A new $2.6 million grant will further research by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center focused on how to achieve the best outcomes for children with autism .
The National Center for Special Education Research, a division of the Institute for Education Sciences, awarded the grant to Bonnie McBride, Ph.D., an associate professor of pediatrics at the OU College of Medicine, to study a classroom-based treatment intervention.
“The prevalence of autism is increasing,” McBride said. “There is consensus that early intervention is critical. Children who receive specialized services early have better outcomes.”
A Tulsa man, severely injured in a fireworks explosion, is recovering at the OU Medical Center after undergoing a 22-hour surgery to begin reconstructing his face.
Taron Pounds, 22, suffered severe injuries to his face, eye, neck and chest when a fireworks mortar exploded in his face on July 7th. The accident occurred as the family gathered to celebrate a wedding in Inola, Oklahoma.
“I didn’t even recognize him,” said Taron’s mother Tammy Cauthron of the first time she saw him in the hospital. “His face was blown off - the left side gone.”