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This past year, Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh and occupational therapists from Associated Physical and Occupational Therapists implemented a social skill program entitled: SURF Social Skills to students on the autism spectrum at two separate locations.

Students at school #80 following the beach games as they look through beach buckets filled with prizes.

This was the third year this social skills curriculum was implemented at Highgate Heights (school #80) in Buffalo and the first year at Autism Services Inc. Following the completion of the curriculum, students were rewarded with a SURF party which included beach-themed games, prizes, pizza, cake and beach bucket signing.

Submitted by: Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor, Kinesiology Department