Free Lecture for Health Professionals, 30 August 2019
The Curtin University Autism Research Group (CARG) and Telethon Kids Institute Autism Research Team are pleased to invite you to a free lecture “Minimally verbal children with ASD: Assessment and intervention” presented by Professor Connie Kasari from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Location: Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Building 213 Curtin University, Bentley
Date: Friday, 30 August, 2019
Registration and Refreshments: 4.00pm to 4.30pm
Presentation: 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Please RSVP, places are limited and for catering purposes.
About the lecture
About 30 to 50% of children with ASD are not verbally fluent by age 6 years, according to estimates based in the US. Nearly all children in the US have access to early intervention, so these percentages remain a concern. Minimally verbal children are also not often involved in research studies, so we have less information on how best to assess and intervene on communication and language goals for optimal outcomes. This talk will describe efforts to involve minimally verbal younger and older children in research studies. Assessments and intervention approaches will be described, as well as the inclusion of assistive technology (alternative and augmentative communication devices) for the promotion of communication and spoken language. the lecture
About the speaker
Connie Kasari is a Professor of Human Development and Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 1990 she has been on the faculty at UCLA where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, and has been the primary advisor to more than 60 PhD students. She is a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA. Her research aims to development novel, evidence-tested interventions implemented in community settings. She leads several large multi-site studies including a network on interventions for minimally verbal school aged children with ASD, and a network that aims to decrease disparities in interventions for children with ASD who are under-represented in research trials. She is on the science advisory board of the Autism Speaks Foundation, and regularly presents to both academic and practitioner audiences locally, nationally and internationally.