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April autism workshop with Dr. Ball

Dr. James Ball, Ed.D., BCBC-D, will present workshops on autism topics on Saturday, April 11, at the Opportunity Village Children's Autism Center in Clear Lake, IA.

Dr. Ball is the President and CEO of JB Autism Consulting and also currently serves as Executive Chairperson of the Autism Society National Board of Directors.

Two half-day sessions will be offered, for a fee of $15 per half-day or $25 for both. Family scholarships are available.

The morning session from 10 a.m. to noon will be on the topics "Social Skills Throughout the Educational Years" and "Seven Effective Strategies for the Perfect Program."

Following an hour break for lunch, the session from 1 to 3 p.m. will be "Hands-on Strategies for Dealing With Behavioral Issues."

The workshops are open to families and caregivers, educators, medical professionals, and other individuals associated with the treatment of autism.

Dr. Ball, A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), has been working in the private sector field of autism for more than 25 years. In a variety of settings, he has provided educational, employment, and residential services to children and adults affected with autism. He has lectured nationally and internationally, provided expert testimony, and published in the areas of early intervention, behavior, consultation services, social skills, technology, and trauma. He is a featured author and is on the advisory board for the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine. His 2008 triple Award Winning book, “Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers†was released in February of 2008.

The workshop is presented by the Opportunity Village Children's Autism Center, with support from First Citizens National Bank.

Space is limited, so registrations are requested by April 1. Contact Christina Maulsby, OVCAC project coordinator, at 641-355-1216. Free childcare is available, though reservations are required.

Opportunity Village Children's Autism Center offers hope to families of children with autism, through direct services, support groups, and education.