THE SUMMER INSTITUTE on neurodevelopmental disorders
University Union Ballroom Sacramento State University
6000 J St Sacramento, CA 95819, United States
Sacramento , California, United States
This course is designed for healthcare professionals, educators,
therapists, and families/caregivers, including physicians, nurses,
nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, occupational
therapists, speech and language pathologists, licensed
clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
This conference is intended to help participants keep pace with the latest advances
in research on neurodevelopmental disorders and the implications
for best practices in prevention, assessment and treatment. The focus is interdisciplinary
and across the lifespan. Based on evaluations from last year’s
conference, special attention is paid to evidence-based practices for medical
and educational interventions, legal issues, and advocacy and family support.

At the end of the program, participants
should be able to:
• Describe research findings on folic acid and
other B-complex vitamins and neurodevelopmental
outcomes, including brain structure,
cognition, and behavior
• Identify how genetic variation affects human
disease, and how genetic therapies are being
developed for neurodevelopmental disorders
• Review recent evidence for the efficacy and
effectiveness of pharmacologic agents and
biomedical treatments for autism spectrum
disorders (ASD)
• Describe how self-monitoring and self-management
can be taught to children with ASD
• Summarize potential links in recent research
on learning disabilities and learning problems
experienced by some second-language learners,
and strategies that address these problems
• Describe best practices in educational methods
for elementary and secondary school
children with ASD
• Understand legal issues related to HIPAA and
disabilities, including confidentiality, capacity
and consent
• Explain how community based participatory research
and social marketing can be used to reach
under represented groups among recipients of
special education, health, and social services for
persons with developmental disabilities
• Talk with people with developmental disabilities
(and their families) about sexuality and
the prevention of sexual abuse
• Understand recent changes to state programs
serving infants and toddlers with developmental
disabilities, and referral processes to
these programs
• Describe basic assessment principles for Augmentative
and Alternative Communication
(AAC) and how to support a person using AAC
• Describe how iPads can be used to support
special education students in elementary and
secondary schools

Schedule of Presentations:

Friday, August 3, 2012
07:30:00 Registration, continental breakfast, visit exhibits
08:30:00 Welcome and Review of Objectives Robin L. Hansen
08:45:00 Keynote Address Leonard J. Abbeduto
09:45:00 Break and Move into Workshops
10:10:00 Concurrent Sessions | 1
10:15:00 Nutrition and neurodevelopment: Importance and potential mechanisms
10:30:00 Self-monitoring and self-management Patricia Schetter
10:45:00 Coming of age in the healthcare system: Confidentiality, capacity and consent Gail Gresham
11:00:00 CA Early Start and Prevention Services: Promoting healthy development for all children Jackie Clark
12:40:00 Nutrition Session | 2
12:45:00 Whole-genome testing and the possibility of gene therapy for neurological disorders David Segal
13:00:00 Is there a common thread in risks for learning disabilities and learning English as a second language? Michael Gerber
13:15:00 Closing the inequity gap: Innovative approaches to reach marginalized communities Dian Baker
13:30:00 Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC): Evidence-based principles and practice
14:15:00 Break and Move into Workshops
14:25:00 Concurrent Sessions | 3
14:30:00 Evidence update for pharmacologic and biomedical treatments for autism spectrum disorders Robert L. Hendren
14:45:00 Social learning: Implications for the elementary and secondary education of children with autism spectrum disorders Peter Mundy
15:00:00 Human sexuality education for individuals with developmental disabilities: Who, when, what, why, and how?
15:15:00 iPads as assistive technology tools Kalei Eskridge
16:10:00 Concurrent Sessions | 4
16:15:00 Ask Me Session: Health Research Updates
16:30:00 Ask Me Session: Evidence-based Practices
16:45:00 Ask Me Session: Advocacy
16:50:00 Ask Me Session: Assistive Technology
17:00:00 Adjourn
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