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Ting Liu, Ph.D., Director

Director

Ting Liu, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctoral degree in Early Childhood Motor Development. She joined the faculty in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University in 2009. Dr. Liu planned and directed a 3-week summer camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in 2010 and expanded the camp to 4-week since 2011. This camp, the first of its kind in San Marcos area, provided an innovative physical activity forum for children with ASD, served as a model for much needed programming options for the underserved children with special needs in San Marcos, and created unique service-learning opportunities for the camp counselors (University students). Dr. Liu’s research interests include examining motor behavior changes in children with ASD, helping educators and parents to understand children’s motor skill development in early childhood, and assisting physicians, therapists, and other professionals to design early intervention programs for children with ASD. She is an active member of the SHAPE America and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Dr. Liu was a recipient of the 2011 Lolas E. Halverson Motor Development and Learning Young Investigator National Award, and the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities

Contact Info: 512-245-8259, tingliu@txstate.edu

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Camp Counselors

Texas State graduate and undergraduate students and local school district special education teachers serve as counselors and work with the campers during camp sessions. All counselors attend training sessions and are educated in camp curriculum, motor skill assessments, and appropriate interaction skills for children with ASD in an applied setting. The counselors are responsible for carrying on daily camp activities, playing, communicating, and interacting with the children on day-to-day basis. The counselor to child ration is 1:1. The children who attend multiple summer camp sessions are assigned to the same counselor throughout their camp experience. Therefore, the counselor and the camper are able to get to know each other well, which enables both the counselor and the camper to feel comfortable in the camp setting.

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