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    7th Annual NY/NJ Conference

    October 25, 2017 - October 26, 2017



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    Relationships: The Key to Progress | Empower Parents, Promote Sustainable Outcomes, and Unlock Potential for Individuals with Autism and Other Mental Health Challenges

    Wednesday, October 25 – Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Hilton Newark Penn Station | Newark, NJ

    The DIR (Developmental Individual Difference,Relationship based) Model pioneered Parent Mediated Intervention (PMI) for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Relationships are fundamental to every aspect of a child’s development and parents are the agents of change paving the way for growth and lifelong functional competence and independence.

    This conference will  bridge clinical and research models of PMI that support progress and enhances outcomes for children with autism.  Learn the research developmental science that captures the nuance of parent-child interactions and measures change.  See how therapists and educators work with parents and children of all ages in different settings to advance development.

    Additionally, the DIR-FCD Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) will be presented. These capacities underscore each individual’s readiness for maximizing progress and success throughout their lifespan.  Various foundational capacities and practical strategies to nurture them in children and young adults with a range of abilities will be illustrated. Finally, take a longitudinal journey with us and hear from young adults with ASD as they reflect on their experiences and parent interactions as they strived for competence and independence.

    Day 1 Theme:  The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) Model and Parent-mediated Interventions: Research, Theory and Practice with  Jonathan Green, MD; Catherine Lord, PhD, Serena Wieder, PhD and Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Day 2 Theme: Developing Self-Regulation, Confidence and Competencies for Life with DIR-FCD Interventions with Kerry Magro, Anie Knipping and Monica G. Osgood


    Early Bird Rate Expires September 20 , 2017

    2 Days – Wednesday & Thursday

    $375.00 / 2 days Add to cart

    Wednesday Only

    $205.00 / day Add to cart

    Thursday Only

    $205.00 / day Add to cart

    Keynote Presenters

    Parent-mediated Intervention for Autism and Its Long Term Effects on Reducing Autism Severity

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    How Do We Measure What Treatment Changes?

    Catherine Lord
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    Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker

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    Growing Up Autistic: What Worked and What We Can Learn from the Past  | Anie will moderate a panel of young adults reflecting on their development.

    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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    20 Workshops Featuring Profectum Faculty and Guest Presenters

    Workshops will cover a range of topics related to working with very young to older children, adults and families.  Workshops, selected from proposals, will include fostering independence at early early stages, communication systems, adults “letting go” to support transitions, family dynamics, setting short and long term goals, social thinking and reflective practice in homes, clinics and classrooms.  Check back soon for title, descriptions and presenters.