Center for Rural Health Sponsors Free Autism Workshop

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a free workshop May 25 for educators and health professionals who work with autistic children.

“Interfacing with Special Populations: Autism” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 25 in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons on campus. A free continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits for certified health education specialist, continuing health education, social work and Pennsylvania board of nursing certifications.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Health Practice and the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center and is designed specifically for educators and community health center staff.

Topics include autism spectrum disorder characteristics, prevalence, etiology, assessment and intervention. Participants will learn strategies to provide effective care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through presentations, videos, readings and activities.

Presenters are Johanna P. Taylor and Kylan Turner, both doctoral candidates at the University of Pittsburgh and board-certified behavioral analysts.

Taylor holds a master’s degree in early intervention with specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.

From 2007 to 2009, she worked as a behavior analyst in schools and homes providing consultation and supervision for children with autism. She began working toward her Doctor of Philosophy in early intervention at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009.

Turner has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders since she was 15. After earning her degree in psychology from the honors college at the University of Pittsburgh, she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development laboratory at the University College of London.

She returned to the United States to earn her Master of Education degree and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy.

To register, visit www.paphtc.pitt.edu/training/autism.  For more information on the training, contact Sherie Wallace, project coordinator, at the Center for Rural Health Practice at (814)362-5049 or saw46@pitt.edu. Deadline for registration is May 23.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.


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