Dr. Mary O'Connor (Tarjan Center UCEDD) Nominated to NOFAS Hall of Fame

October 14, 2013

Dr. Mary O'Connor, Faculty, and Training Coordinator at the Tarjan Center at UCLA was nominated to the Hall of Fame of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). This award is given to those who have made major contributions in the field of prenatal alcohol exposure including clinical and research contributions. NOFAS is the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) community. The Tarjan Center is very proud of Dr. Mary O'Connor for such a great honor.

The SAHK Institute of Rehabilitation has invited Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, to speak at the ASD Symposium 2013 in Hong Kong. The Symposium will be take place from Tuesday, May 14 to Friday, May 19, 2013.  Workshops aim to increase the knowledge of good practice in supporting individuals with high functioning autism from school age to adulthood.  In her interactive and dynamic two-day workshop, Dr. Laugeson will provide an overview of the PEERS® program, an empirically supported social skills intervention for teens with ASD and their parents. Within the framework of solid research evidence, concrete rules and steps of social etiquette will be highlighted to promote the development and maintenance of friendships for youth with ASD. Research evidence supporting the efficacy of PEERS will be presented, along with strategies for collecting treatment outcome data.  For more information on the ASD Symposium 2013, please visit http://www.speechtherapy.org.hk/Files/20130228_HKASD_Symposium.pdf.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the UCLA PEERS Clinic at 310-26-PEERS or [email protected].