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April 29, 2009

La Salle University to Host
Third Annual Autism Conference, Friday, May 1

Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson

Dr. Anthony Rostain

Dr. Anthony Rostain

La Salle University will host the Third Annual Autism Conference, “Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Perspectives on Transitions,” Friday, May 1. Some of the area’s leading experts on autism and the families with individuals on the autism spectrum will lead 11 workshops, in both morning and afternoon sessions.

Keynote speakers will be Scott Robertson, a doctoral candidate at Penn State University, who is on the autism spectrum and is Vice President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Dr. Anthony Rostain, a psychiatrist who has worked with children, youth and their families for more than 25 years, and is well aware of the issues that confront young people with autism as they mature. Also speaking will be State Rep. Dennis O’Brien, who has been a long-time supporter of programs and legislation that benefit families with individuals on the autism spectrum.

The conference is sponsored by La Salle University and the Green Tree Partnerships, which works with schools, behavioral health agencies and community-based programs to find innovative ways to support students with behavioral challenges.

For information, call 609.518.1259.

The conference schedule is as follows:

Session A - 10:45 - 12:30

  • Workshop 1: A Spectrum of Transitions: Options on the Road to Adulthood Presented by Dr. Eric Mitchell, Green Tree School
  • Workshop 2: Navigating the Multi-service Network Presented by Lori Thompson, Green Tree School
  • Workshop 3: Green Tree School’s Pre-vocational Training: Preparing Students for Life Presented by Doreen Williams, Green Tree School
  • Workshop 4: From Doorstep to Doorstep: Creating Effective Transitions for Students with ASD Presented by Margaret E. Daly, Bankbridge Development Center
  • Workshop 5: The 24/7 Learning Model: How Residential Programming Options Can Lead to Greater Independence for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Presented by Dr. Jessica Woods and Mr. Brian Haney, Melmark
  • Workshop 6: ASD: Religious Education and Significant Life Events in a Community of Faith Presented by Sr. Kathleen Schipani, M.Ed, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Ms. Lorie Brew, MS, Counselor
  • Workshop 7: Parent Power--Advocacy for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Presented by Dr. Bonni Zetick, La Salle University
  • Workshop 8: Taking Your AT With You - Considerations for Students in Transition Presented by Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC, Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Temple University
  • Workshop 9: The Design and Implementation of a Summer Graduate Program Serving Students in an Inclusionary Setting with Family Emphasis Presented by Carole Patrylo, La Salle University
  • Workshop 10: Family Systems Facing the Challenges of Autism Presented by Dr. Donna Tonrey, La Salle University
  • Workshop 11: Promoting Social Competencies through Improvisation Presented by Carol Moog and Douglas Cornman

 Session B - 2:30 - 4:00

  • Workshop 1: Navigating the Multi-service Network Presented by Lori Thompson, Green Tree School
  • Workshop 2: Green Tree School’s Pre-vocational Training: Preparing Students for Life Presented by Doreen Williams, Green Tree School
  • Workshop 3: Transitions from the Parent Perspective Presented by Joanne Gomez, Jackie Pantaliano, and Zanetta Moore-Driggers
  • Workshop 4: From Doorstep to Doorstep: Creating Effective Transitions for Students with ASD Presented by Margaret E. Daly, Bankbridge Development Center
  • Workshop 5: The 24/7 Learning Model: How Residential Programming Options Can Lead to Greater Independence for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Presented by Dr. Jessica Woods and Mr. Brian Haney, Melmark
  • Workshop 6: ASD: Religious Education and Significant Life Events in a Community of Faith Presented by Sr. Kathleen Schipani, M.Ed, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Ms. Lorie Brew, MS, Counselor
  • Workshop 7: Parent Power--Advocacy for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Presented by Dr. Bonni Zetick, La Salle University
  • Workshop 8: Taking Your AT With You - Considerations for Students in Transition Presented by Amy S. Goldman, MS, CCC, Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Temple University
  • Workshop 9: The Design and Implementation of a Summer Graduate Program Serving Students in an Inclusionary Setting with Family Emphasis Presented by Carole Patrylo, La Salle University
  • Workshop 10: Family Systems Facing the Challenges of Autism Presented by Dr. Donna Tonrey, La Salle University
  • Workshop 11: Promoting Social Competencies through Improvisation Presented by Carol Moog and Douglas Cornman