Distinguished Lecture Series

Children’s Specialized Hospital Research Center is proud to provide our Distinguished Lecture Series, a free research education program for healthcare professionals. World-renowned researcher scientists present on various topics affecting healthcare today.

Upcoming Lectures

Check back soon for more upcoming lectures!

Previous Lectures

Dr. Eve-Lynn Nelson: “Telehealth Pedal to the Metal: Advancing Pediatric Best Practices During COVID and Beyond” Held August 20, 2020

Dr. Pam Feliciano: "How to SPARK Answers for Autism: Engaging the National ASD Community in Research" Held December 12, 2019

Dr. Alice Chu: " Destination MACS 4 and 5! Optimizing assessment tools and treatment goals for children with cerebral palsy and severe upper extremity dysfunction " Held October 1, 2019

Dr. Diane Damiano: "What’s New in the World of Pediatric Neurorehabilitation?" Held February 26, 2019

Dr. Alex Fiks: "What Health Information Technology Can (and Can't) Do For Pediatric Care." Held October 25, 2018

Dr. Roy Wade: "Childhood Stress and Urban Poverty: The impact of adverse childhood experiences on health." Held September 25, 2018

Dr. Connie Kasari: "Engaging Autism: Interventions for improving social communication in ASD." Held April 4, 2018

Dr. Ami Klin: “Developmental Social Neuroscience Meets Public Health Challenge: A new system of healthcare delivery for infants and toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.” Held November 16, 2017

Dr. Victoria Miller: “Involving Children and Adolescents with a Chronic Illness in Decision Making.” Held October 17, 2017

Dr. Gerard A. Gioia: "Community-Based Concussion Care for Children: A Macro Perspective." Held March 29, 2017

Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo: "Advances in Virtual Reality and New Technologies for Childhood Health Conditions." Held January 17, 2017

Dr. Wise Young: "Update on Trials of Umbilical Cord Blood and Lithium Treatments of Spinal Cord Injury." Held November 1, 2016

Dr. Craig Newschaffer: "Environmental Exposure and Autism Risk: Narrowing Knowledge Gaps." Held April 28, 2016

Dr. David D. Sherry: “Amplified Pain - when it hurts too much, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.” Held January 15, 2016

Dr. David S. Mandell: "Policy is not enough: what we need to do to make autism interventions work in the community." Held December 11, 2015

Dr. James C. (Cole) Galloway:“Go Baby Global: Technology for everywhere you play and walk.” Held October 30, 2015

Dr. Keith Yeates: "Social Outcomes in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury." Held April 22, 2015

Dr. Flora Vaccarino: “Autism Spectrum Disorders and Macrocephaly: Defining abnormalities using iPSC models.” Held March 9, 2015

Dr. Erin Bigler: “Networks, Connectivity and Neuropsychology: The Latest in Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).” Held October 2, 2014

Dr. Joseph Buxbaum: “Gene Discovery in Autism and the Impact on Improved Patient Care.” Held June 26, 2014

Dr. Cathy Lord: “Longitudinal Studies of Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Held April 24, 2014


September 24, 2020

Mindful-mess to Mindful-ness

As schools are deciding to open and plans are unclear, and as the pandemic lingers, many of us are in a mindful-"mess". In this 1 hour engaging and thought-provoking workshop, we will talk about mindfulness and gratitude and discuss breaks from social pressures. It will help us find the beneficial aspects from the pandemic, things we can take away that are positive, how to optimize time, and getting ‘back to reality’ through and after the pandemic.

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September 29, 2020

The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs

About this session:

Network and engage in an interactive Q&A with other caregivers and professionals about caring for a child with special needs. This session will focus on initial steps a caregiver should consider after a diagnosis, building a strong support network and how to continue to advocate for your child. The panelists and other parents will also share resources which you can add to your family’s tool bag.

Parent Panelists:

  • Adrienne Robertiello, Special Healthcare Educator, Children’s Specialized Hospital
  • Jessica Krill, Family Faculty, Children’s Specialized Hospital
  • Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, Founder, Nassan’s Place

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 01, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developemental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


October 01, 2020

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis (Morning)

About this session:

Your child was recently diagnosed and you have questions:

  • What is Autismand how is it diagnosed?
  • What does it mean to be “on the spectrum”?
  • What are co-occurring diagnoses?
  • What causes Autism?
  • How do I know if my child is improving?
  • When and why would medications be prescribed?
  • Navigating telehealth appointments with my doctor

This session seeks to clarify Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and co-occurring diagnoses. The core symptoms of ASD, treatment options and medications will also be explored. We hope you leave this session with answers to some common questions and additional insight about ASD.

Presenter:
Theresa D’Ambrosio, Advanced Practice Nurse, Hamilton Site

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 01, 2020

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis (Evening)

About this session:

Your child was recently diagnosed and you have questions:

  • What is Autismand how is it diagnosed?
  • What does it mean to be “on the spectrum”?
  • What are co-occurring diagnoses?
  • What causes Autism?
  • How do I know if my child is improving?
  • When and why would medications be prescribed?
  • Navigating telehealth appointments with my doctor

This session seeks to clarify Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and co-occurring diagnoses. The core symptoms of ASD, treatment options and medications will also be explored. We hope you leave this session with answers to some common questions and additional insight about ASD.

