Lecture on autism to be held Thursday, April 28

Laura Arnold, 2015 recipient of the Gregory Plock Scholarship at Hastings College, will be giving a lecture titled “The Spectrum and Beyond: Spurring Conversation about Autism” at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in Wilson Auditorium on campus.

For every 68 children, one is affected by autism spectrum disorders, Arnold noted in her abstract describing the lecture. As the rates seem to increase, so does the conversation surrounding autism. Many of these conversations are filled with questions and misconceptions regarding the causes and treatments of autism.

This lecture is aimed to spur conversation about what autism is and what is currently being done in the autism community, she said.

During the lecture, Arnold will discuss her own experiences working with children on the spectrum, specifically in implementing applied behavior analysis, an evidence-based therapy.

Arnold, of Omaha, Nebraska, is a psychology major who will graduate from Hastings College in May. She is also currently working towards her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Bang for the Buck” school by Washington Monthly. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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