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Autism I - Foundation Course

University of Albany

Autism I - Foundation Course
An overview course on Autism and Related Disorders is being offered this Spring as on online course (see previous syllabus for the content). The class was taught at the University at Albany. The lectures will be available as RealPlayer files and linked to our website or available as files on CD. In addition, the syllabus, course notes and sample exam questions will available for downloading. The course includes an overview of autism and related disorders, including discussion of diagnostic issues, philosophical issues, research on the biological and psychosocial bases of the disorders, as well as an overview of intervention techniques and legal issues. The basic principles of behavior analysis will be covered. The course offers three credits at both the undergraduate and graduate level. This class is the first of a three-course sequence, ultimately leading to a certificate in Autism. See here for registration information and check that site for future offerings.

Autism III
Only Open to Students Who Have Completed Autism I and Autism II

Seminar Series for Families
Presented by the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 7PM to 9PM

Behavior Management and Asperger Syndrome
Presenter: Peter Wigg, Psy.D.
Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome frequently have a difficult time controlling their behavior. This may be due to multiple factors such as changes in schedule or expectations, and may result in mild upset or more serious verbal or physical aggression. This workshop will provide parents with an understanding of the needs of their adolescent children and will discuss interventions that are effective in helping adolescents learn self control. The information presented will also be applicable to younger children and adults.

Tuesday, February 1, 7PM to 9PM

Introduction to Sensory Integration
Presenter: Jeanne Ganz, OTR, Island Therapies
This lecture will describe sensory integration dysfunction (DSI) and how it impacts on an individual's daily life. It will address the major types of sensory integration dysfunction, describing the "signs and symptoms" of each difficulty. Some strategies to help deal with DSI will be presented.

Tuesday, March 1, 7PM to 9PM

Early Intervention to Preschool Services: Everything You Need to Know
Presenter: Chris McCauley, Early Childhood Direction Center
This workshop is designed to help families of young children with autism, or other developmental disabilities understand the differences between Early Intervention and the Preschool Special Education system, the services available to children, parents' and children's rights, and the transition process itself. The main goal of the workshop is to give families information and strategies with which to find and secure appropriate services for their children, and to establish good working relationships with their school districts. (Sponsored by ECDC - no donations)

Thursday, March 17, 7:30PM to 9:30PM

Bully Proofing Children with ASD
Presenter: Sagit Vishnia, Psy.D.
Children with ASD and nonverbal learning disabilities are frequently the targets of bullying, perhaps four times as likely to be bullied as are neurotypical peers . This workshop presents an overview of the dynamics that can lead to bullying, and specific strategies that can help parents and teachers establish effective bully prevention strategies.

Tuesday, March 22, 7PM to 9PM

Exploring Genetic Insights into the Basis of Autism
Presenter: David H. Tegay, DO, FACMG
This presentation will review the scientific evidence suggesting a strong genetic component in the heritability of autism, as well as some specific genetic syndromes which are frequently diagnosed in individuals with autism. Newer genetic discoveries and links to autism will be presented as well as current genetic testing recommendations.

Tuesday, April 5, 7PM to 9PM

Neuropsychological Testing for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Understanding Social, Cognitive and Learning Problems
Presenter: Katherine Delaney, Ph.D., Cody Center
Neuropsychological testing can help us understand some of the widely varying skills of children with autism spectrum disorders. By identifying specific strengths and weaknesses, more effective strategies can be developed for learning both academic and social information. This workshop will help parents understand how and when neuropsychological testing would be valuable to their child.

Tuesday, April 12, 7PM to 9PM

Improving Social Awareness Using Visual Tools: Comic Strip Conversations and More
Presenter: Jean Jacobson, Ph.D., Just Kids
Deficits in the ability to accurately perceive and interpret a social situation are often at the core of the social difficulties experienced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This workshop will present visually-based techniques developed by experts in the field of Autism that are used to build perspective-taking skills, improve the ability to accurately derive meaning from social situations, and improve awareness and monitoring of one's own behavior in terms of how it impacts social interactions. Emphasis will be placed on techniques that are appropriate for adolescents and young adults with Asperger's Disorder or High Functioning Autism.

Tuesday, April 26, 7PM to 9PM

Biological Issues in Autism
Presenter: John Pomeroy, M.D., Cody Center

Directions to Endeavor Hall:
LIE to Exit 62 North (Nicolls Road)
Nicolls Road to the South Campus Entrance of Stony Brook University (approx. 10 miles)
Left at South Campus Entrance
Right at first traffic light - Marburger Drive
Right after bus shelter at sign for Marine Sciences, continue to bear right to Marine Sciences
Endeavor Hall is the building facing you at the end of the road (name is on the door).



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