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    6th Annual New York Conference

    October 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

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    Stress: Understanding its Impact, Symptoms & Recovery

    Bridging Developmental Practice, Neurobiology and Cutting Edge Technology to Promote Emotional Well Being and Progress for Children and Young Adults with Developmental Challenges

    Everyone knows stress.  It is part of life, part of development, and for many families and children with special needs and ASD, stress is inevitable and often persistent. Learning difficulties, anxiety, medical conditions, chronic pain, communication and functional difficulties cause emotional and behavioral challenges. Stress affects the brain and interferes with development. This conference will focus on the body-mind connection and how rapid state changes turn into stress responses. Promoting and restoring physiological calm, attention for relating, and learning is essential and is the foundation for all facets of development. We will introduce the new technology to detect stress and show how the DIR Model supports and restores physiological and emotional regulation to allow development to progress.

    Who should attend?

    We welcome parents and professionals including: Physicians | Clinical Psychologists | Social Workers | Marriage and Family Therapists | Occupational and Physical Therapists | Speech-language Pathologists | Developmental Optometrists | School Psychologists | Inclusion Specialists | Educators | Special Educators | Para-professionals | Early Interventionists | Music Therapists Behavioral Specialists … and more!


    Whether you are the parent of or a professional working with children, adolescents and young adults with an ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder or other special needs, THIS CONFERENCE IS FOR YOU!


    Serena Wieder, PhD
    Dr. Wieder is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-foun...
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    Rosalind Picard, ScD
    Founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, co-director of the Media Lab's Advancing Wellbeing Initiative, and faculty chair of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative / Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the...
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    Constance Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN
    Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute, Los Angeles /Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute with a background in high-risk maternal-child nursing, family systems, and developmental psychoanalysis. She is a National Graduate Zero to Three...
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    Traci Swink, MD
    Director of the Early Childhood Development Clinic, Marshfield Clinic / Traci Swink, MD is the co-founder and Medical Director of the Bridge Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The Bridge Center is a nonprofiet organization that provides developmental interventions program to children with autism and o...
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    Tal Baz, MS, OTR/L
    Tal Baz, MS, OTR/L is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist who has practiced as a DIR/Floortime therapist, supervisor and consultant for more than fifteen years and works both nationally and internationally with families, clinicians, and various school systems. She has a clinical practic...
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    Theresa Hamlin, EdD
    Theresa Hamlin, Ed.D. is the Associate Executive Director at The Center for Discovery, a New York State designated Center of Excellence for children and adults with complex developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities and medical frailties, Down’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Dis...
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    Monica Osgood
    Celebrate the Children’s founder, Monica G. Osgood, is an experienced behavioral consultant and therapist who specializes in using developmental approaches to support children with autism and other differences in relating and communicating. She is also the Founder and Director of the Developmental...
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    Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
    Ricki Robinson, M.D., M.P.H. is co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Canada, California and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC. She has been in private pediatric practice for nearly forty years, specializing in children with aut...
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    Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Profectum Senior Faculty Sima Gerber is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, City University of New York. Dr. Gerber has over 40 years of clinical experience, specializing in the treatment of young children with auti...
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    Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD
    Director and Senior Clinician at Salazar Associates / Ruby Salazar is the Director and Senior Clinician at Salazar Associates in Clarks Summit and Philadelphia offices in PA. She serves as faculty at Marywood University and Keystone College; the Institute for Children and Infants and The Napa Valley...
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    Gilbert Foley, EdD
    Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., currently serves as Consulting Clinical Director at The New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) in Manhattan and Consulting Psychologist and faculty member of the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi University. He is a retired tenured faculty member from the Ferkauf Gra...
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    Anie Knipping
    My name is Anie Knipping, and I'm a social autistic, a layabout with Panic/Anxiety Disorder, and a terminal optimist with clinical depression. My sensory stuff is all over the place, and I've got synesthesia, which lets me see sound and taste colour. I love to educate people on all of it, but it's n...
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