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School of Education's BARC Hosts Meeting of Special Needs Service Providers

Jan. 22, 2014


The Baylor Autism Resource Center (BARC), a part of the Baylor School of Education, hosted the January meeting of Connections Networking of Temple/Waco at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities on Jan. 14.

Kristen Mainor, coordinator of the BARC, presented a program that outlined the services that the BARC offers at the center.

The BARC recently moved its services into the newly created Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities at the MacArthur Clinic, located at 2201 MacArthur Drive in Waco. The new center is a collaboration with McLane Children's hospital of Temple and includes other services offered to the community through Baylor.

Dr. Julie Ivey-Hatz, founder and director of the BARC and assistant professor of educational psychology in the Baylor School of Education, also spoke to the Connections group, explaining the beginnings and history of the BARC and its future plans.

"When I first started at Baylor, I asked the mom of a child with autism what she needed, and she said, 'We need a central place,'" Ivey-Hatz said. The BARC is trying to provide that place, she said.

The Connections meeting brought together providers who serve special needs children, teens or adults in the Central Texas area. The group meets to exchange ideas and learn about new or expanded services in the area to better serve their special needs clients. Attendees included service providers from area school districts, the HOT Autism Network, the Mosaic organization, and state agencies.

Following the program, Mainor led tours of the facility. BARC services housed in the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities include social circles, Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, an Autism Summer Camp, various psychological and functional assessments, consultations and several support groups.

For more information on Connections Networking, visit the website at Connections.