Autism Conference Added: The Help Group Summit 2012 in Los Angeles, California

The Help Group Summit 2012 – Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD will be held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California on October 26 and 27, 2012. The Help Group has gathered a superb group of professionals to speak on a variety of topics at this year’s autism summit.

The Help Group Summit Speakers

  • David Amaral, PhD
  • Richard Lavoie, MA, MEd
  • Eric Fombonne, MD
  • Robert Accordino, MD, MSc
  • Bruce L. Baker, PhD
  • Jan Blacher, PhD
  • Jason Bolton, PsyD
  • Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • Pamela Clark, MA
  • Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Diane M. Danis, MD, MPH
  • Shannon Des Roches Rosa
  • Amy-Jane Griffiths, PhD
  • Diane Haager, PhD
  • Stephen Hinshaw, PhD
  • Ted Hutman, PhD
  • Jane Kim, MS, BCBA
  • Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
  • Pamela J. Lein, PhD
  • Philip Levin, PhD
  • Pat Levitt, MD
  • Sara McCracken, PsyD, BCBA
  • David Miklowitz, PhD
  • Bhavik G. Shah, MD
  • Robert Suddath, MD
  • Jane Tavyev Asher, MD
  • Judy Van De Water, PhD
  • Louis A. Vismara, MD

These speakers will cover a wide range of topics including:

The Help Group Summit Topics

  • Motivation Breakthroughs: Strategies to Turn On the Tuned-Out Child
  • Updates on the Causes of Autism
  • Brain Changing Technology: What Can We Do Today?
  • Teaching Individuals with Social Learning Issues: Why We Use Social Skills Through Social Thinking Strategies
  • ADHD: What We Know & What We Need to Learn
  • An Update on the Role of Medication in the Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • When the Chips are Down… Strategies for Improving Children’s Behavior
  • The Onset of Autism During Infancy: Insights from Sibling Studies
  • Variables that Modify the Success of Prescription Medication Interventions for Families with ADHD
  • What Parents & Teachers Can Do To Improve Social Skills in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • The Nitty & the Gritty of Autism and Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Moving Autism Research from the Laboratory to the Classroom
  • New Directions in Autism Public Policy
  • Epidemiology of ASD: Update on Rates, Trends and New Studies
  • Improving Working Memory in Children with ADHD
  • Identifying and Treating ASD in Young Children: A Developmental Pediatrician’s Perspective
  • New Frontiers in Music, Language and Autism

Registration for the two-day event is only $100 for professionals, parents and family members. Professionals seeking continuing education (CE) credits are required to pay a $145.00 registration fee while students can attend both days for only $75.00

For more information, contact The Help Group at 818-779-5212 or

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  1. Viviana O'Shea says:

    I would like further information regarding how to attend the conference. I realize that it is late notice, but I was recently granted permission to attend a non-traditional staff development day. I would like to inquire as to the possibility of attending the conference.

    thank you,
    Viviana O’Shea

    • Hi Viviana, I’m not affiliated with the Help Group but this contact information should help you with the information you need: For more information, contact The Help Group at 818-779-5212 or eventsthehelpgrouporg

  2. We must help educated the public on how to better protect vulnerable autsitic people when they are receiving home respite care. It seems video surveillance is really the only way you can catch caregivers who are secretly abusing someone you love because a lot of times the caregivers will be one way in front of parents, but then, as seen here, they could be abusing the person behind everyone’s back and if the autistic person can’t speak, they can’t alert anyone, so the video helps expose it:


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