Conference highlights resources for children with autism

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A summit focusing on the impact of autism in eastern North Carolina is happening in Greenville.

The summit is being held on Thursday and Friday at the Eastern Area Health Education Center.

Studies show 1 in every 57 children in the United States falls on the autism spectrum.

This summit aims to help mental health professionals, educators, and parents looking to learn more about the disorder.

The event featured guest speakers, many of which described autism to be a difficult disorder to understand.

Ashley Tripp works with the UNC “TEACCH” Autism Program and was a speaker. Tripp said, “The big thing about autism, and about our families, is that if you’ve met one person with autism you’ve met one person with autism. So, the only commonality is how different the individual is.”

Sara Gage works with the Autism Society of North Carolina. Gage said, “I think one of the most common misconceptions about people on the autism spectrum is that they don’t want to take part in social activities; especially social recreation activities that others like. Like they don’t want to play games or be in the group, or they like to do things on their own. I don’t think that’s the case.”

Organizers with Eastern AHEC said they want people to be aware of the resources available.

For more information on the TEACCH Autism Program Click Here.

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