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- Relationships: The Key to Progress: Empower Parents, Promote Sustainable Outcomes, and Unlock Potential for Individuals with Autism and Other Mental Health Challenges – New Jersey, October 25 – 26, 2017. 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 bridges clinical and research models of PMI that support progress and enhances outcomes for children with autism. 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.
- Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment – San Marino, CA, March 31-April 1, 2017. This conference presents a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiveristy and individual differences. Hear from neurodiverse individuals, groundbreaking authors and scientists who help us see the difference between responses to stress (safety vs. threat) and what are commonly thought of as “disorders” and/or challenging behaviors. Through keynotes and in-depth case presentations, this thought provoking and inspirational conference details ways to support and presume competence in mental health and autism treatment across the lifespan.
- Stress: Understanding its Impact, Symptoms & Recovery – New York City, October 30, 2016. Everyone knows stress. It is part of life, part of development, and for many families and children with special needs and ASD, stress is inevitable and often persistent. Learning difficulties, anxiety, medical conditions, chronic pain, communication and functional difficulties cause emotional and behavioral challenges. Stress affects the brain and interferes with development. This conference will focus on the body-mind connection and how rapid state changes turn into stress responses. Promoting and restoring physiological calm and attention for relating and learning is essential and is the foundation for all facets of development. We will introduce the new technology to detect stress and show how the DIR Model supports and restores physiological and emotional regulation to allow development to progress.
- Awakening Human Potential in Mind and Body – Pasadena, CA, March 18 – 20, 2016. The Profectum Foundation supports parents and professionals as they strive to help each individual reach their full potential regardless of their diagnosis. The Awakening Human Potential in Mind and Body conference brought autism and mental health treatment up to date through the latest research and practice supporting the mind and body. Four novel areas holding great promise in supporting well-being were highlighted in this conference.
- Capturing the Power and Potential of Play, Movement & Creativity – New York City, October 18, 2015. Over the centuries, across species and cultures, play provided the opportunity for exploration, discovery, and creativity. Play was for fun and enjoyment, a time to move and think, spawning attachments, shared attention, engagement, and relationships. In an age when less time is devoted to play, and digital or instructional activities dominate, the power of natural play is in peril. Today neuroscientists confirm play is biologically based and stimulates brain growth, essential for emotional, cognitive, language and social capacities in all children, including those with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. But are “right and wrong” answers displacing emotional thinking, creativity, movement, and the joy of learning? Current science shows physical play provides a pathway to regulation- sensory modulation, attention, emotional regulation and perseverance- and Floortime fosters creative ways to express feelings, to problem solve and to become symbolic. So, do children with special needs need more or less play? This conference aims to help parents and professionals understand the developmental foundations for play and the experiences necessary to capture its power and potential. The role of the creative arts therapies will be highlighted as a creative extension of play and the therapeutic powers of play will be addressed.
- Power and Promise of Neurodevelopmental Approaches – Pasadena, March 13-15, 2015. All development occurs across a wide spectrum of individual differences and within a variety of environmental circumstances. Scientists are increasingly demonstrating just how important these differences are to the architecture of the developing brain. This conference brings pre-eminent scientists together to engage in dialogue with clinical professionals, parents and neurodiverse individuals. They will share knowledge and bridge gaps between existing theory, scientific methodologies, clinical practice, and real life experiences. The conference aims to provide parents and professionals an opportunity to develop new ways of supporting individuals with neurodevelopmental differences in relation to their unique individual profiles and personal growth curves, within a foundation of presumed competence.
- Awakening Thinking in the Body and Mind – New York City, November 16, 2014. This conference presents scientific research related to sensory motor process, executive function and state of the art developmental practice. Distinguished guest experts and the Profectum Faculty engages in a dialogue related to the challenges we observe in ASD as individuals get older sharing new treatment paradigms, strategies to support functional capacities, and how new science offers hope in being able to support each child’s exploration and self-discovery in natural environments leading to functional competence.
- Awakening Potential through Brain Science – Pasadena, March 21-23, 2014. Research is providing insight into how the brain thinks, creates and feels. This scientific progress also reveals that for each person, brain plasticity allows competencies to develop even when early indications imply limitations. This conference provides access to presentations by leading scientists, clinicians, and educators feature state- of- the-art research and treatment models to advance progress for individuals with Autism (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), behavioral and learning challenges of all ages.
