Nisonger Center (OH UCEDD/LEND) Faculty Present Educational Programs on Disabilities

April 27, 2012

Free one-hour classes taught by professors at the Nisonger Center and Ohio State for parents of young children with special needs were offered at the Early Childhood Education and Family Center in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Paula Rabidoux, PhD, CCC-SLP, director of training and outreach at the Nisonger Center and co-director of the LEND program, presented "Early Language and Literacy: Activities for Parents" on Feb. 7, 2012.
  • Diane Sainato, PhD, professor of special education at Ohio State, presented "Project RETOLD: Enhancing the Language Development of Very Young Children" on Feb. 21.
  • Marcia Nelms, PhD, clinical professor in the medical dietetics division and director of clinical education at Ohio State's College of Medicine, presented "Joys of Feeding and Nurturing a Healthy Family" on March 14. 
  • Jane Case-Smith, PhD, professor and chair of Ohio State's occupational therapy division and Nisonger LEND faculty member, presented "Picky Eating: What Are Some Ways I Can Get My Child To Eat More Foods?" on April 3. 
  • Kathy Lawton, PhD, director of Nisonger's early childhood education program and assistant professor of special education, presented "Strategies for Playing and Engaging With Your Young Child" on April 24.
  • Andrea Witwer, PhD, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, adjunct assistant professor and Nisonger Center psychologist, will present the final class May 15 on "Potty Training." See details on all parent education classes at this website:
  • Tom Fish, PhD, LISW, director of social work and family support services, along with Sarah Hall, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners at the Columbus Center of Ashland University, presented a webinar on March 13, 2012, entitled, "Involving Siblings in the Transition Process for Young Adults with Disabilities."
  • Tom Fish also presented "Autism and Stress in Families," an educational program for the Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living at Ohio University-Lancaster on April 19.
  • Karen Ratliff-Schaub, MD, medical director, co-director of the LEND program and director of Nisonger's child development center, presented a Families with Autism Medical Lecture on April 26, 2012, at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) in Columbus, hosted by the Autism Treatment Network at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her topic was "What is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician? Do I need one for my child?" Dr. Ratliff-Schaub is also attending physician in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, co-principal investigator for the Autism Treatment Network, director of the myelomeningocele program and the developmental disabilities program - all at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.