Have you heard of the Ausome Gym right here in Columbia??

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Have you heard of the Ausome Gym right here in Columbia??

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The Ausome Gym‘s state-of-the-art equipment and specialized play areas gives children the opportunity to reach goals related to sensory processing, attention, movement, strength, behavior regulation, language, social interactions, safety, and self-care skills – while having fun! Exciting activities for people of all ages including ball pit, BEAM interactive game floors, super building blocks, bubble tubes, climbing structures, dome and light mirrors, swings, and much more!  They even have dance classes and soccer camps, as mentioned in their youtube video.


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Get Ready! Strides for Autism Festival is the South Carolina Autism Society’s premiere fund-raising & awareness Event.

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Midlands Strides for Autism Festival  is April 28, 2018 at Irmo Community Park and Upstate Strides for Autism Festival  is June 9, 2018 at Heritage Park, Simpsonville, SC.  The Money raised for South Carolina Autism Society stays in South Carolina and goes towards individual and family support, education, advocacy, and training.  Information on how to get involved in this important event can be found on the SC Autism Society website: http://scautism.org/strides/


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Big Emma with Big Eddie!

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Emma has been a part of our study since she was only 9 months old!!  We have thoroughly enjoyed watching her develop into the young lady she is today:)

We are so glad that our participants are able to enjoy a complimentary visit to EdVenture Children’s Museum during their time here in Columbia!


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Congratulations to Debra Reisinger for accepting a post-doctoral position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital!

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Debra Reisinger is a current graduate student on internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland.  She is on track to graduate with her doctorate this year and has already accepted a post-doctoral position at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital!  She will be working in Dr. Craig Erickson’s lab where they primarily examine pathophysiological mechanisms and treatment efficacy in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including ASD and FXS.


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Congratulations to Kelly Caravella and Jordan Ezell for each being awarded the SPARC Graduate Research Grant!

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Kelly Caravella and Jordan Ezell, graduate students working under Jane Roberts in our lab, have been awarded grants sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.  This Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) is given out each year in order to ignite research and creative excellence across all disciplines at USC.  Kelly’s work will be Comparing Autism Symptomatology in Young Children with Fragile X Syndrome and Down Syndrome.  Jordan will be studying Anxiety in Preschool Children with Autism.  Congratulations to both of them for winning this prestigious award which will allow them to pursue their scholarly projects!


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Where is the Hope?

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Great Read: A grandmother of a newly diagnosed grandson once called me to talk about the diagnosis. “Where is the hope?” she asked  https://fragilex.org/2017/community/where-is-the-hope/


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Birthday celebration at our lab today!

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We hope that our participant Evelyn enjoyed her birthday trip to the zoo today!  It is hard to believe that we have been lucky enough to have them in our study since 2013!


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Congratulations to Sara Matherly and Kelly Caravella!

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Two of our graduate students, Sara Matherly and Kelly Caravella, will be participating in the South Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (SC LEND) program during the 2017-2018 year!  SC LEND is a training program with the goal of improving access to healthcare and services for children with disabilities and their families by training various professionals in clinical knowledge, advocacy, cultural competence, etc. We are proud to have them represent our lab in this larger state-wide initiative with MUSC, Greenville Health System and other organizations dedicated to the welfare of South Carolinians.


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