University of Vermont

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Pomeroy Hall

17th Annual Summer Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders
June 23-27, 2014

Doubletree by Hilton in Burlington, Vermont

About the Institute

The Summer Institute on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a one-week intensive session featuring international, national, and regional experts in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The institute is open to community and interdisciplinary teams and the families they serve - from Vermont, the greater New England area, nationwide and abroad.

Participants include speech-language pathologists, special educators, general educators, medical professionals, family members, administrators, early interventionists, paraprofessionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, child care service providers, behavior analysts, and community resource parents.

This summer's featured presentations include:

  • Outcomes research on preschool programming emphasizing the role of peers and inclusive educational practices for children with ASD
  • Theory of Mind (ToM) and its relationship to social communication challenges
  • Strategies to provide quality services for children with ASD using limited resources
  • Practices in early screening and detection using emerging technologies
  • What it's like to live with autism

Cultural context for diagnosis and implications for the new DSM-5 will also be discussed. Students attending the institute for credit will participate in a follow-up Blackboard discussion and applied assignment.

Featured Presentations

MONDAY JUNE 23: 34 Years of Outcome Research on LEAP Preschool

Philip S. Strain Philip S. Strain, PhD presents studies documenting the immediate and follow-up outcomes for typically developing children and peers with autism enrolled in LEAP Preschool.

Dr. Strain is Professor of Educational Psychology & Psychiatry at the University of Colorado-Denver and Director of the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center.

TUESDAY JUNE 24: Growing Up Different: Living with Autism

John Elder RobisonJohn Robison describes growing up with Asperger’s at a time when differences like his were unrecognized. After finding success as an adult he began helping others see strengths where others see disability. John’s wife Maripat will join him to talk about family and romantic issues.

Robison's book Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s is a New York Times bestseller. Robison is Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary and a consultant on autism, accommodation, disability policy, employment and education strategy for people with autism.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 25: Theory of Mind: Going to the Heart of Autism

Carol Westby Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP describes the developmental stages of theory of mind (ToM), reviews research documenting neural bases for emotional understanding, explains environmental factors that influence ToM, presents protocols for assessing ToM, and demonstrates strategies that foster social interaction.

Dr. Westby is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services in Albuquerque, NM and an affiliate faculty member of Brigham Young University.

THURSDAY JUNE 26: Providing Quality Services on a Shoestring

Sherry Sancibrian Sherry Sancibrian, MS, CCC-SLP describes three strategies for doing better with less: using a continuum of service delivery models; engaging and supporting families; and creating collaborative community relationships. Practical guidance is provided for achieving quality services for individuals with ASD.

Sherry Sancibrian is a Professor and Program Director of the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

FRIDAY JUNE 27: ASD: On the Frontiers of Research, Practice & Viability

Jennifer Stapel-Wax, PsyD Jennifer Stapel-Wax, PsyD describes research at the Marcus Autism Center focusing on early screening and detection, which explains the impact of ASD on development; scientific tools for screening in the community; risk and resilience factors impacting prognosis; and interventions targeting ASD characteristics.

Dr. Stapel-Wax is Associate Professor, Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine and Director of Infant and Toddler Clinical Research Operations, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

About the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UVM

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