Texas' first public school for autistic children opens in S.A.

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by KENS 5 Staff

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Posted on October 13, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 13 at 7:59 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Local parents of autistic children now have a school all their own. The Foundation School at 3622 Fredericksburg Road is Texas' first public school solely for children with autism.

The instruction is tuition-free and is provided by the Autism Community Network.

The school officially opened in August with three classrooms for children ages 3 to 6 years of age. Wednesday, 21 children with autism spectrum disorders are receiving intensive early intervention therapy.

New research is showing promise for those suffering from learning disabilities. Using a MRI, doctors discovered certain areas of the brain where the left and right hemispheres don't communicate with each other.

The areas are associated with attention, facial recognition and social functioning - skills that people with autism struggle with. Scientists are launching larger studies to confirm the results

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