New ABA Program at Missouri Southern State University

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Dr. Todd Ward

According to KSN News, Missouri Southern State University is planning to launch a new Applied Behavior Analysis program, with clinic, in 2021.

The program will focus on treating children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  In Missouri, 1 in 59 children have the diagnosis, yet 70% of families don’t have the appropriate resources available for support.

According to Dr. Ayla Schmick, the state faces waitlists in excess of 500 families waiting to receive services, which can take years.

In addition to filling such a large demand for services, the program will also serve as a training site for students wishing to become Registered Behavioral Technicians.  According to KZRG, the clinic will serve up to 40 children with rooms for parent consultation, social skills, independent living skills, and an outdoor area.

For more details, please visit KSN News and KZRG.

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA is a science writer, social philosopher, behavioral systems analyst, and the President and Founder of bSci21Media, LLC, which aims to connect behavioral science to the world in an engaging, non-academic way.  Dr. Ward received his PhD in behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno under Dr. Ramona Houmanfar.  He has served as a Guest Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and as an Editorial Board member of Behavior and Social Issues.  His publications follow a theme of behavioral systems analysis, organizational performance, theory & philosophy, and language & cognition.  He has also provided ABA services to children and adults with various developmental disabilities in day centers, in-home, residential, and school settings, and previously served as Faculty Director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Ward can be reached at [email protected]

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