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!
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Parent-mediated Intervention for Autism and Its Long Term Effects on Reducing Autism Severity
BioJonathan Green trained in Paediatrics in London and Psychiatry in Oxford and Manchester, UK. He has a long standing clinical and research interests in autism and other aspects of social development in children.
He has led a number of clinical trials in autism including the MRC Preschool Autism Communication Trial (PACT), which is one of the largest psychosocial intervention trials in autism to date, and its 6 year follow up into middle childhood; the i-BASIS infancy prodromal intervention trial, which is the first truly prodromal RCT in ASD, and the PASS implementation in South Asia, which is the first systematic adaptation and testing of an evidenced intervention for autism spectrum disorder into a LMIC context. He has done other basic science research on social development after early neglect and maltreatment, and has been involved in treatment studies for self harm in adolescence. He has been part of a NIHR/MRC methodology research group developing better methods of process and causal analysis in trials and works on studies of therapeutic alliance and mediation processes. Jonathan is Associated Editor of JCPP, sat on the NICE committee on treatments for autism and other national committees.
Clinically, he runs a regional specialist Social Development Clinic at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester, UK, which undertakes assessment and treatment innovation with ASD and other impairments of social development in children.
How Do We Measure What Treatment Changes?
BioCatherine Lord, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Weill Cornell Medical College & Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Dr. Lord is an international expert in the 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’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 evaluation and diagnosis of children and adults who may have autism. Child psychiatry fellows have an opportunity to observe Dr. Lord in her clinical assessments during their first year rotation at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Additionally Dr. Lord teaches child and adolescent psychiatry fellows in their didactic curriculum. Finally, Dr. Lord was recently elected to The National Academy of Medicine.
Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker
BioKerry Magro is an award-winning disability advocate, best-selling author of 3 books, movie consultant of 2 autism films, and a non-profit founder that has given over 45 scholarships for students with autism for college. Magro was completely non-verbal until the age of two and a half and was diagnosed with autism at 4-years-old.
These days, Magro travels around the country as a motivational speaker and disability advocate. His speeches have included two TEDx Talks. In 2014, he received accreditation from the National Speakers Association as one of the only professionally certified speakers with autism in the country. For almost a decade Magro has talked at hundreds of events about his journey on the autism spectrum. Those speaking engagements led to a stint in TV hosting his own local cable show called the “Different is Beautiful Show,” which focuses on people who overcome adversity.
Kerry has recently started interviewing people for his new video series at A Special Community Of Love And Acceptance that highlights people with special needs, disease and those who have overcome obstacles in their lives. For his efforts Magro has been featured in major media and worked with amazing brands including CBS News, Inside Edition, Upworthy, BBC News, HuffPost Live, HuffPost, American Express, J.P Morgan Chase, NBA.com and much more.
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.