Texas Tech University

Events Calendar

June 2020 Update:

As our country, state, and Texas Tech University begins to take steps in reopening, the Burkhart Center remains committed to the safety of our community.

We remain intent on fulfilling our mission and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on the Burkhart Center's path forward.

  • We are saddened to announce that camps, family fun events, or other services that require face-to-face interaction will not be offered this summer. We look forward to future community events when we can ensure a safe environment for everyone.
  • We have provided updates to the Burkhart Center Autism Resource Guide to include new online resources and the current status of our partner resources.
  • All clinical services are now being provided through telemedicine and will continue into the fall. This includes ABA clinical services, the Transition Academy, CASE, and other of our smaller programs. If you are on one of our program waiting lists and want to learn more about what telemedicine will look like for your program, please contact us.
  • We anticipate our services this fall to be a hybrid of online and in-person interaction.

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. In addition to IEP Clinic appointments, there are frequently FREE parent workshops. 

  • Monday, January 13th (IEP Clinic only, no workshop)
  • Monday, February 10th 
  • Monday, May 11th (IEP Clinic only, no workshop)

Download the FREE Parent Workshop Schedule

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, January 28th
  • Tuesday, February 25th 
  • Tuesday, March 24th
  • Tuesday, April 28th 

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.

If you are interested, please contact Paige Dotson for more information:

📲 (806) 834-2834
💻 paige.dotson@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 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.

  • Ages 3-6 meet Monday & Wednesday | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | February 17th - April 20th 
  • Ages 7-10 meet on Saturday mornings | 10:00 am - 11:30 a.m. | February 22nd - April 18th

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