Conference to explore autism treatment, management trends

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., JUNE 1 – The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital will host a one-day conference on autism from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 12, at the Lakeview School, 10 Oak Drive, in Edison. The conference will provide pediatricians, allied health professionals and families affected by autism with updates on current and emerging techniques for the treatment and management of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

The program will identify emerging developments in autism screening and research; update participants on the latest advances in treatments for neurological co-morbidities in autism; identify teaching methodologies and behavioral approaches to language development; describe treatment approaches for autism spectrum and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, or ADHD; identify dietary options for individual with autism spectrum disorders; and offer coping strategies for families.

The program schedule starts with registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m., to be followed by the following presentations: “Novel Approaches to Autism Research and Treatment Across the Life Span,” by Barbie Zimmerman-Bier, MD, from 9 to 10 a.m.; “Neurological Co-morbidities in Autism,” by Xue Ming, MD, from 10 to 11 a.m.; “Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Intervene with Individuals with Autism,” by Karen Umstead, M.Ed, BCBA, from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m.; “The Broad Spectrum of Autism,” by Kenneth A. Bock, MD, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; “Autism Diets and Nutrition Healing Principles,” by Manisha Lad, CNC, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and “Life After the Diagnosis: Putting the Pieces and the Family Together,” by Genevieve Kumapley, Pharm.D, BCOP, from 4 to 5 p.m. Lunch and breaks are scheduled throughout the day.

Dr. Zimmerman-Bier is chief of the Division of Child Development at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s. Dr. Bock is a clinical instructor, Department of Family Medicine, at Albany Medical College, Rhinebeck Health Center, in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Dr. Ming is associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Division of Pediatric Neurology. Karen Umstead is executive director of Beautiful Minds of Princeton, a company that offers consultations, assessments, training and other resources for families with special needs. Manisha Lad is a nutritionist and the founder and director of Akhil Autism Foundation, an international education organization for families of children with autism and learning disorders. Dr. Kumapley, a clinical pharmacist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, is the founder and executive director of MyGoal Inc., an organization that helps families with limited economic resources access therapies, programs and information about autism spectrum disorders.

Conference sponsors are Oxy Health Corp., MyGoal Inc., the Akhil Autism Foundation, and the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities, which operates the Lakeview School.

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