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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 through
Thursday, January 18, 2018


Hagedorn Hall, Room 104

Autism Spectrum Disorders—Young Children and Their Caregivers

Four-day intensive mini course/training: January 9, 11, 16 and 18, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

With Serena Wieder, Ph.D. and Gilbert Foley, Ed.D. IMH-E® IV-C

About the Program

New insights from neuroscience confirm each child starts life with his or her unique constellation of how they take in and respond to the world around them and form the relationships which nurture development. Development, far from automatic, has far more potential than ever realized when 

Father and mother and 18 months old son playing with wooden and cardboard toy cars.

provided the experiences that support engagement and discovery. The DIR Model conceptualizes how the various components of development interact with each other (developmental functional levels, individual differences in sensory motor processing, and relationships) in order to assess and plan interventions essential for children with emotional regulation, sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. Understanding each child’s individual profile, supporting relationships, and promoting emotional and cognitive development are essential. This course will also explore some of the myths of development and will focus on symbolic play, the window into emotional development, anxiety, identifying visual spatial challenges often “hidden from sight”, and how to keep engagement on the forefront of parenting and education. This course will involve lecture, discussion, and video vignettes.

About the Instructors

Serena Wieder, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has pioneered the foremost approaches to diagnosing and treating infant mental health and developmental disorders from infancy to young adulthood. Her clinical research has focused on early intervention and long term outcome studies on individuals with autism spectrum challenges. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Profectum Foundation which offers advanced training to multidisciplinary professionals and parents using a state of art internet platform. Prior to this was the co- founder and associate chair of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and Director of the DIR Institute. Dr. Wieder publishes extensively including Engaging Autism, The Child with Special Needs, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, co-authored with the late Stanley Greenspan with whom she developed the DIR model. They also chaired and edited two diagnostic manuals. She has recently co-authored a new book Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement with Dr. Harry Wachs, a pioneer of developmental vision cognitive therapy.

Gilbert Foley, Ed.D. IMH-E® IV-C, is a NYS-AIMH Endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist, recently retired from his position as an Associate Professor of School Clinical-Child Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He is the co-director of the Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice Federally funded training program at Adelphi University. He also serves as Consulting Clinical Director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Treatment Program of The New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD). Dr. Foley has focused his entire career as a psychologist and educator primarily in the field of infancy and early childhood.


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Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (28 hours)
  • LMHC (28 hours)
  • LMFT (28 hours)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.

Coronavirus Update: As New York is on a "pause" for social distancing purposes, all in-person events for the next several weeks have been converted to online, postponed or canceled. Please check this page as information will be updated as possible—and call ahead before any upcoming in-person events until further notice. Thanks. 

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