- Overcoming Barriers to Progress: Vital Pathways to Advance Development – New York City , October 23-24, 2013. This conference helps you understand the barriers to progress and “how to” move forward through case discussions, examining underlying processes, hands on workshops, and the opportunity to learn how to interact and play with your child using the techniques of Floortime to promote progress.
- Three Dimensional Thinking in Autism and Stress Related Disorders: Expanding Frontiers to Advance Development for Children Across the Lifespan – Pasadena, April 12-14, 2013. Keynote presentations feature leading researchers sharing their latest findings, as well as clinicians and educators pioneering state-of-the-art multi-dimensional intervention approaches for children, adolescents and individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs. The role of stress-related disorders either secondary to an individual’s special needs or the result of early childhood trauma and the impact on development and well-being will be explored.
- Engaging Autism: Exploring a Common Ground between the DIR model and ABA – New York City, October 21, 2012. This conference aimed to expand the scope of ASD intervention by exploring the common ground and complimentary relationship between the DIR model and ABA approaches.
- Autism Solutions: Pathways to Progress – Chicago, July 13-14, 2012. This conference focused on using the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD™) and the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship (DIR model) based model to build a comprehensive intervention plan.
- Autism Solutions: Pathways to Progress – New York City, September 25, 2011. Profectum Foundation’s inaugural regional training conference welcomed parents, clinicians, educators, early intervention specialists and others interested in broadening their understanding of the DIR model and the Floortime model, with other integrated treatment approaches.
Individual webcasts are available to subscribers wishing to learn more about specific topics.
- Developing Development: Foundational Capacities for Development. Serena Wieder, PhD
- Pathways to Progress: Essential Experiences to Advance Development the DIR model and the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD). Serena Wieder, PhD, Clinical Director, Profectum Foundation
- Engaging Autism: Developmental Implications for Intervention. Connie Kasari, PhD
- Intensive Developmental Interventions for Young Children with Autism: New Evidence. Richard Solomon, MD
- Integrating ABA and Developmental Approaches. Joanne Gerenser, PhD
- The Dialogue Continues: Broadening the Scope of Intervention. Profectum Faculty: Ron Gilbert Foley, EdD, Balamuth, PhD; Gilbert Foley, EdD, Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC, Christie Virtue, PhD, Avital Balsam, MA, CCC, SLP along with Guest Parent
- When Development Stalls … Does the Intervention Fit? The Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) and the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship based Model (DIR model). Serena Wieder, PhD, Clinical Director, Profectum Foundation
- Pathways to Progress: Integrated Perspectives. Serena Wieder, Lynn Gonzalez, Monica G. Osgood, Tal Baz
- DIR model/Floortime model Functional Emotional Development Levels 1-4. Lisa deFaria, LCSW & Griff Doyle, PhD
- DIR model/Floortime model Functional Emotional Developmental Levels 5-9. Lisa deFaria, LCSW, Griff Doyle, PhD & Monica Osgood
- The P.L.A.Y Project. Richard Solomon, MD
- Blended Developmental -Behavioral Intervention for Toddlers at Risk for Autism: The Southern California BRIDGE Collaborative. Joshua Feder, MD
- Does the Intervention Fit? The Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) and the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship based Model (DIR). Serena Wieder, PhD
- The Dialogue Continues: Broadening the Scope of Intervention. Gilbert Foley, EdD, Sima Gerber PhD, CCC-SLP, Joanne Gerenser, Connie Kasari, PhD, Serena Wieder PhD, Avital Balsam, MA, CCC-SLP
- Development and the DIR Model. Serena Wieder, PhD
- Do You “See” It? Recognizing Challenges and Intervention Options. Leonard J. Press, Mehrnaz D. Azimi Green
- Understanding Behavior Through the Developmental – Biomedical Lens: Using a Team Approach to Finding Solutions. Monica G. Osgood, Eric Hollander, MD
- We are All Advocates for Progress. Moderator: Christie Virtue-Herman, PhD Panel: Gina Chaney, Amy Steinberg, Jill Greenberg Kail, Esq.