Presenter:
Theresa D’Ambrosio, Advanced Practice Nurse, Hamilton Site

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 06, 2020

Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists (Evening)

About this session:

Are you concerned about your child’s social skills, coping, communication, feeding, sensory issues or motor skills development? Join other parents in this interactive Q&A session with our expert therapists. A wide range of issues will be discussed. Get tips from the therapists and also hear how other caregivers and professionals have addressed these issues.

Panelists:
Amy Myers-Morris, Speech & Language Pathologist, Hamilton
Gregory Santucci, Occupational Therapist, Hamilton
Dr. Karen Surowiec, Psychologist, Hamilton

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 09, 2020

Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists (Morning)

About this session:

Are you concerned about your child’s social skills, coping, communication, feeding, sensory issues or motor skills development? Join other parents in this interactive Q&A session with our expert therapists. A wide range of issues will be discussed. Get tips from the therapists and also hear how other caregivers and professionals have addressed these issues.

Panelists:

Amy Myers-Morris, Speech & Language Pathologist, Hamilton

Dr. Richard Leit, Psychologist, Mountainside

Walter Chavez, Occupational Therapist, Mountainside

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 13, 2020

Seeking Entitlement Programs after a Diagnosis (Morning)

About this session:

When is a child eligible for Medicaid or Social Security benefits? What other entitlement programs may apply? This informative session will help answer the following questions and many more:

  • What are Entitlement Programs?
  • When and where should I apply?
  • What are the age and diagnostic requirements?
  • What other eligibility requirements apply?
  • Which organization should I contact for more information?
  • Are there local organizations to assist with the application process, if needed?

Presenter:

Robert Burnett, Senior Case Manager, Union County Special Child Heath Services

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 13, 2020

Seeking Entitlement Programs after a Diagnosis (Evening)

Attendees will learn about government programs for adults with disabilities that begin at age 18, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and Medicaid. The attorney will also discuss securing services after age 21 when the entitlement to special education ends, including day and residential services available through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and programs offered through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS). The attorney will present emerging information on New Jersey’s ever-changing system of adult services, including “fee-for-service” and the growing role of Medicaid eligibility and waivers. This 90-minute webinar will include time for a Q&A session.

Presenter: Maria Fischer, Attorney at Hinkle, Prior & Fischer, P.C., HPF has over 70 years of combined experience providing specialized legal services to families of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and seniors. We have argued many of the precedent setting cases affecting individuals with disabilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 15, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developemental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


October 17, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developemental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


October 20, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developemental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


October 20, 2020

Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic

COVID -19 has further complicated education, and many parents of children with special needs are unsure of their rights. This session will discuss the legal rights and protections offered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how to access services during the pandemic. We encourage participants to come with questions specific to their needs. We hope you leave this session with tools that will help you advocate for your child’s education.

Hillary Freeman, Esq., Special Education Attorney, Freeman Law Offices, LLC

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 20, 2020

Quarantine Q&A: Special Education

To register, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsfu-oqjstHd1QAbJDzcDIY1ESih9maGJG<-->

About this session:
COVID -19 has further complicated education, and many parents of children with special needs are unsure of their rights. During this 90-minute Q&A, the attorney will answer your questions on various special education related issues. Participants are encouraged to come ready with questions related to special education, related services, remote learning and issues relating to advocating for your child during a pandemic.

Presenter: Paul Prior, Attorney at Hinkle, Prior & Fischer, P.C., HPF has over 70 years of combined experience providing specialized legal services to families of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and seniors. We have argued many of the precedent setting cases affecting individuals with disabilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 21, 2020

Managing Your Child’s Behavior: A Workshop for Parents (Virtual) begins October 21

Need Help Managing Your Child's Behavior?

This parent workshop was developed by the pediatric psychologists at Children's Specialized Hospital to help parents learn how to manage their child's behavior. The course will be led by instructor, Shoshana Isenberg, PsyD, and will discuss:

  • Causes of misbehavior.
  • Setting limits. Dealing with tantrums.
  • Managing sibling conflicts.
  • Developing and implement behavioral systems.
  • Parent stress management, self-care and support system.

This seminar teaches effective behavior management strategies for parents of children with challenging behavior. Facilitators will introduce parents to an engaging and interactive curriculum which includes education on how to analyze causes of misbehavior, and to use this information to develop appropriate discipline strategies. The primary focus is on limit-setting, effective ways to handle tantrums, creating behavioral incentive systems that really work, and managing sibling conflicts. Parents will gain confidence in their ability to manage stress and to cope with parenting challenges. While these tools are appropriate for parenting all kinds of challenging children, they are especially applicable for working with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Sessions will meet every Wednesday, October 21 - December 2, 2020.

