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Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used — a surprising result that may have important implications for special-education programs and school classrooms across the country.

“This is the first study designed to compare long-standing comprehensive treatment models for young children with ASD,” said Brian Boyd, a fellow at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and one of the study’s co-principal investigators. Boyd also is an assistant professor in occupational science and occupational therapy in UNC’s School of Medicine.


Larry Reeves, Long Term Care Ombudsman for Region A, Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging, will speak on “Sense and Nonsense about Memory Loss” at Chestnut Hill of Highlands on Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse Dining Room, 64 Clubhouse Trail, just off Buck Creek Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Previously, Reeves was mountain area program manager for the Alzheimer's Association for Western North Carolina.

A native of Waynesville, Reeves received his undergraduate degree from Berea College, Berea, Ky. He holds two graduate degrees as well as a graduate certificate in gerontology, and has spent many years working in the long term care field.


A partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center provides free programs on a variety of health topics for men and women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings.

At this month’s Men’s Night Out, Donna McClure-Allen, LCSW, LCAC, NCAC1, and mental health social worker Veteran Affairs at the Franklin VA Outpatient Clinic, will be discussing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The meeting will be Tuesday, July 23, at Angel Medical Center in the Video Conference Room on the third floor, at 6:30 p.m.


The Macon County Board of Health recognized the departure of three long-time board members Tuesday, June 25.

Tammy Dills, RN; Roberta Swank; and Ron Winecoff were all thanked by Board Chair Russell Stevenson for their years of dedicated service to Macon County. All three had served on the Board of Health since 2004.


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