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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. Dr. Liu’s research interests include examining cognitive, social, and motor behavior changes in children with ASD, helping educators and parents to understand children’s cognitive, social and 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 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and the American Kinesiology Association. Dr. Liu was a recipient of the 2019 Translational Health Research Poster Award for Health Scholar Showcase, the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, and the 2011 Lolas E. Halverson Motor Development and Learning Young Investigator National Award.

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

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Camp Counselors

A total of 32 Texas State graduate and undergraduate students served as counselors and worked with the campers during our four camp sessions. All counselors attended training sessions and were educated in camp curriculum, research assessments, and proper interaction skills for children with ASD in an applied setting. The counselors were responsible for carrying on daily camp activities. They played, communicated, and interacted with the children with ASD on a day-to-day basis. We had a 1:1 (counselor: child) ratio for this summer camp. The children who attended multiple summer camp sessions, were assigned to the same counselor throughout the camp experience. This ensured the counselor got to know the child well and the child felt comfortable communicating their needs to the counselor. The counselors’ hard work and effort helped make this camp a success.


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