By Michael Traficante
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Autism is becoming more and more common within schools in the United States. In the U.S., one out of every 88 students is diagnosed with autism and in New Jersey, one out of every 29 is diagnosed with the condition.
Jennifer Hoheisel, an associate professor at Camden County College and the parent of a child with autism, will give a presentation about the subject on Nov. 26 on the Blackwood campus. Her main goals are to help parents and teachers who have children with autism in the classroom and at home, to educate them about the challenges and strengths of students with autism and to equip them with curricula to help them meet their educational needs.
She will give strategies that are helpful for parents, teachers and students at home and in school. Because it is hard for parents to find ways that are not too expensive, many of the strategies she will provide are less costly. During the presentation, Hoheisel will show a video of an interview with her son and discuss what he does to help himself succeed with his disorder. He is a freshman at Camden County College.
Hoheisel has given this presentation once every fall and spring semester for the last five years. In October, she gave the presentation in front of a board of statewide guidance counselors. As many as 50 parents and professors have registered to attend her presentation and the number continues to grow. Anybody is welcome to attend; however, a registration form must be filled out and brought to office 101B next to the school store.
The presentation, called Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 26 in Civic Hall in the Connector Building on the Blackwood campus.