Joint Attention in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
5:15 PM
Where: Young Israel of Hillcrest
169-07 Jewel Avenue
Flushing, New York  11365
United States
Contact: Shoshana Tanenbaum

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Joint Attention in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presented By Dana Battaglia, PhD, CCC-SLP & Mary E. McDonald, PhD, BCBA-D

Date and Time: Wednesday July 27, 2016, 5:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Course Location: Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Avenue, Flushing NY 11365

Course Description:
Individuals with ASD, by virtue of diagnostic criteria, inherently have challenges in effective communication. In typical development, use of eye contact for a variety of functions can be observed early in infancy. Joint attention is a triadic interaction between a child, caregiver and external entity. Through joint attention experiences, children learn about their environment, and expand their vocabulary. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the developmental trajectory, different forms of joint attention, and implications for language acquisition. Clinical application for children with autism spectrum disorders will be discussed. Instructional Methods: lecture, video, handouts, question/answer.

Who Should Attend?
Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Behavior Analysts, Educators, and Related Professionals who work with Children with ASD and their Families. Instructional Level: All levels with primary focus on beginning and intermediate therapists.

Credit Information:

This course is offered for .3 ASHA CEUs at the (Intermediate Level, Professional Area). Course provides 3 NBCOT PDUs, 3.5 Type 2 BCBA/BCABC CEUs, .3 NYSED SW CEUs, 3.6 NYPTA CEUs, 3 NJBPTE CEUs.

Learning Objectives – Upon completion, Participants will be able to:
1. Discuss typical development of joint attention.
2. Differentiate responding to joint attention (RJA) versus initiating joint attention (IJA).
3. Develop treatment objectives for individuals with ASD focusing on joint attention and vocabulary expansion.
4. Describe areas of focus in recent research on joint attention and students with ASD.

About the Instructors:

Mary McDonald, PhD, BCBA-D – Dr. McDonald received her PhD in Learning Theory from the CUNY Grad Center and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level. Dr McDonald is an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University. She is currently the Director for the Advanced Certificate Programs including the advanced certificates in ABA and Severe and Multiple Disabilities. Dr. McDonald services at the Director of ABA and Research for Long Island Programs for Eden II/Genesis, supervising outreach, consultation and research programs. She has over 20 years’ experience directing programs for students with autism from early intervention through adulthood. She participates on a number of advisory boards for autism organizations and is a board member for the New York State Council for Exceptional Children. Dr McDonald presents at local, national and international conferences on the topics of autism and ABA. She has published both peer-reviewed and popular articles. Some areas of publication include: social reciprocity, PEC’s, response to intervention, inclusion, the 21st century classroom and the persistence of fads in autism intervention.

Dana Battaglia, PhD, CCC-SLP – Dana received her BS in Speech Language Pathology from CW Post/Long Island University, and her MS in Speech Language Pathology from St. John’s University, Queens NY. Dana is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and TSHH. She holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Dana has conducted presentations on autism and speech-language related topics at the local, state, national and international levels. Dana has worked in a variety of settings, including private and public schools, private practice and early intervention. She serves as an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University. She is past president of the Long Island Speech Language Hearing Association. Currently Dana works as a consultant for the Eden II/Genesis Program. She holds a PhD in the Speech Language Hearing Sciences from CUNY.

5:15– 5:45 PM
5:45-6:00 PM
Introduction and Definition of Joint Attention
6:00-6:30 PM
Typical Development of Joint Attention
6:30-7:00 PM
Discussion of different forms of Joint Attention
Correlation between Joint Attention and Language Development
7:00-7:15 PM

7:15-7:45 PM
Joint Attention and ASD: Clinical Implications
7:45-8:15 PM
Joint Attention and ASD: A Focus on the Research
8:15-8:45 PM
Application of Joint Attention and Case Study Review
8:45-9:00 PM
Question & Answer Period, Workshop Summary

Seminar Registration: Registration and Tuition payment taken over the phone with credit card. Please call Angela at 718-851-3300 ext 157. Payment must be received to confirm registration.
Registration Fees include handout materials, light supper, and refreshments. (Food is kosher, under supervision of Vaad Harabanim of Queens.)

Individual: $125.00 Group of 2: $115.00/person
Group of 5+: $100.00 (Must register at the same time)
Challenge AFFILIATED THERAPISTS may register at a special rate of $90.00.

Cancellation Policy: Tuition will be refunded less a $25.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by Challenge up to two weeks prior to the seminar. Two weeks to 72 hours prior to seminar date 50% refund; 72 hours or less no refund.

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