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Profectum Foundation’s 5th International Conference – Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment

brain-ca-2017-clear-jpgSan Marino, CAProfectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend their 5th International Conference, March 31 – April 1, 2017 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment, is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

Profectum Foundation’s 5th International Conference will be thought provoking and inspirational!

The Honoring Individual Differences conference will showcase neurodiverse individuals, groundbreaking scientists and authors who are on the cutting edge of Autism and mental health treatment. Professionals, parents and caregivers will see how the children they work with and care for can benefit from a new understanding of Autism & Mental Health treatment that supports children and families across the lifespan. Presenters include:

  • New York Times, best-selling author Steve Silberman, of NeuroTribes, will talk about the legacy of Autism and the future of neurodiversity.
  • International neuroscientist, Dr. Stephen Porges, will discuss the importance of relationships as a means of self-regulation and improving an individual’s sense of safety and security needed to advance development.
  • Dr. Anne Donnellan, will explain how understanding sensory and motor differences is changing Autism treatment.
  • Acclaimed Profectum clinicians will demonstrate through “real life” clinical cases how to move from “one size fits all” solutions towards individualized care.
  • Individuals with Autism will be a highlight of the Profectum conference as they share their stories of challenge, discovery and understanding, courage and amazing abilities.

Conference attendees will be able to enjoy the newest, exciting Profectum initiative – a Celebrating Creativity in Autism show!  Participants will experience what can happen when individuals with Autism have access to resources they need to live healthier, more secure and meaningful lives – one can open the door to creativity and innovation. To celebrate this, Profectum will highlight the work of autistic artists, including Anie Knipping, writers and creators in the fabulous setting of the Huntington gardens.

International thought leaders are changing the way we view Autism & Mental Health!

Profectum Foundation’s 5th International Conference list of distinguished presenters include: Anne Donnellan, PhD; Stephen Porges, PhD; Steve Silberman; Amy Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CNDT; Serena Wieder, PhD; Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH; Mona M. Delahooke, PhD; Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN; Monica G. Osgood; Cindy Harrison, MSc Reg, CASLPO; Michele Parkins, MS, OTR; Anie Knipping; Natalie Kitts, MS, OTR; Joshua Kitts; Chantal Sicile-Kira; Jeremy Sicile-Kira; Joyce Show, MD; Peter Tran

Profectum Foundation’s 5th International Conference Early Bird Registration expires soon!

Profectum Foundation’s 5th International Conference program is filled with practical tools, insights and information for professionals, parents and caregivers of those with Autism and other special needs. The Early Bird registration rate expires on February 15, 2017 to register click here Conference Registration.  For more information please visit the Conference Website and read the Conference Brochure

Serena Wieder

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-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Wieder is a Board Member of Zero to Three and also serves on Advisory Boards to various programs serving infant mental health and other special needs. She established DIR-Israel and provides consultation and training to international and national programs. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Wieder has pioneered important approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health and developmental disorders. She co-developed the DIR Model with Stanley Greenspan, edited two diagnostic manuals for infants and young children, and created models for interdisciplinary post-graduate case based training and work with parents. She has co-chaired and organized national and international conferences integrating development, neuroscience and intervention approaches for nearly 20 years. Dr. Wieder also developed approaches to integrate visual-spatial knowledge to advance emotional and cognitive development. Her research interests concern follow up studies of children on the Autism Spectrum who have received DIR comprehensive interventions and the evaluation of training and educational programs. Dr. Wieder co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child With Special Needs and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Stanley Greenspan, M.D. They also co-edited Infants in Multi-Risk Families as well as the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children (DMIC) and the original Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 03).  Most recently, Dr. Wieder co-authored Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling, and Movement with Harry Wachs, O.D. She has published numerous journal and book chapters and presents at multiple conferences nationally and internationally. At this time Dr. Wieder also has a private practice in NYC for diagnosis, treatment and consultation regarding complex developmental and mental health challenges.