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Summit's Autism Awareness Walk

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On Saturday April 25th, Summit will hold its 16th Annual Autism Awareness Walk to benefit children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Summit's Autism Awareness Walk draws upwards of 3,500 and has raised nearly $1.2 million since 2001! We hope to continue growing in both raising awareness and funds to meet this year's goal of $350,000.

Proceeds from Summit's Autism Awareness Walk will provide the dollars needed to meet immediate gaps in our funding for programs and services. A portion of the proceeds will also be directed to the Summit Foundation, Inc. to ensure that we have continuing stability, appropriate capital resources, and the ability to react to changes in funding or regulations that affect finances, long into the future. With every donation, large and small, we are better able to meet the needs of the individuals we serve and their families.

Register to walk, make a donation, or sponsor the Autism Awareness Walk today!

Parent Workshop Series

Workshop SeriesSummit will offer a FREE parent speaker series featuring a number of Summit staff and other professionals within their respective fields. Sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. at Summit Central, 150 Stahl Road. Topics include:

Surviving the Holidays and Other Special Occasions – Wednesday, November 5 - Click here to register

Preparing for Annual Review Meetings – Preschool – Kindergarten – Wednesday, January 7 - Click here to register

Preparing for Annual Review Meetings – School Age – Wednesday, January 14 - Click here to register

Community Resources Fair – Wednesday, March 18 - No registration required

Keeping the Kids Busy During the Summer Break – Wednesday, May 13 - Click here to register

Click here to download our flyer with complete details.

Respite services are available for individuals who are OPWDD eligible. To register for respite during a presentation, please call 716-799-8137.

Mysteries of Autism: Anxiety and the Brain

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SOLD OUT!  No walk-ins can attend the conference.

Two internationally recognized and published speakers will provide participants with current research and practical implications for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and or anxiety. This conference is appropriate for anyone who is interested in learning the most up-to-date information on autism and anxiety disorders. Dr. Amaral will begin by providing participants with an update on the top 10 autism research findings then discuss his important work on distinguishing autism subtypes by examining neural and other biological features. This includes seminal work being conducted at the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kendall will address anxiety symptoms in youth with and without autism and recommend empirically supported strategies for intervention. Dr. Kendall is one of the most highly cited individuals in social and medical sciences.

Morning Session — David Amaral, Ph.D. - An Update on Recent Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Top 10 autism research findings and Defining subtypes of autism spectrum disorder.

Learning Objectives:
1. Gain a broader understanding of modern advances in the understanding of behavioral, biological and treatment research related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
2. Recognize neural and other biological features that potentially distinguish different forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
3. Appreciate limitations in research approaches that have delayed a deeper understanding of the causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Afternoon Session — Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP - Addressing Anxiety in Youth with and without

Learning Objectives – At the completion of this session participants will:
1. Be able to identify anxiety symptoms and disorders in youth
2. Recognize the developmental, cognitive, and familial factors influencing anxiety in youth
3. Describe the empirically supported strategies for intervention for youth suffering from anxiety
4. Recognize what we know and what we do not yet know about effective treatment of anxiety in youth

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