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Monday, April 27, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description:

The Autism SIG will host a webinar which focuses on autism and co-morbid mental health conditions in children. We will focus on the challenges families face in accessing comprehensive services, as well as community and school based interventions.


Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D

Dr. Cathy Pratt BCBA-D is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. IRCA is a statewide program that works to build local capacity for families and professionals to address the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan. Dr. Pratt coordinates the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) through the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD). Dr. Pratt serves on numerous Advisory Boards, including the Advisory Boards of Maap Services, Inc., the Temple Grandin/Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund and the College Internship Program.  Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society and is currently involved in their strategic planning. Dr. Pratt is co-chair of NATTAP (Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs). In addition, she is a member of the National Autism Leadership Collaboration. 

She writes and presents internationally on the following topics: autism spectrum disorders, functional behavior assessment/positive behavior supports, applied behavior analysis, instructional approaches, evidence-based practices, systems change, and policy. Prior to pursuing her doctorate at Indiana University, Dr. Pratt worked as a classroom teacher for students across the autism spectrum and with other disabilities.


Heidi Cloutier, MSW

Heidi Cloutier started her career in Community Mental Health as a vocational counselor and case manager for individuals with chronic and severe mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction. In 1999 she began working at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability where she has worked on various research projects. Heidi presents nationally on topics of transition, creating individualized budgets and person centered planning. She currently facilitates planning for youth with autism spectrum disorders, trains new Person Centered Planning Facilitators, and provides mentoring and technical assistance for mental health counselors and other transition planners. Heidi is currently a RENEW Trainer, and one of the Co-creators of a new evidence based treatment for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders called Family Centered Transition Planning.



Shannon Haworth, MA

Shannon Haworth is a Senior Program Specialist, on the MCH Technical Assistance team at AUCD.  She is the parent of a child with autism and comorbid mental health issues. She most recently worked for the Partnership for People with Disabilities as the Project Manager for the Virginia state autism implementation grant. She is a former Virginia LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) family trainee.

Shannon has a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a graduate certificate in Autism from Ball State University, and has also a Post Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Disability Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a published author on autism, minority children, and children's mental health, as well as parents experiences receiving autism diagnosis for their children.





















This webinar is in part made possible with support from The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

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