SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Difficulties with social communication are hallmark symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The ability to converse, interact socially and build peer relationships are important factors in healthy development from childhood to adulthood. On Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Help GroupDistinguished Lecturer Series will feature a special presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson on The Art & Science of Conversational Skills: How to Improve Social Communication for Adolescents & Adults with ASD. In this interactive and lively presentation, Dr. Laugeson will provide concrete tools to aid parents, educators and mental health professionals in helping young people with ASD effectively improve social skills.
The lecture will be held at The Help Group Autism Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Laugeson is the Director of The Help Group-UCLA Autism Research Alliance and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is also the Director of the UCLA PEERS Program, an outpatient clinic providing parent-assisted social skills training for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other social impairments.
Tickets are $10 for general admission or $25 for professionals seeking CE credits. To register, please visit www.thehelpgroup.org or call (818) 779-5212.
The Help Group's Distinguished Lecturer Series features experts in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and learning disabilities.
About The Help Group Founded in 1975, The Help Group is dedicated to helping young people with autism and other special needs fully realize their potential. It is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the field of autism. The Help Group offers a wide range of innovative autism spectrum disorders programs, and each day, more than 1,000 students ages 3 – 22 attend its autism day schools. www.thehelpgroup.orgwww.facebook.org/thehelpgroupwww.twitter.com/thehelpgroup
The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance is dedicated to enhancing and expanding clinical research in the education and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and to contributing to the development, greater understanding, and use of best practice models by researchers, educators, and clinicians.