DALLAS: The Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University is offering strategies for parents and professionals on meeting the needs of individuals with autism at a Distinguished Speaker Series workshop on March 24. The program, “Autism: Practical Solutions for Complex Problems,” will feature a panel of experts in the areas of medicine, psychology, social work and speech-language pathology who will examine multifaceted issues that impact individuals with autism. A college student with autism and the parent of a child with autism will also share their personal experiences.
The workshop will provide anyone who works or lives with individuals with autism, including speech-language pathologists, regular and special education teachers, psychologists, social workers, TSS workers and parents with innovative treatment strategies to help individuals with autism function in school, work and life.
The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Co-sponsors for the event include the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18, Hazleton Area School District and Liv with Autism Foundation. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and social work CEUs and the equivalent Act-48 contact hours will be awarded to participants.
Kathleen Scaler Scott, assistant professor of speech-language pathology at Misericordia University, is coordinating the event and will be one of the presenters. Scaler Scott’s areas of specialization include autism spectrum disorders, child language disorders, literacy and fluency disorders. Her current research projects include examination of the linguistic, phonological and fluency patterns in children on the autism spectrum, characteristics of cluttering and clinician-researcher partnerships.
Alicia Nordstrom, associate professor of psychology at Misericordia University, is also on the panel. She teaches courses such as Intro to Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Child Psychopathology and Child Interventions. Nordstrom’s current research focuses on mental health in health sciences graduate students and stereotypes and prejudice in college students.
Presenter Robert Bogdan is a licensed clinical social worker who earned his master’s degree from Marywood University in 1998. He has been on the Liv with Autism Foundation board since the foundation was established, assisting with growth and promotion of activities.
Marywood University student Amanda Marchese is an inspirational speaker who advocates for those with disabilities. She has spoken to college students and various organizations about her experience being on the autism spectrum to increase sensitivity to the issues of students with autism.
Dr. Timothy D. Welby is a general pediatrician who practices in Dickson City. He is a past president of the Lackawanna County Medical Society and continues to serve on its board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors of the Liv with Autism Foundation.
Francine Hogan is the mother of Michael, a 14-year-old boy with autism. She is an ambassador for the Autism Tissue Program. She sits on the board of directors of the Autism Coalition of Luzerne County and is the vice president of the Liv with Autism Foundation.
The conference fee of $150 per person includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all workshop materials. An early bird group rate for three or more registrants from the same organization is $130 per person. An individual early bird rate is $135, applicable on registrations made 10 days prior to the conference. The price includes 0.6 ASHA and social work CEUs, and the equivalent Act-48 contact hours.
A parent’s rate of $50 includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all workshop materials.
For more information, or to register, contact Thea Kahn in the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University at 570-674-6155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.