Autism Conference to Focus on Eating, Language and Intervention

February 22, 2006

 The New York State Association for Behavior Analysis conference March 24 will feature autism experts in eating issues, language development and early intervention. The conference is geared toward family members and professionals, and will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 70 State St., Rochester.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for family members, educators, and other professionals to better understand current interventions for children with autism,” said Daniel Mruzek, Ph.D., BCBA, of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. “There is so much we can do for, and with, people with autism using science-based interventions and a team approach.”

William Ahearn, Ph.D., BCBA, director of research at the New England Center for Children and clinical assistant professor at Northeastern University, will address feeding issues in children with autism. He wrote a book chapter on the subject and serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Interventions.

Tristram Smith, Ph.D., of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, is the research director for the Multisite Young Autism Project, which is a federally funded study on early intensive behavioral intervention. Smith, who will speak at the conference, is also an investigator in the Center for Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment at the University of Rochester.

Other speakers include Sandra Harris, Ph.D., executive director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers, and James Partington, BCBA, a licensed psychologist who specializes in language-based intervention with children experiencing delays as a result of autism-related disorders.

Register by visiting “Upcoming Events” at or by calling (585) 273-5980.

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