Kalamazoo, Mich. — Autism experts from all over the U.S. gathered at the Michigan Autism Conference in Kalamazoo to help inform and train families, teachers, and therapists on the latest advancements in autism treatment.
Experts who were present at the conference, which was held Oct. 7-9 at Kalamazoo’s Radisson Plaza Hotel, also highlighted the importance of early diagnosis as well as early intervention in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Western Michigan University doctoral student Mindy Newhouse told:
“What are the techniques that can be used in the classroom? What are other educators doing? Practitioners, say behavior analysts, social workers, doctors even. What are they doing that other people might want to try in their own practice?”
The Department of Psychology at the Western Michigan University believes that helping families caring for children with autism understand better the things that they can do to help the children will ultimately help the children see better success in life.
According to Autism Center of Excellence Project’s Dr. Wayne Fuqua:
“We need to do a better job of getting early quick diagnosis, getting people matched up with effective services and that’s absolutely critical.”