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Education Series Offered For Parents Of Children Diagnosed With An Autism Spectrum Disorder
Date:5/12/2009

Enrollment under way for individual sessions or 14-week series starting May 14

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Packard Children's Hospital is offering a new 14-part educational series for parents of young children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This includes children with Asperger's Disorder, autism and PDD-NOS.

"We're designing this series to provide parents with information about ASD diagnoses, treatment, and services," said Jennifer Phillips, PhD, a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Packard Children's Hospital. Subjects covered in the 14 sessions, which begin May 14, include the basics of behavior management, how to navigate the service system, research updates, and home strategies for skills building and stress reduction. Phillips will lead the classes along with clinical professor Linda Lotspeich, MD.

"This community of parents is always seeking the latest education and information," said Phillips, who noted that registration is available for individual sessions or the entire series. "We're excited about sharing our knowledge, and expect a lot of community interest." Phillips added that parents can register for individual sessions and may join at anytime during the series. Many sessions apply to parents of any child with ASD; others apply to certain age groups or levels of language ability. "At the conclusion of the 14 weeks, we plan to start the sessions again, along with adding any new learnings."

    Series info
    Date: Every Thursday, May 14 through August 13
    Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
    Location: 401 Quarry Road, Conf Room 2209, Palo Alto, CA
    Phone: 650-721-6327 to register for individual sessions or the series
    Fees: $5 per session
    Email: autism@lpch.org
    Web:http://childpsychiatry.stanford.edu

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 272-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit www.lpch.org.


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