2017 Autism Institute Conference - Healthcare Professionals Workshops

University Hall
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Gwynedd Mercy University's Autism Institute is hosting its annual Autism Conference on Saturday, April 1. This year, in addition to the general workshops, the conference features three additional tracks geared towards different audiences, including Healthcare Professionals. 

Ausitm Conference - General Workshops
Higher Education Professional Development Workshops
Appreciating Autism: A Training Cource for Law Enforcement Officers

Register for GMercyU's 2017 Autism Conference - Healthcare Professionals Workshops!

Continental breakfast and lunch available beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch also included. 
Program starts at 9 a.m.

Conference Sessions

Session I
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Making the Hospital Hospitable for ASD Patients 
Presenter: Patricia Gonzalez, LPC, MT-BC

Practical strategies will be presented for health care professionals to address the unique needs of the patient with autism, especially in the domains of: sensory, executive function, behavior, and emotional regulation. Session will include activities designed to help participants simulate the experiences of those with ASD in such environments. Although focused on in-patient settings, many of the suggestions would generalize to all health care settings.

Session II
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

Integrated Primary Care for People with ASD 
Presenter: Ellen Giarelli, Ed.D, RN, and Kristen Pilong RN, MSN, Student and Graduate of the Nursing of ASD Certificate Program

The session is designed for health care providers who desire to learn how to combine knowledge of ASD with their professional skill set to create therapeutic encounters and provide comprehensive, integrated health care for people with ASD, across service settings.

Lunch 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. in University Hall

Session III
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

An Overview of the Autism Spectrum for Nurses 
Presenter: Sean Romano, MS, BCBA; Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

The term ‘autism spectrum disorder’ covers a wide range of behaviors in the areas of language, socialization and sensory needs.  This talk will focus on the basics of autism, as well as give insight on potential difficulties a child or adult with autism may have in the hospital or doctor’s office.

For questions, contact Deborah E. Schadler at 215-646-7300, ext. 21160 or schadler.d@gmercyu.edu

You are welcome download and print out a flyer to pass along to friends, family, and co-workers!