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2016 Summer Institute


The Future of Disability Policy: A National Perspective

Presenter: Andrew J. Imparato, JD

Affiliation: Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:16:34

Summary: Keynote Address from 2016 Summer Institute. In this keynote presentation, you will hear from the Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities and Senator Tom Harkin’s former disability policy director about a new federal agenda that will leverage bipartisan interest in improving education and employment outcomes, enhancing self-determination and choice, and building inclusive communities for the more than 57 million Americans with disabilities


Research Update: Early Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presenter: Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:12:51

Summary: Dr. Sally Ozonoff updated on the most recent findings from research taking place at the UC Davis MIND Institute related to early indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders.


California Special Education Task Force – Phase 2 Implementation

Presenters: Maureen O’Leary Burness, MS, Teri Clark, and Kristin Wright

Affiliation: Various

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:12:38

Summary: This panel will provide an update on the impact of the recommendations from the California Statewide Special Education Task Force Report. Upon its release and roll-out to the many bodies possibly effected by the reform, a constant question asked was, “What’s next?” A phase two of implementation was recommended to include interagency collaboration and reform, development of professional learning opportunities, dissemination of evidence-based practices, early learning enhancements, addressing disproportionality and educator preparation, and multiple funding reforms. This presentation will provide updates on the recommendations.


Supported Decision Making, an Alternative to Conservatorships

Presenters: Lynne O’Hara, Susan Mizner, JD, Clarissa Kripke, MD,
Zoë Brennan-Krohn, JD, Katie Spielman, and Lisa Cooley

Affiliation: Various

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:24:10

Summary: The panel discussed supported decision making as an alternative to conservatorship for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Panelists discussed how supported decision-making can be implemented in medical and other decision-making contexts, and how it can help people with disabilities not only develop the tools to make their own informed choices, but also to live safer and fuller lives.


Social Context’s Role in Disability Identification and Special Education Placement Decisions

Presenter: Jacob Hibel, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:19:43

Summary: While many of us think of disability as an intrinsic personal trait, children’s odds of actually being identified with a learning, speech, or emotional disorder are strongly shaped by the people and resources with which they are surrounded. This presentation explores the implications of these “contextual effects” for patterns of disproportionality and inequality in special education service provision.


Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Presenters: Jim Knight, Janis White, EdD, and Sarah Murphy, M.A., Ed

Affiliation: Various

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:29:50

Summary: The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new rules that will fundamentally transform residential and day services funded through Medicaid as part of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Members of this panel will discuss opportunities and challenges as well as the impacts of these changes taking place in California.


Early Intervention Policy Panel: California Department of Health

Presenters: Kristen Rogers, PhD, Sharon DeRego, LCSW, Jennifer Teykaerts, and Elise Parnes RN, BSN, MSN, Theresa Costa Johansen, EdD

Affiliation: Various

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:12:53

Summary: This panel will include presentations from the CA Departments of Health, Developmental Services, and Education on the following topics: Overview of the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, Upcoming changes in the state and federal accountability systems for IDEA, and the Early Start State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).


Development and Testing of an Individualized Mental Health Intervention for ASD

Presenter: Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC San Diego

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:29:05

Summary: Dr. Brookman-Frazee will provide an overview of her research on mental health services for children with ASD. She will discuss common co-occurring mental health problems seen in this population and describe the development and testing of an individualized ASD intervention designed for delivery in mental health services.


Helping Young Adults With ASD to Achieve Their Life Goals: Preliminary Results From the ACCESS Program (Acquiring Career, Coping, Executive-Function and Social Skills)

Presenters: Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D., MBA, and Tasha M. Oswald, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 5, 2016

Length: 1:24:08

Summary: Marjorie Solomon, Ph.D., MBA, and Tasha M. Oswald, Ph.D. describe the three major components of the curriculum – using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods to enhance coping and reduce stress, scaffolding the development of organizational skills, and promoting enhanced social functioning. They will also share the preliminary results of the initial trial of this innovative ACCESS Program (Acquiring Career, Coping, Executive-Function and Social Skills).

2015 Summer Institute


Applying evidence-based strategies to classrooms serving children with autism spectrum disorder

Presenter: Aubyn Stahmer, PhD

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 56:07

Summary: Keynote Address from 2015 Summer Institute. Methods are needed to support teachers serving children with autism in public school settings. An example of active collaboration and partnership between researchers and teachers, which can lead to more effective practice, will be presented. Proximal and distal outcomes and benefits and barriers to collaborative research will be discussed.


