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There were several distinguished visitors at the Treffert Center recently. Wisconsin State Senator Dan Feyen toured the center and visited with staff and several mothers from the Treffert Center Parent Advisory Committee. Senator Feyen is especially interested in workforce issues so discussion focused heavily on future plans to establish special programming for workforce development starting at a young age to include: vocational training, meaningful work placement and greater independent living skills for transitioning adults. There was discussion as well regarding concerns about maintaining sufficient funding overall at both the state and federal level for early, intensive intervention programs for children on the spectrum, given the impressive results we are seeing with our in place autism treatment programs.

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Other visitors included Barry Morrow of California and his film crew from Oklahoma City. Barry wrote the script for the award-wininng movie Rain Man, and I was a script and technical consultant to the movie. A long friendship has emerged between Barry and me, propelled particularly by our mutual closeness to Fran and Kim Peek. 

Barry is working on a documentary about Moe Norman, a very gifted golfer whom many consider the best ball striker of all time. Moe was a very colorful character with many autistic-like characteristics that Barry wanted to explore in an interview. The interview also focused on the effect of the movie Rain Man on raising public awareness and better understanding regarding autistic spectrum disorders. As I told Barry, the movie Rain Man is the best thing that ever happened to autism. There is hope that the documentary will lead to a full screen movie about Moe Norman.

This was Barry's first visit to the center and he was very favorably impressed. And it was an honor to have him here in person.  Barry is a great story teller and he shared many stories about his encounters with Kim Peek including that first startling meeting in Arlington, Texas that led to the spectacular movie.

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Darold Treffert, MD

Spotlight Associate

Caryne Roen, Behavioral Treatment Technician

My name is Caryne Roen and I am a Behavioral Treatment Technician (BT Tech) with Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism (ABBA). My interest in ABBA began when an ABBA BT Tech shared with me her love for her job and the organization. After researching ABBA’s mission, my interest grew and I applied; that was the step in the direction of achieving my career goals. I have been a member of the ABBA team for over a year now.

During orientation with ABBA I was told: “You will never know everything there is to know in this field; it is an ever-changing field and you are constantly learning.” This comment challenged me to further my knowledge. In my research, I found my desire to become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), which is a credential by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board after one completes 40-hours of behavior analytic training, a competency assessment, and an exam. This process paid off when I passed my exam in April of this year! I am proud to be ABBA’s first RBT and encourage fellow BT Therapists to explore this option as well! Obtaining my RBT has been a step to my next goal of becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and eventually a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

I joined ABBA for employment, but now it has become so much more than a job. My clients and staff teach me something new every day and I have become part of the Treffert Center family!

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Treffert Academy News

Summer is in full swing at the Treffert Center! Along with the fun outdoor activities and field trips around town, Academy kids are taking part in a summer reading program sponsored by the Fond du Lac Public Library. Every Monday, they have been walking to the local library to get new books to accumulate reading minutes. Each day for 30 minutes, the children take some time on the beanbags and comfy mats, to relax and dive into a good book. Once each child reaches 1,200 minutes, they get a free book from the Fond du Lac Public Library, and the whole class gets a visit from a special reader! The children love adding up their minutes each day and some have been surprised to find they love the magic of reading more than they thought!

Jodi Oye, Supervisor - Treffert Academy

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Treffert Academy 

Now accepting enrollments!

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 What our visitors are saying:

“Getting the opportunity to visit the Treffert Center has been eye opening. I had the opportunity to learn about the incredible abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum and hear stories about their contributions to the community around them. Since taking office in January, my primary focus as a state senator has been growing and developing our workforce in all ways possible, including making sure that workers who are on the autism spectrum are being employed to their fullest potential. Fond du Lac is very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility with exceptional employees right here in our back yard and I look forward to working with the staff at the Treffert Center to help make sure that the state of Wisconsin is doing all that it can to help individuals with autism succeed in the workplace.”

     -Wisconsin State Senator           Dan Feyen

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The Construction Circuit

For inventors 10 to 13 years old  Only FOUR sessions
Tuesdays, August 8 & 15 and Wednesdays, August 9 & 16
4:30 to 6 p.m. • Session fee $60 per child ($15 per session)
Treffert Academy • 371 E. First Street, Fond du Lac
Light snack provided.


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