By TJ Meyers
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health stresses positive behavior to create optimal learning environments for students with autism.

On Monday, April 4, Nicole Pelliciari and Laura Henderson will visit Camden County College to give a lecture on learning environments for children with autistic disorders. Pelliciari and Henderson are board certified and stress positive behavioral supports in the classroom. The lecture, which is being funded by the NJ Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism, will be given in the Civic Hall inside the Connector Building on the Blackwood campus.

CNNH’s Autism Center of Excellence was built to quickly identify and give treatment to children, anywhere from birth to 21 years of age, who may have an autism spectrum disorder. It offers diagnosis and treatment services, such as a full day comprehensive clinic and other services to fit the needs of every child. The ACE also offers community outreach education, teacher training and classroom assistance. The organization serves the nine South Jersey counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to say,” said Tracy Porter, the mother of an autistic child. Porter plans on attending the event, which will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

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