UC Davis MIND Institute: Recent advances and future directions

Presenter: Leonard Abbeduto, PhD

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 1:03:48

Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of MIND Institute research regarding the causes, course, consequences, and treatment of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. New clinical and outreach activities will also be described, as will national networks and partnerships in which the Institute participates. Finally, plans for the future will be described and input solicited.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Presenter: Breanna Winder-Patel, PhD

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 1:24:53

Summary: A significant portion of children with neurodevelopmental disorders are affected by clinical levels of anxiety. This presentation will describe the important considerations in assessing, diagnosing, and treating anxiety in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Examples of CBT programs will be described and illuminated through case review, and effectiveness data on implementing these approaches will be provided.


Impact of changes to the Lanterman Act on individuals with developmental disability from diverse communities

Presenter: Katie Hornberger, JD

Affiliation: Disability Rights California

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 1:18:16

Summary: Individuals from diverse communities, including traditionally underserved communities, may not be aware or may not receive the services and supports that they need due to language and cultural barriers. Learn about new laws that will improve the service delivery to individuals with developmental disabilities from these communities.


The Child Life and Attention Skills Program: A collaborative school-home intervention for Inattentive ADHD

Presenter: Linda Pfiffner, PhD

Affiliation: University of California, San Francisco

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 52:51

Summary: The Child Life and Attention Skills (CLAS) program is the first psychosocial intervention specifically tailored for school-aged children with Inattentive ADHD. CLAS combines skill training for parents and children with teacher consultation to address core impairments at home and school. Results of two randomized clinical trials of CLAS will be presented and discussed.


Reading development and instructional practices for students with high functioning autism

Presenter: Emily Solari, MA, PhD and Nancy McIntyre, BS, Doctoral Candidate

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 1:05:49

Summary: This presentation will discuss reading development in individuals with autism. Data from a large study of reading with students (grades 2-12) will be presented. The development and pilot implementation of a reading intervention for individuals with autism will be described.


Developing and maintaining positive relationships in the family and the community

Presenter: Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD and Family

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 59:12

Summary: This presentation will review what happens to family dynamics and the importance of fostering positive community relationships as families face the challenges of finding appropriate information, education, health care, treatment, and support for their children with special needs.


First thousand days: Toxic contributors to neurodevelopment deficits

Presenter: Elise Miller, MEd

Affiliation: Director, Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 58:18

Summary: Exposures to certain pollutants at critical windows of development prenatally and in early childhood can contribute to learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. Mounting evidence indicates that these toxic chemicals may act independently or interact with other factors, such as stress and nutrition, to undermine normal development. Preventing these exposures needs to be an integral part of our public health agenda.


From play dates to romantic dates: Social skills training for individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan

Presenter: Mina Park, PhD, BCBA-D

Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 55:34

Summary: Social deficits associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are evident in early childhood and persist across development. This presentation will review social functioning in ASD across the lifespan and explore how the PEERS®, an evidence-based social skills intervention, aims to enrich the social lives of individuals with ASD.


The silent epidemic: Abuse of people with disabilities

Presenter: Mark Starford, MA and Molly Kennedy

Affiliation: Board Resource Center

Date: August 7, 2015

Length: 1:10:05

Summary: Equity and inclusion in all domains of life cannot be achieved when persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities are four to ten times more likely than other community members to be victims of violent crime. This presentation will review barriers in the law enforcement and criminal justice systems to reducing the systemic abuse of individuals with disabilities as well as strategies for abuse prevention.

2014 Summer Institute


Analyzing Comorbidity with Genetic and Cognitive Methods

Presenter: Bruce F. Pennington, PhD

Affiliation: University of Denver

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 1:19:45

Summary: Keynote Address from 2014 Summer Institute.


Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Student with ASD

Presenter: Ann England, M.A., CCC-SLP-L

Affiliation: California Department of Education

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 1:06:53

Summary: This presentation will help participants understand how the CCSS influence classroom instruction and what challenges the student with ASD may encounter in the academic setting.


Community Integration: What’s Possible?

