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A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Events

2018 Autism and Public Health Lecture

Improving Access to Evidence-Based Care in Autism

Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., UC Davis MIND Institute
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Continental Breakfast provided 8:30 am – 9:00 AM
Mitchell Auditorium
3140 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dr. Aubyn Stahmer

Autism research can lead to evidence-based practices, but often there are challenges that impede the availability of these practices in community programs. How do we break the cycle of limited transmission from basic scientific research to implementing these evidence-based practices in community settings to reach affected populations? Researchers working on treatments for autism have started incorporating community members – from primary care provider to educators – directly into their research in order to ensure that recommended treatments are used as widely as possible and are effective in the real-world setting. This talk will discuss methods for developing effective research-community partnerships that can translate into better care.

Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis MIND Institute, is an expert in implementation science and the translation of evidence-based autism research to community-based practice.

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 Automatic Reinforcement: Repetitive Behavior and Anxiety

William Ahearn, PhD, New England Center for Children
Friday, February 23, 2018 9 am - 12 pm
Nesbitt Hall, Room 132
3215 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

AhearnThis presentation will describe automatic reinforcement as a concept and repetitive behavior that is automatically reinforced including stereotypy and perseverative behavior associated with anxiety. Intensive behavior analytic intervention for children diagnosed with autism can produce large gains in social, cognitive, and language
development. One critical area to address is repetitive behavior such as stereotypy. Some applied research on evaluating and treating stereotypic behavior will be reviewed, focusing on effective interventions for building core adaptive living and social skills, in addition to procedures for treating stereotypic behavior directly. Many persons with an ASD have limited vocal, verbal skills and sometimes their repetitive behavior is a product of automatic negative reinforcement and presents as anxiety or phobic responses. This presentation will also describe how these anxious responses can be distinguished from other problem behavior and can be treated by teaching relaxation skills and gradually exposing the person to the anxiety or phobia-inducing situations.

William Ahearn, PhD, joined The New England Center for Children® in August 1996, and serves as the Director of Research. He is also Adjunct Faculty in Western New England  University's masters and doctoral programs.

This event is free to attend. We are not offering CE/CEUs.

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Eagles Autism Challenge

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field

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For the Philadelphia Eagles’ inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge — a fundraising 5k and series of bike rides — Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute was named as one of the main beneficiary partners.

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, along with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, will receive donations toward their autism research generated by a challenge that will be capped by the rides and run/walk taking place Saturday, May 19, 2018.

The Eagles Autism Challenge will combine a 5k run/walk with three different bike rides: 15-mile, 30-mile and 50-mile routes. All of the routes will begin and end at Lincoln Financial Field, and Eagles players, coaches, cheerleaders and leadership will be on-hand to celebrate.

Take a look at the official Eagles Autism Challenge website for more information.