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Endicott College Institute for Behavioral Studies to Host Annual Parent Autism Conference in Recognition of Autism Awareness Month

April 13, 2017 

April is Autism Awareness month, and in recognition, the Institute for Behavioral Studies of the Van Loan School at Endicott College and the Doug Flutie Foundation will host the Annual Parent Autism Conference for parents of children diagnosed with autism on Saturday, April 22nd from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Endicott’s Rose Performance Hall at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts.

The Conference will offer workshops including: Behavior Management at Home and in the Community; Function based treatment for Challenging Behavior; Structuring Leisure Time; Teaching a Skill: Developing a teaching plan for your child; ABA: Understanding the basics; and Evidence based Treatments: Identifying treatment that works.

This year’s keynote presentation will be given by Catherine Lord, Ph.D. Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, New York Presbyterian Hospital. Lord is a clinical psychologist with specialties in diagnosis, social and communication development and intervention in autism spectrum disorders. She is renowned for her work in longitudinal studies of children with autism as well as for her role in developing the autism diagnostic instruments used in both practice and in research worldwide today.

This event is free and open to parents of children diagnosed with autism, as well as BCBA professionals. To register, visit: BACB Continuing Education Credits will be available.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects individuals’ ability to communicate and interact socially. The rate of ASD is increasing across the country, with approximately one in 68 children affected by this disability. As of on April 2, Endicott College has been participating in Autism Speaks’ signature campaign, “Light It Up Blue” to support people living with autism and raise awareness for this growing health concern.