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CBHCare University Presents Workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders – Epidemic or Over Diagnosed?

CBHCare University Presents Workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders - Epidemic or Over Diagnosed?
May 4, 2011 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Bergen Community College

Lyndhurst, NJ (April 5, 2011) CBHCare University will present a workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders on May 4, 2011 at the Technology Education Center at Bergen Community College. The workshop will explore how the blending of Autism, Asperger's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS) are commonly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASDS. ASDS affect approximately 1 in 110 individuals. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. are affected by autism, and government statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17% annually.

The workshop will include a presentation from the Professional Services Coordinator of Autism New Jersey. She will provide an overview of the ASDS, including the major characteristics and associated features. She will utilize video clips to show interactions of children with ASDS; and will provide information about customary treatment, including Applied Behavior Analysis.

The workshop will also feature a chiropractic neurologist and a child psychiatrist, both of whom will speak about how assessment and diagnosis are performed in their respective fields.

The child psychiatrist will present a case study to illustrate the elusiveness of ASDS. The chiropractic neurologist will provide information about non-traditional approaches in treatment. He will explain how brain hemisphericity issues and nutrition add rounded approach to wellness.

Both medical professionals will provide insight into the increase in prevalence of ASDS over the years. They will demonstrate how an early and accurate diagnosis can facilitate referrals to the most appropriate treatment programs and early interventions.

The workshop will end with a presentation from a parent whose child is living with an ASD to provide insight into the experiences of the family. She will speak about the challenges of coping with an initial diagnosis working with the early intervention and education system; and what can be done to advocate on a child's behalf. She will discuss resources, including support groups and family education programs, both of which can help a family to better cope with caregiver stress. Clinicians, educators, and families will learn how such a diagnosis can impact the entire family and what can be done to help.

Registration is $95.00 for individuals and $75 per person for groups of five or more; Continental Breakfast is provided. Seating is limited, so register here today, or mail your registration, with check payable to CBHCare, Inc., P.O. Box 750, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. Parents and Non-Professionals are welcome for a reduced fee of $50.00.

The training is pending approval by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners for 6 continuing education hours; Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the completion of the workshop.

CBHCare University is the Professional Development Division of Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare (CBHCare). Founded in 1969 in response to the critical need for counseling services in the community, CBHCare is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality behavioral healthcare services to the people of New Jersey. Over the years, CBHCare has expanded from a grass roots undertaking of concerned citizens to a comprehensive community resource serving over 4,000 people annually.

With treatment centers in Lyndhurst and Hackensack CBHCare offers quality mental health services including individual and family counseling; day treatment programs for adults and after-school programs for adolescents; alcohol and substance abuse treatment; the Valley Brook Center for Seniors with emotional needs and the challenges of aging; residential homes; outreach to homeless individuals with mental illness; support for families and preventive services - making CBHCare one of the most vital and important healthcare resources in northern New Jersey. Since its inception, no one has ever been denied CBHCare services because they could not afford them. www.cbhcare.com.

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CBHCare University will present a workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders on May 4, 2011 at the Technology Education Center at Bergen Community College. The workshop will explore how the blending of Autism, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS) are commonly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders or ASDS.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011