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November 5 | Partners Resource Network Webinar, 12:15 p.m. CT.

The Emotional Side for Parents Who Have Children with Learning Disabilities
Special Guest Presenter: Dr. Malvika Behl, West Texas A&M University

Join us on November 5 @ 12:15 pm CT, as Dr. Malvika Behl, West Texas A&M University, discusses the emotional aspects of having a child with special needs which includes the stages of grief and the challenges of having a child with a learning disability

For more information please visit their website.

November 7 | Partners Resource Network Webinar, 12:15 p.m. CT.

Texas Legal Framework

Join us for a tour of the Texas Legal Framework and learn how to use this important tool when advocating for your child.

For more information please visit their website.

November 8 | Parents Night Out, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Open to all children with autism spectrum disorder and their siblings' ages 3 through 13A snack will be provided. There is no cost to participate, but donations are accepted. To learn more about how to register your child, please contact Susan Voland at susan.voland@ttu.edu or 806-834-1331.

November 11 | IEP Clinic (by appointment) and Workshop, 5:30 p.m. 

An IEP Clinic is an opportunity for parents to discuss specific issues about their child, prepare for ARD meetings, and ask IEP questions.

Workshop Topic: Organizing Special Education Paperwork

To schedule a designated appointment time, contact Stephanie McLoughlin, PEN Project Regional Coordinator at 806-879-3843 or smcloughlinpen@gmail.com.

November 12 | Partners Resource Network Webinar, 12:15 p.m. CT.

Transition Services and the IEP
Special Guest Presenter: David Beinke, Director of Advocacy, Cirkiel & Associates, PC

Students with disabilities are at a greater risk of being bullied at school than their peers. This presentation will equip parents with remedies after their student is bullied and will also provide ideas for how to prevent bullying.

For more information please visit their website.

November 13 | Partners Resource Network Webinar, 12:15 p.m. CT.

Child Find: What Is It and How Does It Work?
Special Guest Presenter: Robin Poladnik, Educational Diagnostician

This webinar provides an opportunity for you to learn about IDEA's Child Find mandate, who is covered, what schools are required to do and how you can request an evaluation for your child should you have concerns regarding their progress. Identifying children with disabilities is an important first step toward getting them the help they need to succeed in school. Students with disabilities are at a greater risk of being bullied at school than their peers. This presentation will equip parents with remedies after their student is bullied and will also provide ideas for how to prevent bullying.

For more information please visit their website.

November 15 & 16 | The Burktech Players Present "2 Nights of One-Acts"

Join The Burktech Players for their 2 Nights of One-Acts, Fall production. Each night will feature a different line up of short, one-act plays so there is something for everyone! Our performances are always free so make sure you come to watch both nights to get two completely different shows! It's going to be a "cornucopia" of theatre! 

Find more information on their Facebook Event.

November 19 | Partners Resource Network Webinar, 12:15 p.m. CT.

Helpful Hints for Military Families with EFMs
Special Guest Presenter: Keri Peko, Military Outreach Specialist, PEATC

Attendees will benefit from this presentation on serving in the military with special needs children and the resources available to this specialized population. The Interstate Compact, EFMP, Special Education, Tricare, and Retirement are some of the topics to be covered during this informative webinar. Keri Peko, Military Outreach Specialist and Navy spouse of 25 years, will help you figure out how to serve with a special needs child.

For more information please visit their website.

November 27-29 | Clinic Closed

December 5 | Cookies & Cocoa at Santa's Workshop!

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December 14 | The Nutcracker: Sensory-Friendly Performance

Families and friends of the Burkhart Center are invited to experience the magical tradition of The Nutcracker this holiday season for Ballet Lubbock's first-ever sensory-friendly performance! Details on the performance can be found on Ballet Lubbock's website.

Tickets are on sale now! Email burkhart.educ@ttu.edu to receive an exclusive promo code for friends and families of the Burkhart Center.

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Ongoing Events and Services

Animation-Making Study

A team of researchers from the TTU School of Art in collaboration with the Burkhart Center is conducting a study assessing the benefits of animation-making in young adults diagnosed with ASD, ages 12-14 and 18-22.

If you are interested in participating, contact Dr. Francisco Ortega from the School of Art at francisco.ortega@ttu.edu.

Download the flyer for more information

IEP Clinics

An IEP Clinic is an opportunity for parents to discuss specific issues about their child, prepare for ARD meetings, and ask IEP questions.

  • Monday, July 15th
  • Monday, August 12th 
  • Monday, September 23rd
  • Monday, October 14th
  • Monday, November 11th
  • Monday, December 9th (IEP Clinic only, no workshop)

To schedule a designated appointment time, contact Stephanie McLoughlin, PEN Project Regional Coordinator at 806-879-3843 or smcloughlinpen@gmail.com.

South Plains Autism Network

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

  • Tuesday, September 24th 
  • Tuesday, October 22nd 
  • November - TBA

Parents Night Out

This event is sponsored by the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research and is open to all children with autism spectrum disorder and their siblings' ages 3 through 13. A snack will be provided. There is no cost to participate, but donations are accepted.

 PNO dates

Social Skills Classes

This 10-week class will be for 11-17-year-olds with autism spectrum disorders and will double as a research study looking at integrating a therapy dog into social skills therapy. Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For information, contact Allison Sheats at allison.sheats@ttu.edu

Theatre and Dance Classes

In partnership with the Burkhart Center, the Texas Tech School of Theatre and Dance will be offering FREE classes for children and teens on the autism spectrum during the spring semester.

Goals are to improve the participant's interpersonal communication, verbal and body language, and self-confidence through the arts of theatre and dance.

  • Elementary classes meet Monday & Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • High School classes meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am - 11:30 a.m.

To register, email Susan Voland at susan.voland@ttu.edu or call 806-834-1331.