Glickman Family Center Symposium on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Focuses on Autism
(September 2010) Experts on autism and developmental disorders in children were featured at the fourth Glickman Family Center Symposium on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry this month. The program titled, "Best Practices in the Treatment of Autism and Developmental Disorders in Children and Adolescents," highlighted the best practices in children with developmental disorders.
The symposium kicked off Thursday evening with a parent panel from 6 - 8 pm. This informal discussion was led by Douglas Robbins, MD, medical chair of The Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Spring Harbor Hospital.
The panel included parents from the Autism Society of Maine, Martin Lubetsky, MD, Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Services and Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Michelle Lubetsky, M.Ed., BCBA, a training and consultation coordinator for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in the Pittsburgh region, and Matthew Siegel, MD, co-chair of this year's symposium and medical director of the Spring Harbor Hospital Developmental Disorders Program in Westbrook.
"Raising a child with Autism or other developmental disorders is a major challenge for families," Siegel said. "We will be sharing resources and coping skills that can be helpful to not only parents but siblings, grandparents and extended family members."
The parent panel was followed by an all-day conference on Friday featuring Lubetsky as the keynote speaker with a presentation on "Developing Systems of Care for Children with Developmental Disorders." Lubetsky has worked and published in the clinical, training, administrative and research areas of developmental disabilities and child and adolescent psychiatry for over twenty years.
The symposium attracted a cross-section of nearly 200 providers and policy makers who serve individuals with autism and developmental disorders - from psychiatrists and state policy administrators to social workers, educators and occupational therapists.
The symposium's break-out sessions covered a variety of topics including: evidence based practices in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, transitioning individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to adulthood, psychotherapy with children and adolescents with developmental delays, meeting the needs of individuals with aspergers disorder and high functioning autism, and case management for those with developmental disorders.
Made possible by the generosity of Spring Harbor donors Judy and Albert Glickman, this year's symposium was additionally supported by the Maine Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.