College's Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders to Sponsor Free Conference

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SUNY Old Westbury’s Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is offering “Teaching to Successful Outcomes: Supporting Children with Autism in the Home, School & Community,” a free conference providing the latest information on evidence-based supports for children with autism spectrum disorders to parents, educators, and professionals. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019 at The Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville, New York.

“While awareness of autism is rising, there is more information that parents and people who work with children with autism spectrum disorders can learn about,” said Dr. Sanja Cale, chair of the Exceptional Education & Learning Department for the School of Education and Director of RCASD Old Westbury. “This conference will help provide them with additional knowledge and resources that can help the children succeed with their goals and dreams.”

A keynote address titled “Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at School: Inclusion, Integration, and Improvement” will be made by Dr. Connie Kasari, Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the Principal Investigator for several multi-site research programs and a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA. Dr. Kasari has been actively involved in autism research for the past 25 years, leading projects under the CPEA, STAART, and Autism Centers of Excellence programs from NIH. She is on the treatment advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

In addition, a series of breakout sessions will be held with topics such as “Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practical Treatment Interventions,” “A Roadmap to Transition Planning for Students on the Autism Spectrum,” and “Medication & Autism: Parent, Educator & Psychiatric Perspectives.”

The Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Old Westbury is a university affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. Established in 2013, it provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders.