Chicago Autism Summit – June 2011

The following information was posted in a comment but I wanted to dedicate a post to it as people in the Chicago area may want to attend this event.

A Child’s Brain: Using Neuroanatomy to Improve Assessment and Intervention in Autism, Asperger’s and PDD

Do you work with kids on the autism spectrum? If so, do you feel inhibited by a lack understanding of how the autistic brain functions? Do you want to understand the research and implications of the functional differences in children with ASD? Are you baffled by some of the experimental and unproven methods of working with kids with autism? Are you eager to learn practical assessment strategies? How about practical intervention strategies?

We’ve got the solutions with this fun and engaging course!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wyndham Chicago Downtown Hotel

8:00am-4:00pm (7:30am Registration and Complimentary Continental Breakfast)

Taught by Dr. Peter Dodzik and Dr. Thomas W. Phelan, author of the 1-2-3 Magic book series

The course:
 You’ll get an introduction to the neuroanatomical findings in children with pervasive developmental disorders. Basic functional neuroanatomy will be discussed and research related to brain-behavior relationships will be emphasized. Specific attention will be given to the relationship between neurological differences in children with PDD from normally developing children. In addition, attendees will learn practical evidenced-based assessment and intervention techniques for working with children with autism. Experimental and unproven methods will be discussed. There will be specific emphasis on best-practices for assessment and intervention.

This course is designed for the following audiences: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Teachers, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Behavior Analysts, Parents, other Health Professionals.

The course has an intermediate educational level with no prerequisites and will consist of lectures, group interaction and a question and answer session.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Recall the basic functional neuroanatomical differences between normally developing children and children with PDD.

2. List the basic principles of hemodynamics as they relate to neuroimaging.

3. Explain the impact of autism on the development of social, motor, language and cognitive substrates in the brain.

4. Identify assessment methods for:
a. Asperger’s Syndrome
b. Autism
c. Sensory dysregulation
d. Fine and gross motor skills
e. Pragmatic language
f. Social skills

5. Discuss evidence-based, experimental and unsupported interventions for children with autism.

6. Describe the causes of autistic disorders in children as well as the socio-political impact of these conditions.

7. Identify community resources for families of children with pervasive developmental disorders.

8. At the end of the seminar, participants will complete a knowledge post-test that will test concepts of learned material. Questions and answers are encouraged as a form to measure knowledge and skills.

The instructors:
Peter Dodzik, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN
Peter Dodzik, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist at North Shore Pediatric Therapy. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University Medical Center. His interests include assessment and treatment of children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, LD, ADHD and children with complex medical conditions including TBI, epilepsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Dodzik has published and presented nationally on topics related to the assessment and treatment of children with autism.

Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
A registered clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. has worked with children, adults and families for over 30 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association. Dr. Phelan is the author of numerous books, DVDs and audios including 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 and “I Never Get ANYTHING!” How to Keep Your Kids from Running Your Life.

For more information on our speakers, please visit to download the full course brochure.


$200 per person if registered by May 20, 2011
$250 per person after May 20, 2011
Registration deadline: June 3, 2011, space is limited

Register by mail, phone or online. Early registration is recommended. Online registration can be completed at Phone registration can be completed by calling 224-521-1185. Mail completed registration form (found on pdf) with a check to North Shore Pediatric Therapy, postmarked no later than the registration deadline. Make checks payable to North Shore Pediatric Therapy and mail to: 1308 Waukegan Rd, Suite 103, Glenview, IL, 60025. Full payment is required to confirm space. Phone or online registration must include a valid VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover number with expiration date and signature.


Course participants can stay at the Wyndham for $169/night. Call (312) 573-0300 for reservations.
Complimentary continental breakfast and snacks during the break as well as complimentary valet garage parking will be provided for all participants.


Participants successfully completing this course will receive course completion certificates.

Illinois State Teachers: 5.75 CPDUs.

This course is offered at 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

This course is offered for 0.5 AOTA CEUS or 5.75 contact hours; Performance skills, Evaluation, Intervention.

North Shore Pediatric Therapy, Inc. is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of Continuing Education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association. This course qualifies for 5.5 contact hours.

All other participants will receive certification of the number of contact hours attended. For rules governing continuing education credit, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards.

For more information, please call North Shore Pediatric Therapy at (877) 486-4140

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  1. Julieta Garcia says:

    I have a 9 year old son named Christian who is autistic. He was diagnosed at age 5.


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