7th Annual NY/NJ Conference
October 25 - October 26
Travel & Accommodations
October 25 & 26, 2017
Hilton Newark Penn Station | Newark, NJ
Relationships: The Key to Progress
Empower Parents, Promote Sustainable Outcomes, and Unlock Potential for Individuals with Autism and Other Mental Health Challenges
The DIR (Developmental Individual Difference,Relationship based) Model pioneered Parent-mediated Intervention (PMI) for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Relationships are fundamental to every aspect of a child’s development and parents are the agents of change paving the way for growth and lifelong functional competence and independence.
This conference will bridge clinical and research models of PMI that support progress and enhances outcomes for children with autism. Learn the research developmental science that captures the nuance of parent-child interactions and measures change. See how therapists and educators work with parents and children of all ages in different settings to advance development.
Additionally, the DIR-FCD Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) will be presented. These capacities underscore each individual’s readiness for maximizing progress and success throughout their lifespan. Various foundational capacities and practical strategies to nurture them in children and young adults with a range of abilities will be illustrated. Finally, take a 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.
Day 1 Theme: The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model and Parent-mediated Interventions: Research, Theory and Practice with Jonathan Green, MD; Catherine Lord, PhD, Serena Wieder, PhD and Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP
Day 2 Theme: Developing Self-Regulation, Confidence and Competencies for Life with DIR-FCD Interventions with Kerry Magro, Anie Knipping and Monica G. Osgood
Who should attend?
Professionals of all disciplines and parents concerned with the development of individuals with challenges in relating, communicating, learning, making transitions and developing competencies for independent living.
Physicians | Clinical Psychologists | Social Workers | Marriage and Family Therapists | Occupational Therapists | Occupational Therapy Assistants | Physical Therapists | Speech-language Pathologists | Developmental Optometrists | School Psychologists | Inclusion Specialists | Educators Special Educators | Para-professionals | Early Interventionists | Music Therapists | Behavioral Specialists … and more!
Whether you are the parent of or a professional working with children, adolescents and young adults with an ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder or other special needs, THIS CONFERENCE IS FOR YOU!
Early Bird Rate Expires 9/20/17
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Parent-mediated Intervention for Autism and Its Long Term Effects on Reducing Autism Severity
BioProfessor Jonathan Green is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s Hospitals University NHS Trust and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.
He serves on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment and European Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and is a member of the Commissioning Board for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme. Other roles include - National Trials Adoptions Committee, UKCRN; Scientific Board, British Autism Study of Infant Siblings.
Jonathan Green did general medical training in Cambridge University and University College London; Paediatrics and Developmental Paediatrics at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Nuffield Hearing and Speech Centre and the Thomas Coram Research Centre in London; before specialising in Child Psychiatry in Oxford and then Manchester.
He has a long standing clinical and research interests in autism and other aspects of social development in children.
Clinically, he runs a regional specialist Social Development Clinic at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which undertakes assessment and treatment innovation with ASD and a range of other impairments of social development in children. He co-led the UK’s first study into ICD Asperger Syndrome and has published on social and language development in ASD, co-morbidity and treatment intervention, as well as on Attachment Disorder and the social development consequences of early attachment failure.
How Do We Measure What Treatment Changes?
BioProfessor of Psychology in Psychiatry and founding Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in collaboration with New York Collaborates for Autism.
Catherine Lord, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialties in diagnosis, social and communication development and intervention in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is renowned for her work in longitudinal studies of children with autism as well as for her role in developing the autism diagnostic instruments used in both practice and in research worldwide today. She has also been involved in the development of standardized diagnostic instruments for ASD with colleagues from the United Kingdom and the United States (the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) an observational scale; and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) a parent interview), now considered the gold standard for research diagnoses all over the world.
Dr. Lord completed degrees in psychology at UCLA and Harvard, and a clinical internship at Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Lord’s work at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain involves continued research in validity and longitudinal studies, early diagnosis of children with autism, and regression in children with autism and clinical evaluations and diagnoses of children and adults who may have autism.
Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker
BioKerry Magro is an award winning national speaker and best-selling author. Kerry has become a rolemodel in the disabled community. Non-verbal at 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4, Kerry has overcame countless obstacles to get to where he is today. A recent Masters graduate from Seton Hall University, he currently is CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing.
Today Kerry travels the country sharing his story and telling our society to define their lives and their dreams in the best way they can. Of his highlights include publishing 2 best-selling books (Defining Autism From The Heart and Autism and Falling in Love) and working on the 2012 Motion Picture Joyful Noise. Kerry currently resides in New Jersey and works in New York as the Social Media Coordinator for Autism Speaks.
Growing Up Autistic: What Worked and What We Can Learn from the Past | Anie will moderate a panel of young adults reflecting on their development.
BioMy 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 not always easy to explain without pictures, so I published an illustrated book, 'Eccentricity', to do just that.
25 Workshops Featuring Profectum Faculty and Guest Presenters
Workshops will cover a range of topics related to working with very young to older children, adults and families. Workshops, selected from proposals, will include fostering independence at early early stages, communication systems, adults “letting go” to support transitions, family dynamics, setting short and long term goals, social thinking and reflective practice in homes, clinics and classrooms.