Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Community Autism Partnership - Afternoon Breakout Sessions

April 23, 2010

AFTERNOON SESSIONS 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Session # Presenter(s) Title Description

1

David Snyder, M.D.

Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrician

Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU)

Autism and ADHD: How are They Connected

Autism and ADHD: How are They Connected

Repeated at 2:30

An examination of the disorders as they manifest distinct similarities, complex differences, and developmental impact on communication, social and behavioral characteristics in young children. Clinical and educational implications to misdiagnoses and treatment will be addressed.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel, psychologists and speech pathologists

2

Howard Glidden, Ph.D., FACPN

Board certified in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

Fresno Neurobehavioral Associates

Overview of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

Overview of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

Repeated at 2:30

Neuropsychological evaluations differ from educational psychological assessments. The extensive examination of learning challenges and observable behaviors as they relate to brain functioning results in a cognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses that may affect school performance and personal living skills.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel, psychologists and speech pathologists

3

Linda Copeland, M.D., FAAP

Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento

Evidence on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Interventions for Autism

Part 1

CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine. While scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are key questions that are yet to be answered through well-designed scientific studies. This workshop explains the medical perspective on the safety and efficacy of these therapies as they relate to autism.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel, psychologists and speech pathologists

4

Kathy Wandler, M.A., BCBA

Clovis Unified School District

Positive Behavior Intervention in Inclusive Education Settings

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a set of research-based strategies meant to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior by teaching new skills and making changes in a person's environment. Their application to inclusive settings is discussed in practical terms.

Target audience: educators, parents, agency personnel, school psychologists and speech pathologists

5

Coleen Sparkman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Director

Therapeutic Pathways, Modesto

After the Diagnosis: Now What?

Appropriate treatment and education can help children with autism have positive outcomes. Suggestions for implementing timely services and maintaining a hopeful and supportive outlook will be provided.

Target audience: educators, parents, agency personnel, speech pathologists and school psychologists

6

Parent Panel:

Stephanie Greenburg

Selinda Modhler

Kris Rose

Reva Guimont

Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU)

Parent Perspectives: Emotional Components of Navigating the System for the Child with Autism

Parents will share personal experiences and discuss ways that parents can turn an emotional journey into a positive foundation that will sustain you as you support your child.

Target audience: parents and educators

7

Laura Lavery, M.A.

Education Specialist

Diagnostic Center, Central CA

Fresno Pacific University

Resources Straight From the Internet (focus on young children with autism)

Repeated at 2:30

Free, accessible resources that can be created, downloaded and implemented with minimal time investment will be shared through a live demonstration.

Target audience: all attendees

8

Michelle Austin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Diagnostic Center, Central CA

Fresno Pacific University

Building Early Communication Skills Using Technology

Typically, children with autism process visual information better than auditory information. Assistive technology may support giving them information through their strongest processing area (visual). Therefore various types of technology from "low" tech to "high" tech may be incorporated into aspects of daily living to improve communication skills.

Target audience: educators, speech pathologists and parents

9

Ananda Aspen, M.A., Ab.D.

Diagnostic Center, Central CA

Fresno Pacific University

Using Everyday Objects to Encourage Play, Language and Social Interaction

Increasing imaginary play, joint attention and social interactions using what is available in homes and classrooms is easier than most think. Simple techniques will be demonstrated through live and video modeling.

Target audience: speech pathologists, educators and parents

10

Susan Clare, Ph.D., BCBA

Private Consultant

Self-Injurious Behaviors

Part 1

Self-injurious behavior is one of the most devastating behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism. This workshop will discuss many of the reasons children self-injure and will describe interventions based on the underlying cause.

Target audience: psychologists, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel and speech pathologists

11

Amanda Adams, Ph.D., BCBA

California State University, Fresno

National Standards: What Every Teacher Should Know

The National Standards Report serves as a single, authoritative source of guidance to help families, educators, program managers and agencies make informed decisions and choose effective treatments.

Target audience: educators, school personnel and parents

12

Stacey B. Thacker, LMFT

Roubicek & Thacker Individual, Marriage & Family Counseling, Inc.

Heartache to Hope for Professionals

This introspective presentation outlines the emotional impact of disability on the family and assists professionals in gaining skills necessary to facilitate growth among the families they serve, as well as in themselves.

