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In continuing observance of April, Autism Awareness Month, today Dr. Annie Abram will interview Alina Rodescu-Pitchon, a mother of 26 old Ben about the challenges and rewords of raising a child with ASD.
Alina Rodescu-Pitchon was born in Bucharest, Romania and emigrated to the US with her family as a child in 1964. She graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning to go on to work in NYC. After working at I.M.Pei & Partners, Costas Kondylis, and Gal Nauer Architects, she now heads her own design practice, Pitchon Design Group. She is the proud mom of Ben, 26, and lives in Wilton, CT.
Join The Arc of Luzerne County for a conversation with Savannah Nicole Logsdon-Breakstone. Savannah began advocating at the age of 12, when her mother asked her to sit on a panel for a a state level conference presentation. Advocacy became a true passion for Savannah once she became an adult. Co-morbidly diagnosed GAD, PTSD, and ASD (Asperger’s), she worked in Mental Health advocacy before she connected with the ASD and DD communities.
Other advocacy as well as community involvements have included national and state level organizations and advisories, various county level advisories, and Freelance Advocacy efforts. Savannah is an active member of ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network) and SAU1 (Self Advocates United as 1).
Savannah is also a Freelance Writer and Social Media Specialist. She blogs at Cracked Mirror in Shalott and you can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
For anyone dealing with ADHD or ASD (Autism) or anyone having trouble focusing and bringing things to fruition, this show with Nicky Van Valkenberg, who wrote the book, "Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life" is truly a Godsend! Nicky has developed a method and a device that will eliminate ADHA and ASD without Ritalin, Adderal or Zenadrine and without the expense and dangerous side effects that are part of these medications. The first part of this episode covers Dr. Newton's book, "A Map to Healing and Your Essential Divinity Through Theta Consciousness" as Nicky had difficulty connecting with the broadcast., Nicky can be reached at Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life - Home Dr. Newton can be reached at Dr. Robert Newton
Today we welcome Dr. Amy Donaldson to Autism Empowerment Radio to talk about the SocialsibS project, a Social Communication Intervention offered through the Portland State University Autism and Child Language Disorders Research Lab and the Speech & Language Clinic. The SocialsibS project is funded by a Treatment Grant from Autism Speaks.
Social and communicative competence is central to success in school and fundamental to development of peer relationships. Social communication deficits are well documented in children with ASD. Improving these skills is often a key focus of intervention, but generalization can be challenging. Two social communication intervention methods that have been found effective in recent years include:
* Training peers, or in this case, siblings, to use strategies to facilitate the social communication of children with ASD (sibling-mediated intervention)
* Use of video-modeling to directly teach social communication skills to the child with ASD.
To increase generalization of skills, the SocialsibS project combines both of these methods in one intervention.
The program is currently inviting children with autism spectrum disorder (ages 4 - 7) and their sibling (ages 5 - 10) for participation in the SocialsibS project at PSU.
Contact Amy: (503) 725-3224 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy L. Donaldson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at Portland State University (PSU) and Director of PSU Autism and Child Language Disorders Laboratory. Her research focuses on the assessment and intervention of social communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within the natural environment, as well as intervention efficacy.
We talk with Christopher J. Smith of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) about emerging technology and research to support individuals with autism.
Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Research at SARRC, is an experimental psychologist with expertise in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and measurement of associated traits. Before joining SARRC, Dr. Smith was an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and still maintains a faculty position. His background is in phenotyping complex psychiatric disorders for the purposes of genetic studies.
Under the direction of Dr. Smith, SARRC’s research team focuses on improving the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and expediting accurate diagnostic methods; advancing research on effective treatments for autism, both pharmaceutical and behavioral, that lead to an improved quality of life for individuals with the disorder and their families; and educating all kinds of professionals in the community to improve detection, diagnosis and services for individuals with autism.
We are excited to welcome back V. Mark Durand to discuss the important topic of educating our medical professionals outside of the specialized field of autism. Dr. Durand's book Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Guide for General Practititioners is aimed at helping clinicians screen for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), treat higher functioning individuals with ASD, and assist family members.
V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America and is on the board of directors of the International Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and serves on a number of editorial boards. His books include Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach, Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs, and most recently, When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders.
Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is currently mandated by states across the country and is used worldwide. He also developed an assessment tool that is used internationally and has been translated into more than 15 languages. He has been consulted by the departments of education in numerous states and by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. His current research program includes the study of prevention models and treatments for such serious problems as self-injurious behavior.
You have POTS
Is it an incurable disease? Or is it secondary to something else...and possibly curable?
On Feb 2, 2015 at 8 PM eastern Dr. Jess Armine will discuss POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome).
POTS is a partial dysautonomia with many root causes and many expressions. It is often mis-diagnosed and, worse, it's a "Hidden Illness' which means the person doesn't look sick and usually suffers in silence.
Join us as we explore this condition and posit it's causes and more....what is being done and what more can be done.
As always, there will be a pdf to follow along and time for Q&A. See you then!
Dr. Sarita Freedman is a clinical psychologist, who had a successful career as a special education teacher and trained future teachers, working with a diverse range of populations, including children with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Mental Retardation, Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder, Language Disorders, and Developmental Delay. Her practice consists of conventional psychotherapy services for adults and children, and she carries a specialty in developmental disabilities, and specifically, in children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is the founder of College on the Spectrum™, whose mission it is to help students with autism spectrum disorders succeed in college and in life.
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