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NIH Workshop on Nonverbal School-Aged Children with Autism

April 13 – April 14, 2010
Rockville, Maryland
Sponsored by:
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute of Mental Health
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Agenda

April 13, 2010

8:00 - 8:10 Introduction: Judith Cooper and planning committee

8:10 - 8:30 Comments and introduction of participants: Co-chairs Helen Tager-Flusberg and Connie Kasari

DEFINING THE POPULATION: WHO REMAINS NONVERBAL

8:30 - 9:00 Who remains nonverbal? What are the characteristics of that population? Cathy Lord

9:00 - 9:30 What are the characteristics and predictors of the school-aged children who move from non-verbal to verbal? Barry Gordon

9:30 - 10:00 What has been learned from the recent Autism Speaks workshops on this topic? Portia Iverson

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:00 Discussion

METHODOLOGIES FOR BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT

What is the methodology and what are its strengths in assessment? Why is it or why might it be useful with this population? What abilities can be assessed with this methodology?

11:00 - 11:20 Eyetracking: Helen Tager-Flusberg

11:20 - 11:40 MEG: Nicole Gage

11:40 - 12:00 ERP: April Benasich

12:00 - 12:30 Discussion

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

What are the motor and sensory areas to be assessed in this population? What methodologies are appropriate?

1:30 - 1:50 Sensory abilities: Grace Baranek

1:50 - 2:10 Motor abilities: Mark Mahone

What is apraxia and how might it be assessed in this population?

2:10 - 2:30 Apraxia: Lawrence Shriberg

2:30 - 3:00 Discussion

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 4:00 Commentary on assessment: John Connolly, Rhea Paul, Stewart Mostofsky

4:00 - 5:00 Discussion and research recommendations regarding assessment: Gaps in knowledge and future directions

Evening: Dinner with workshop speakers

APRIL 14, 2010

TREATMENT/INTERVENTION

What is the treatment you are using with this population? What evidence can you provide of its efficacy?

8:00 - 8:20 Non-augmentative interventions: Laura Schreibman

8:20 - 8:40 Non-augmentative interventions: Connie Kasari

What is the treatment you are using with this population? What evidence can you provide of its efficacy? Can speech and literacy result from use of augmentative devices? Can useful communication via augmentative devices be obtained for this population?

8:40 - 9:00 Augmentative interventions: Nancy Brady

9:00 - 9:20 Augmentative interventions: MaryAnn Romski

9:20 - 9:35 Break

9:35 - 10:05 Commentary on treatment/intervention: Rebecca Landa, Janice Light

10:05 - 11:00 Discussion and research recommendations regarding treatment and intervention: Gaps in knowledge and future directions

RESEARCH RECOMMENDATIONS

11:00 - 12:00 Final discussions/comments from entire workshop

12:00 - 12:30 Final comments and conclusion

12:30 - 2:00 Planning committee (only) meets to finalize recommendations and future plans

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