The human brain has remarkable malleability during development. Experiences of early childhood shape the developing brain by providing a range of social, emotional, motor and cognitive experiences that impact the development and functioning of key neural networks in the infant brain. The major provider of these early experiences are the primary carers. This presentation will discuss the vital importance of supporting and fostering brain development from infancy throughout early childhood by supporting the carers. The importance of designing caregiving strategies and support programs for new parents cannot be underestimated. Dr. Perry’s address will focus on the importance of the relational ‘therapeutic web’ in providing the consistent, predicable and nurturing experiences that buffer stressors and build resilience.
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Dr. Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX (www.ChildTrauma.org), and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.
Presenters: Jamie Pearson, Ph.D. & Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.
Description: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar will address common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes and discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet. They will also provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders.
1. Participants will describe the behavioral, physiological, and cultural factors that contribute to diet and eating preferences in children with autism and related disorders
2. Participants will identify behavioral strategies for overcoming food aversions in children with autism and related disorders
3. Participants will identify nutrient dense alternatives to foods that are non-preferred by children with autism and related disorders
4. Participants will discuss family-centered, naturalistic teaching strategies to strengthen family mealtime experiences
Presenters: Katie Wolfe, Ph.D. and Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.
Description: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders have difficulties during outings to parks, libraries, appointments, and more. This webinar will present ways professionals can help families develop strategies to prevent and address concerns during their outings. Common safety and social concerns and strategies that can be used to support families in preventing and addressing these concerns will be discussed. Recommended practices for building family capacity and confidence will also be covered.
1. Participants will describe safety and social concerns during outings with young children with autism and related disorders and the impact of these on the child and family
2. Participants will identify strategies for preventing and addressing difficulties during outings with young children with autism and related disorders
3. Participants will discuss recommended practices for building family capacity and confidence during family outings
Presenters: Mandy Rispoli, Ph.D. and Hedda Meadan, Ph.D.
Description: Child care providers and preschool teachers need to use best-practices to successfully include young children with autism and related disorders in their programs. This webinar will discuss best practices for including all children (birth-5) in program activities. Presenters will define what is inclusion and the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings. They will also discuss best practices professionals can use to include young children with autism and identify social and physical modifications for the environment that could support successful inclusion.
1. Participants will define what is inclusion and describe characteristics of successful inclusion of young children (birth-5) with autism and related disorders
2. Participants will identify the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings
3. Participants will discuss best practices for modifying the social and physical environment to support inclusion of young children with autism and related disorders