Spring Mental Health Symposium

For those Interested in

Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders

All presentations will be done through Zoom Webinar!

Saturday, March 19, 2022

8:00AM – 1:00PM Pacific Standard Time

Explore our speakers and topics below or click here to download the Flyer

Schedule

8-9AM
How Can I Adapt Evidence-Based Practices to Treat Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Session A

Session B

9-10AM

Session 2A: What Should I Know About Social Communication?

Session 2B: How Do I Talk About Sexual Development, Dating, and Relationships?

10-11AM

Session 3A: What Types of Medications are Prescribed to Children with a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Session 3B: Complementary and Integrative Medicine Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

11-12PM

Session 4A: What’s Sensory Integration Got To Do With It?

Session 4B: How Do I Treat Trauma in Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

12-1PM

Session 5A: HELP! I’m Stressed Out: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Therapists Treating Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Session 5B: How Do I Collaborate with School Districts and ABA Teams?

1 PM

BONUS: A Word From Self-Advocates: What Helped Me In Therapy

Presentation Descriptions

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Instructor Credentials: Cathy Brock is the Executive Director for The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders since September 2014. She was previously the Associate Director of the University of Washington Autism Center in Seattle. She has worked in the field of autism and developmental disorders for over twenty-five years bringing both clinical and management experience. As Executive Director her responsibilities include providing overall management, leadership and vision while coordinating collaborative systems to best meet the needs of the families in our community.

Presenter: Michelle Wahlquist, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Instructor Credentials: Michelle Wahlquist, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist who joined The Center for Autism team in November 2013. She is the speech and language department division lead, coordinating speech pathology services here at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She provides direct speech therapy services including comprehensive speech and language evaluations, individualized treatment, co-treatment, and collaboration with our multi-disciplinary team. In addition, she oversees program development and parent education. She has a particular interest in the use of play and literature to facilitate the development of language and communication skills. She is committed to helping families and caregivers better understand the speech and language development of their children.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. She graduated with her Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from Arizona State University in 2001. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Presenter:  Lindsey Sterling, Ph.D. 

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  • Demonstrate understanding of the clinical and cultural contexts contributing to sexual development and identification in autism.

  • Identify the challenges and complexities related to dating in autism.

  •  Identify ways to support autistic individuals in the development and maintenance of romantic relationships.

Instructor Credentials: Dr. Lindsey Sterling is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related developmental disorders. Much of Dr. Sterling’s research and specialized training has focused on understanding and treating comorbid disorders, such as anxiety and depression, among autistic individuals. She has published numerous research papers on the topic of ASD and comorbid anxiety and depression. Dr. Sterling has been working in the field of ASD for over twenty years and is passionate about helping individuals and their families cope with the challenges and recognize and capitalize on the strengths associated with ASD.

Dr. Sterling earned her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from UCLA and her Masters degree and Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She completed her Clinical Internship in Developmental Disabilities at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where she worked with adults with developmental disabilities and children with a range of psychiatric disorders.

During her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, UCLA, Dr. Sterling pursued specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) targeting anxiety in autistic youth. Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Sterling served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and as a Staff Psychologist at the UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic. She then served as Interim Assistant Professor and Director of the Autism Center at Claremont McKenna College before serving as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). At CSULB, Dr. Sterling directed a research lab investigating depression, anxiety, and factors related to quality of life, including romantic relationships, among autistic adults. Dr. Sterling has also consulted with large companies interested in expanding their hiring program to include neurodiverse populations, including autistic adults, and has helped educate and prepare staff to support neurodiversity in the workplace.

Dr. Sterling has been in private practice since 2013. In 2021, she formed The Sterling Institute for Autism in Long Beach, CA, to serve autistic children, adolescents, and adults, their families, and the neurodiverse community.

Presenter: Peter Chung, DBP

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Instructor Credentials: Dr. Peter Jinwu Chung is a board-certified UC Irvine Health pediatrician who specializes in developmental and behavioral pediatric medicine at The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. His clinical interests include medical education, quality improvement, deaf culture, assistive technology, narrative medicine and video games for therapeutic application.

Dr. Chung earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. He completed his internship, residency, chief residency and fellowship at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles. He also trained at UCLA’s Tarjan Center and at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as part of the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CA-LEND) program.

Presenter: Lilian Au, ND, MPH

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  • Develop understanding of integrative medicine and preventive health interventions in the treatment of pediatric patients with ASD.
  • Understand use of integrative health modalities and evidence–based treatments for supportive therapy in pediatric patients with ASD.
  • Identify indications for appropriate referral and resources for provider and patient/parent education.

Instructor Credentials: Lilian Au is a licensed naturopathic practitioner with integrative family practice experience. She specializes in maternal, child and adolescent health. She provides wellness care for infants, children and adults, and treats a variety of acute illnesses and chronic conditions with traditional and natural therapies.

Au earned her naturopathic medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Ariz. She completed a naturopathic residency in family medicine at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore., and received a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley, where she trained in the maternal child health leadership program. Her post-graduate research work at Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center and UC Berkeley focused on pediatric developmental screenings at early care and education centers.

Au is passionate about preventive care, patient empowerment and whole-family health. Her clinical interests include allergies, ADHD and neurodevelopment, asthma, fertility, hormone imbalance, reproductive and stress hormones, anxiety and depression, community medicine, pediatric and women’s health. Her research interests include the effects of environmental and nutritional factors on maternal and child health outcomes. 

Presenter: Aja Roley, OTD, OTR/L

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Instructor Credentials: Dr. Aja Roley is a licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson University (TJU). Her doctoral work focused on access and promotion of advanced clinical reasoning, mentorship, and post-professional training in Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) via online and multimedia platforms. She has an advanced practice certificate in neuroscience from TJU. Dr. Roley is the clinical director and owner of Centerpointe for Children, a pediatric private practice in Irvine, California. She specializes in the evaluation and intervention of infants, children, and young adults with learning and behavior difficulties, developmental delays, autism, attention deficit disorder, feeding and toileting difficulties, anxiety disorders, and visual impairment. She utilizes both ASI and DIRFloortime® in her play-based and child and family centered therapeutic approach. Dr. Roley has extensive experience teaching, collaborating, and consulting with families and educational and multidisciplinary teams. She is an instructor for the non-profit organization, Collaboration for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI), teaching certification courses both domestically and internationally. She volunteers her time as a site coordinator for normative data collection for the Evaluation of Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI). Dr. Roley is passionate, playful, and thoughtful in her work and strives to improve the quality of life for families and infuse health promoting fun into daily routines. 

Presenter: Lydia Kim, PhD

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Presenter: Thusa Sabapathy, DBP

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When you register for the presentation, you will be provided the Zoom meeting ID and passcode.

Cost: The cost of this session is included in the overall conference fee. 

Statement of Need: These monthly case consults are being held for UC Irvine physicians to provide greater awareness of the importance of using moral and ethical thinking in medical care. 

Target Audience: All physicians and other clinicians involved in the treatment of patients. Open to all faculty, staff and students. 

Faculty/Course Directors/Planners Disclosure: Since this session is an ethics article review, no conflicts for speakers or planners exist. 

Credit Designation Statement: The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

ADA Statement: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. For any special requests, please contact us via phone at 949-267-0444 or email at CenterTraining1@hs.uci.edu before the meeting dates.  

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CAND) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CAND maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CAND) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CAND maintains responsibility for this program and its content.