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NEWS | January 9, 2018

Minds Behind the MIND Spanish series continues Jan. 18 with Vanessa Avila-Pons

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host the second of three Minds Behind the MIND lectures in Spanish. The presentation is from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with the panelist will follow the presentation.

Vanessa Avila-Pons Vanessa Avila-Pons

Vanessa Avila-Pons, project manager and play-based team leader for the TADPOLE study at the MIND Institute, will present “¿Por qué su hijo hace eso?” During her lecture, Avila-Pons will share strategies to support children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including how to navigate challenging social situations and to take steps toward independence.

Avila-Pons received her master’s degree from Santa Clara University and has more than 10 years of experience working with children with autism and their families. Avila-Pons is a licensed marriage and family therapist, parent coach and a senior trainer of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), conducting ESDM trainings domestically and internationally. Her clinical experience includes cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy with an emphasis on assessment and treatment of Latino patients.

This presentation is part of a multi-lecture Spanish series from experts at the MIND Institute, which will feature UC Davis faculty and staff with expertise in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. The events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The final lecture:

  • April 19: “Estrategias Individuales y Familiares y Apoyos Comunitarios” with Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, director, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities 

Founded in 1998, The UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. The MIND Institute brings together members of the community including families, educators, physicians, psychologists and scientists who work together to further understand causes, development and best treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders.

For more information, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or dgriffith@ucdavis.edu.