Leading International Researchers To Share New Information On The Detection And Intervention Of Autism In Infants

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September 26, 2005
Kennedy Krieger Institute to Host Autism Conference to Educate Both Parents and Medical Community

(Baltimore, MD) - Internationally-known researchers and clinicians will gather next month in Baltimore to share recent findings on autism, a disorder affecting 1.5 million Americans, in a two-day educational conference hosted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The conference will provide a comprehensive view of autism spectrum disorders with a special focus on the importance of early detection and early intervention strategies, including a detailed look at autism characteristics in infants as young as 36 months. Leading researchers will release new study results to facilitate discussion of treatment methods, screening programs and the identification of brain structures likely to be linked to autism.

"With the rate of autism diagnoses increasing, it has become critically important that we no longer wait and see' until a child is three years old," said Dr. Rebecca Landa, Director of Kennedy Krieger's Center for Autism and Related Disorders. "Early diagnosis and specialized intervention are directly tied to more positive outcomes for children."

Each speaker will structure their presentation to explain how to apply their research in everyday treatment situations and use videos to show the progression of autism in specific children. The unique format will deepen the understanding of autism for both parents and professionals, explaining not just how to treat - but why.

Conference Details:

Autism: Early Detection and Intervention in Infants and Young Children

When: October 17-18, 8:30am -5pm

Where: Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, Baltimore, MD

Among the speakers are:

  • Jocelyne Bachevalier, Ph.D., Emory University
  • Deborah Fein, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., Kennedy Krieger Institute & Johns Hopkins University
  • Laura Schreibman, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

For public information and registration:
Visit www.autismconference.kennedykrieger.org or (443) 923-7895

About Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Autism and Related Disorders:

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is a multi-faceted, multidisciplinary program that combines research, assessment, therapeutic, community outreach and training all related to individuals with Pervasive Developmental Disorders and their families. CARD endorses a flexible approach to treatment, adjusting the core set of methods used and goals of intervention to meet the needs of each child and his or her family.

About the Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 11,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Media Inquiries:

Elise Babbitt
(443) 923-7338 or (410) 804-5375

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