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NIH Workshop on Nonverbal School-Aged Children with Autism » Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda
Rockville, Maryland

April 13, 2010
Time Event
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?
Catherine 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
Time Event

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