Events - The Help Group Summit - Summit 2014




The Help Group’s Summit 2014 is a cutting edge conference that features 30 leading experts in basic and applied research, and evidence-based best practices in assessment, intervention and treatment. Widely recognized for the scope, depth and caliber of its offerings, the Summit is designed for educators, clinicians/therapists and parents. Each year, the program provides a rich and informative experience to its attendees. We are pleased to share our conference schedule with you and look forward to your joining us.




Barbara Firestone, PhD

President & CEO, The Help Group
Chair, Statewide Coordinating Council of
Autism Taskforces of the California Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders



Peter C. Whybrow, MD

Director, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior;
Judson Braun Distinguished Professor &
Exec. Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA



Robert M. Bilder, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences,
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology &
Director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience
and Human Behavior






Catherine Lord, PhD

Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital,
Weill Cornell Medical College,
Columbia University Medical Center




Stephen Hinshaw, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology,
UC Berkeley; Vice-Chair of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco




Jack M. Fletcher, PhD

Department Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Houston
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor Project Principal Investigator,
Texas Center for Learning Disabilities








Jane Tavyev Asher, MD
Robert Accordino, MD, MSc
Bruce L. Baker, PhD
Jan Blacher, PhD
Cindy Cottier, MA, MEd, CCC-SLP
Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP
Diane M. Danis, MD, MPH
Jack M. Fletcher, PhD
Elisha Goldstein, PhD



Stefanie Goldstein, PhD
Patricia Herrera, MS
Stephen Hinshaw, PhD
Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
Philip Levin, PhD
Catherine Lord, PhD
James McCracken, MD
David Miklowitz, PhD



Christine Wu Nordahl, PhD
Daniel Openden, PhD, BCBA-D
Karen L. Park, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, CLE
Carolina Peña-Ricardo, MD
Olga Solomon, PhD
Louis A. Vismara, MD
Donna M. Werling, PhD
Jeffrey Wood, PhD





Summit 2014 Presentations - To Download, right click and select save link as.


Speaker(s) Friday Presentations
1 - Catherine Lord, PhD Emerging Perspectives in Autism
2 - Stephen Hinshaw, PhD The ADHD Explosion, Part 1: Causes, Models,
Rising Prevalence and School Policies
3A-Diane M. Danis, MD, MPH Autism: A Developmental Pediatrician’s Perspective-
3B-Pamela J. Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP Socially Thinking - Practically Speaking:The Social Mind at Work and Play
3C-Karen L. Park OTD, OTR/L, SWC, CLE Maintaining a Healthy Weight in Children with ASD: Strategies for Picky Eaters and Mealtime Rigidity
4A-Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD Parent-Assisted Strategies to Help Young Children with Autism Learn Social Skills: An Evidence-Based Approach
4B-Philip Levin, PhD Advances in Reading Assessment and Interventions for Pre-School and School-Aged Children
5A-The Help Group-UCLA Autism Research Alliance Innovation in Evidence-Based Best Practices For Young People with Autism: From the Lab to the Real World
5B- David Miklowitz, PhD Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers
5C-Daniel Openden, PhD, BCBA-D Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT):A Naturalistic, Family-Centered Behavioral Treatment for Children with Autism
6A-James McCracken, MD An Update on the Role of Medication in the Treatment of Children with ASD and ADHD
6B-Daniel Openden, PhD, BCBA-D No Stone Unturned: How Do Families Make Treatment Decisions
6C-Elisha Goldstein, PhD and Stefanie Goldstein, PhD Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being in Young People with Special Needs
Speaker(s) Saturday Presentations
1A-Jack M. Fletcher, PhD Strengths and Weaknesses of Identification Methods for Learning Disabilities: Is a Cognitive Assessment Necessary?
1B-Catherine Lord, PhD Autism Assessment, Education and Intervention From a Longitudinal Study 2 to 22
2A-Stephen Hinshaw, PhD The ADHD Explosion, Part 2: Sex Differences, Medication and Psychosocial Treatments
2B-Robert Accordino, MD, MSc With an “Ouch” or Silence: Identifying Medical Conditions in Children with Autism
3A-Louis A. Vismara, MD,Olga Solomon, PhD It Takes a Village: Addressing Wandering and Missing Individuals with Autism: The Risks, Interventions, Technology and Public Policies
3B-Donna M. Werling, PhD Understanding Sex Differences in Autism, Part 1:Recent Advances in Autism Genetics and
What This Research Tells Us About Risk
3C-Carolina Peña-Ricardo, MD,Patricia Herrera, MS Reaching Out to Underserved Families in Our Community: From Early Identification to Accessing Services
4A-Robert Accordino, MD, MSc Unlocking the Potential of Music forChildren with Autism: From Neuroscience
to Quality of Life
4B-Christine Wu Nordahl, PhD Understanding Sex Differences in Autism, Part 2: Neurobiology of Autism in Boys and Girls
4C-Cindy Cottier, MA, MEd, CCC-SLP  An Overview of Popular Tablet Apps for Communication Purposes.