It is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with Autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. This conference will raise awareness, offer resources and insight into topics related to Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and offer seven (7) hours of continuing education to educators, social workers and Licensed Professional Counselors.
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Dr. Paige Powell is an assistant professor in the psychology division of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital. She is a licensed psychologist with expertise in the assessment of and intervention with children with a broad range of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. During the past 20 years, she has developed a clinical practice and research expertise in areas relevant to the field of Autism. Currently, she is the coordinator of the psychology program for developmental disorders within the psychology service. As a part of this role, she is also the psychologist for the multidisciplinary Autism Center at Texas Children's Hospital.
Dr. Sherry Sellers Vinson has been an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a developmental pediatrician at both The Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and The Developmental High Risk Clinic at Ben Taub General Hospital since July 1997. She graduated from Texas Tech Medical School, did her residency in general pediatrics at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and completed a fellowship in developmental pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has board certifications from The American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as having a bachelor's and master's degree in education with a reading specialization certificate.
Melanie Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology at Texas Christian University. After graduating, she went on to earn an MA in early childhood intervention and special education from the University of Texas. Melanie now has more than 30 years of experience teaching and working with children and their families. In 1983, she co-founded The Bynum School (originally known as Developmental Disabilities Center) in Midland, Texas. Today, she is a private consultant in the Houston area and works with public school systems throughout the state to develop appropriate educational plans for children with special needs.
Dr. Amy Wood graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in Microbiology. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving her doctorate in pharmacy with highest honors. Dr. Wood completed her postdoctoral residency at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Following her residency training, Dr. Wood worked with bone marrow transplant patients at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer in Tampa, Florida. She then returned to M.D. Anderson to become a clinical pharmacy specialist with the lymphoma service. In addition to her patient care and research responsibilities, Dr. Wood was an adjunct clinical professor at The University of Houston School of Pharmacy doing both didactic and experiential teaching with doctoral students. While at M.D. Anderson, Dr. Wood also served as a preceptor for clinical pharmacy residents and did lectures for Medical Fellows. In 2004, Dr. Wood's second child was diagnosed with autism at the age of 22 months. Since that time, Dr. Wood has never returned to clinical practice and has stayed home for the past six years to oversee her son's home ABA program. She is serving as current vice president and scientific advisor for Families for Effective Autism Treatment—Houston.