NORTHEAST KICKOFF! From the Clinic to the Classroom: An Update on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Students with Special Needs

When: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Registration: 8:30 am | Training: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: The University of Scranton
Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall | 2nd Floor Forum | Room 235
237 Jefferson Ave | Scranton, PA 18510


This free training series is presented by Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) in partnership with the University of Scranton's Panuska College of Professional Studies and Friendship House.


Treatment of Children with Developmental Disorders: Science, Non-science, and Nonsense
Thomas D. Challman, MD - Medical Director, ADMI
This presentation will review a variety of therapies often promoted for use in children with developmental disabilities, and offer practical strategies to scientifically evaluate treatment options that can help families and educators avoid therapies that are ineffective or potentially harmful.

What’s So Special About Genetics? Practical Implications of Genetic Diagnoses for Children with Special Needs
Brenda M. Finucane, MS, CGC - Associate Director, ADMI
Advances in diagnostic testing have allowed the identification of many distinct genetic syndromes associated with physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms. Professionals working with special populations can benefit from training about the impact of these diagnoses on health, behavior, and learning.

Resources and Strategies for Children with Complex Communication Needs
Marissa W. Mitchel, MS, CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist, ADMI
This presentation will highlight augmentative communication strategies that can help children communicate effectively. Practical suggestions and local resources for students will be shared.

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