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National Autism Conference at Kent State, June 25-26

Sessions to Address the Essence of Autism and Addressing the Core Needs of Individuals with Autism

Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) demonstrate unique strengths and needs in terms of communication, socialization, play and language development. The eighth annual Topics in Child Development Conference, being held at Kent State University’s Kent Campus June 25-26, will focus on approaches to intervention that can assist in understanding and effectively addressing core strengths and needs.

The two-day conference, held in the Kent Student Center, will focus on a range of topics related to the basics of ASD.  Regional and national leaders in ASD will provide strategies, insights and research based information valuable to both professionals and families.

The conference is sponsored Kent State’s College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services and the Hattie Larlham Foundation.

Conference highlights include a Thursday evening session, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., for families of those with ASD featuring Ingrid Kanics, Juanita Greenwood and Ron Savage from the Hattie Larlham Foundation discussing the challenges families face.

A Friday lunch-time keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Barry Prizant, an internationally recognized autism researcher and education specialist. Prizant, who is the director of the Childhood Communication Services and an adjunct professor at Brown University, will discuss the “SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive, Team-Based Approach to Educating Children with ASD.”

Additionally, there will be sessions on numerous topics including transformation planning for students with autism, executive dysfunction in children and adolescents, positive behavioral supports, vocational and social supports, play and autism, continuity between home and classroom, development of intentional communication, emotional regulation, social skills deficits and sleep disturbances in autism.

For a complete conference schedule or to register online at Registration also can be made by calling by 330-672-3100 or 800-672-5782.

A resource room with vendors and agencies also be available to provide materials and information to participants.

This year’s Topics in Child Development Conference is coordinated by Kent State’s Dr. Lisa Audet, assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology, and Dr. Richard Cowan, assistant professor and coordinator of the school psychology program. 


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