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Online series on autism, Asperger's syndrome to be offered

RELEASED: Dec. 9, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders department and Continuing Education are partnering with SpeechPathology.com to present the Nancy McKinley Lecture Series: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome from Jan. 17-21, 2011. The online series will be of particular interest to speech-language pathologists, audiologists, educators and allied health professionals.

The series is named in memory of McKinley, an internationally recognized expert on adolescent language disorders, who was president and CEO of Thinking Publications in Eau Claire until her death in 2005. McKinley was a 1974 graduate of UW-Eau Claire and served as a clinical instructor in the communication sciences and disorders department for 14 years.

The series, which will feature the nation's leading experts on autism and Asperger's syndrome, will begin at 11 a.m. CST. Video recordings will be available 24 hours after each event. Participants may earn either American Speech-Language-Hearing Association continuing education units or academic credit.

The scheduled speakers are Dr. Sylvia Diehl, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Rhea Paul, Dr. Emily Rubin, Dr. Carol Westby, Dr. Elisabeth Wiig and Michelle Winner. Participants may earn one graduate or undergraduate credit by registering for one of the following courses:

  • "Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome in Young Children."
  • "Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome in Elementary-Aged Children."
  • "Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome in Adolescents and Young Adults."
  • "Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome: Build Your Own Course."

To earn two credits, participants may choose one of the first three courses listed for the first credit. The second credit must be "Build Your Own Course." Linda Schreiber is the credit course instructor.

The webcasts are accessible through a SpeechPathology.com Total Access membership; to register call 800-242-5183. University credit is available through UW-Eau Claire; to register call 715-836-3636/toll-free 866-893-2423 or visit the Continuing Education website. To request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education website or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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