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Kent State Hosts Topics in Child Development Conference

Posted Jun, 22, 2010

Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder demonstrate unique strengths and needs in terms of communication, socialization, play and language development. The ninth annual Topics in Child Development Conference, to be held June 24 and 25 at Kent State University, will focus on day-to-day educational interventions across the autism spectrum, addressing a range of topics related to the basics of autism spectrum disorders. At the conference, regional, state and national leaders in autism spectrum disorders will provide strategies, insights and research based information valuable to professionals and families in the realm of autism.

The June 24 evening session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center is for families of those with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Richard Cowan, associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Kent State, will discuss decision making and the development of practical and effective interventions. Cowan and Dr. Lisa Audet, assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology at Kent State, serve as faculty coordinators for this conference.

The June 25 conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center will feature Dr. Diane Twachtman-Cullen, editor-in-chief of Autism Spectrum Quarterly. She will present two keynote addresses: “Theory of Mind: Where Communication, Social Understanding and Behavior Meet” and “An Intervention Potpourri: The Things I’ve Learned about Reaching and Teaching Students with ASD.”

Additionally, there will be many breakout sessions on topics, including Comprehensive School Planning; Early Intervention; Legal Issues Related to Provision of Educational Services; Interaction and the Child with Minimal Language; Overview of National Autism Center’s Standards Report: An Update of Best Practices; Seizures and Autism; Using Discrete Trial Teaching; Developing and Effective IEP Team; High-Functioning Autism and Socialization; Positive Approaches to Behavior Change; Preparing Kids for a Vocation; and Using Computers to Teach Social Skills.

For a complete listing of the sessions, please consult the “Conferences” link at  A Resource Room with vendors and agencies also will be available to provide materials and information to participants.

Registration information also can be found at the “Conferences” link at or register by phone at 330-672-3100 or 800-672-KSU2.

For additional information on the conference, please contact Kathy Brown at 330-672-0537 or or Marilyn Bokrass at 330-672-8658 or

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Media Note:
Members of the media are welcome to attend and cover this conference. For conference details, contact Kathy Brown at 330-672-0537 or

Media Contacts:
Kathy Brown,, 330-672-0537
Marilyn Bokrass,, 330-672-8658
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595