Second International Conference on Signs of Autism in Infants: Changing Outcomes through Early Identification & Intervention, October 11 & 12, 2008. Presenters Confirmed

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During this 2-day conference ten autism experts from the United States, Canada, and Israel will present their latest research on indicators of autism in the first year of life, the process and tools of identification, and strategies for early intervention. Based on years of research and practice, these experts are discovering the developmental trajectory of autism, the behavioral manifestations, and intervention strategies that will enable infants and toddlers to avoid the life-long consequences of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

based on what we know from research and from experience, it is imperative that we develop intervention techniques for use as close to birth as possible. It is my belief that this conference will give us the tools we need to move us closer to that goal for the betterment of the lives of babies and their concerned parents.

A unique conference that focuses on the identification of autism in infants and toddlers and on early intervention is scheduled for October 11 and 12, 2008 in Yorba Linda, California. This event -- the Second International Conference on Signs of Autism in Infants: Changing Outcomes through Early Identification and Intervention -- brings together autism experts from the United States, Canada, and Israel who will present their latest research, knowledge, and experience. Professionals of all disciplines concerned with early identification and intervention -- including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, early interventionists, parents, and public officials -- are all encouraged to attend.

Confirmed presenters include:

  •     Pauline A. Filipek MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Neurology, UC Irvine School of Medicine, and Director of Autism Research, For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center
  •     Jim Stieben, Senior Research Scientist, Director, Clinical and Developmental Social Neuroscience, Harris Research Initiative, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  •     Jennifer Pinto Martin, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania - Director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE), Philadelphia, PA
  •     Karen Pierce, Director of Clinical Research, Autism Center of Excellence, University of California, San Diego
  •     Mary Beth Steinfeld, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, UC Davis Medical Center Department of Pediatrics Child Development Section M.I.N.D. Institute, Sacramento, CA
  •     Barbara Kalmanson, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Special Educator, Director, Oak Hill School, Sausalito, California
  •     Laurie Vismara, Ph.D., BCBA, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute UCD
  •     Tracey Stackhouse, M.A., O.T.R. President, Developmental & Fragile X Resource Centre (Developmental FX), Denver, Colorado
  •     Hanna Alonim, Director, The Mifne Centre, Rosh Pina, Israel
  •     Hedy Hansen, Parent and Family Support and Program Manager, For OC Kids

Identifying the signs of autism in the critical period before the age of one is a priority at the forefront of the scientific, health, and education communities. Thanks to a worldwide effort, encouraging progress is being made in all disciplines that address Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This conference provides an opportunity for experts across key disciplines to share their knowledge and skills with clinicians and parents who are faced with the overwhelming challenge of early identification and timely and effective intervention. With this coordinated effort, a methodology and plan of action will emerge.

It is the opinion of Margie Wagner, President of Child Development Media, Inc., and chief organizer of the Conference, that, "based on what we know from research and from experience, it is imperative that we develop intervention techniques for use as close to birth as possible. It is my belief that this conference will give us the tools we need to move us closer to that goal for the betterment of the lives of babies and their concerned parents."

To view the preliminary Conference brochure, to register today, or to request further information please click on this link to our website: http://childdevelopmentmedia.com. You may also call 800-405-8942 for further information.

Child Development Media, Inc. publishes and distributes training materials to colleges and universities and programs for children both in the United States and around the world.

Please Contact:
Egan Jover, Managing Director
Child Development Media, Inc.
800-405-8942
http://www.childdevelopmentmedia.com

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