(PHILADELPHIA) – For individuals with Autism
Spectrum Disorders (ASD), transitioning from adolescence to
adulthood presents many challenging issues. In addition to
the usual stresses of adolescence, young adults with ASD need help
dealing with social skills, sexuality, and, at times, extreme anxiety
that may result from tension and confusion. Adults with ASD
face communication and social problems that can affect employment,
personal relationships, and the other skills needed to live an
independent life. These challenges affect not only the individual,
but also their parents, siblings, and other friends and family
members. As children with ASD transition into adulthood,
those who care for them are often left asking, “what now?”
Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Health System,
Annual PENN Autism Network Conference presents a unique
opportunity to focus on promoting systems of supports and services
for adolescents and adults with ASD, including the issues surrounding
the transition into adulthood.
University of Pennsylvania [map]
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Research Perspectives in Autism
by Penn and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
March 15, 2007
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Discussion topics include
- Language, emotion, and social behaviors
- Do you have a good candidate gene for autism?
- Brain connectivity, sleep, and activity
Journeys Through Adolescence and Adulthood
March 15, 2007
8 – 9:30 p.m.
Jerry and Mary Newport – internationally
recognized advocates, authors, and savants – present, “You
Don’t Have to be ‘Normal’ to be Happy”
March 16, 2007
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Over 20 breakout sessions are offered. Topics include:
- Treatment of Adults with ASD
- Relationships Through an Autistic Lifespan
- Strategies for Coping with Social Danger
- Autism & Sexuality: To Teach or not to Teach and
the Potential Consequences of Doing Nothing
Research Perspectives in Autism (selected
- Maja Bucan, PhD, Associate Professor,
of Genetics and Center
for Neurobiology and Behavior, Department
of Psychiatry, Penn
Levy, MD, Developmental Pediatrician, Medical Director,
Autism Center, (CHOP)
- David Mandell, ScD, Assistant Professor,
Psychiatry & Pediatrics, Penn
Spence, MD, PhD, Staff Clinician, Pediatrics
and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, National Institute
of Mental Health
Journeys Through Adolescence and Adulthood (selected
- Mary Riggs Cohen, PhD, Clinical Associate
Professor in the Adult
Social Learning Disorders Program,
F. Gerhardt, EdD, President of the Organization
for Autism Research
- Anthony Rostain, MD, Associate Professor,
Psychiatry & Pediatrics, and Medical Director, Adult
Social Learning Disorders Program, Penn
Ruttenberg, Executive Director of The
Center for Autism
- Self-Advocates, parents, and siblings speaking about
For a complete agenda, including speakers, sessions, and times,
If you plan on attending, please contact Kate Olderman at (215)
349-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
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all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's
first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice
plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite
facilities; and home care and hospice.
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