10th Annual Focus on Research – In Celebration of April Autism Awareness Month

Diagnosing and Treating Young Children with ASD: the Potential of Community-based Diagnosis & Treatment

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014
SFU Harbour Centre
Vancouver, B.C.
Presented by
Amy Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Director of the Autism Institute, College of Medicine, Florida State University

 

Co-Sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development

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About the Event:

This two day presentation will demonstrate that it is possible to achieve a reliable diagnosis and provide developmentally appropriate, evidence-based intervention for young children in community settings by training community professionals and parents. Dr. Wetherby will also review the newly implemented DSM-5.

Friday, April 4: Changes in the Diagnostic Classification of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Communication Disorders in the DSM-5: Implications for Improving Early Detection

Important changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for autism spectrum disorder and communication disorders will be reviewed and implications for improving early detection will be highlighted. Research findings of the CDC/NIH funded FIRST WORDS® Project on red flags of ASD in infants and toddlers will be presented. Video vignettes will be shown to illustrate specific red flags using the DSM-5 framework in very young children later diagnosed with ASD. Plans for rolling out Autism Navigator® web-based tools and courses that uses extensive video footage to increase the capacity of primary care physicians, early intervention providers, educators, and families to improve early detection of young children with ASD will be highlighted.

Part 1. Changes in the DSM-5 diagnostic classification of autism spectrum disorder and communication disorders
Part 2. Research findings of the CDC/NIH funded FIRST WORDS® Project on red flags of ASD in infants and toddlers
Part 3. Video Vignettes of Early Red Flags of ASD in Infants and Toddlers
Part 4. Autism Navigator® for Primary Care: New Web-based Strategies for Improving Community-based Early Detection

Saturday, April 5: What are the Active Ingredients of Effective Programs for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

The need for community viable evidence-based intervention strategies for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a priority with earlier diagnosis. The Early Social Interaction Project (ESI) teaches parents of toddlers with ASD how to embed evidence-based intervention strategies and supports in everyday activities in natural environments to promote the child’s active engagement. Research findings from the randomized controlled trial of ESI, funded by Autism Speaks and NIMH, will be presented. Strategies for implementing intervention in everyday activities in the natural learning environment will be illustrated through video vignettes of toddlers with ASD and their families. Plans for rolling out Autism Navigator® for Early Intervention Providers, a web-based course that uses extensive video footage to increase the capacity of early intervention providers to improve outcomes of young children with ASD will be highlighted.

Part 1. Evidence-based Early Intervention for Toddlers with ASD: What Does the Research Tell Us?
Part 2. Does this Child have ASD? Prioritizing Intervention Targets for Young Children with ASD
Part 3. Video Vignettes of the Early Social Interaction Project with Toddlers with ASD and their Families
Part 4. Autism Navigator® for Early Intervention Providers: New Web-based Strategies for Improving Community-based Early Intervention for Toddlers with ASD

Amy M. Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Director of the Autism Institute in the College of Medicine and the Laurel Schendel Professor of Communication Disorders at Florida State University. She has thirty years of clinical experience and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-hearing Association. Dr. Wetherby has published extensively and presents regularly at national conversations on early detection of children with autism spectrum disorders and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders using the SCERTS model. Dr. Wetherby is the Project Director of the FIRST WORDS project (firstwords.fsu.edu), a longitudinal research investigation on early detection of autism spectrum and other communication disorders, funded by the U.S. Department of education, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Early Social Interaction Project, an early treatment study teaching parents of toddlers with autism spectrum disorders how to support social communication funded by Autism Speaks and the National Institutes of Health.

Cost/Funding:

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate Ends: March 12, 2014 $225 $275
Regular Rate: March 13 – March 25, 2014 $300 $350
Late Rate Begins: March 26, 2014 $350 $400

Bursaries

Bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event are available for B.C. residents. Call ACT’s office for more information, review our bursary policies or email info@actcommunity.ca with your request prior to registering. ACT provided $12,000 in bursaries in 2013 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund.

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT’s live and online events and the books we sell at our book table are all considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. More Autism Funding Information >

Workshop Location:

SFU Downtown Campus

Harbour Centre Room 1900 – Fletcher Challenge Theatre

515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC View Map >

Parking is expensive downtown, however this venue is very accessible by public transit. Contact Translink for directions and schedules for the West Coast Express, Skytrain, Seabus and bus routes.

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Workshop Schedule:

8:30- 9:00 Check-in (both days) (coffee served)
 9:00 – 10: 15  Session 1
 10:15 – 10:45  Break (coffee and light snacks served)
 10:45 – 12:00  Session 2
 12:00 – 1:00  Lunch (buy or bring your own)
 1:00 – 2:15  Session 3
 2:15 – 2:30  Break (coffee and light snacks served)
 2:30 – 3:30  Session 4

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