Vista Del Mar’s innovative autism conference, “Bridging the Gap: Behavior, Communication & Sensory Processing in Autism,”will provide clinicians, parents, educators, scientists and individuals with autism a chance to better understand the core issues surrounding autism and work together to explore solutions. This year we are honoring Vista’s own Medical Director, Susan Schmidt- Lackner, M.D., one of the country’s foremost child psychiatrists specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The featured guest speakers will be Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – an international consultant to children and adults with ASD and their families, and Elysa Marco, M.D. -Director of Research for the UCSF Autism and Neurodevelopment Program, the cognitive & behavioral child neurology clinic, and a neuroscience laboratory.
Vista Del Mar Campus 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90034
Dr. Barry Prizant has more than 40 years experience as a scholar, researcher and international consultant for individuals with ASD and their families. Barry is an Adjunct Professor, Brown University, and Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Formerly, he was an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Brown University Program in Medicine, and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College, Boston.
Barry is co-author of The SCERTS Model: A comprehensive educational approach for children with ASD, and co-editor of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Developmental, Transactional Perspective. He has published more than 120 articles and chapters, presented more than 700 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, and has developed family-centered programs for children with ASD in hospital and clinic settings. Barry consults to public and private schools, and agencies world-wide. Over the past 18 years, he has developed, co-facilitates and raises funds for an annual weekend retreat for parents of family members with autism.
Barry has received many awards for his scholarly work and commitment to persons with disabilities, including Fellowship in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the 2005 Princeton University-Eden Foundation Career Award in Autism, and the 2013 “Divine Neurotypical Award” of the Global and Regional Asperger’s Syndrome Partnership “for work on behalf of persons with ASD”. He was an invited speaker for the 2013 World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations.
Dr. Marco is the director of research for the UCSF Autism and Neurodevelopment Program (ANP). In addition to the founding and directing research efforts for the UCSF ANP, Dr. Marco directs the cognitive and behavioral child neurology clinic and participates in the neurology and genetics multidisciplinary autism clinics at UCSF. Dr. Marco’s research laboratory applies her clinical expertise in cognition and behavior to understanding the neural mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders related to autism, agenesis of the corpus callosum, sensory processing disorder (SPD), ADHD, and brain injury. Her laboratory is focuses on how individuals with neurodevelopmental differences process basic sensory information from perception to action. Her research investigates how children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders process sensory information using magnetoencephalographic imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. Her expanding treatment projects are targeting computer training as a tool for augmenting positive brain plasticity.
“The Vista Del Mar 5th Annual Autism Conference is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, TCWF’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.”
Disclosure statement: All conferences and courses offered at Vista Del Mar are offered in accordance to all requirements of the ASHA transparency and conflict of interest policy. The presenters have no relevant financial or non financial relationship with Vista Del Mar or ASHA. The presenters may draw from their experiences from the following: they may be parents of children with special needs, as a professional and/or through education.
An LACOE Division of Special Education SLP Program
PRESENTATION OF THE BARON INSPIRATION AWARD
Susan Schmidt-Lackner, M.D. Psychiatrist, Specializing in ASD
KIDS’ PERFORMANCE and KIDS’ PANEL
11:15 a.m.—11:45 a.m. “Sensory Regulation & Learning at Vista Del Mar:
A Student’s Perspective”
Moderator: Susanna Weinberger M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist Vista Del Mar
Q and A Panel: Bridging the Gap
Elysa Marco, M.D.
Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Brian Roper Ph.D., M.S. CCC-SLP
Susan Schmidt-Lackner, M.D.
Edie Bartnof, VP Baron School-Vista Del Mar
Soryl Markowitz, Westside Regional Center
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Participants will gain in their abilities to evaluate developmental treatment approaches, understand
learning styles and support individual communication skills in individuals with ASD at all
After completing the program, participants will be able to:
1. To list the core behavioral features of autism and their etiology.
2. To describe and discuss how to apply a “Bio-Psycho-Social” perspective (physiological
issues, cognitive and social-environmental factors) when working with individuals with
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
3. To demonstrate knowledge of sensory processing anomalies (etiology, manifestation)
in ASD and explain how to apply such knowledge as part of a multidisciplinary team.
As per the guidelines set forth by the accrediting organizations, in order to receive
CEU credits for the conference and your certificate for the conference, you MUST SIGN
IN prior to the first session of the morning and MUST SIGN OUT at the conclusion of
the last program of the day. Vista Del Mar maintains responsibility for the program
and its content. The day provides six (6) hours to Psychologists, Social Workers and
MFCC/MFTs and four and a half (4.5) hours to Speech & Language Pathologists. NO
PARTIAL CREDITS WILL BE GIVEN.
The following groups are eligible for CEU credits:
Psychologists – provider #VIS002; approved by California Psychological Association
Social Workers and MFCC/MFT - provider #PCE3020 (California board of Behavioral
Teachers - Professional development hours are available
Speech & Language Pathologists - California State and ASHA CEUs available
SLPs Continuing Education Credits: Licensed Speech Language Pathologists receive four and
half (4.5) hours of Continuing Education Professional Development credit as required by the
California Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Board. These credits have no effect on pay
scales and salary advancement. They only affect state licensure for SLPs and Audiologists. Jane
Moir, LACOE PDP19. Bring your California SLP license number to the conference for
This program is offered for 0.45 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). Bring your
ASHA account number to the conference for ASHA CEUs.
Vista Del Mar is located at 3200 Motor Avenue. It is bounded by the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway to
the north and Manning Avenue to the northeast and close to National Boulevard. We are in the
Cheviot Hills area, south of Century City.
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COMING FROM THE EAST:
Take the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway to the National Boulevard off ramp. Proceed straight ahead
up Manning Avenue. Turn left on Motor Avenue and go approximately one-half block to entrance of
Vista Del Mar on the east (left) side of Motor.
COMING FROM THE SOUTH, NORTH OR WEST:
Take the 405 (San Diego) freeway to the 10 East (Santa Monica) freeway. Exit first off ramp,
which is Overland/National, and turn left onto National and left again where the street makes a left
turn which is a continuation of National.
NOTE: WHEN GOING EAST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR: IT IS ILLEGAL
TO TURN LEFT (NORTH) ONTO MOTOR AVENUE DURING THE HOURS
OF 7:00 – 10:00 AM. Rather, go one block past Motor to Vinton Street, turn right and go
one block to Woodbine and turn right. Go one block to Motor and turn right again. Proceed north
past National and look for Vista Del Mar entrance on right (east) side of Motor.
WHEN GOING WEST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR: IT IS ILLEGAL TO
TURN RIGHT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Rather, where
National & Manning Avenues meet - go west onto Manning Avenue to Motor Avenue . Turn left
(south) onto Motor Avenue and proceed approximately one- half block to the Vista Del Mar entrance
on left (east) side of Motor & turn left.
For more information, call (310) 836-1223, x225