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Dr. Coplan


Dr. Coplan is a board-certified pediatrician, researcher, author, and the sibling of an individual with developmental disability. Until retiring from clinical practice in December of 2014, Dr. Coplan was one of only a handful of physicians holding sub-specialty certification in both Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (D-BP) and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD). Although Dr. Coplan no longer sees children in the office, he remains active as a public speaker and consultant.

Dr. Coplan’s areas of expertise include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, NLD, etc.)
  • Behavior Management and psychopharmacology in children with disabilities
  • Brain injury in children
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Child Development / Developmental Delay / Developmental disabilities
  • Delayed Speech / Speech and Language Disorders
  • Family function and dysfunction as it relates to children with disabilities
  • Hearing Loss in children
  • Intellectual Disability (previously, “Mental Retardation”)
  • Mental illness in children with developmental disability (“dual diagnosis”)
  • Normal child development
  • Neurological disorders in children
  • Seizure disorders in children with disabilities
  • Special education for children with developmental disabilities
  • Tics, Tourette Syndrome

Dr. Coplan’s audiences and clients include:

  • Attorneys / Other legal professionals / Life Care Planners
  • Educators / School Administrators
  • Healthcare Professionals (Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, PA’s)
  • Parents / Grandparents
  • Psychologists / Therapists / Other care providers
  • Regional and national organizations focused on children

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Challenging Behavior
Dr. Coplan discusses challenging behavior in children with ASD

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November 12, 2016. Dr. Coplan will deliver the Keynote Address for the ASCEND 2016 Annual Conference: Autism Spectrum Disorder Through the Lifespan. The 2016 ASCEND Group Conference “Autism Across the Lifespan” will cover the various lifelong challenges and transitions faced by autistic individuals and those who care for them. This full-day conference features a variety of topics aimed to inspire and instruct. Top experts will present the most up-to-date information and strategies, benefiting parents, professionals, caregivers and self-advocates alike. Attendees will enjoy numerous opportunities for support and networking. There will also be a Vendor Expo to browse, and a full lunch is included. For a copy of Dr. Coplan’s presentation, click here.


January 20, 2016

Dr. Coplan speaks at the CEC-DADD Annual Conference in Hawaii with Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., a Consultant for the Ziggurat Group, and Scientific Council Board Member with the Organization for Autism Research. Their Pre-Conference Workshop , entitled Mental Health and Behavior Challenges in ASD: Impact and Intervention, is given on January 20th.The 17th Annual CEC-DADD conference is held at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 20-26th, 2016. Programs integrate research and practice, reflecting the need for evidence-based and practice informed strategies and interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Multiple Disabilities , Assistive & Adaptive Technology, Early Childhood, and Intellectual Disability.
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