Naples, FL, November 24, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized Barbara Lindner as recipient of the Autism Advocate of the Month award. The award recognizes people who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism.
Lindner, an Occupational Therapist with a Master of Special Education specializing in severe disabilities, has been working with children in Southwest Florida since 1989. Lindner’s passion for working with individuals with autism has helped hundreds of Southwest Florida children develop appropriate social, play, and learning skills.
Lindner is known for her innovative methods and ongoing mission to learn new approaches to help families. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration, Auditory Integration Training, Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome. Lindner has shared her knowledge by teaching sensory integration at the University of Scranton, presenting to nursing students at Edison State College and physical therapy students at Florida Gulf Coast University and at autism and sensory integration conferences.
“Barb has never lost her enthusiasm for working with children with autism,” said MerryLee Kandel, the mother of an adult child with autism. “She keeps on top of the latest research and is constantly trying new therapies to help children on the autism spectrum. She assists families by proving information and guiding them to other helpful resources.”
Eden’s Advocate of the Month receives a certificate of appreciation and will be invited to an annual reception.
To nominate an advocate for autism who exemplifies Action in Autism, please submit your nomination including person’s name, contact information, and 50 word summary of why he or she should be selected to Taire Malloy at 239-992-4680.
Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. For more information, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680, extension 5010.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, and one in 70 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.