- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A group of Russian educators is visiting Utah to learn more about an early childhood autism program at Utah State University.

The Herald-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1l9lwRR ) that Russian charity Naked Heart Foundation sent the delegation to Logan. The visitors will attend seminars and work with children at USU’s Center for Persons with Disabilities for two weeks.

They are studying USU’s intensive preschool program called Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training in hopes of establishing a similar program in Russia.

Svetlana Mitrofanova said through a translator Wednesday that there’s no early intervention program for kids with autism in Russia. She says she works with older children as head of the Early Intervention Center in Nizhny Novgorod.

She says autistic kids are often sent out of preschool for misbehaving and teachers don’t recognize their needs.

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Information from: The Herald Journal, https://www.hjnews.com


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