Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Infants and Toddlers
In this timely presentation, Dr. Landa will present information that is needed to detect autism spectrum disorders early in life. She will describe signs of developmental disruption in infants and toddlers, and patterns related to the onset of autism. Video examples will be provided on social, communication, and behavioral characteristics of very early signs of autism.
Workshop Objectives At the end of this activity, the learner will be able to:
• Recognize the need for early detection of autism.
• Define two different onset patterns of autism.
• Articulate four red flags for autism in very young children.
Presenter: Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the REACH research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Landa worked extensively as a speech-language pathologist before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1989. She has consulted and presented internationally on both clinical and research issues. Her research has focused on neuropsychological and communication processes in autism across the lifespan. Dr. Land is the principal investigator of an NIH STAART center, and the author of the Pragmatic Rating Scale and the Brief Communication Battery, which are used internationally in research and clinical programs. Her current research focus is on learning processes in autism, as well as early detection of and intervention for autism spectrum disorders.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Ethical and Legal Issues with Children and Adolescents in Schools and Clinical Settings
This essential workshop will address ethical issues commonly encountered in the practice of clinical and school psychology. Topics to be covered include: age of consent to treatment; mandated reporting of child abuse; confidentiality and informed consent; record keeping; culturally sensitive services to diverse clientele; and individual and group assessment. Participants are invited to discuss ethical dilemmas from their own experience.
At the end of this activity, the learner will be able to:
•Distinguish and apply consent to treatment, confidentiality, and release of information according to Act 147.
•Apply risk management strategies for handling questions that arise in treating childreand adolescents.
•Anticipate and resolve ethical challenges in the schools.
Presenter: Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP is an associate professor and Director of Internship Training at Widener University. She has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and Co-chair of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists’ Ethics Committee. Dr. Knauss has authored book chapters and journal articles on ethics, and has taught many workshops on a variety of ethical issues. She is the past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, and the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists. Dr. Knauss is the recipient of the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, and the recipient of the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award. In addition to her work at Widener University, Dr. Knauss maintains a private clinical practice where she sees children, adolescents, adults, and families.