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USD Center for Disabilities hosts Spring Autism Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, is hosting a workshop, “Teaching Tools for Young Children with Autism and Other Challenging Behavior,” at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls, April 14-15.

The spring 2011 Autism Conference is part of activities planned for Autism Awareness Month in April. The Center for Disabilities, home to the first Autism Spectrum Disorders program in the state, is hosting Bobbie J. Vaughn, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of South Florida and training director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities. Vaughn will share “Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior” to provide teachers and parents practical strategies and experiences used by researchers.

For more information or to register for the workshop, please go to or call 1-800-658-3080. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To learn more about ASD, including common signs that may indicate a child should be evaluated for an autism spectrum disorder, visit the Center’s Web site at or e-mail:

Additionally, the Center for Disabilities Autism Spectrum Disorders Program is sponsoring two free showings of the Emmy-winning film “Temple Grandin” at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at Schroeder Auditorium in the Sanford USD Medical Center (1305 W. 18th St., Sioux Falls); and at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in room 264 at the Madsen Center at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, as part of the ASD Family Support Group monthly meeting. Based on the life of Temple Grandin, this film chronicles her struggle with autism, her perseverance with the help from family and her success as a sought-after speaker and consultant to the cattle industry. Call (605) 357-1423 for more information about the April 12 showing.