- Foundational Capacities for Development – The FCD’s: The Role of Experience and the Importance of Developmental Readiness. Serena Wieder, PhD
- Understanding Executive Function and Its Role as a Core Competency. George McCloskey, PhD
- Sensory Processing and Neuroimaging Assessment to Guide Treatment Interventions. Elysa Marco, MD
- Sensory Processing and Neuroimaging Assessment: Case Presentations of Treatment that is Informed and Supported by the Research. Rosemary White, OTR/L, Panel: Sherri Cawn, MA CCC-SLP, Traci Swink, MD, Diane Selinger, PhD
- DIR/FCD Model Assessment and Intervention for Older Children and Young Adults. Diane Selinger, PhD, Karen McDowell, Michele Parkins, OTR/L
- Executive Functioning and the DIR-FCD Model in Schools. Monica G Osgood, Christine Seminaro, M Ed, George McCloskey, PhD
- Technology Meets Science: Towards a New Quantitative Path of Hope in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elizabeth Torres, PhD
- Executive Functioning through the Developmental Lens: How the Functional-Emotional Developmental Levels (FEDL’s) Foster the Evolution of Executive Functions. Monica G. Osgood, Griffin Doyle, PhD
- Success and Challenges Living with ASD as a Young Adult: Executive Functions and other Foundational Capacities Needed for Life. Jennifer Ahluwalia, Keir Keebler, Anie Knipping, Alec Martinez, Katie Monroe, John Ritchie, Jenn Zaloom
Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy
- Sensory Integration and Individual Differences: Synchrony of the Sensory, Emotional, Social Triad. Rosemary White, OTR/L
- The Dyadic Space – Where Affect and Sensory Merge. Tal Baz MS, OTR, Rosemary White OTR/L and Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, LCSW, PhD
- Advanced Clinical Thinking – Sensory Processing and Psychodynamics: An Integration of Theory, Thinking and Technique for Advanced Practice Across Disciplines. Tal Baz MS, OTR and Gilbert Foley, EdD, PhD
- Using Movement to Close Sensory Feedback Loops and Scaffold Cognition in ASD. Elizabeth Torres, PhD
- Think Before You Move! Darlene Hansen, MA, CCC-SLP, Peggy Schafer, MM, MT-BC, Emma Cladis
- The Development of Motor Control in the Sensory Affective Rhythm of Child/Caregiver Interaction. Rosemary White, OTR/L, Beth Osten, MS, OTR/L
Speech Language Communication
- Looking Beyond Communication – A Case Study. Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP; Caroline Ferguson MSLP(C), CCC-SLP; Beth Osten, MS, OTR/L; Diane Selinger, PhD
- Social Thinking and Communication: Bridging Developmental and Cognitive Behavioral Strategies. Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP and Jerri Krantz, MA, CCC-SLP
- Comprehension: Let’s Make Meaning. Linda Cervenka, MA, CCC-SLP and Michele Ricamato, MA, CCC-SLP and Co-founders of Soaring Eagle Academy
- The Paths to Language: Knowing When To Teach What. Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC
- Communication: Pathways to Progress. Cindy Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
- Communication and Anxiety. Cindy Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
- Comprehension Across the Spectrum: A Longitudinal Story of a Child’s Triumphs and Struggles with Language Development. Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC
- Relationship Based Augmentative Approaches with Non-Verbal Learners: The Continuum of Augmentative Approaches Tailored to Individual Needs. Lynn Abelson, MA, CCC-SLP, OTR/L, Serena Wieder, PhD
- Speech, Language and Communication: Finding the holes in the Swiss Cheese. Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP, Marilee Burgeson, MA
- Facilitating Parent-Child Floortime Interactions Across Language and Communication Stages: Following the Parent’s Lead. Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP, Helen Weitman
- Emotional Development and Symbolic Thinking. Serena Wieder, PhD, Ron Balamuth, PhD and Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, LCSW, PhD
- Engaging Autism: Intergration of the Developmental and Behavioral Approaches to Intervention. Connie Kasari, PhD
- DIR Informed Thinking: A Case Study in Treatment of Anxiety and ASD. Mona Delahooke, PhD
- Super Parenting: Building Stress Resiliency in Parents of Special Needs Children. Elissa Epel, PhD, Barbara Kalmanson, PhD
