Even as awareness of autism grows along with the number of cases diagnosed, it remains a topic likely to raise more questions than answers. If you are a parent whose child is on the spectrum, or a school or health professional encountering increasing numbers of children with this mental health condition, you may have a host of concerns. Are there medications that can help? How much improvement in symptoms can be expected with good treatment? What are the best treatments? What can be done in the home and in general classroom settings to best support children?
The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center is pleased to announce a series of free workshops in which our expert clinicians and researchers will address these and other concerns. The Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and Research Program's 2012-13 Family Workshop Series is open to the public at no charge.
The workshops will be held on the second Tuesday of every month, starting in October 2012 and running through May 2013. All workshops will be held at the Child Study Center's new offices at One Park Avenue at 33rd Street, 7th floor, from 6:00-7:30 pm, including a question and answer period at the end.
Admission to the workshops is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact:
Meghan Morrissey at (646) 754-5062, Meghan.Morrissey@nyumc.org
Workshop dates and topics:
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in Children with Developmental Disabilities
Lauren Moskowitz, PhD, and Caitlin Walsh, MA, Extern
Strategies from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Support (PBS) can address problem behaviors and improve quality of life. We will take a closer look at why problem behaviors occur, and how to prevent, respond, and replace these behaviors with more appropriate ones.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Navigating Medicines and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Melissa Nishawala, MD
Making choices about medicines to treat symptoms of ASDs can seem quite mysterious and difficult. Join us as we take a deeper, more detailed look into specific examples, how to know if medicines are working, and how to handle side effects.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Social Competence and Adolescence
Candice Baugh, MA, LMHC
A child's unique character, his or her environment, and parenting all interact as children develop social skills. We will discuss helpful parenting strategies for teens with social learning difficulties as well as ways of encouraging social learning opportunities in school, the community, and at home.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Helping Children with Autism Express and Cope with their Emotions
Jennifer Rodman, PhD
Individuals with autism have more difficulty than typically developing children with identifying, expressing, and modulating their emotional experiences. We will focus on techniques for helping children on the autism spectrum to identify feelings and emotions, and discuss the impact of emotional understanding on various areas of functioning.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sarah Kern, LMSW, and Meghan Morrissey, Clinical Social Work Intern
We will explore the experiences and concerns often felt by the siblings of children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Strategies will be presented for talking about ASDs with your children. Information regarding resources and sources of support for siblings will be provided.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Psychological Testing and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dana Levy, PsyD
We will address what psychological testing is; how to determine whether your child needs this type of assessment; what important questions to ask when choosing an evaluator; and how to interpret and use the results to help your child.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Adriana DiMartino, MD
Many children with ASDs present with inattention and hyperactivity that is similar, though not always, to those same symptoms as observed in children with ADHD. We will provide an overview on similarities and differences between hyperactivity and impulsivity in ADHD versus ASDs both at the clinical and biological levels, and discuss treatment approaches.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dating and Intimacy in Young Adults and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Elizabeth V. Roberts, PsyD
Many individuals with ASDs want to date and form intimate relationships but lack the skills to do so. We will offer parents specific strategies for teaching social thinking; coaching young adults and adults in specific social skills needed to navigate this particularly mysterious social arena; and helping them look in the right places for romantic relationships.