Autism Center at ULM Offers Workshop Feb. 1

Jan 25, 2018

The Autism Center at the University of Louisiana Monroe is hosting a workshop for professionals, paraprofessionals, parents and students presented by Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Adjunct Professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

The workshop is Thursday, February 1 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center, 901 Ridge Ave.

Dr. David Irwin, director of the Autism Center at ULM, explains "Everyone who has the possibility of coming in contact with someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder needs this important information. It's vital to know that even when those individuals don't seem like they're interacting with you; in fact, they are. They're just doing it a different way."

Prizant is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in Autism Spectrum Disorder and communication disabilities. Prizant has presented more than 800 seminars and keynote addresses internionally, including featured presentation at the United Nations in 2013 and 2017 for World Autism Awareness Day. 

"The Autism Center at ULM is dedicated to providing high quality evaluation, treatment, and professional development services to northeast Louisiana" said Irwin. "It is an honor for a world leader in autism come to northeast Louisiana and share his knowledge and expertise."

For registration and related information, follow the link, then click on “Continuing Education Activities at AC-ULM.”

Prizant has been a guest on NBC’s Today Show. For more than 20 years, he has co-developed and co-facilitated an annual retreat weekend for parents of family members with ASD. He has received honors including the 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005 Princeton University-Eden Career Award in autism, and the 2013 Diving Neurotypical Award of GRASP (Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership). He is also a performing percussionist with a special interest in the positive impact of the arts on the quality of life for person with disabilities. His most recent book is “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism” (Simon & Schuster), winner of the 2017 Autism Society of America’s Temple Grandin Award for Outstanding Work.