UC Santa Barbara’s Koegel Autism Center has partnered with the Santa Barbara Zoo to present Autism Safari Nights June 22, July 13, and August 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Zoo. Children will play, and enjoy a movie, reading corner, bounce house, and sensory activities while parents eat, drink, mingle, and connect with other parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
While the event is free, advance registration is required. Free on-site childcare for kids 18 and under (including siblings) will be provided by UCSB Koegel Autism Center.
The Koegel Autism Center—part of the Gevirtz School—is internationally recognized for its innovative autism research and clinical training. The center is part of the University of California, a not-for-profit state institution of higher learning. Led by Center Director Dr. Ty Vernon and Clinical Director Dr. Anna Krasno, the center focuses on the development and implementation of strength-based, motivational interventions and supports for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Intervention models developed at the center include the Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and the Social Tools And Rules for Teens (START) programs.
The center provides diagnostic assessments, intervention services, parent support, and clinical training opportunities through its funded research projects and clinics. It provides research and clinical training to doctoral students in clinical psychology and special education, many of whom have continued on to become highly influential members of the autism research community.