|Using Science to Guide Autism Treatment|
|Sunday, February 8, 2009|
|10:30 AM–11:30 AM |
|Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research|
|Chair: James E. Carr (Auburn University)|
|CE Instructor: James E. Carr, Ph.D.|
|Panelists: BRIAN A. IWATA (University of Florida), SUZANNE LETSO (Connecticut Center for Child Development), SAMUEL L. ODOM (University of North Carolina), ADRIENNE M. PERRY (York University), SUSAN WILCZYNSKI (National Autism Center)|
Despite the well-documented effects (positive and otherwise) of a number of autism treatments, there still exists considerable controversy over treatment selection. The panel will discuss the use of scientific practices in selecting and modifying autism treatment, including (a) evaluating the literature to identify the available support for general treatment approaches and specific practices, (b) using empirical methods to evaluate practices that have no published evidence, and (c) educating others to critically evaluate and respond to the existing evidence. Panelists will first respond to specific questions provided by the moderator, after which questions will be accepted from audience members.
|BRIAN A. IWATA (University of Florida)|
|SUZANNE LETSO (Connecticut Center for Child Development)|
|SAMUEL L. ODOM (University of North Carolina)|
|ADRIENNE M. PERRY (York University)|
|SUSAN WILCZYNSKI (National Autism Center)|
Dr. Susan Wilczynski is the Executive Director of the National Autism Center. In her role as the Executive Director, she oversees the National Standards Project, updates public policy-makers about evidence-based practice related to educational and behavioral interventions, develops assessment clinics specializing in the evaluation of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, and establishes the parent education and professional training agenda of the National Autism Center. She authored numerous articles on the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prior to her position at the National Autism Center, she developed and directed an intensive early intervention program for children with autism spectrum disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. She has held academic appointments at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Wilczynski holds a joint appointment with May Institute, where she serves as Vice President of Autism Services. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Wilczynski is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst.