Autism: Putting the Pieces Together: An Interdisciplinary Conference
for Teachers, Parents, and Professionals, on November 21, 2008.
This regional conference will bring together families, teachers,
school administrators, speech-language pathologists, occupational
therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, community
organizations and others affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
members and professionals will have the opportunity to learn about
local, regional and national resources available to those whose lives
ASD touches each day. Panelists also will discuss the latest
discipline-specific research, as well as the various strategies used
to cope with this disorder.
The conference will feature top research and medical experts on
from throughout the country. Keynote speakers include Jake Greenspan,
one of the co-directors of DIR Support Services in Bethesda, Md. DIR
Support Services is a child development center specializing in the
of the DIR/Floortime model. Jake and his DIR co-director Tim Bleeker,
with the help of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, developed evaluation and
intervention programs based on all aspects of the DIR model. Their
goal has been to develop and implement these intervention programs
children with a variety of developmental and learning challenges.
The conference lunchtime speaker is Jim Watkins, who co-anchors the
Emmy Award-winning CW11 News at 10. Each weeknight, Watkins teams
co-anchor Kaity Tong, weatherman Irv "Mr. G" Gikofsky, and
sportscaster Sal Marchiano. Jim and his wife Lauren Thierry, a CNN
financial news reporter, are the parents of an autistic child who was
born in 1997. Lauren made a much-praised documentary, Autism Every
Day, which premiered to a sold-out audience at the Sundance Film
Festival in Park City, Utah.