Presenters: Stephen Nowicki, MD, PhD, Heather Zoller and Robin Dewey, MPH

Affiliation: Team Davis

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 37:04

Summary: This presentation will offer examples of how community integration has been achieved through a partnership between UC Davis and a non-profit organization, Team Davis, in the areas of sports, recreation, work, and other important parts of life.


Presenter: Coni Kalinowski, MD

Affiliation: Mojave Adult, Child, and Family Services

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 1:00:13

Summary: This presentation will examine clinical implications of trauma for individuals having intellectual disabilities, including vulnerability, co-morbidity, clinical manifestations, and treatment


Feasibility, Effectiveness, and Outcomes of children in Early Start Denver Model group-based intervention

Presenters: Cynthia Zierhut, PhD and Giacomo Vivanti, PhD

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 50:16

Summary: The ESDM is an early intensive behavioral intervention program for young children with an autism spectrum disorder that has been shown to be effective in the context of a 1:1 intensive implementation. Despite the importance of these results, concerns are often raised regarding the sustainability of the ESDM in community based and group settings.


Evidenced Bases Practices Across the School Years:
One Child’s Journey

Presenters: Gina Grecian, RN, Kandis Lighthall, MA, and Ethan Grecian

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 1:19:03

Summary: Participants will learn the story of an inspiring young man with autism who went from severe behaviors and communication delays, to active participation in his school plan, then finally leading his own Individualized Education Program and post high school life. At the end, this young man will present his own story, “My Life My Way”.


Applied Behavior Analysis as a Behavioral Health Service for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Primer for Referring Physicians, Providers and Families

Presenters: Robin Hansen, MD, Patricia Schetter, MA, BCBA, and Robin May, LCSW, Ed.M

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute, ALTA

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 1:07:53

Summary: With the passage of SB 946 (Autism Insurance Legislation), there is a requirement for health care service plans and health insurers to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment for autism, but what exactly does this mean? This presentation will provide a basic overview of what “behavioral health treatment” is, including the evidence based practices on which it is based.


Implementing social interventions for high school students with autism: A recipe for success!

Presenter: Aimee Bord, MA, CCC-SLP

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 45:00

Summary: This presentation will report on the successful collaboration of MIND Institute staff and educators implementing evidence based social skills interventions in an inclusive high school program.


The RASopathies: Ras pathway dysregulation in development

Presenter: Katherine Rauen, M.D., Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 1:16:05

Summary: The RASopathies are a group of clinically related developmental disorders which are caused by germline mutations in genes that encode regulators of the Ras/mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. The Ras/MAPK pathway plays an essential role in the regulation of the cell cycle, differentiation, growth and cell senescence, all of which are critical to normal development


Self Determination: A new service model for Regional Center clients

Presenter: Steve Ruder

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 8, 2014

Length: 34:46

Summary: As people with developmental disabilities explore post-secondary education and employment opportunities, the customization of services and supports is vitally important. This presentation will describe the new self-determination service model, the outcomes of the completed pilot project, and plans for expanding self-determination services in California.

2013 Summer Institute


What Causes Autism?:  The Role of Environmental Exposures

Presenter: Irva Hertz-Picciotto, PhD, MPH

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 1:00:53

Summary: Keynote Address from 2013 Summer Institute.


DSM-5 and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presenter: Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 45:25

Summary: A review of the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ASD, major changes from DSM-IV, and the rationale for the modifications.


Engaging all students with assistive technology

Presenters: Jillian King, MA, CCC-SLP,
Jennifer Wright, MA, CCC-SLP, and Jill McCann, MA

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 44:36

Summary: A framework for meeting the needs of all students by identifying and providing assistive technology supports in the school setting


Coming of age in the healthcare system:
Confidentiality, capacity and consent

Presenters: Robert Dimand, MD, Lori Banales, MA, and Patricia Sturdevant, JD

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 38:26

Summary: An update on California’s response to the Affordable Care Act and implementation of CA SB 946
(autism insurance legislation).


Diagnosis in preschoolers: Lessons learned from Preschoolers with AD HD Treatment Study

Presenter: Tim Wigal, PhD

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 47:57

Summary: A review of the difficulties in diagnosis of children of preschool age who present with attentional and social deficits.


Parent-implemented language intervention using
distance video-teleconferencing

Presenters: Andrea McDuffie, PhD, CCP-SLP, Wendy Machalicek, PHD, BCBA-D and Ashley Oakes, MS, CCC-SLP

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 45:45

Summary: Pilot results of a parent-implemented communication and positive behavior support intervention targeting young boys with fragile X syndrome.


