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Casa Colina 7th Annual Autism Conference to be Held March 15 & 16, 2008 in Claremont

Casa Colina 7th Annual Autism Conference to be Held March 15 & 16, 2008 in Claremont Pomona, CA…Casa Colina’s Seventh Annual Trends in Autism Conference will be held at Galileo Hall on the Harvey Mudd College Campus at 240 East Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA on Saturday, March 15 from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday, March 16 from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm.

The conference features physician specialists, therapists and many autism experts and is intended to inform family members of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, people who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and teachers, educators, and clinicians – about the latest clinical developments, real life experiences, challenges, and recent achievements in the field. Related exhibitors will be on site and presenters at the 2-day event include:

Margaret L. Bauman, MD — Dr. Bauman is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School; Associate Pediatrician and Neurologist at Mass General Hospital for Children; and Director of Learning and Development Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services (LADDERS) in Boston, MA, a multi-specialty collaborative program sponsored by MGH serving patients with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is also the Staff Neurologist at Casa Colina Children’s Services.

Felice L. Loverso, PhD — With a background as a practicing speech pathologist for twenty years, Dr. Felice Loverso is the CEO and President at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation. He also recently completed three years as Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and serves on the Board of the Hospital Association of Southern California.

Arthur L. Beaudet, MD — Dr. Beaudet is Chair of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is a pioneer in the study of molecular genetics. Beaudet is involved in the study of the molecular abnormalities causing Prader Willi Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome.

Timothy M. Buie, MD — A board certified pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Buie is Assistant in Pediatrics at Mass General Hospital for Children (MGH), Boston, MA, and is a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School. He is also on the staff of LADDERS, a multi-specialty collaborative program sponsored by MGH serving patients with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Ann E. Densmore, EdD, CCC SLP/A — Dr. Densmore is a certified speech and language pathologist who has served as a consultant to private and public schools for more than thirty years. She also serves as a consultant internationally, helping children with autism, and has taught graduate seminars for professionals and students at Harvard Medical School.

Annette Ermshar, PhD — Dr. Ermshar is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She specializes in forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical/diagnostic psychological assessment and evaluation. Dr. Ermshar’s specialty focus is the treatment of adolescents and young adults.

Temple Grandin, PhD — Dr. Grandin’s presentation will include discussion from her own experience of autism in relation to sensory perception, visual thinking, teaching, careers, and learning and thinking styles. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. She has appeared on television programs such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries.

Scott McLeod, PhD — Dr. McLeod is a clinical psychologist who has been on staff at Mass General Hospital for over 18 years. He serves as a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and is currently the Executive Director of YouthCare, an organization that provides social skills groups, summer programming and school consultation in the greater Boston area for children with autism.

Allan L Reiss, MD — Dr. Reiss is the Howard C. Robbins Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University School of Medicine.

James Riviello, Jr., MD — Dr. Riviello is the Chief of Neurophysiology at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Riviello also serves as a Professor of Pediatrics-Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Riviello’s clinical focus is pediatric epilepsy and seizures.

Susanne Smith Roley, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA — Ms. Roley is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience in pediatrics. She is the Project Director of the Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration for USC and is the Coordinator of Education and Research at Pediatric Therapy Network. She is an internationally recognized author and lecturer on the theory and application of sensory integration.

Mark Woodsmall, JD, and Lecturer in Law — Mr. Woodsmall is the founder of the Woodsmall Law Group in Pasadena and a parent of a child with autism. He also is an adjunct professor at USC Law, teaching Special Education and Disability Law. Currently, he sits on the community advisory board for the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART).

Louis Vismara, MD — Dr. Vismara is an interventional cardiologist. Since his son, Mark, was diagnosed with autism ten years ago, he has dedicated himself to issues of child development, learning differences, diversity, and appropriate access to health care for under-served populations. He is the co-founder and board member of the M.I.N.D. Institute at the UC Davis.

The conference is vendorized by the Regional Center and parents of Regional Center clients are welcome to attend. Certificates of Attendance will be available as well as certain Continuing Education Credits for professionals. The conference is intended for adults only.

A continental breakfast, lunch, and break snacks each day will be provided. Cost is $225 per person for early registration by February 22 or after February 23 is $275 per person. The deadline for registration is March 7, 2008. For more information about corporate sponsorship of the event, continuing education credits and vendor exhibit opportunities, please call 909/596-7733, Ext. 2223 or email or visit On line registration is available at

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