The Help Group Summit 2010 Convenes More Than 30 Leading Experts In Autism, Learning Disabilities & ADHD

Sep 27, 2010, 19:21 ET from The Help Group

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Oct. 1st and 2nd, 2010, The Help Group will host its annual Summit:  Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD. The renowned experts who will be presenting at Summit 2010 are: David G. Amaral, PhD; Linda Andron-Ostrow, LCSW; Bruce L. Baker, PhD; Jan Blacher, PhD; Deborah E. Budding, PhD; Michael G. Chez, MD; Dana Chidekel, PhD; Pamela Clark, MA; Pamela J. Crooke, PhD, CC-SLP;  Marcos Di Pinto, PhD; Jack M. Fletcher, PhD; Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD; Irva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD; Jodi Johnson, MA; Connie Kasari, PhD; Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD; Philip Levin, PhD; Pat R. Levitt, PhD; Sandra K. Loo, PhD; Maja Mataric', PhD; David Miklowitz, PhD; Jule Mosk Morris, PhD; Derek A. Ott, MD; Ricki G. Robinson, MD; Edward Roth, PhD; Fred W. Sabb, PhD; Jonathan Sebat, PhD; Judy Van de Water, PhD; Bina Varughese, MS; and Lous Vismara, MD.

These distinguished speakers will bring the latest information to professionals, parents, graduate and undergraduate students on topics such as:

  • Updates on the Causes of Autism
  • How to Help Students with Asperger's, ADHD and LD succeed in college
  • Innovative Technologies for Human-Robot Interaction with Children with Autism
  • Current psychopharmacological approaches to the treatment of ADHD
  • Addressing Heterogeneity of the Autisms: The Brain-Gut connection
  • How to Help Students with Asperger's, ADHD and LD Succeed in a University Setting
  • The Aging Out Process for Students with ASD: A Leap into the Great Unknown
  • Sexuality & Sexuality Education for Adolescents & Adults with Autism
  • Harnessing the Power of the Internet to Advance Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 1st, 8:30 am - 5:30pm and Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 8:30am - 12:30pm. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90049

WHO: Summit 2010 Co-Chairs:

Dr. Barbara Firestone,

President and CEO, The Help Group, Chair, Statewide Coordinating Council of Autism Taskforces of the California Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders and author, Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge.  

Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Judson Braun Distinguished Professor & Exec. Chair, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief, Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA

Summit 2010 Major Sponsors:

First 5 California and First 5 LA

For more information about The Help Group's Summit 2010, call (818) 779-5212 or visit

ABOUT THE HELP GROUP – Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind serving children with special needs related to autism, learning disabilities, abuse and emotional challenges.

The Help Group's seven specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,300 students. Its wide range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year. With more than 800 staff members, The Help Group's state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on four major campuses in the Los Angeles area with a fifth opening this October.

At the heart of its commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.

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