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7th Annual NY/NJ Conference

October 25 - October 26

Relationships are the Key to Progress Promoting Sustainable Developmental Outcomes

Using the  DIR-FCD Relationship​-Based Model and Parent Mediated Interventions to Support Parents as Agents of Change to Reach the Potential of Individuals with Autism and Other ChallengesWednesday,

Relationships are fundamental to every child’s development and parent-child interactions are at the heart of promoting relatedness and social and emotional competence.  Working together with parents and children with autism or other developmental and mental health challenges is at the core of the DIR Model, which pioneered parent mediated interventions for the treatment of autism and how relationships sustain progress. Building the foundations for lifelong functional competence and independence also relies on comprehensive interventions and experiences tailored to the unique characteristics of each individual.

Join us as we explore the clinical and research approaches of parent mediated interventions and the different ways parents are the agents of change reducing autism severity and sustaining the benefits after treatment ends.  Learn to observe and measure change and how to think developmentally. See how therapists and educators work with parents to advance development. Take this longitudinal journey with us and hear from young adults with ASD as they reflect on their experiences and parent interactions as they strived for competence and independence.

Keynote Presenters

Wednesday, October 25th: The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model and Parent Mediated Interventions-Research, Theory and Practice

Parent Mediated Intervention for Autism and its Long Term Effects on Reducing Autism Severity

Jonathan Green

How Do We Measure What Treatment Changes? 

Catherine Lord, PhD

Thursday, October 26th: Understanding the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) Component of the DIR-FCD Model and the underlying capacities needed to maximize competencies and progress through the FEDL’s

Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker

Kerry Magro

Anie Knipping Moderates a Small Panel of Young Adults with ASD and their Parents

Anie Knipping
Anie Knipping
My name is Anie Knipping, and I'm a social autistic, a layabout with Panic/Anxiety Disorder, and a terminal optimist with clinical depression. My sensory stuff is all over the place, and I've got synesthesia, which lets me see sound and taste colour. I love to educate people on all of it, but it's n...
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Profectum Faculty Presenters

How the DIR-FCD Model Revolutionized the Treatment of Autism  

Serena Wieder
Serena Wieder, PhD
Dr. Wieder is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-foun...
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Developing Life Competencies with DIR-FCD Interventions

Monica Osgood
Monica Osgood
Celebrate the Children’s founder, Monica G. Osgood, is an experienced behavioral consultant and therapist who specializes in using developmental approaches to support children with autism and other differences in relating and communicating. She is also the Founder and Director of the Developmental...
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From Pre-schooler to Teenager: Longitudinal Patterns of Intentionality and Comprehension Across Developmental Stages and Ages

Sima Gerber
Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP
Profectum Senior Faculty Sima Gerber is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, City University of New York. Dr. Gerber has over 40 years of clinical experience, specializing in the treatment of young children with auti...
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Supporting Families through Developmental and Intervention Transitions Across Time

Ruby Salazar
Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD
Director and Senior Clinician at Salazar Associates / Ruby Salazar is the Director and Senior Clinician at Salazar Associates in Clarks Summit and Philadelphia offices in PA. She serves as faculty at Marywood University and Keystone College; the Institute for Children and Infants and The Napa Valley...
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Discussing Longitudinal Trajectories in Development and Intervention in Clinical and Educational Settings

Ricki Robinson, MD; Michele Ricamato, MA, CCC-SLP; Linda Cervenka, MA, CCC-SLP; Diane Selinger, PhD

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