Health care transition from pediatric to adult medicine

Presenters: Gayatri Mahajan, MD, and Sharon Galloway, BS

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 33:14

Summary: Guidance for families and professionals who assist youth in making the challenging transition from pediatric to adult health care.


Targeted treatments in fragile X and autism

Presenter: Kathy Angkustsiri, MD, FAAP

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 39:32

Summary: Review of promising new medications in the treatment of fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.


Tackling the heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD): The Autism Phenome Project

Presenter: Christine Nordahl, PhD

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 2, 2013

Length: 44:32

Summary: Overview of a multidisciplinary study aimed at identifying various biological subtypes of autism and etiologies.

2012 Summer Institute


The past, present, and future of the UC Davis MIND Institute

Presenter: Leonard Abbeduto Ph.D.

Affiliation: Director, UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:14:24

Summary: Keynote Address from 2012 Summer Institute.


Nutrition and neurodevelopment: Importance and potential mechanisms

Presenter: Rebecca Schmidt, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 58:41

Summary: The role of nutritional status, primarily during gestation, to child neurodevelopmental outcomes, including autism, with a focus on B-complex vitamins.


Self-monitoring and self-management

Presenters: Patty Schetter, MA, BCBA,
Aaron Stabel, MA, BCBA, and Gurpreet Kaur, MA, BCBA

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:14:36

Summary: Video demonstrations and implementation resources for this highly effective, evidence-based practice for children with autism and other learning and behavioral disabilities.


Coming of age in the healthcare system: Confidentiality, capacity and consent

Presenters: Gail Gresham, RN, JD, and Anna Orlowski, JD

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 51:27

Summary: VA legal and practical review of the intersection between HIPAA, patient privacy, personal autonomy, and self determination.


CA Early Start and Prevention Services: Promoting healthy development for all children

Presenters: Jackie Clark, Steve Nowicki, MD, Ellen Wright, MSW, and Kelly Young, JD

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 52:45

Summary: Overview of recent changes and challenges to state programs serving infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and those at risk.


Whole-genome testing and the possibility of gene therapy for neurological disorders

Presenter: David Segal, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:27:51

Summary: Soon everyone can have their genome sequenced. Will this information improve health, or simply clarify our fate?


Is there a common thread in risks for learning disabilities and learning English as a second language?

Presenter: Michael Gerber, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:07:45

Summary: Common cognitive problems and instructional solutions may address both innate learning disabilities and problems learning to learn in English as a second language.


Closing the inequity gap: Innovative approaches to reach marginalized communities

Presenter: Dian Baker,PhD, APRN-BC, PNP

Affiliation: CSU Sacramento

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:04:51

Summary: Using community based participatory research and social marketing to reach under-represented groups among recipients of special education, health, and social services.


Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC): Evidence-based principles and practice

Presenters: Kristen Carroll, MA, CCC-SLP and Bonnie Mintun, BA, ATACP

Affiliation: CTEC Supported Life Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 45:11

Summary: Understanding the basics of choosing and using communication devices and strategies.


Evidence update for pharmacologic and biomedical treatments for autism spectrum disorders

Presenter: Robert Hendren, DO

Affiliation: UC San Francisco

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:14:21

Summary: Integration of pharmacologic agents (antipsychotics, stimulants, antidepressants,etc.) and biomedical treatments (vitamin supplements, diet, immune and mitochondrial “boosters,” etc.)

Social learning: Implications for the elementary and secondary education of children with autism spectrum disorders

Presenter: Peter Mundy, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:10:29

Summary: Conceptualizing autism as a social learning disability, with implications for potential innovations in education.


Human sexuality education for individuals with developmental disabilities: Who, when, what, why, and how?

Presenter: Kandis Lighthall, MA

Affiliation: Educational Consultant

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 1:12:03

Summary: Information and strategies for the development of educational programs that support positive sexuality and the prevention of sexual abuse.


iPads as assistive technology tools

Presenters: Cheryl Dultz and Kalei Eskridge

Affiliation: San Juan Unified School District

Date: August 3, 2012

Length: 58:52

Summary: Using iPads to support Special Education students in San Juan Schools: Results of a 6-school research project.