Relationships: The Key to Progress

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Profectum Foundation’s 7th NY/NJ Conference – Relationships: The Key to Progress – Empower Parents, Promote Sustainable Outcomes, and Unlock Potential for Individuals with Autism and Other Mental Health Challenges will be held October 25-26, 2017 at the Hilton Newark Penn Station, Newark, NJ

Profectum Foundation invites professionals and parents to attend this important conference translating developmental science into improved outcomes through relationship based interventions. The DIR® (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based) model created by Greenspan and Wieder pioneered Parent-mediated Intervention (PMI) for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) paving the way for the development of foundational capacities for lifelong functional competence and independence.

The Relationships: The Key to Progress conference will examine the practical applications of clinical and research models of DIR and Parent-mediated Interventions (PMI). Explore the different ways parents are the agents of change in how they read their child’s signals, respond in synchronous ways, communicate and provide the experiences necessary for the future. Hear from young adults with ASD as they reflect on their early experiences and parent interactions as they transitioned into young adulthood.

This conference will feature:

  • Jonathan Green, MD, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester discussing research on PMI for infants and young children and how parents are the key to sustainable outcomes
  • Catherine Lord, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, Center for the Developing Brain, NY examining how we measure outcomes that make a difference
  • Serena Wieder, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director, Profectum Foundation describing how DIR changed the paradigm of of understanding and supporting development
  • Monica Osgood, Co-director of Celebrate the Children and Executive Director, Profectum Foundation focusing on the experiences necessary to build foundations for future functioning
  • Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor of Pragmatics and Child Language, Queens College, CUNY, discussing the capacities of intentionality and comprehension relative to their impact on the development of communication and language observed over the course of a 12 year treatment of a now 16 year old adolescent with ASD
  • Keri Magro, a young man with Autism, demonstrating through “real life” clinical cases how to move from “one size fits all” solutions towards individualized care
  • Anie Knipping, gifted autistic artist and writer, leading a panel of courageous young adults on the spectrum as they share their stories of challenge, discovery and understanding as they uncovered amazing abilities
  • Multiple breakout sessions illustrating key concepts and effective intervention strategies for parents, therapists and teachers

Professionals of all disciplines and parents will find this conference to be thought provoking and inspirational!

Profectum Foundation’s 7th NY/NJ Conference program is filled with practical tools, insights and information for professionals, parents and caregivers of those with Autism and other special needs. For more information please visit the Conference Website and read the Conference Brochure.