Establishing Autism Spectrum Disorder Networks
Mieres, Ana and Vaughn, Bobbie
The conference, an interactive symposium, will bring national experts in the field of autism from different disciplines and professions within USF to present advances in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to 100 selected participants working within the field of ASD. Participants will engage in small interprofessional group discussions and problem solving sessions, to assess and evaluate full session information and examine the translational capabilities for education, research and clinical practice locally, regionally and nationally.
Professionals working within the field of ASD to include: physicians, psychologists, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, applied behavior analysts, special education teachers, administrators, third party payer case managers and other advocacy groups are asked to join to build competency , understand the roles of others in the continuum of care, and jointly assess the new advances for families with children diagnosed or suspected of having autism spectrum disorder.
Invited participants will respond in advance to invitations to allow the structuring of assigned table seating (active learning pods), among different professions. A trained facilitator and a trained note taker will accompany each group to administer and facilitate discussion on pre-developed questions. The group facilitation will occur after each formal plenary session. The questions posed to the groups will serve to evaluate, expand and advance the presented information and systematic facilitation will occur resulting in information that will impact pre-service education, continuing education, research and clinical practice. Reports from each table will be compiled for a Symposium report.
The proposed Symposium will replicate the Ohio State University, Commission for Interdisciplinary, Education and Practice (CIEP) Conferences for both the National Consortium and the Ohio State Commission.