The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shatin recently welcomed UVM CNHS Dean Patricia Prelock as the featured presenter at a two-day community symposium hosted by university’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, the Faculty of Medicine and The Institute of Human Communicative Research.

The university invited Prelock to its campus in Shatin, Honk Kong, to share clinical strategies for supporting children with Autsim Spectrum Disorders. Attendees included speech therapists, psychologists, pediatricians, social workers, nurses, special educators and other professionals who work with children with ASD.

On the first day, Prelock described communication profiles for children with ASD and highlighted innovations in communication assessment and Theory of Mind interventions. She followed on day two with a workshop on Theory of Mind assessment and intervention. She also gave a workshop on play-based assessment and intervention, including narrative and storybook reading to support Theory of Mind development.

"My Hong Kong colleagues are incredible thinkers and committed to bringing the best possible evidence to support the training of their students and education of their community," Prelock said. "They seek to understand ways to profile the communication of children with ASD so their path to goal setting and intervention would be guided by a meaningful approach to profiling the strengths and challenges of children with ASD."

Dean Prelock, professor of communication sciences and disorders and professor of Pediatrics in the Larner College of Medicine, coordinates parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with ASD. She has been awarded more than 11 million dollars in university, state and federal funding as a principle investigator or co-principle investigator to develop innovations in interdisciplinary training supporting children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families and facilitate training in speech-language pathology and ASD intervention. Prelock has more than 150 publications and 469 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities. She was the 2013 President for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.



Janet Lynn Essman Franz
Professor Prelock met with faculty and students at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shatin to support the services they provide to children with autism spectrum disorders.