2nd International Conference, Signs of Autism in Infants: Changing Outcomes Through Early Identification and Intervention, October 11 & 12, 2008; Unique and Critical Event

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This conference brings together a roster of visionary and accomplished leaders in autism research and clinical practice who are dedicated to the earliest possible identification of autism in very young children and the initiation of intervention to interrupt and ameliorate the devastating consequences of the diagnosis. During the 2-day event these experts will present the outcomes of their work that will show us hopeful new options and lead the way to widespread early recognition and intervention.

With one in 150 children receiving the diagnosis of autism the need for early identification and intervention is urgent. The 2nd International Conference, Signs of Autism in Infants: Changing Outcomes through Early Identification and Intervention on October 11 & 12, 2008 in Yorba Linda, California is the only conference on the horizon that focuses on the recognition of the earliest signs of autism: those that can be identified infants and toddlers.

During this unique 2-day conference autism experts from the United States, Canada, and Israel will present their latest research on the signs of autism in the first year of life, the process and tools of identification, and the 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.

Professionals of all disciplines concerned with early identification and intervention--including physicians, nurses, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, early interventionists, parents, and public officials--are all encouraged to attend. Coming together to learn from the experts, and implementing the results of their research, knowledge and experience, we should finally be able to achieve comprehensive early identification and effective intervention.

Confirmed presenters and title of their presentations include

Early Identification:

  •     Pauline A. Filipek MD,

Typical and Atypical Infant Development: When Should We Be Concerned?

  •     Mel Rutherford, Ph.D.

Differences in Social Perceptual Development Allow for Autism Screening in the First Year of Life

  •     Mary Beth Steinfeld, M.D.

Identification of Autism Before Two Years of Age

  •     Jennifer Pinto Martin, Ph.D.

Screening Strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder

  •     Karen Pierce, Ph.D.,

The Early Identification of Autism: Towards a Bio-Behavioral Approach

  •     Lori Annes, Ph.D.,P.T., Mary Beth Steinfeld, M.D., Douglas Vanderbilt, M.D., Janis White, Ed.D.: Panel: What are the Hurdles from Positive Screen to Early Intervention

Early Intervention:

  •     Barbara Kalmanson, Ph.D. & Janet Green Babb, M.S., P.T.

Insights for Infant-Parent Treatment of Early Signs of Autistic Spectrum Disorder

  •     Paula Horner, Phc.D., CCC-SLP

Social Reciprocity in the Infant-Parent Dyad: Implications for Early Social Communicative Intervention in Autism

  •     Laurie Vismara, Ph.D., BCBA

Can One Hour per Week of Therapy Lead to Lasting Changes in Young Children with Autism?

  •     Tracey Stackhouse, M.A., O.T.R.

The Role of the Occupational Therapist in Early Identification and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders

  •     Hanna Alonim

A Window of Opportunity: Detection and Treatment of Infants with Early Signs of Autism

  •     Hedy Hansen: Where are Parents in the Confusion and How do They Find Services that Work?

It is the opinion of Margie Wagner, President of Child Development Media, Inc., and chief organizer of the Conference, that, "the future is now. Babies who show signs of autism are being identified and referred for early intervention. Join with us to learn how this is happening and what this means for the infants and their families, and for the professionals who serve them."

To view the Conference brochure, 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
Denise Mendez, Conference Assistant
Child Development Media, Inc.


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