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Autism Conference Streaming to VVRMC

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Community news

1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism. These children require specialized services and their families need support and education to help them cope and provide the very best possible family environment and support for their successful development. In larger cities, the resources for families impacted by autism tend to be plentiful. However, rural areas like Del Rio do not have these resources. Jacque Barrera, Speech Therapy Assistant (SLPA) is working to change that.

“The autism room in the rehabilitation department at Val Verde Regional Medical Center (VVRMC) is a good start.” The autism room is an area specially designed for the way children with autism experience the world. Having a dedicated room makes it easier to support the children with their speech and other therapies. Jacque also hopes to bring Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment to Del Rio as well. She is going to obtain certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. With the support of her Director, Balde Briones and senior leadership at VVRMC, these specialized behavioral services may be available in the fall 2019.

The biggest news for families coping with autism right now is a Family Empowerment Autism Conference that will be streamed to VVRMC on Friday, February 22nd. This event is a collaborative effort between the Autism Community Network and VVRMC. The conference will be conducted in Spanish and will include topics such as: building social skills and communication, understanding how and child affected by autism views the world and increasing desired behaviors. The conference will be offered free and will take place from 9 to 3:30 in the Memorial Board Room at VVRMC. Spaces are limited so families are encouraged to call and register immediately with Brenda at 210-435-1000.

Jacque Barrera, Speech Therapy Assistant