Friday, May 30, 2014
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Professionals - $150.00
Parents, Caregivers, and Adults with ASD - $50.00


Pines Manor
2085 State Rt. 27
Edison, NJ 08817
Phone: 732-287-2222

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About Children's Specialized Hospital:  

To learn more about Children's Specialized Hospital and the services offered, visit us online here. 

Learning Objectives:
By participating in this symposium you will be able to:
  • Understand how characteristics of ASD can be considered strengths
  • Learn an affirmative process for informing a person about his or her ASD diagnosis
  • Learn ways to meet many challenges often faced by people with ASD
  • Learn methods for being specific in an IEP to gain individualized and meaningful educational benefits
  • Understand the format of an IEP, detailing how services are decided, implemented and measured
  • Identify collaborative approaches to enhance the parent-professional relationship
  • Separate facts from myths regarding individuals with ASD and sexuality
  • Identify key issues related to sexuality, teen dating violence, and forms of dating abuse
  • Identify parenting tips and strategies for teens with ASD
  • Understand perspectives of parents living with ASD 
  • Learn strategies to prevent common pitfalls parents have when raising a child with ASD
  • Understand common emotions experienced by parents of children with ASD
  • Learn ways support meaningful participation in recreation activities
  • Identify strategies to support successful inclusion of people with ASD in recreation settings

Continuing Education Credits:

This course is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area). Participants are expected to be present for the entire program. Individuals who are not present for the full program will not be recommended for ASHA CEUs. No partial credit will be provided. 

Disclosure statements for all workshop presenters and a list of organizations providing financial and/or in-kind support available here. There is no non-commercial support for this activity.  No non-FDA approved information will be presented.

Educators and other Professionals:  Professionals are expected to be present for the entire program and will receive a certificate of professional development. 

Registration deadline: May 20, 2014. 

Cancellation Policy:  You may cancel without penalty by giving written notice on or before May 9, 2014.  Cancellations received after May 9, 2014 will be charged a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the registration fee.  No refunds will be made for cancellations postmarked or received after May 23, 2014.  All refunds will be processed after the symposium.

Special Needs: special dietary restrictions or any special accommodations   908-233-3720  ext. 5343. 

Children's Specialized Hospital expresses appreciation to Kohl's Cares for providing partial financial support of the Pine's Manor accommodations, conference materials, and printing.


2014 Autism Symposium

 This full day symposium will provide current perspectives from individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, family members and professionals, related to daily living, education, social interactions, recreation, and employment.


8:15 a.m.        
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.       
Overview and Welcome - Amy B. Mansue, MSW; President and CEO, Children's Specialized Hospital

9:00 a.m.       
Beyond the Wall- Personal and Professional Experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder; 
Stephen Shore, Ed.D; author and President Emeritus of the Asperger's Association of New England.

10:30 a.m.        
Break- Video Presentation: "Teen's Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism"

10:45 a.m.      
The IEP- Strategic Approaches; Amy Smith, Information Services Director; Autism New Jersey

12:15 p.m.       

1:15 p.m.              
Choose from the following:
Workshop A: Birds Peck and Bees Sting: Real Issues of Autism and Safe Dating- Susan Mendelson, MSW, LSW; Director, Social Skills for Children


Workshop B: Perspectives of Families Living with Autism (parent panel)- Evelyn Delgado, Beth Giannobile, Tom Newbon, Kelly and Mike Samson

2:30 p.m.       
Choose from the following:
Workshop C: Raising a Child with ASD and Maintaining Your Sense of Humor- 
Jeffrey Cohen, Author


Workshop D: Recreation and Leisure with People with ASD (professional panel)- Leslie Fanelli, Artistic Director, Theatre in Motion; Kaylee McGuire, CTRS, Community Recreation Program Coordinator, Children's Specialized Hospital; Mickey McNany, Theatre School Director, Paper Mill Playhouse; Dina Trunzo, CTRS, Director, Therapeutic Recreation, Somerset County Park Commission.  

3:30 p.m.       
Evaluation and Adjournment





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