Monday, October 13, 2008

Conference Season #4: Birch Family Services, 11/6

Birch Family Services 11th Annual Autism Conference: Addressing the Challenges of Autism: Getting the Social Stuff Right

At this year’s conference, you’ll hear the challenges — and triumphs — of helping those with ASD understand and manage social interactions with others. Not only will you further your knowledge on this issue, but you’ll come away with practical strategies that will enhance your daily interactions with individuals with ASD. You’ll also receive a unique perspective on the subject from Michael John Carley, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2000 (along with his then 4-year-old son).

November 6, 2008
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, Keynote Speaker University of Kansas — Dept. of Special Education Author of The Hidden Curriculum: Teaching What is Meaningful; Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage and Meltdowns (with Southwick); and, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world and written more than 150 articles and books on autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Nancy Reichle, PhD University of North Carolina — Division TEACCH Director of Division TEACCH’s Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC), a residential and vocational treatment program for adults with autism. Coauthor of the following: Effects of a Model Treatment Approach on Adults with Autism (in press) in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities; Residential Treatment for Individuals with Autism in Handbook of Autism, 2nd Edition; and, The Environmental Rating Scale (ERS): A Measure of the Residential Environment for Adults with Autism in Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 19, No. 5, 1998.

Elisa Gagnon, MS. Ed University of Kansas — Asperger Syndrome Project Coordinator of the Asperger Syndrome Project at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Author of Power Cards: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome and Autism, and Coauthor of This is Asperger Syndrome.

Michael John Carley and members of G.R.A.S.P. [Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Project] Panel Presentation
Michael John Carley is Founder and Executive Director of G.R.A.S.P., the largest organization comprised of adults on the autism spectrum. He has appeared in the media widely, most notably in The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Newsday, The London Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek OnAir, Psychology Today, and on radio on Terry Gross’ Fresh Air as well as The Infinite Mind.

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