NORMAN — An educational services program for autistic children from birth to age 3, developed at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center, is coming to Norman.
Cleveland County commissioners approved a contract Monday with the OU Board of Regents that will provide the Cleveland County Health Department up to $20,000 through June 30 toward paying teaching assistants, buying classroom and general supplies and for travel expenses.
Shari Kinney, health department administrator, said the program will be implemented at the day care center at NorthHaven Church in Norman through her department’s Sooner Start program.
The contract starts retroactively to Jan. 1, and Kinney said the money will come from state funds that were approved last year.
"It was developed at the Health Sciences Center as a model program for kids with autism,” she said. "It was tested at a church in Oklahoma City and it was successful, so the state Legislature last year extended it to Canadian and Cleveland counties.”
Kinney said anyone who wants information about the new program should contact Sooner Start through the county health department at 321-4048.