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WKU’s CEC to present annual Special Needs Summit on Oct. 18

WKU’s Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex will present its annual Special Needs Summit on Oct. 18.

cec-event“Better Together” is the theme of the 2013 conference at the Knicely Conference Center. In his keynote address, Alan Somerville, chief executive of Scottish Autism, Scotland’s national autism charity, will discuss autism and best practices in working with individuals with autism.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to parents, caregivers, family members, professionals, staff and students. CEU’s will be offered. The goals of the conference are to connect members of the special needs community with each other, provide valuable information and strategies on working with individuals and children with special needs, and provide information on community resources and services.

Workshop speakers illustrate a broad range of disciplines involved in assisting families who have children with special needs along with adults who have disabilities as well. The topics of the four sessions offered include occupational therapy strategies, early childhood interventions, massage therapy benefits for children with autism, and ethics training for speech language pathologists.

Session speakers are Stephanie Smith, occupational therapist at TJ Samson Hospital; Marylee Schreiber, massage therapist at Sanctuary Body Spa; Jane Kitson, an author, teacher and consultant; and Dr. Richard Dressler, associate professor in WKU’s Department of Communication Disorders.

In addition to the workshop, Somerville also will discuss the research of Scottish Autism during a forum from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium. As part of the forum, a panel of college students in the Kelly Autism Program will discuss how autism has affected them.

To learn more about the Special Needs Summit and to register, visit http://www.wku.edu/eps/cec2013/index.php

Contact: Shannon Sales, (270) 745-2419.

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