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Nisonger Autism Institute 2013

Autism Across the Lifespan



Marsha R. Mailick, PhD

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Life Course Development of Adolescents and Adults with Autism

This presentation will provide an overview of autism during adolescence and adulthood, based on a 12-year longitudinal study. By providing a mixture of case studies and data analyses, the changes that are evident during these stages of life will be highlighted, with a focus on autism symptoms, behavior problems, activities of daily living skills, employment, and living arrangements. Recommendations for additional research and services will be offered. Read biographical profile »


Tamar Heller, PhD

Tamar Heller, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Promoting Aging Well with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Heller’s presentation will focus on issues to consider in promoting the health and community participation of older adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families including the following: 1) demographic trends, 2) health disparities and health promotion, and 3) long-term support. Read biographical profile » Link to slide presentation [PDF] »


Jessica A. Hellings, MD

Jessica A. Hellings, MD, The Ohio State University

Pharmacologic Treatment of Challenging Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Lifespan Approach

Pharmacologic treatments may facilitate parent training, behavioral interventions and educational advancement in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and challenging behaviors. This presentation will discuss assessment and treatment methods for individuals by age group and diagnosis of psychiatric symptom clusters, including an emphasis on strategies to resolve treatment resistance. Attendees will understand this approach to rational and safer treatment of challenging behaviors of individuals with ASD throughout the lifespan. Read biographical profile » Link to slide presentation [PDF] »


Tom Fish, PhD, LISW

Tom Fish, PhD, LISW, The Ohio State University, and sibling panel

Adult Siblings Share Their Experiences and Perspectives Regarding Having a Brother/Sister with ASD

A small group of adult siblings will share their experiences and perspectives regarding having a brother or sister with ASD. The panel will also react to comments by presenters and discuss the roles they play in their respective families. Panel members will be asked to provide suggestions about needed supports as well as how professionals can be most helpful. Read biographical profile » Link to slide presentation [PDF] »


June 25, 2013 ~ 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Registration opens at 8 AM

The Blackwell Hotel ~ 2110 Tuttle Park Place ~ Columbus, OH 43210

Cost: $95 for professionals; parents and family members FREE

Event is full; online registration is closed.

In an effort to “go green,” we will provide registration materials electronically. If you would like to request paper materials, please specify this when you register.

OPA CEU’s will be offered at this event. Certificates of attendance will be available at the registration table.

Contact Ann.Robinson@osumc.edu or 614-685-6551.


Directions to The Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center:   http://www.theblackwell.com/page/attend-an-event/directions
Lane Avenue Parking Garage:   http://www.campusparc.com/osu/garages/lane-avenue
Tuttle Park Place parking garage:   http://www.campusparc.com/osu/garages/tuttle-park-place




Link to Biographical Profiles of Presenters »
Link to Conference Agenda »
Link to Autism_Institute_Flyer_2013.pdf »
Link to Presentation Slides »


Co-sponsored by

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Date Posted: 
Monday, March 25, 2013
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