Each weekly session is from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration and prepayment is required. The cost for the entire series is $99 per family (spouses and other family members do not need to pay twice). Qualifying families can receive up to 100% of this fee by applying for the Children's Specialized Hospital Benefit Fund.

Child care is not available. To register, click on the registration button below or contact Shoshana Isenberg, PsyD at 888-CHILDRENS or SIsenberg@childrens-specialized.org.


October 22, 2020

What is ABA Therapy? (Evening)

About this session:

Let’s talk about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA therapy is about managing behavior and a lot more. ABA promotes effective communication and daily self-help skills. This session focuses on the multiple uses and benefits of ABA therapy. Discussion will also include simple tips for teaching your child different skills at home, suggestions on how to develop and achieve goals for desired behaviors and coping skills that may be useful for the entire family.

Presenter:
Heidi Spiegel, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Long Term Care
Toms River & Mountainside

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 22, 2020

Pursuit of Happiness: Transition Planning for a Meaningful Life - Part 2

(Part 2 of a 2-Part Workshop)

The leap from person-centered thinking to person-centered planning can seem daunting and abstract. The prospect of accessing services through the adult service system can seem overwhelming and often requires a great deal of advocacy and persistence. Consequently, it is easy for an individual and their support team to fall into the trap of centering eligibility-based supports rather than ensuring that the vision for a meaningful life is guiding each and every step.

Part 2 will discuss how to put the plan into action, including how to survey what is available within community as well as exploring eligibility-based supports. Participants will get an overview of the eligibility process and the services available through the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) as well as the role of the support coordinator. Participants will consider how potential services may be utilized in concert with community resources to help plan and create a full and meaningful life.

Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1504296142198689295<-->


October 23, 2020

What is ABA Therapy? (Morning)

About this session:

Let’s talk about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA therapy is about managing behavior and a lot more. ABA promotes effective communication and daily self-help skills. This session focuses on the multiple uses and benefits of ABA therapy. Discussion will also include simple tips for teaching your child different skills at home, suggestions on how to develop and achieve goals for desired behaviors and coping skills that may be useful for the entire family.

Presenter:
Heidi Spiegel, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Long Term Care
Toms River & Mountainside

Find other workshops in this series by searching our calendar:

  • The Parent Panel: An Empowering Discussion for Caregivers and Advocates of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT
  • Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • Ask the Therapists: Psychologist, Speech, and Occupational Therapists
    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 9, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Advocating for Special Education Services during the Pandemic
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT
  • Quarantine Q&A: Special Education
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
  • What is ABA Therapy?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT
    Friday, October 23, 2020 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

October 29, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developemental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


November 02, 2020

Managing Your Child's Behavior - A Workshop for Parents (Virtual) begins November 2

Need help managing your child's behavior?

This parent workshop was developed by the pediatric psychologists at Children's Specialized Hospital to help parents learn how to manage their child's behavior. The course will be led by instructor, Karen Surowiec, PsyD, and will discuss:

  • Causes of misbehavior
  • Setting limits. Dealing with tantrums
  • Managing sibling conflicts
  • Developing and implement behavioral systems
  • Parent stress management, self-care and support system

This seminar teaches effective behavior management strategies for parents of children with challenging behavior. Facilitators will introduce parents to an engaging and interactive curriculum which includes education on how to analyze causes of misbehavior, and to use this information to develop appropriate discipline strategies. The primary focus is on limit-setting, effective ways to handle tantrums, creating behavioral incentive systems that really work, and managing sibling conflicts. Parents will gain confidence in their ability to manage stress and to cope with parenting challenges. While these tools are appropriate for parenting all kinds of challenging children, they are especially applicable for working with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Sessions will meet every Monday, November 2 through December 14.

Each weekly session is from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Registration and prepayment is required. The cost for the entire series is $99 per family (spouses and other family members do not need to pay twice). Qualifying families can receive up to 100% of this fee by applying for the Children's Specialized Hospital Benefit Fund.

Child care is not available. To register, click on the registration button below or contact Karen Surowiec, PsyD at 888-CHILDRENS ext. 2108 or ksurowiec@childrens-specialized.org.


November 04, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developemental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


November 07, 2020

Extra life

Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Join us on November 7, 2020 for the gaming marathon. Head to www.extra-life.org to register today and don’t forget to choose Children’s Specialized Hospital as your local beneficiary!


November 12, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developemental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


November 19, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developmental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.


December 03, 2020

Free Early Developmental Screening Program

Do you have questions about your child’s development?

Register to attend one of our Free Early Developmental Screenings. Once we receive your registration, a member of our staff will reach out to you in order to schedule an appointment.

Experts from Children’s Specialized Hospital are providing free, quick developmental screenings for children ages 1 to 5 years old and sharing valuable resources for parents curious about early childhood development.

Each screening will take approximately 30 minutes and will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

Please note that your appointment is not confirmed until you speak with a member of our staff.

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