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Drake University Professor Working to Increase Treatment Options for Autistic Iowans

Drake University

For children or adults with intellectual disabilities who exhibit disruptive behaviors, medication is usually the first response. A psychologist in Des Moines is trying to change that.

Maria Valdovinos is a professor of psychology at Drake University. She is helping to train others in applied behavior analysis, an approach that can dramatically improve lives for those with behavioral challenges and the people who love them and work with them.

During this Talk of Iowa conversation, she talks with host Charity Nebbe.

Lindsey Moon served as IPR's Senior Digital Producer - Music and the Executive Producer of IPR Studio One's All Access program. Moon started as a talk show producer with Iowa Public Radio in May of 2014. She came to IPR by way of Illinois Public Media, an NPR/PBS dual licensee in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Wisconsin Public Radio, where she worked as a producer and a general assignment reporter.
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa