autism

Above average: MA-ABA program graduates first cohort

Above average: MA-ABA program graduates first cohort

The first cohort of graduates from the M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis (MA-ABA) program at Michigan State University are rising above national averages and making an impact in the field. “We’re training a new generation of active science-practitioners,” said Assistant Professor Matthew Brodhead of the seven scholars who graduated in spring 2018. With extensive experience… Read More »

Practical Ethics: Book improves daily practices for BCBAs

Practical Ethics: Book improves daily practices for BCBAs

Update 7/25/18: This book is now available for purchase! Read below for more details on how this new publication helps new and experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts ® in their daily work. A forthcoming publication by a Michigan State University scholar will bridge the gap between questions of ethics and day-to-day practices for professionals working with… Read More »

MSU receives $1M grant to build work-related skills for youth with autism

MSU receives $1M grant to build work-related skills for youth with autism

Michigan State University has received a $1.4 million grant to expand a work-related social skills training program for youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. While efforts are growing to help youth with autism improve social skills, few programs focus specifically on teaching the skills needed to get and keep jobs. A pilot program… Read More »

Irish advocate for intellectual disabilities research receives honorary degree

Irish advocate for intellectual disabilities research receives honorary degree

Dermot Desmond, renowned Irish business leader and philanthropist, will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities from Michigan State University on May 5, 2017. Along with long-time success in banking and financial markets, Desmond is deeply committed to improving lives for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. He has played a central role in facilitating the… Read More »

Grand Awards honors college alumni

Grand Awards honors college alumni

Several College of Education alumni were among those honored at the annual Michigan State University Grand Awards on Oct. 13. Of the 16 university alumni who were honored, four were from the MSU College of Education. Kathryn, B. ’58 (Elementary Education), and Michael Bosco, B.  ’57 (Social Science), received an Alumni Service Award. They were among… Read More »

MSU launches school-to-work program for youth with disabilities

MSU launches school-to-work program for youth with disabilities

Starting this fall, Michigan State University is helping young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities prepare for the workplace through a new on-campus internship program. Spartan Project SEARCH combines a successful international program with the expertise of MSU researchers and partners committed to improving outcomes for students during a time when many fall behind—the transition… Read More »

Second Early Learning Institute to open for children with autism

Second Early Learning Institute to open for children with autism

Michigan State University will launch the second branch of an educational program designed to help young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The Early Learning Institute (ELI) will open its second location in Lansing in late August 2016 and plans to serve eight children ages 2-5 with ASD and their families. This is in addition to… Read More »

Social media poses threat to people with intellectual disabilities

Social media poses threat to people with intellectual disabilities

People with intellectual disabilities are more susceptible to exploitation and abuse, and the rise of the Internet only increases their vulnerability. A first-of-its-kind study co-authored by a Michigan State University scholar finds that adults with Williams syndrome – who are extremely social and trusting – use Facebook and other social networking sites frequently and are… Read More »

New program for young children with autism to open at MSU

New program for young children with autism to open at MSU

Michigan State University will launch one of the nation’s first programs to help young children with autism using a combination of one-on-one training sessions and classroom experiences with peers. The Early Learning Institute (ELI) opens for 3- to 4-year old children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) this fall. It is one of the latest collaborative… Read More »

Job services lacking for people with autism, college study finds

Job services lacking for people with autism, college study finds

As autism becomes more prevalent, the need grows for services that help young people with the disorder to find and keep jobs, indicates new research led by Michigan State University education scholars. Some 50,000 people with autism spectrum disorder turn 18 years old every year in the United States, and these “transition youth” – shifting… Read More »