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Resources Offered on Our Website

Please visit the Autism Resources area of our website. There you will find resources including an array of information about autism, evidence-based intervention practices, navigating the special education process, and links to tools and suggestions you can start using today.

This area also includes our downloadable Local Autism Resource Guide. You can use the guide to find out about supports and opportunities in this area, including medical providers, specialists, social programming, community events, and family support resources.

You will find information about services for individuals of all ages and across all life areas. Please drop in and check it out!

Upcoming Events

Burkhart Family Fun Events

June 19 Premiere Cinema Lubbock @ South Plains Mall
Sensory-friendly screening of Incredibles 2
6002 Slide Rd
10:00 a.m. - noon
July 12 Ready Set Go Gym
5828 W. 50th St.
Only children and teens ages 18 and under are allowed on the equipment.
10:00-11:30 a.m.
July 26 Adventures Family Skate Night
3305 116th St., one block east of Indiana Ave.
6:30-8:30 p.m.
August 7 Safety City
4500 Avenue U, inside Clapp Park
Bikes, helmets, and AmTrykes will be available for use or bring your own. Scooters and ride-on toys (battery or pedal-powered only) are also allowed.
9:00-11:00 a.m.
August 25 TTU Leisure Pool Family Swim Party
3219 Main Street, behind TTU Student Recreation Center
6:30-8:30 p.m.


Family Fun Events are open to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their immediate family members. Children may not be left unattended, and must be supervised by an adult at all times. If a parent cannot attend, then a caregiver may attend with the child. There is no cost to participate, but you must RSVP with the total number from your family who plan to attend for each activity. For questions, or to RSVP, please contact Susan Voland at susan.voland@ttu.edu or 806-834-1331.

Social Skills Research Opportunity

Are you interested in your child participating in a study about therapy dogs and social skills? Graduate students and faculty members from the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research and Texas Tech University are looking at how young children with autism spectrum disorder can benefit from the presence of a therapy dog in social skills classes. Please contact Kirsten Leatherwood at (806) 834-0834 or kirsten.shaw@ttu.edu for more information!

Download the flyer for more information

IEP Clinic

Monthly IEP clinics at the Burkhart Center will resume in the fall.

Contact Hope Hastey, Regional PEN Project Coordinator, at 806-292-5323 or hhasteypen@gmail.com for more information.

South Plains Autism Network

The South Plains Autism Network (SPAN) meets on the fourth Tuesday night of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Burkhart Center. Childcare is provided. For more information, please contact Sherry Sancibrian at sherry.sancibrian@ttuhsc.edu or 806-743-9049.

School Psychology Developmental Screening Day

The School Psychology program at Texas Tech University offers free Developmental Screening for children ages 0-12 at the Burkhart Center. To schedule an individual appointment or for more information, contact Brook Roberts at brook.roberts@ttu.edu.

Parents Night Out

Parents Night Out will resume in the Fall.

PEN Summer Workshops

June 26th

  • Organization of Special Education Paperwork - 10:00 to 11:00 AM - This work workshop is to teach parents the importance of documentation and organizing all of their child's Special Education paperwork into a parent notebook.
  • ARD Process - 1 to 2 pm - This workshop will provide an overview of the ARD process so that parents will be prepared to participate at every stage of the process. Participants will gain an understanding of the ARD meeting agenda, as well as their procedural rights and responsibilities.
  • Contents of the IEP- 4 to 5 pm - This workshop is designed to provide parents with practical working knowledge of the contents of an IEP as defined by IDEA. Through the process of writing an IEP, we will learn to set reasonable and measurable learning goals for a child with a disability, and to state the individualized that the school district will provide for that child.

Contact Hope Hastey at 806-292-5323 or hhasteypen@gmail.com to make an appointment.

Burkhart Center News

40,000 students on the autism spectrum projected to graduate from high school in the next 10 years

Sandwiches and Success: Burkhart Center's Quiznos Serves More Than Meals

Burkhart Center Leads Charge on Improving Services for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Wes Dotson has been named to the Texas Autism Council and the Texas Department of Licensure and Rgulation Behavior Analysts Advisory Board.

Looking for our older news stories? Find them on our News Archive page.

CASE - Connections for Academic Success and Employment

CASE assists students with developmental disabilities to navigate college in order to reach their academic goals and to find competitive employment after graduation.

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