Theme: Understanding Autistic Mind & Raising Autism Awareness.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.
Indicators of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.
Who Should Attend:
Family members, physicians, speech-language pathologists, administrators, higher-education faculty, general and special education professionals, early-intervention staff, related service personnel, behavioral health analysts/professionals, and anyone interested in autism spectrum disorders. Clinical & School Psychologists; Clinicians, Therapist & Counsellors; Academics and Researchers; Social Workers; Early Childhood Services; Speech Language Pathologists; Individuals with Autism Spectrum; Doctors, Nurses; Physician Assistants; Occupational Therapists.