Taekwondo Tournament to Benefit Autism Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 25, 2010 – The Peak Performance Taekwondo Studio will host a tournament Aug. 28 with proceeds to benefit the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment.

The annual tournament will be held at the Peak Performance Studio, 284 Christine in Cape Girardeau. Registration begins at 9 a.m. “Bow In” is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Grand Master Jeff Forby will welcome participants.

“They (Peak Performance Studio) have a few students with Autism, and their parents have indicated they would like the funds to stay local,” said Connie Hebert, director of the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment. “They suggested the Autism Center at Southeast” as the beneficiary of the tournament.

“We are thrilled,” she said.

The Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment began operating in its new facility at 611 N. Fountain Street Jan. 4. A grand opening celebration was held in July.

The facility brings together four institutions that provide services at the center – Southeast University, TouchPoint Autism Services-Southeast Project, The Tailor Institute and The Thompson CenterᾰSoutheast Outreach for Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention.

The center is designed to reduce the amount of time individuals with Autism are placed on waiting lists for diagnostic services, provide critical diagnostic information to families, including appropriate referrals for services; and provide intervention services and advocacy in the community of the children it serves.