- Bullying: Prevention, Building Resilience & Creating Supportive Communities. Lisa deFaria, LCSW, BCD, Monica Osgood, Karen McDowell, BA
- The Path to Joint Attention: Challenges and Stressors Along the Road. Griff Doyle, PhD
- Helping Parents Cope with Stress and Find Resilience. Mona Delahooke, PhD, Elissa Epel, PhD, Barbara Kalmanson, PhD
- Individuals Grow Best Within Family Relationships. Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD
- Addressing Anxiety and Other Mental Health Challenges in the Context of DIR Intervention. Gilbert Foley, EdD, EdD, Ron Balamuth, PhD
- “I’m Not Going to Lose It!” How to Stay Regulated and Calm While Helping Your Child Work Through Challenging Issues – Parents and Professionals Working Together. Moderator: Mona Delahooke, PhD, Panel: Megan Browne, Marikay Cuthill, Jennie Linthorst
- Establishing a Secure Base for a Child and Family to Enhance Relationships, Learning and Self-Confidence: A 25 Year Journey. Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD
- The Parent Perspective: Building a Treatment Team that is Right for Each Child. Joyce Show, Yudi Bennet
- The Domino Effect on All Aspects of Development When Visual Spatial Knowledge is Curtailed. Serena Wieder, PhD
- The Eye-Brain-Body Continuum and its Role in the Visual/Spatial Cognitive Profile. Leonard J. Press, OD, Serena Wieder, PhD
- Visual Spatial Challenge’s Domino Effect on All Aspects of Development. Serena Wieder, PhD, Karen McDowell
- The DIR model in the School Environment: How the DIR model has been integrated into two distinct school settings (one public, one private) . Moderator – Monica G. Osgood | Panel – Linda Cervenka, MA, CCC-SLP; Michele Ricamato, MA, CCC-SLP; Christene Seminaro, M.Ed; Diane Selinger, PhD; with Jennifer McKenna-Hein, OT and Brenna Kelly from Soaring Eagle Academy
- Education: Using an Integrated Approach in Pre-school and Elementary School Programs. Monica G. Osgood
- Education: Using an Integrated Approach in Middle School, High School and Young Adult Programs. Barbara Kalmanson, PhD and Monica G. Osgood
- Model Case Presentation: An Adolescent With an Autism Spectrum Disorder Presenting with Chronic Stress in an Educational Setting. Monica Osgood, Lisa deFaria, LCSW, BCD
- Realizing Potential: School Programs that Recognize Intelligence and Prepare Students with Diverse Needs for Successful Futures. Monica Osgood
- Integrating Visual-Spatial Thinking in the School Curriculum. Karen McDowell, Michelle Parkins, OTR/L, Liza Kali, MSHS, BS OTR/L
- The 21st Century School Model for Children with Diverse Needs. Monica G. Osgood, Lauren Blaszak
- Building Competencies from Pre-K thru Young Adulthood in Public and Private School Settings. Monica G. Osgood, Christine Seminaro, M Ed,
- DIR in the School Environment: How the DIR model has been integrated into two distinct school settings (one public, one private). Moderator: Monica G. Osgood, Panel: Linda Cervenka, MA, CCC-SLP; Michele Ricamato, MA, CCC-SLP; Christene Seminaro, M.Ed; Diane Selinger, PhD, Brenna Kelly, Jennifer McKenna-Hein, OT
- Discovery vs. Teaching – Assessment and Concept Development Using Experience-based Learning – Pre-school and Elementary. Jennifer Robak, MA; Lauren Babcock, MA; Liza Marshall Kali, OTR/L
- Discovery vs. Teaching – Assessment and Concept Development Using Experience-based Learning – Older Children. Karen McDowell, BA; Crystal Farr
- Interdisciplinary Cross Curricular Lesson Planning. Karen McDowell, BA; Kelly Reilly, MA; Margaret Demsak, MA
- How to Create a Meaningful Life for Every Child. Ricki G. Robinson, MD, MP
- Creating a Future: Challenges and Solutions Across the Lifespan. Ricki G. Robinson, MD, MP
- Common Medical Conditions and ASD and Related Developmental. Traci Swink, MD
- Behavior as Communication: What is the child really telling you? Ricki G. Robinson, MD, MP
- Using a Developmental Approach to Address Anxiety in Children with ASD. Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
- New Research Evidence for Developmental Approaches in the Treatment of ASD – Showcasing the P.L.A.Y.® Project. Richard Solomon, MD
- Ask the Doctor! Selecting Effective Treatment Options. Eric Hollander, MD