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Best Practices in Autism: Autism in Adolescence will be held at the BYU Conference Center on January 30, 2015
[15 Jan 2015 | Comments Off ]
Second BYU Autism Conference to Focus on Adolescence

The changes and adjustments of adolescence are rarely easy.  But for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, change is even harder.
Best Practices in Autism: Autism in Adolescence, a one-day workshop to be held at the BYU Conference Center on January 30, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will emphasize ways to cope with autism during adolescence.
Presenters are from BYU, Utah State University, the University of …

“One of the biggest problems with early identification of autism is that many children aren't identified until they reach the school system,” said the study’s lead author and BYU assistant professor Terisa Gabrielsen. “This means that they have missed out on some prime years for intervention that can change a child's outcome.”
[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off ]
Study in Pediatrics: Brief observations miss autism symptoms in young children

As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published today in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can’t rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect autism risk.
The study finds that 10-20-minute observations, such as a pediatric exam, don’t provide enough information about symptoms associated with autism. Within that short window, many children with autism display mostly typical behavior and may fail to receive a …

Brigham Young University–Public School Partnership celebrates its 30th anniversary with the final conference of the year
[22 Dec 2014 | Comments Off ]
Striving for a Life of Virtue and Purpose

A series of one-day conferences were held throughout 2014 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Brigham Young University–Public School Partnership, a partnership between BYU and local school districts that bridges the gap between public and higher education. The final conference of the year, “Educating Citizens for a Life of Virtue and Purpose,” took place on October 30 and had three presenters: William Damon, David Mathews, and Stacie Molnar-Main.
William Damon
William …

As the 16-year internship program closes, faculty and interns remember the bright hope they found in an orphanage for abandoned children
[22 Dec 2014 | Comments Off ]
Romanian Orphanage: A Legacy of Love

On a hot summer afternoon in the small Romanian town of Iasi, ten volunteers from Brigham Young University entered a communist-era orphanage, carrying gifts. The orderlies stopped what they were doing, touched and amazed by the generosity and love of the family of one intern who is no longer with them.
What began as a charity fundraiser in memory of a deceased family member became an act of poignant love never …

BYU–Public School Partnership celebrates its 30th anniversary with two special conferences exploring facets of civic virtue in the classroom.
[10 Dec 2014 | Comments Off ]
Roles of Civic Virtue in Education

Two one-day conferences celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Brigham Young University–Public School Partnership, which unites BYU’s Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling with local school districts Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo City, and Wasatch County to improve both teacher preparation and public schooling.
“We look at the whole educational system as including both the university and the place where the teachers we prepare will work,” said Paul Wangemann, …