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Autistic children learn new skills at camp designed for them

Autism is one of the nation's leading disabilities, affecting one in about 145 children.  Now children are learning new skills at an autism camp.

This camp started Monday.  In just two days, therapists have already seen big improvements in the children.

It's looks like child's play as they bounce on an inflatable.  But the children here are actually learning a new skill.  Psychologist Grace Mathai calls it a "rich stimulation environment" and says it "helps them play better and interact more positively with their peers."

At the camp, 10 non-verbal children four to seven years old with autism are matched with children who don't have the disability.

The goal is that the autistic kids will learn behaviors from the other children.  They learn in a classroom setting and through various activities.  Autism is a brain disorder that causes significant social and communication problems.

This is the first camp held after U of L announced it wants to build an Autism Center where services are all under one roof. 

Tuesday was day two of the week-long camp.  Therapists have already seen a difference in the children.  And they're hoping they remember these skills.

In years past, camps were held for older, high-functioning children with autism.

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