• Presented by Profectum Foundation & Los Niños Training


    On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, NY NY, an Autism Summit Day was held in conjunction with the 14th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference. View the Full Program

    This summit was a unique opportunity to understand, in one day, how different interventions tackle the developmental and learning challenges of Autism. Learn how various educational, clinical and parent-mediated research based models are implemented including DIR, ESDM, JASPER, Verbal Behavior, NEST, and Special Education.  Find the answers to addressing the core deficits of autism to help children form relationships and friendships, communicate, regulate behavior, play and develop the skills they need for a meaningful future.

    Highlighted speakers were:

    Serena Wieder, PhD, Clinical Director, Profectum, NJ

    Serena Wieder, a clinical psychologist, is the co-creator of the DIR (developmental, individual difference, relationship based) Model, that defined the functional emotional developmental capacities that form the foundation for life long relating, communicating and learning. She co-authored “Engaging Autism”, “The Child with Special Needs” and numerous other articles and books. Serena also developed DIR interdisciplinary training approaches and is the Clinical Director of the Profectum Foundation. She lectures all over the world and is on various Boards including Zero to Three.

    Sima Gerber, PhD, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders, Queens College, NY

    Sima Gerber is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, CUNY. She has over 40 years of clinical experience, specializing in the treatment of children with autistic spectrum disorders. Sima is on the faculty of Profectum and the Advisory Board of the New York Zero-to-Three Network. She has presented on the topics of language acquisition and developmental approaches to language intervention. Sima has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

    Terry Hamlin, EdD, Associate Executive Director of The Center for Discovery, NY

    Theresa Hamlin, EdD, author of Autism and The Stress Effect, is the Associate Executive Director of The Center for Discovery, a New York State designated Center of Excellence in the care and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and other complex disorders.  She has been designing and evaluating programs for children with complex disorders for more than 30 years.  Terry lectures nationally and internationally about the physical, mental and social development of children as they relate to health and educational practices for those with complex developmental disorders.  She has a keen interest on the effects of chronic stress in children with complex disorders, and how that stress affects learning and health.

    Monica G. Osgood, Executive Director, Profectum, NJ

    Monica has worked in homes, therapy centers, and private and public school settings for over 20 years. Her experience has included assessment and the development of intervention programs, curriculum and IEP development, and parent and professional training. In 1998 Monica created the first public school program with the DIR approach as the core philosophy and in 2004 co-founded the Celebrate the Children School (CTC) in Denville, NJ. Additional accomplishments include many speaking engagements at conferences and participation in television, radio and newspaper interviews across the USA, Wales, Ireland and Amsterdam. Monica and CTC were featured in a TIME Magazine cover story in May of 2006.

    Gilbert Foley, EdD, Consulting Clinical Director, NY Center for Child Development, NY

    Gil Foley, EdD, a psychologist and educator, is Consulting Clinical Director, NY Center for Child Development and Consulting Psychologist and faculty of Profectum and the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi University. He is a retired tenured faculty member from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Dr. Foley authored the “Cognitive Observation Guide”,”The Supportive Play Model”, the “Loss-Grief Model” and co-autjored with Dr. Jane Hochman, “Mental Health in Early Intervention: Achieving Unity in Principles and Practice”, as well as many other publications. He has worked in just about every service delivery model for young children and lectures widely nationally and internationally

    Ruby Salazar, ACSW, BCD, Founder and Director, Pennsylvania Lifespan Services at Salazar Associates, PA

    Ruby Salazar is a child and family psychotherapist who has worked with children and families for over forty years and, in 1982 founded Pennsylvania Lifespan Services, a family-focused  transdisplinary developmental practice.   She co-founded the first national medical Touchpoints , worked in the office of three PA governors as a child-care consultant, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Children and the PA Department of Welfare Workgroup to establish Autism Assessment Policy and clinically directed both the ASD Comprehensive Assessment  Project and  the PA Department of Early Intervention Reflective Supervision Project. Proudly, she chaired candidate Obama’s first Autism Workgroup who drafted the bill which became ASD Federal Law.

    Suzi Tortora, EdD, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Dancing Dialogue, NY

    Suzi Tortora received her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY specializing in infancy and early childhood development, education and psychology. She is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) as well as a Board Certified Dance/movement Therapist (BC- DMT). Suzi has offices in Cold Spring –on-the Hudson, New York and in New York City. She lectures and provides training programs nationally and internationally and has published many papers and a book, Dancing Dialogue:Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children, about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work.