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Pittsburgh, PA 15223
412-781-4116 autismofpa.org

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September 2017

Mitochondrial Disease & Autism: What Happens When the Battery Runs LOW?

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Kristi Wees, M.S. Chem In honor of Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week (September 17-23), we will be discussing the impact that Mitochondrial Disease and Dysfunction can have on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Topics to be discussed include: What are mitochondria and where are they found How can poorly functioning mitochondria impact behavior Nutrients that are crucial for optimal mitochondrial function Toxins that negatively impact mitochondria Testing for mitochondrial issues Most importantly the presentation will leave individuals, parents and professionals with…

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Person First ABA

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Emily Rhodes, M.A., BCBA ABA provides many positive strategies to create meaningful behavior change in individuals with autism. Unfortunately, this power in the wrong professional’s hands has occasionally resulted in situations that are not focused on the person being served and have sometimes resulted in a negative reputation for the entire field of ABA. This training will focus on understanding the function of behavior and teach positive proactive strategies that can be implemented by professionals and families to…

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October 2017

Autism and Sexuality

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Shawn McGill, LSW This program will explore human sexuality and discuss user-friendly tools and strategies to aid in understanding and navigating aspects of puberty and sex and the law. It will also explain the legal forms of sexual behaviors, private and public, foundational and advanced social skills for establishing and maintaining relationships, and critical areas important for giving and receiving sexual consent. The goal is to develop tools to aid a person in navigating sexuality in a safe,…

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November 2017

Autism and PANDAS

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism Connection of PA, 35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Presented by: Dr. Elizabeth Spaar, D.O. Dr. Spaar will discuss the condition PANDAS, (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), which is more common in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. PANDAS is a disorder where infections trigger neuropsychiatric symptoms such as tics, OCD, anxiety, Anger and aggressiveness and restricted eating. It is frequently misdiagnosed, especially in those with ASD. Parents and those that work with individuals on the spectrum will learn to recognize the symptoms and how to seek…

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