National Speaker on Autism and Aspergers Featured at April 9 Conference
Conference is intended for families, teachers, therapists and other individuals who work with children with an autism spectrum disorders
March 7, 2011
A conference titled Asperger Syndrome and the Real World is taking place on Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ben Franklin Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The conference is intended for families, teachers, therapists and other individuals who work with children with an autism spectrum disorder within Greater Franklin County.
The keynote speaker will be Teresa Bolick, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and Asperger Syndrome. An enthusiastic speaker, Dr. Bolick presents workshops on autism spectrum disorders throughout North America. She is also the author of “Asperger Syndrome and your Young Child” and “Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence.
“If you are a parent, educator, family member, or work with a child with an autism spectrum disorder, we hope that you can attend this conference,” said Sandy Richard, RN, at Franklin Health Child & Adolescent Developmental Pediatrics. “The emphasis will be on learning practical approaches to use with children with autism spectrum disorders. Those who attend this conference will leave with strategies they can start using immediately. Even though this conference is focused on autism and Aspergers, many principles and tools learned are useful with typically developing children.”
Topics addressed will include: strengths and challenges of individuals with Asperger Syndrome and autism; accommodations and modifications that support daily living skills; ways to help with social interactions and communication; positive behavior support plans that teach self-control and flexibility; and, essential elements of communication and collaboration among families, school teams, and community providers.
The conference is sponsored by Franklin Health Child and Adolescent Developmental Pediatrics and funded through a grant with Maine Health Access Foundation. A tuition fee of $30 per person includes the program, a continental breakfast, and lunch. The registration deadline is March 25. There is no charge for employees of Franklin Community Health Network.
Scholarships are available and all scholarship requests will be approved. For information or to request a scholarship, please call 779-2381.
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