News Release

January 11, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Evidence-based Practices for Young Children with Autism Focusing on Challenging Behaviors and Inclusion

Forum to Be Held in Farmington on February 5

FARMINGTON, CONN. Two prominent researchers and educators in the field of autism spectrum disorders will be the featured speakers for a forum on early childhood inclusion on Friday, February 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hartford Marriott, 15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington.

The presentation will focus on the prevention and resolution of challenging behaviors and the importance of inclusion and strategies for promoting highly successful educational experiences in inclusive settings. The session will include discussion of specific intervention techniques and examples with toddlers and preschoolers in home, community and classroom environments.

Glen Dunlap, a tenured professor with the University of Florida, has over 30 years of experience and has authored numerous publications in the areas of positive behavior support, family support, emotional and behavioral disorders and autism and other developmental disabilities.

Phil Strain is director of the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center at the University of Colorado Denver. Throughout his 34 year career, he has focused on developing, evaluating and replicating behavioral intervention for young children with autism and children who engage in aggression and anti-social behavior.

The forum is sponsored by the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Partnership for Inclusive Practices.

For more information or to register for the forum visit Survey Monkey or call 860-679-1500.

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