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While so much good learning and therapy is taking place daily in the rooms of the center, there is much happening beyond the walls as well. On October 3 and 4, Jason Padgett, an acquired savant, visited the Treffert Center and the Fond du Lac Public Library for several presentations. His book, Struck by Genius, was the library’s choice this year for the Fond du Lac Reads program. In addition to presentations by Jason and Dr. Treffert at both sites, there was a monthlong exhibition of Jason Padgett’s drawings, along with selected pieces from the center’s savant art collection in the Langdon Divers Community Gallery at the library.

Jason Padgett and Dr. Treffert.jpgOn October 7, a group of professionals and parents from Perham, Minnesota visited the center to view the programs in action in the hopes they could use the center as a model for establishing a similar program in their community. 

There is a continual stream of e-mail to the center from around the world from a wide variety of professionals, families and media seeking information, support and guidance regarding autism, savant syndrome and hyperlexia.  To help meet those requests, videos have been distributed on hyperlexia, Jason Padgett’s presentations and Temple Grandin’s April visit and lectures.

On October 19, Steve Little, president and chief executive officer of Agnesian HealthCare met with the staff of the center to provide information about the institutional support for the center, visions of the future for Agnesian HealthCare and to answer any questions or concerns staff might have from administration. He welcomed the center to the vast array of services that Agnesian HealthCare provides to so many kinds of patients in an ever expanding area of coverage.  The meet and greet session was a very valuable one.



Darold Treffert, MD

A special visit by a special friend 


On October 10, there was a surprise visit to the center by Tony DeBlois, a prodigious musical savant, and his mother Janet DeBlois. Tony is blind and autistic, and graduated magna cum laude from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He was on a multi-appearance concert tour in the Midwest and stopped by to say hello to Dr. Treffert. They had appeared together on a number of television shows when Tony was just an adolescent. Tony and his mother were later featured in a CBS Television movie, Journey of the Heart.

Since it was just a short walk to the lobby of St. Agnes Hospital, Tony gave an impromptu concert as staff, patients and visitors gathered around the beautiful grand piano in that lobby. He is a gifted entertainer who captured the affection and appreciation of the informally gathered group.  What a treat that was!

Click the photo or headline above to see the Facebook live video of this special visit. 

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 Have you met Jodi Oye, our Treffert Academy supervisor?

Oye_Jodi WEBSITE.jpgHi my name is Jodi Oye and I am the Treffert Academy supervisor. I live east of Fond du Lac with my wonderful husband, Bill, and our two children, Hunter and Mollee. My oldest, Haley, lives in Fond du Lac. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Marian University. I have been in the early childhood field for more than 12 years, starting out as an assistant teacher and working my way up to assistant director. In 2009, I took my first director’s position in Sheboygan. I have always seen the need to have an inclusive child care facility in the community; my dream was to open one someday. When I found out the Treffert Center was opening, I knew I needed to be a part of it. I am truly blessed to be given the opportunity to do what I have always dreamed of doing. My heart has always been with special needs and working with children. That passion goes into my work here at the Treffert Center every day.

Treffert Academy News

Jodi Oye with student at Treffert Academy.jpgAt the Treffert Academy, you have probably heard us talk about our three main curriculum focuses; self-regulation, empathy and social-emotional development. But what does that mean? 

Self-regulation refers to several complicated processes that allow children to appropriately respond to their environment.

Empathy is the ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond with care. This is a very complex skill to develop.

Social-emotional development includes the child's experience, expression, and management of emotions and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others.

Over the next 3 months, we will take a better look at each of these curriculum areas.

Treffert Academy accepting enrollments!


What our parents are saying:

“I am very happy with the environment the Treffert Center provides for the kids; safe, positive attitudes, great vibes! The teachers are compassionate and friendly with pleasant personalities. I would recommend the Treffert Center to anyone looking for care.” - Jen S.

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Jason Padgett, acquired savant, has a conversation with Dr. Treffert at the Treffert Library

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