MASON CITY, Iowa - Over 100 people attended the 3rd annual Autism Summit at Music Man Square Friday.
Those in attendance learned about behavioral strategies and medication, as well as naturalistic environmental techniques.
Erica Ranade is a program manager at LittleStar ABA Therapy in Newburgh, Indiana, and one of four speakers at the summit. She says a naturalistic environmental technique like improv comedy or finding everyday things in public can help those with autism learn.
"You kinda have to find those things everywhere in the environment, and that really gives you a need as a trainer to teach your practioners to learn to be flexible," Ranade said.
Dr. Jesse Logue is the director of clinical services at One Vision Children's Autism Center, and also spoke at the summit. With the chances of having a child with autism increasing to 1 in 58, he says it's important more than ever to bring autism to people's attention.
"Iowa's a state where there's not a lot of services that are available. We're very fortunate to have these services [in Clear Lake], but really these services are housed in the more densely populated areas of the state, so the Des Moines's and the Iowa City's. So it's important to get those resources out there," Logue said.
The event was hosted by the One Vision Children's Autism Center of Clear Lake with United Way of North Central Iowa.