifty-four children will be diagnosed, and one out of every four of those children will be non-verbal.

Aside from the well-known social obstacles that persons with autism face, non-verbality adds a particularly difficult element to their communication ability. It’s not uncommon for a child with the diagnosis to not speak until elementary school. This, in combination with a disabled sense of reading social cues, often prevents a child from properly conveying her desires or needs.

Julia Hood, director of the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning in Salt Lake City hopes to alleviate this issue. Her school, which serves diagnosed children up to the age of seventeen, has recently launched a project that would provide students with in-home treatment, communication-oriented iPads, and other such instructive resources.

Treatment for autism is most effective before the age of six. For some, like those who struggle with non-verbality, such interventions do not offer enough. These individuals are often trapped within themselves, unable to communicate without the use of frustration, resulting in repetitive behaviors, aggression, and further detachment.

Hood plans to assist parents of such children through her education program. In addition to the resources her school offers during class hours, she hosts parent information nights and supplies those on the waitlist with other recommendations for treatment and outreach. Most significantly, through her project, she plans on providing each student with an in-home Applied Behavior Analyst to further extend the benefits of her program.

Thus far, the Pingree Center has raised $12,700, but they still have a long way to go before they can expand their size, provide children with alternative communication devices (such as the iPad), or begin their extension of resources beyond the classroom and into the home. To help their efforts, Hood asks that donations be made online at either or at their GoFundMe page.

By Sara Power, Fordham University

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