Autism Symposium 2012 

Growing Up With Autism:
Life Transitions

A Symposium for Families
and Professionals

On May 11, 2012, the Weill Cornell Autism Research Program (WCARP) hosted "Growing Up With Autism: Life Transitions," a conference for parents, families and healthcare professionals. Held at Weill Cornell Medical College, experts provided information about Autism Spectrum Disorders, from clinical evaluation to intervention.

Download the full schedule and speaker biographies [PDF]

List of Speakers and Related Resources

9am-9:20am: Opening Remarks

Gerald M. Loughlin, MD
Nancy C. Paduano Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

Julianne Imperato-McGinley, MD
Associate Dean, Translational Research and Education
Program Director, Clinical and Translational Science Center
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Distinguished Professor of Endocrinology in Medicine
Chief, Division of Endocrinology

9:20am-11am: Basic Science Panel

John Walkup, MD
Anxiety in typically and developmentally disabled children and adolescents

Francis Lee, MD, PhD
Neurobiology of anxiety and fear across development

BJ Casey, PhD
The adolescent brain and special challenges

Anjali Rajadhyaksha, PhD
Autism: Genetics, Preclinical Mouse Models, and Drug Discovery Strategies

11am-11:20am: Coffee Break

11:20am-1pm: Clinical Panel

Martha Herbert,MD, PhD
Reframing Autism: From A Lifelong Brain Defect to A Chronic Dynamic Systemic Condition

Linda Meyer, EdD, MPA, BCBA-D, CPT
Meeting the Unique Needs of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Michael Siller, PhD
Parent-mediated Interventions to Increase Responsive Parental Behaviors and Child Communication in Children with ASD

John Brown, PhD
Teaching Children with Autism to Imitate Peers in Natural Environments

Catherine Lord, PhD
Rethinking Autism Diagnoses

1pm-2:30pm: Lunch and Tabling Session

2:30pm-4pm: Breakout Groups

Ages 5-13

Todd Levine, MD, FAAP
Behavioral Assessment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Levine Presentation [PDF]

Jill Krata, PhD
Using evidence-based interventions to help ease transitions for children on the spectrum - a behavioral approach

Thomas Sposato, MS
Elementary Transitions: To and From
Sposato Presentation [PDF]

Ages 14-18

Catherine Jones, LCSW and Valencia Small, MSW
Issues of Puberty and Adolescence
Jones and Small Presentation [PDF]

Ronni Miller, Chair, WCARP Parents Committee
A survey of programs to increase socialization and planning for your child's future

Carole Gothelf, EdD
Planning for Life Beyond High School

Ages 18 and Older

Jennifer Shaoul, MPA
Transitioning to Adulthood

Marcia Scheiner, MBA and Michael John Carley, Executive Director of ASTEP
Tackling the Unemployment Crisis for Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism

Matthew Weiler , Program Director and Heather Gazzaley, Program Director
Going to College: The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Model and Futures Unlimited

4pm-5pm: Networking Mixer

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Specialty or Expertise


John Brown, PhD Director of Training and Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Hunter College

BJ Casey, PhD Sackler Professor and Director of the Sackler Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Neurology
Harvard Medical School

Francis S. Lee, MD, PhD Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry
Professor of Pharmacology
Weill Cornell Medical College

Catherine Lord, PhD Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Linda Meyer, EdD, MPA, BCBA-D, CPT Executive Director, Autism New Jersey

Anjali Rajadhyaksha, PhD Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medical College

Michael Siller, PhD Co-Director, Hunter College Autism Center

John Walkup, MD Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Director
Weill Cornell Medical College