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Autism Conference Details Paths from Research to Practice

Latest Advances in Treatment to be Discussed

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Navigating the world of research and treatment of autism spectrum disorders can be complicated and confusing for both parents and practitioners. Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong’s annual Andrew J. Kirch Conference, this year titled, Autism: From Research to Practice, aims to distill the incredible wealth of the latest information on autism for a varied audience.

The day-long conference, Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, features a keynote speech by the Fifth Annual Kirch Visiting Professor, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, M.D., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Autism, is there an epidemic?” She is an internationally renowned expert in the incidence and prevalence of developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.

“We are honored and thrilled to bring Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp to Rochester. Her keynote will augment the exciting work that is occurring at the University of Rochester regarding the newest treatments and research related to autism spectrum disorders,” said Lynn Cole, R.N., M.S., P.N.P., Director of the Andrew J. Kirch Developmental Services Center.

Conference presentations will include information on how practice is shaped through research, and diet and nutrition for children with autism, the latest information on early intensive behavioral intervention, nonverbal communication in autism and medications’ possible role in treatment.

The conference is sponsored by the  Kirch Developmental Services Center, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, the Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment Center and the Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and is supported by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Registration for the conference, which is required by Monday, Oct. 16, costs $60 for professionals and $45 for family members or students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register for the conference, call Jill Averill at the Kirch Center, part of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, at (585) 275-6605.

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