Des Moines, Iowa (PRWEB) February 01, 2012
Free to the public, this is just one service provided by Champions, whose mission is to connect families, caregivers, educators and the community with education, information and resources that will help improve the quality of life for those living with Autism and ADHD.
“We are thrilled that Kemin Nutrisurance has provided the financial support for us to launch this important series. Families who are learning about or living with Autism and/or ADHD are desperate for information and resources to help them understand these disabilities and improve the quality of life for their child,” said Dr. Ken Budke, President of Champions. “These Webinars will make it easier for anyone to have access from their home or office. One initiative of Champions is Farmers Fighting Autism™, and this series will also help bridge the gap for families in rural areas, where programs and services are lacking.”
Presenter: Sue Baker, Autism Services Consultant, Iowa Department of Education and Child Health Specialty Clinic/University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Five key learnings for attendees:
o Difference in characteristics before age 3 and after age 3
o Resources for understanding early development of autism and educational resources for parents, providers, and educators
o What are joint attention deficits and why are these skills important?
o How autism impacts preschoolers
o Screening options in Iowa if an autism spectrum disorder is suspected
This presentation, Early Identification of Autism, will describe the early social-communication characteristics of autism that develop birth to age three years. It will compare how these characteristics differ from those with cognitive delays and also those typically developing. It will share electronic resources for both parents and professionals to learn more about how these characteristics develop. Joint attention will be described in detail as a common indicator for at risk for autism. This presentation will also describe how preschool impacts the learner with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Options for getting a child that has concerning development screened for at risk for autism will be shared.
Presenter Sue Baker has an education background with experience in both general education and special education in public schools in Des Moines and Kansas City. She has degrees in special education with a Masters degree in teaching the hearing impaired. She served in a consultant position in mental disabilities and autism in St. Louis. Her experience as a clinical teacher for autism in a diagnostic facility at the University of Iowa provided her a diagnostic and treatment experience for a decade before taking the current position. She serves as the Autism Services Consultant with the Iowa Department of Education and Child Health Specialty Clinic at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
For more information about Champions of Autism & ADHD, visit http://www.autismchamps.org, or contact 515-597-0858.