UNT to host Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research conference

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The University of North Texas autism center and the UNT autism graduate programs will host the Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference July 28 (Saturday) at the UNT Gateway Center, located north of the intersection of Eagle Drive and North Texas Boulevard.

The conference will include more than 20 presentations by nationally recognized autism researchers and practitioners, discussions of current research highlighting new developments in autism intervention, and presentations by keynote speakers Linda R. Watson from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Jennifer Zarcone from the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Neurobehavioral Unit.

Watson's keynote address will cover social-communication intervention for public school classrooms serving preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders, and Zarcone's keynote address will cover evidence-based practices related to challenging behavior and psychotropic medication.

"We're especially excited about this year's conference because of our expanded focus on topics related to behavior analysis and speech and language pathology. Our keynote speakers are nationally and internationally renowned for their extensive research in these areas, and we're very lucky to be able to hear about their latest autism research here at UNT," said Kevin Callahan, director of the UNT autism center.

Breakout session topics at the conference will include discussions on motor problems in autism, the theory of mind and autism, neurotherapy, and what to expect from a medical evaluation. Free childcare will be available for registered attendees.

For more information about the center or the conference, contact Kevin Callahan at Kevin.Callahan@unt.edu or 940-369-7426.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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