Parents and professionals can obtain the latest information to better serve children with autism during a conference Friday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the University of Wyoming
The conference, "New Horizons in Autism," will link developmental theories of autism spectrum
disorders (ASD) to implications for best practice. Participants will learn how symptoms of autism change with development. They will also learn to identify skill areas for early intervention, including various approaches to building social, communication and adaptive skills in early childhood.
Participants will also become more familiar with developmentally appropriate intervention targets for school-aged children with autism and be able to identify several educational modifications and social interventions that have empirical support. Cost of the conference is $60 for parents and $120 for professionals in advance or $75 for parents and $150 for professionals on-site. To register or for more information visit www.uwyo.edu/wind/attain or call (307) 766-3004.
Keynote speaker is Susan Hepburn, a licensed clinical psychologist and the director of research for JFK Partners at the University of Colorado, Denver. She will discuss and lead sessions on understanding autism from infancy through the school years, and implications on intervention with both young children and school-aged children.
Athena Hayes Lickel, who for 10 years has worked with children with various developmental
disabilities, including ASD will discuss ways to address common challenging behaviors
observed in children with ASD.
Doug Scambler, licensed psychologist, will lead a parent panel on accessing services for
children with ASD. He has worked extensively with children with attention and behavior
disorders as well as developmental disorders including ASD and intellectual impairments.
Autism is something that has or will touch us all at some point. If not in our children, then through our family or friends. I would be willing to bet that most of us know somebody who is Autistic or have family members who are Autistic. It is a very misunderstood condition and one that is seemingly becoming more prevalent.