Stiegler recognized as Health Care Hero by 'CityBusiness'
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Lillian Stiegler, a specialist in the field of autism spectrum disorders at Southeastern Louisiana University, was named a Health Care Hero for 2009 by New Orleans CityBusiness.
The awards cited 55 different professionals in various health care fields for excellence in their profession.
Stiegler, a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was recognized in the "Professional Category" for her work in autism, a disability typically seen in young children that is characterized by impaired social interaction and problems with verbal and non-verbal communication.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Stiegler’s caliber helping to prepare future professionals in speech-language pathology and in devoting countless hours working with area parents and family members of children with autism,” said Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Stiegler, who served as a technical consultant to the Lifetime movie “Miracle Run” that was based on the story of a single mother struggling to raise twin boys with autism, has been recognized by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Autism Society of America with the Award for Higher Education Excellence. She has also been honored three times by the Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences with the Award for Excellence in Service.