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Seton Hall to Host NJSHA's 2nd Annual Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC)  

autism ribbon 320 picAccording to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 59 American children has autism. The rate represents a 150% increase since 2000. To meet the burgeoning demand for effective treatment, health care professionals, educators, and families are working collaboratively to address the unique learning and behavioral needs of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Two critical and effective components required to establish the most successful outcomes are staff training and interprofessional education with collaborative practice. According to Lina Slim-Topdjian, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, an interprofessional collaborative approach that follows scientifically- and evidence-based treatment approaches is required to effectively address the complex and multiple specialized needs of individuals diagnosed with autism.

Slim is a board certified behavior analyst doctoral designation (BCBA-D) and a licensed/certified speech language pathologist (SLP), with over 30 years of experience working with children diagnosed with autism. She is chair of the upcoming NJSHA 2nd Annual Interprofessional Autism Conference (IPAC), which will be held on Saturday, June 9, on Seton Hall's South Orange campus. IPAC is sponsored by the New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Association (NJSHA).

This conference will bring together distinguished professionals from different disciplines to share their interprofessional collaborative efforts when working with individuals with ASD. Presenters will discuss the latest developments in research on ASD and address competencies for effective interprofessional practice. This full-day event welcomes all members of the treatment team, students and practitioners, "to learn from the experts about how to effectively move from multidisciplinary to interprofessional programming for individuals with ASD while maintaining a patient, family-, and caregiver-centered approach" said Slim.

Headshot of Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP,

Lina Slim-Topdjian, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP

Lina Slim and Mary Faella, MA, CCC-SLP, President of the NJHSA, will open the IPAC 2018 conference. Slim will be chairing all presentations, and the agenda for the day-long program will consist of: (1) a keynote address by Kathleen Selvaggi Fadden, MD, presenting "The Latest in Autism Research: Why an Interprofessional Approach is a MUST"; (2) Tracie Lindbald, M.Sc., Reg. SLP (CASLPO), M.Ed., BCBA, presenting on "Competencies for Effective Interprofessional Practice: Implementation Utilizing an Organizational Behavioral Systems Approach"; (3) Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP, presenting on "Functional Communication Across the Day: Practical Applications of PECS"; (4) Distinguished group of speakers from different disciplines, teaming up and presenting on a "Case Study Analysis: Moving from Multidisciplinary to Interprofessional Programming – A Behavioral Systems Analysis Approach"; (5) and a panel covering relevant issues that healthcare providers face when working with individuals with ASD.

IPAC 2018 is supported by Seton Hall's Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, offering continuing education units for board certified behavior analysts and speech-language and hearing professionals. As a leading university with an interprofessional consortium for health sciences, Seton Hall University is at the forefront of autism education. The College of Education and Human Services and the School of Health and Medical Sciences offer a variety of programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels which prepare students for a science-based, interprofessional, collaborative approach to autism intervention.

For further details on CEUs and registration details, please visit the conference web site

Don't miss the early bird registration date of May 7, 2018! Let's team up for this event!

Categories: Education

For more information, please contact:

  • Giuseppe Fazari
  • (973) 761-9087
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