Aurora Theatre presents

Community Conversation: Intersecting with Autism 2

Feb 09, 2020

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: Intersecting With Autism
February 9 at 5:00pm

Lisa McDaniel, Director of Autism Stabilization Unit – Viewpoint Health
and members of the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Aurora’s current production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the popular novel of the same name, has a protagonist on the autism spectrum. The performance is designed to give the viewer empathy and to simulate what the experience of daily life is like for a high-functioning person with one form of an autism spectrum disorder.

This community conversation will increase awareness and provide understanding about this complex medical condition and how we can help people with this challenging diagnosis thrive in our community.

View Point Health offers Autism Youth Specialty Services as a part of the Community CARE program. Autism Services provides individuals and families with individualized Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, crisis behavior reduction, and wrap around services in their home and/or school setting. Autism Services will serve individuals between 3-20 years of age. Through wrap around services we are able to create a specialized plan of care for each individual. We will develop services for the whole person while teaching caregivers, professionals and families how to master a variety of skills to help that individual reach their fullest potential in both home and community settings. We look forward to seeing you before the show and will be happy to answer any questions.

Lisa McDaniel, Director of Autism Stabilization Unit 
Lisa McDaniel is a licensed professional counselor that has worked in the mental health profession for over 10 years. She works with Adults, Teens and Children. Her area of specialty is in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which focuses on high risk/self-harm clients. Lisa enjoys working with underserved population and mission work which is driven by her passion to make a difference in the lives of others.  

As the Director of Acute Services, Lisa oversees the Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU). These facilities are similar to short term inpatient facility. The Adult CSU offers services to adults with substance use or psychiatric disorders ages 18 and older. The Adolescent CSU offers services to adolescents with primarily substance use or psychiatric disorders for ages 14 – 17.  At the Adolescent CSU, they also currently serve children with autism spectrum disorder ages 14-17. The Acute Services is now expanding to offer services to adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder CSU. The new ASD CSU will focus on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to help better services this population. The age for the new unit will be focused on children age 10 to 14.