The Big Picture: Understanding and Enhancing the Developmental Growth of Autistic Children

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This four-part series immerses the learner in understanding the language and sensory-regulatory features of autism spectrum disorder.

The typical pathways of language and self -regulatory development are presented as a framework for viewing the challenges of this group of children. Intervention principles and practices are explored through the DIR (Greenspan & Wieder, 1996) lens. A long-term treatment case will illustrate the intervention principles and approach.

Session topics include:

  • DIR/Floortime Model for work with children on the autistic spectrum
  • Self Regulation and Self Development
  • Language, communication and the social/emotional development of ASD children
  • Case material from the audience and review

Part of the The Role of Schools in Fostering Resilience in Children: A Guide for School Mental Health Professionals Seminar Series.

Seminar Information


December 2, 9, 16, 2021
January 6, 2022


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Early registration – $160
After 10/15 – $180

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Gilbert Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E

Gilbert Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E serves as Consulting Clinical Psychologist at the New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) in New York City and Co-Clinical Director of the New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC): a collaboration between NYCCD and McSilver Institute, New York University. He is also adjunct professor and Director of the graduate program in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice at the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting, Garden City, NY., a US Department of Education funded Personnel Preparation Program. He is a senior faculty member of Profectum (DIR) and is Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health/ Clinical Mentor, Level IV.  Dr. Foley is a retired tenured faculty member of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology where he taught for 20 years in the Department of School-Clinical Child Psychology and coordinated the infancy-early childhood track. For eleven years Dr. Foley served as the Director and Principle Investigator of the Family Centered Resource Project, a Federally Funded model/demonstration, outreach and technical assistance agency providing training to the infant/early childhood intervention community nationally.) Dr. Foley‘s clinical and teaching career has been devoted in large part to working with infants and young children with special needs and their families. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His most recent book with Dr. Jane Hochman, “Mental Health in Early Intervention” is published by Brookes. The Loss-Grief Model developed by Dr. Foley, is the official approach of the Colorado Department of Education parent program. He lectures and consults widely, nationally and internationally, having recently returned from South Africa, China and Israel. He was an invited presenter at the First International Conference on Preschool Education in China sponsored by UNICEF and Nanjing University. Dr. Foley began his career as the psychologist for the Berks County Childcare and Preschool Education Programs of the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

Sima Gerber, Ph.D., CCC

Sima Gerber, Ph.D., CCC is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, City University of New York. She has been a speech-language pathologist for over 40 years, specializing in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental challenges.

Dr. Gerber is on the faculty of Profectum Academy She has presented nationally and abroad (China, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Israel, Georgia, Ireland) on language acquisition and developmental approaches to assessment and intervention for children with language and communication disorders.  She has recently written several chapters which appear in texts on autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Gerber is the recipient of the award for Outstanding Service to the field of Speech-Language Pathology given by the New York City Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Louis DiCarlo Clinical Achievement Award from the New York State Association. Dr. Gerber has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

Susan Price (She/Her)
Assistant Director for Continuing Education
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Hy Weinberg Center 325
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