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Lorman Education Services Presents ?Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment And Diagnosis? Teleconference on February 1, 2006

(PRWEB) January 14, 2006 –- Although it is generally accepted that autism is a disorder which is present at birth, most children are not referred for an evaluation until language
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 delays become most pronounced. The disparity between the early presence of the disorder and relatively late diagnosis appears to be due, in part, to a lack of appropriate screening and referral for young children. Recently, there has been increasing interest in the early identification and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and this teleconference will bring new developments to the participant’s attention.

 “  Review of I Am Special: Introducing Children and Young People to Their Autistic Spectrum Disorder  
Douglas W. Walker, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical director at Mercy Family Center in Mandeville and Metairie, Louisiana. He oversees clinical services of all psychologists of the center; develops and implements clinical programs, services and protocols for current service segments of the center; provides outpatient psychology services for children, adolescents and adults; offers psychoeducational, ADHD and personality assessments; and provides individual, family and group psychotherapy including specific psychological services for anxiety and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Dr. Walker is also a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans. He holds a Ph.D. degree in health psychology/behavioral medicine and an M.S. degree in psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas; an M.S. degree in physical education
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/sport psychology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York; and a B.S. degree in psychology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Louisiana Psychological Association. Dr. Walker’s publications include “Review of Asperger Syndrome,” Infant Mental Health Journal, July 2001 and “Review of I Am Special: Introducing Children and Young People to Their Autistic Spectrum Disorder,” Infant Mental Health Journal, October 2002, among many other related articles. He co-presented “Is it ADHD or Childhood Bipolar? Differential Diagnosis and Effective Treatment’” along with Faust, D. and Sands, M. (2-hr. CE workshop for the Louisiana Psychological Association 56th Annual Convention in Baton Rouge, May 2004); and “Standards of Practice in the Screening and Assessment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders,” along with Adams, L. W. and Johnson, T. (3-hr. CE Workshop for the Louisiana Psychological Association 55th Annual Convention, Baton Rouge, May 8, 2003); among other related presentations.

This Teleconference is designed for special education teachers and directors, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, administrators, principals and vice principals, counselors, case managers, classroom teachers, instructional aides, nurses, attorneys and parents. SCHOOL
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, APA, and SW Continuing Education Credits are available in participating states.

To register for this event please click http://www.lorman.com/info/365335 or please call 866-352-9539 to speak with a Lorman Education customer service representative. Reference number for this event is 18189.


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