Learning more about autism in China

Today I head off to Nanjing, China on an autism education effort to provide professional development in autism treatment. I’ll be working with the Five Project, an organization of people with career backgrounds and personal interest in adult literacy, special education and mental health. The founders and Board Members of the Five Project are hoping to help meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and special educational needs in China, and for Chinese-speaking families in the United States. The Five Project and its team members have been working and developing relationships in China since 1992. During this 2010 trip, the Five Project will be working with the Sanxin School in Nanjing to increase evidence-based practice into their curriculum.

The needs of people with autism are vast here in the United States and throughout the world. Traveling to countries to learn about autism treatment has been a wonderful experience. Autism exists in every culture, but it is certainly perceived and treated differently throughout the world. Spending time in other cultures and learning about other practices is always exciting. I have never traveled to mainland China, and I am looking forward to learning about the approach to autism treatment there. And the best part? Meeting new students and families! As every teacher knows, working with the kids is always the most fun!

Back to you in a few weeks with pictures and stories about this experience.


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  1. Maurice Snell Says:

    Please send us a postcard!