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Dr. Nancy Minshew, Autism Researcher, to Speak at Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township
Date:5/23/2008

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Nancy Minshew, a leading researcher on the thinking processes of children with autism will talk about her work in a presentation co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.

"One child in every 150 is now diagnosed with autism. Students with autism and other special needs are underserved in our region. PA Cyber, as part of its mission, is committed to focusing on the needs of these children and using its resources to help them and their families," said Dr. Nick Trombetta, CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (http://www.pacyber.org/about/trombettaBio.aspx).

"Understanding Thinking in Autism: The Key to Success in Communication and Intervention" is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at The Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township. A $10 admission donation will go to an autism-related organization, The Hope for Autism Foundation. More information can be found at http://www.thehopelearningcenter.com/.

This conference is part of a series of eight hosted by The Hope Learning Center in an effort to promote autism awareness in the community. Asha Persaud, Director of The Hope Learning Center, has worked with Dr. Minshew for the past 5 years. Persaud said she founded The Hope Learning Center in an effort to bridge the gap between the nationally recognized autism research being performed by Minshew and colleagues and the high demand for better and more effective treatment for children with autism.

Dr. Minshew is the director of The Center for Excellence in Autism Research at the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked as a child neurologist for over 20 years.

She has extensively researched the early indicators of autism within children and she is an advocate of childhood testing and diagnostic screenings for developmental disorders. Recently she has investigated the relationship of genetics and family history to autism.

In September of 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Pressley Ridge's annual Achievement Award, which goes to an individual who has shown a dedication to the welfare and livelihood of troubled children and families.

Upcoming conferences will feature other internationally recognized experts on Autism Syndrome Disorders: Jed Baker, Ph.D., on June 19; Temple Grandin, Ph.D., on October 10; and Tony Attwood, Ph.D., tentatively scheduled for November -- according to Persaud.

The National Network of Digital Schools is a co-sponsor of the conference series.

The Hope Learning Center, located in Wexford, Pa is focused on improving services and education through diagnostic and therapeutic services, curriculum development, teacher training, family support, arts outreach, technology, and public awareness.


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