Thursday, May 17, 2018

Oakmont ministry trains Chinese teachers to work with autistic children.

Photo by Louis B. Ruediger.

The Valley Dispatch has a profile today on an Oakmont group helping Chinese teachers improve care given to young children with autism.

The South East Asia Prayer Center is again helping teachers from China learn the best methods for diagnosing and teaching children with autism.

Known as the China Care Project, the training is part of a 10-year agreement the Oakmont-based ministry has with the Chinese government to help develop a standard of care.

On Wednesday, a small group of Chinese teachers got hands-on experience working with 2-year-old Jeffrey Knepp, who in April was diagnosed with autism, as he played with an iPad and toys at the center's Fifth Street office.

"Our goal is for them to walk away with skills," said Dr. Rachel Kittenbrink, one of the training leaders and director of Pittsburgh Behavioral Services, which provides services to individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The training, in its fourth year, takes place in the United States and China. This group of teachers arrived last week and will stay until July 10.