Target audience: school personnel

AFTERNOON SESSIONS 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Session # Presenter(s) Title Description
13

Linda Copeland, M.D., FAAP

Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento

Evidence on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Interventions for Autism

Part 2

CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine. While scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are key questions that are yet to be answered through well-designed scientific studies. This workshop explains the medical perspective on the safety and efficacy of these therapies as they relate to autism.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel, psychologists and speech pathologists

14

Bev Long, M.A.

Diagnostic Center, Central CA

Fresno Pacific University

Using Picture Books to Stimulate Language

Basic principles and real examples to enhance language, imagination and comprehension in young children with autism will be explained and modeled, with the actual books demonstrated made available to participants.

Target audience: speech pathologists, educators and parents

15

Laura Lavery, M.A.

Diagnostic Center, Central CA

Resources Straight From the Internet (focus on young children with autism)

Repeated Session

Free, accessible resources that can be created, downloaded and implemented with minimal time investment will be shared through a live demonstration.

Target audience: all attendees

16

Michelle Austin, M.A., CCC-SLP

Video Modeling to Enhance Language & Social Skills

Videos depicting steps to positive behaviors can be effective in helping children with autism spectrum disorders develop social skills and daily living skills. Practical methods and easy format will be explained.

Target audience: educators and parents

17

Freda Kaprelian, R.N., M.A.

Emily Bahne, R.N., M.S.

Kings Canyon Unified School District

Perspectives on Cultural Sensitivity

Encouraging medical perspectives involving cultural sensitivity and regard for family and community diversity of cultural values, language, religion, education, socio-economic and social-emotional factors that influence coping and conceptualization of the young child with ASD.

Target audience: nurses, medical practitioners, educators and agency personnel

18

Susan Clare, Ph.D., BCBA

Private Consultant

Self-Injurious Behaviors

Part 2

Self-injurious behavior is one of the most devastating behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism. This workshop will discuss many of the reasons children self-injure and will describe interventions based on the underlying cause.

Target audience: psychologists, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel and speech pathologists

19

Amanda Adams Ph.D., BCBA

California State University, Fresno

Collaboration: The Key to a Cohesive Program

An overview of the collaborative process necessary to develop cohesive and cooperative early intervention programs for young children with autism. Includes idea-sharing for involving multi-agency, interdisciplinary, and multi-site aspects to individually and collectively build quality programs.

Target audience: educators, agency personnel and parents

20

Susan Kalpakoff, M.A.

Fresno Unified School District

Components of an Appropriate Curriculum for Young Children with Autism

Utilizing instructional methods involving discrete trial training (Applied Behavior Analysis), pivotal response training and functional routines to form the instructional base of a comprehensive program for children with autism, examples and practical overview.

21

David Snyder, M.D.

Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrician

Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU)

Autism and ADHD: How Are They Connected

Autism and ADHD: How Are They Connected

Repeated Session

An examination of the disorders as they manifest distinct similarities, complex differences, and developmental impact on communication, social and behavioral characteristics in young children. Clinical and educational implications to misdiagnoses and treatment will be addressed.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel, psychologists and speech pathologists

22

Howard Glidden, Ph.D., FACPN

Board certified in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

Fresno Neurobehavioral Associates

Overview of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

Overview of a Neuropsychological Evaluation

Repeated Session

Neuropsychological evaluations differ from educational psychological assessments. The extensive examination of learning challenges and observable behaviors as they relate to brain functioning results in a cognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses that may affect school performance and personal living skills.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, medical practitioners, educators, agency personnel, psychologists and speech pathologists

23

Stacey B. Thacker, LMFT

Roubicek & Thacker Individual, Marriage & Family Counseling, Inc.

Heartache to Hope for Parents

Journey with Stacey Thacker, LMFT, as she shares her family's experience of raising a child with multiple disabilities. In this workshop, families who have children with special needs will find a safe and inviting place to explore the emotional impact of their child's condition on themselves and their family. They will learn new ways of interacting with each other that foster support, love and maintain or restore functional family dynamics.

Target audience: parents

24

Coleen Sparkman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Director

Therapeutic Pathways, Modesto

Evidence-Based Treatments for Children with Autism

Evidence-based treatments for young children with autism will be reviewed, with reference to the National Standards Report. Guidance will be provided to help families, educators, program managers and agencies make informed decisions and choose effective treatments.

Target audience: educators, school personnel and parents

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