Children’s Specialized Hospital Hosts Annual Autism Symposium May 30 in Edison

April 07, 2014

Children’s Specialized Hospital presents the Autism Symposium on May 30, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pines Manor, which is located at 2085 State Rte. 27 in Edison.
Participants will learn useful approaches and tips to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their daily lives. By the end of the symposium, one will understand parents’ perspectives of having kids with ASD, learn how to effectively handle challenges often faced by people with ASD, learn effective educational and other forms of advocacy, and strategies for meaningful recreational activities, dating and parenting. The Autism Symposium is for health care providers, mental health professionals, adults with ASD, parents/caregivers, school personnel, therapists and other professionals interested in autism.
Preregistration is required by May 9; registration fee is $150 for professionals; $50 for adults with autism, parents or caregivers. To register or for more information please email or call 1-888-244-5373 ext. 2490.
Steven Shore, author and president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England, will be speaking. Shore was diagnosed with autism at a young age and was nonverbal until age 4. Today, he is recognized nationally as a dynamic speaker, and powerful advocate for bettering the quality of life of people affected by ASD.
Other speakers will include Amy Mansue, president and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital; Amy Smith, information services director for Autism New Jersey; Susan Mendelson, MSW, LSW and director for Social Skills for Children; and Jeffrey Cohen, a well known author.
Additional experts in autism treatment and education will be speaking. The ppanel of recreation professionals will include Leslie Fanelli, Kaylee McGuire, Mickey McNany and Dina Trunzo. The parent panel of speakers will include Evelyn Delgado, Beth Giannobile, Tom Newbon and Kelly and Mike Sampson.
This course is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUS (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). It is offered at the intermediate or professional level. If participants are present for the entire program they will have the opportunity to be recommended to receive the credit. For educators and other professionals, a certificate for professional development will be offered.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals. 

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