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This year’s symposium will focus on the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). More people than ever before are being diagnosed with ASD. It is unclear exactly how much of this increase is due to a broader definition of ASD and better efforts in diagnosis. However, a true increase in the number of people with an ASD cannot be ruled out. Scientific studies have demonstrated that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism. We do know that significant improvement in autism symptoms is most often reported in connection with intensive early intervention. Early intervention is supported by early diagnosis.
The day’s 5 hour program will focus on the areas of current research related to applied sciences, diagnosis, psycholinguistics, as well as current neurobiological findings. Also a focus of the conference will be to explore the autism spectrum disorders from a “lived experience” perspective. Attendees will expand their knowledge base in relation to current findings in etiology, diagnosis, treatment and expected outcomes for those across the autism spectrum disorder continuum with the goal of improving the lives of those challenged by ASD throughout their lifetime.
1. Identify a clearer understanding of what it is like to have Asperger syndrome based on key points from the lived experience.
2. List at least 5 ways in which a parent or caregiver can offer academic and social support to someone who has Asperger syndrome.
3. Identify and explain the relationship between sensory integration and school and/or social success in individual with Asperger syndrome.
4. Recognize some of the unique social patterns associated with adolescents who have Asperger syndrome.
5. Define and explain the unique language patterns associated with Asperger syndrome.
6. Create strategies designed to improve language comprehension and usage for Asperger syndrome students.
7. Cite how risk genes affect the brain in development, and recognize how new research is linking genes to brain function and behavior.
8. Describe the concepts of structural and functional connectivity in the brain and how these constructs are measured using brain imaging.
9. List at least 3 ways interventions can affect brain development.
10. Consider the concepts of translational research, how to combine different levels of scientific inquiry into a comprehensive approach to understanding developmental disorders.
11. Identify the diagnostic criteria of autism spectrum disorders.
12. Identify early red flags in young children showing signs of ASD.
13. Recognize how medical and behavioral interventions interact in the treatment of autism.
14. Discuss behavioral health treatments for autism.
15. List at least three applications of behavior analysis to the treatment of autism.
In an effort to go green, the speaker’s power point presentations will not be distributed at the event. Electronic versions of handouts and presentations will be made available for download online to all registered participants. Please review the materials and print those that you wish to have with you at the program and bring them with you.
Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Granpeesheh has devoted over 30 years to the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and is recognized as a leading expert in the field. Dr. Granpeesheh earned her PhD in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a licensed psychologist in California, Texas, and Arizona, as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral. Dr. Granpeesheh is a pioneer in the field of autism treatment and recovery and also a very active member of the autism community. With endless endurance and a resilient spirit, Dr. Granpeesheh leads educational efforts for parents, teachers, and healthcare providers, takes part in conferences, and joins in walks and other efforts to promote awareness of autism spectrum disorder and the resources available to treat it.
Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD
Susan Y. Bookheimer, PhD, holds the Joaquin Fuster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Department of Psychology, where she is director of the Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a clinical neuropsychologist whose work has spanned both basic research and clinical practice. Dr. Bookheimer has been active in pediatric imaging since the inception of functional MRI in the early 1990s, and has focused on brain imaging in developmental and other disorders at UCLA for over 18 years, and in autism for the past 15 years.
Dr. Bookheimer’s autism research program uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to try to understand what differences in brain function give rise to the major symptoms of autism, especially in language, social communication, joint attention, and emotion, and integrates imaging with genetics to understand how autism risk genes alter the trajectory of abnormal brain development in autism.
Liane Holiday Wiley
Professor Liane Holliday Willey, who holds a doctorate in psycholinguistics, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when she was 35 years old. Since her diagnosis, Liane has focused her academic research on female’s with Asperger Syndrome and communication skills for people on the spectrum.
Professor Liane is the author of the new book Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life, and the author of the international best selling books Pretending to be Normal: Living with Aspergers Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, the Downs and Things in Between, Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal.
She is also the Senior Editor of Autism Spectrum Quarterly, a blogger for Psychology Today and a consultant with B.R.A.I.N.S. – the Behavioral Resources and Institute for Neuropsychological Services. Liane has been featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Autism One Radio, Oxygen TV, several NPR stations and many other media outlets. Though Professor Willey loves helping others understand Asperger Syndrome, her professional employment happens at Kirkshire Farm, an equestrian facility she owns and operates.
We strongly recommend that you check with your state regulatory agency to determine whether or not you are eligible for continuing education credit by participating in this educational event.
California Registered Nurses: This course is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number # CEP 881, for 5 contact hours.
California MFT’s & LCSW’s:Course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education (CE’s) for MFT’s & LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider:Alicia Najera, LCSW: Provider No. 1109
California Psychologists: The Santa Cruz County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California for 5 hours. SCCMHSAS maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Provider No. SAN 121
Physicians:This live activity, The Spectrum: From Autism to Asperger’s, with a begin date of March 5, 2015 has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to five (5) elective credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.