Celebrating the month of April which is Autism Awareness month, the Treatment and Learning Center for children with Autism a non-profit Applied Behavior Analysis clinic serving East Texas children with Autism Spectrum disorders is holding a 5K and fun run at Rose Rudman Park. The event will be held on April 14th beginning at the pavilion on Rieck road (by American Red Cross) at 8:00 am. All registrants will receive a colorful soft, tee shirt and all finishers of the run and/or walk will receive a medal. The purpose of the race is to raise awareness of the prevalence of Autism Spectrum disorders (1 in 90 children born in the US and one in 70 boys will be diagnosed with Autism this year) and to raise funds for families to receive Applied Behavior Analysis. Although other therapy options (hyperbaric oxygen, chelation) exist for children with Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis is the only therapy driven and proven through scientific evidence AND endorsed by the US Surgeon General and 28 professional agencies and organizations who serve children with medical problems and disabilities. This highly effective therapy (ABA) is provided in a one-one therapist to child ratio, seven hours daily, and thus is very expensive. Some insurance policies are providing coverage but not all- thus the need to fund raise is significant. (This event is not to be confused with a similar event-held in March by “Assist Autism” which is an unaffiliated, bio-medical program.)
Runners/walkers are encouraged to register at www.tlcaba.org. On-site registration will also be available at the event, but registration fees go up by $5.00 per runner on April 1.