Tyler Run for Autism coming Saturday

Published on Saturday, 29 March 2014 19:36 - Written by From Staff Reports

The annual Tyler Run For Autism is scheduled for Saturday at Bergfeld Park.

This year’s runs feature a 10K, a 5K and a 1-mile fun run/walk.

Same-day registration begins at 6 a.m., and the opening ceremony begins at 7:40. The 10K begins at 8 a.m. with most of the events completed by 11 a.m.

According to tylerrunforautism.org, the Tyler Run for Autism began in 2012 to raise funds for the Treatment and Learning Center in Tyler. The funds are used for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children on the autism spectrum; 100 percent of the funds raised go toward the payment of therapy.

“All behaviors can be taught, so long as there are intact brain functions to learn and practice the skills,” according to the website. “That is the essence of the recovery hypothesis — for many children, the excesses and deficits of autism result largely from a learning ‘blockage,’ which can be overcome by intensive teaching. … Children with autism learn much, much less easily from the environment. … ABA sets up the environment to enable children to learn.”

The cost of one hour of ABA therapy is $295 per eight-hour day on average, according to the website.

For more information, visitwww.tylerrunforautism.org .