NMU's Behavioral Education, Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center received a $20,000 grant from the Superior Health Foundation. The funding will help to develop a professional association to support educational and development needs of professionals working in areas related to Applied Behavior Analysis techniques. ABA is used extensively at the center.
The U.P. is experiencing a shortage of trained professionals who possess the training or credentials to provide ABA services, which was part of the motivation for establishing the BEAR Center at NMU. It is a free clinic and research facility that provides behavioral assessment, consultation and therapeutic services for children with autism, developmental disabilities, language deficits and other behavioral concerns.
The grant was presented to BEAR Center Director Jacob Daar during the SHF Spring Grants Celebration April 17 in Marquette. More than $107,000 in health-centered grant funding was awarded to various U.P. organizations.