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DR. MICHAEL J. GOLDBERG has not presented at an autism gathering since he testified at the congressional hearings in Washington D.C., in April of 2000. Now he presents for the first time at the USAAA 4th annual conference in Los Angeles and his presentation will have a major impact on the future of your child.

Speaker Spotlight
How To Understand and Explain The Connection Between ASD, Seizures/Epilepsy, And Cognitive Dysfunction In Many Children Today
Physician pursues collaboration with researchers to accelerate identification and potential new therapeutic modalities for these children.

Dr. Michael J. Goldberg graduated from UCLA Medical School in 1972, after which he did his Pediatric Internship and Residency at LAC-USC MED. CTR. Entering Private Practice in the San Fernando Valley in 1975. Dr. Goldberg is on staff at such hospitals as Cedars-Sinai / UCLA, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Since the early 1980's, his interest has focused on the development and treatment of “Immune Dysregulation” / “Neuro-Cognitive” disorders including CFS/CFIDS and its particular connection to ADHD in children (& adults). This interest has extended into the neuro-cognitive dysfunctional link between many children with Autism / PDD and siblings / parents with ADHD, and "CFIDS". He is actively pursuing collaboration with researchers to accelerate identification and potential new therapeutic modalities for these children.

"We are in the middle of a major medical epidemic affecting children in this country.

Supported by peer literature, while presenting with “labels” being applied to multiple dysfunctions in children, unlike the "labels" would imply, the underlying common denominator is that of an immune (and viral) based disease."

Dr. Goldberg is currently the founder and director of the N.I.D.S. (Neuro-Immune Dysfunction Syndromes) medical advisory board and research institute. Dr. Goldberg testified at the congressional hearings in Washington D.C., "Autism - Present Challenges, Future Needs - Why the Increased Rates?" His publications include B.L. Miller, Hou, Goldberg, and Mena. Anterior Temporal Lobes: Social Brain, The Human Frontal Lobes, Functions and Disorders. First in the series The Science and Practice of Neuropsychology. Guilford Publications, Inc Goldberg MJ. ADHD: Approaching the New Millenium: New Understandings, New technologies and New Therapeutic Interventions.

Dr. Goldberg will be presenting "How To Understand and Explain The Connection Between ASD, Seizures/Epilepsy, And Cognitive Dysfunction In Many Children Today," on Friday, July 10 at the USAAA 2009 International Conference in Los Angeles, California.

For a complete listing of abstracts and learning objectives, click here.


"The USAAA conference was the best thing I have done in my search for autism education & resources! I learned so much in a few days and made so many contacts that would have taken me years to find out on my own. I feel so full of hope with the next step to take with my child! I feel empowered!" — Betty, California, mother


Speaker Spotlight
Using Video Modeling to Teach Play (and Language and Social Skills) to Children with Autism
Pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist to present at USAAA conference

Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC–SLP, is a pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist on staff at a major public research university in Los Angeles, California, where she specializes in working with children who have autism spectrum disorders to improve their speech and language, social skills, play, and all aspects of their communication. Her particular research focus is on the effectiveness of video modeling as in instructional modality for children.

"She also has a private practice in Los Angeles, California, and together with her partner Jenny McCarthy, is co–founder of Teach2Talk, LLC."

She also has a private practice in Los Angeles, California, and together with her partner Jenny McCarthy, is co–founder of Teach2Talk, LLC, a producer of educational resources for children on the autism spectrum, as well as Teach2Talk Academy, LLC, an intensive early intervention program for the treatment of preschool aged children from two to six with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders located in Los Angeles, California.

Sarah will be presenting "Using Video Modeling to Teach Play (and Language and Social Skills) to Children with Autism," on Saturday, July 11 at the USAAA 2009 International Conference in Los Angeles, California.

For a complete listing of abstracts and learning objectives, click here.




Speaker Spotlight
Rachel's Journey From Infancy to Adulthood; Targeted Research Brings Hope For The Future
Mother of an eighteen year old daughter recovering from autism to present at USAAA Conference

Theresa K. Wrangham is the mother of an eighteen year old daughter recovering from autism and brings to the fore an experienced parent’s perspective on raising a healthy child affected by ASD and the benefits of advocacy outside family needs. Ms. Wrangham is the Past President and Co-Founder of Autism Society of Boulder County, which was the first ASA chapter to bring a biomedical and behavioral conference to Colorado’s autism community. Ms. Wrangham also spearheaded Colorado’s legislative efforts to ban mercury containing vaccines in favor of vaccines meeting federal safety guidelines.

"This story inspires hope as it is shared that even in coming late to the diagnosis, behavioral treatments and much later to biomedical treatments that substantial gains are possible."

Theresa is President for SafeMinds, currently serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) Advisory Panel and is their Director of Educational Development and Conference Liaison, as well as serving on the Advisory Board for the American Medical Autism Board and has been featured in national radio and news interviews.

Theresa will be presenting "Rachel's Journey From Infancy to Adulthood; Targeted Research Brings Hope For The Future," on Saturday, July 11 at the USAAA 2009 International Conference in Los Angeles, California.

For a complete listing of abstracts and learning objectives, click here.


Immediate Solutions
Sharing experiences:
There isn't a better way to meet parents, physicians, and educators under one roof than at a USAAA conference. Parents, professionals, and educators share their experiences and tips.

Speaker Spotlight
Why You Absolutely NEED a Financial Plan
What would happen to my special needs child if I was gone?

Grady Jennings - As a widowed parent of a son with Down Syndrome, Jennings’ realized first-hand the lack of qualified individuals available specializing in the economic and legal issues relating to families with special needs. Grady's goal is to empower these families while providing individualized services to them based on their unique circumstances, at no cost to them. Jennings is a founder of The Dignity Group which is dedicated to helping all families by providing services that empower families to efficiently provide for their loved ones both now and in the future. Since its inception in 1997, The Dignity Group has assisted over 500 families with an emphasis on proper planning for the special needs dependent and the family’s security through long-term planning. The Dignity Group – Ontario is supported by Jennings’ and Associated, Jennings’ family business. The Dignity Group – Ontario is located at 1055 N. Euclid Ave in Ontario, CA. For more information about The Dignity Group – Ontario, visit the website http://dignitygroup.leap-link.com.

"Due to the lack of information available, families with special needs loved ones do not know what resources are available to them or which important legal documents they need, or how to obtain them. I felt I had nowhere to turn for financial answers when my son with Down Syndrome was born 19 years ago. "

What would happen to my special needs child if I was gone? What benefits are there for people with disabilities? How can I efficiently provide for my loved one both now and in the future? Do I know what a special needs trust can do? Sixty percent of parents don't expect their child with special needs to be financially independent, but 68% of parents haven't written a will, and 29% have done nothing to plan for the child's financial future, according to a survey conducted for MetLife, an article from Forbes reported.

Grady will be presenting "Why You Absolutely NEED a Financial Plan" at the USAAA 2009 International Conference in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, July 11th.

For a complete listing of abstracts and learning objectives, click here.


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