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Sixth Annual Autism Symposium

Baptist Health

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Sixth Annual Autism Symposium

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Who Should Attend?

Parents, caregivers, special needs teachers, psychologists, nurses, speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavioral therapists, marriage and family therapists, physical therapists, mental health counselors and clinical social workers.


  • Identify and define Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Discuss the evidence associated with best practices in treating ASDs throughout the lifespan
  • Discuss issues related to functional independence in adulthood
  • Identify key aspects of behavior management strategies in ASD, including direct commands, positive attending and effective consequences
  • Identify effective treatment strategies for associated behaviors, including severe feeding and behavioral issues
  • Develop an understanding of the medical and behavioral factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of feeding disturbances in children with ASD
  • Engage in discussion regarding a tiered approach to home and clinic-based treatment planning, including parent education/consultation, outpatient therapy, and day-treatment/inpatient services.


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William Sharp, PhD, is Director of the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Assistant Professor in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, at Emory University School of Medicine.

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Celine A. Saulnier, is Clinical Director of Research at the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

The Marcus Autism Center is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism and related disorders, treating approximately 5,000 children a year and is an affiliate of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Marcus Autism Center staff of highly trained pediatric professionals is supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Center was awarded the prestigious ACE (Autism Center of Excellence) designation by the NIH in 2012, funded by a grant of more than $8.3 million to Emory University from the NIH.

The ACE is one of only three such centers nationwide (the other being UCLA and Boston University) and brings together more than 25 researchers and physicians in eight laboratories in the three Atlanta institutions along with collaborators in Florida State University. The ACE studies risk and resilience for autism in infants and toddlers through fundamental research and new screening programs in early infancy. This innovative research program in setting the stage for changing autism’s course even before there is obvious disability. The Marcus Autism Center is the largest center of clinical care for individuals with autism and their families in the country.


8:30 - 9:30am Registration
9:30 - 9:40am Introductions
9:40 - 10:40am Clinical Features of ASD
  Celine Saulnier, PhD
10:40 - 11:00am Questions and Answers
11:00 - 11:10am Break
11:10am - 12:10pm Screening, Detection and Intervention for ASD
  Celine Saulnier, PhD
12:10 - 12:30pm Questions and Answers
12:30 - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15 - 2:15pm Evidence-Based Practices for Intervention: An Overview of Behavioral Intervention
  Will Sharp, PhD
2:15 - 2:40pm Questions and Answers
2:40 - 2:50pm Break
2:50 - 3:50pm Assessment and Treatment of Feeding Problems in Children with ASD
  Will Sharp, PhD
3:50-4:30pm Questions and Answers




This conference is a continuing education activity.  Five (5) CMEs have been approved and CEUs for other disciplines have been applied for and as they are approved it will be noted on the Wolfson website.


To accommodate others who may wish to attend this event, we ask that all cancellations be submitted at least 72 hours prior to the start of the event.  If you paid a fee for the event, and you submitted the cancellation notice 72 hours or more prior to the start of the event, you can either apply the class fee to another Baptist Health event or request a refund.  Please submit your cancellation instructions here via Contact the Host.


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·        Handouts for the conference will emailed to registered participants prior to the conference, so you will need to print them out or bring a personal device to follow along.


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When & Where

University of North Florida
University Center
12000 Alumni Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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