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.
February 13, 2016
Dr. Coplan presents Working With Families Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders at the at the 2016 NASP Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA being held from February 10th-13th, 2016. Dr. Coplan’s presentation focuses upon how children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) place unique demands on parents. Because ASD is genetic, parents of children on the autism spectrum are often coping with mental health issues of their own, school psychologists have a unique opportunity to engage parents, assess family function, and facilitate intervention when needed. The NASP annual convention is the largest meeting of school psychologists in the world, offering over 1,000 sessions to more than 5,000 attendees. This year’s convention theme is: Connect the Dots to Improve School Performance.
For 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.
To see Brenda Smith Myles’ presentation, go here.
August 13, 2015
Texas Region 8 Education Service Center Conference
Dr. Coplan gives a keynote presentation entitled “When Behavior is Not Behavioral” at the Region 8 Education Service Center “Back to School Behavior Blitz” Conference on August 3, 2015. Dr. Coplan will discuss a broad range of neurodevelopmental based maladaptive behaviors and provide strategies to appropriately respond. He also presents two breakout sessions on Behavioral Issues in Preschool Children during the afternoon of August 3rd. The conference will be held at the Region 8 Conference Center at 4845 North US Highway 271, Pittsburg, Texas on August 3rd and August 4th. The Region 8 Education Service Center is one of 20 Regional Education Service Centers within Texas which assists school districts in improving student performance and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of school operations. It is the ESC mission to provide quality services that will prepare students to cope with the challenges of the future.
Click on the following links for Dr. Coplan’s handouts
Normal Behavior Problems of Childhood
When is behavior not behavioral
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Dr. Coplan presents at the 18th Annual Summer Autism Institute to be held June 24th-26th at the Double Tree Hotel, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont. His full day presentation, entitled: Autism: What Have We Learned in the Past 125 Years? will be given on June 25th from 8:30 AM to 3 PM with a breaks for lunch. He will discuss the clinical expression of ASD and what is known about the etiologies. It will also address the practical issues involved in the day-to-day management of individuals with ASD from a medical perspective. Both behavioral and pharmacologic measures will be highlighted. The Summer Autism Institute is an annual three-day series of presentations by experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Sessions are sponsored by the University of Vermont’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and may be attended for credit or non-credit. More
Thursday, May 21, 2015
ASCEND Group, Inc. will sponsor a follow-up presentation by Dr. Coplan on Thursday, May 21st entitled “Indistinguishable from Normal Part II”. He will continue his discussion on topics such as anxiety, self-disclosure, and medication. He will discuss the importance of “becoming successful rather than passing for normal.” He will also address issues involving the DSM V and the loss of the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. You need not have attended last month’s session in order to attend this second session. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW VENUE FOR THIS EVENT! It will be held at from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Spectra Support Services 475 Lawrence Rd Broomall, PA.ASCEND Group Inc., the Asperger and Autism Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization launched by parents of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to create a community of people who are concerned about how AS and other autism spectrum disorders. More
April 29, 2015
Dr. Coplan will speak at the 20th Annual Minnesota State Autism Conference held from April 29 until May 2, 2015 at the Doubletree Minneapolis Park Place Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Dr. Coplan’s keynote presentation is entitled “Something Old, Something New – The Latest in Autism Research”. It will be on Wednesday evening, April 29th from 7:30 until 9:30 PM. Dr. Coplan will provide an an update on the latest in clinical and bench research on ASD and he will cover the genetic, epidemiologic, and clinical overlaps between ASD and mental illness. Dr. Coplan will conclude the presentation with a discussion of emerging treatments for ASD. More
April 18th, 2015
Dr. Coplan speaks at the 6th Annual Honestly Autism Day, an uplifting day devoted to understanding autism and providing positive revelations and shared ideas. The event is sponsored by the Partnership Project, which is a collaboration between the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake, the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Department of Special Education & Student Support Services, and the Department of Special Education at Towson University. It is held in April to celebrate Autism Awareness month. Dr. Coplan will give two presentations entitled “Beyond Access, Attention and Escape” and “Family Mental Health – The Springboard to Success for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. The event is held at North Baltimore Plaza Hotel in Timonium, MD. More
For Dr. Coplan’s hand-outs please click the links below:
Family Health: The Springboard to Success for Children with ASD
April 17, 2015
Dr. Coplan will be the keynote speaker at the Elwyn Institute Education Division and Neumann University Joint Autism Conference on April 17, 2015. The conference will be held on Friday, April 17th, 2015 from 9 AM to 3:00 PM at the White Manor Country Club, 831 Providence Road in Malvern, PA. Dr. Coplan’s presentation is entitled: The Life Journey of Individuals with Autism: Collaboration of Family, School, and Community. Break-out sessions focusing upon Cooperation, Collaboration, and Consistency in programming will be led by a parent and professional panel. Registration is due by April 3rd, 2015. For more information contact Sue Thompson at the Elwyn Education Division at 610-891-2301 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a conference flyer click here
Thursday, March 12, 2015
ASCEND Group, Inc. will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Coplan onThursday, March 12th from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA .Entitled “Indistinguishable from Normal” Dr. Coplan’s session will include topics such as anxiety, self-disclosure, and medication. Dr. Coplan will discuss the importance of “becoming successful rather than passing for normal.” He will also address the DSM-V and the loss of the Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. ASCEND Group Inc., the Asperger and Autism Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization launched by parents of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to create a community of people who are concerned about how AS and other autism spectrum disorders. More
February 17, 2015
Dr. Coplan presents a full day workshop at the Annual 2015 NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) Convention held February 17–20, 2015 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. Entitled “Medical Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom” Dr. Coplan’s presentation is on February 17th, from 10 AM until 5 PM. His session covers the educationally relevant medical aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder as these impact learning, classroom behavior, and outcome, including a discussion of psychopharmacology, mental health and family function. NASP’s annual convention is the largest meeting of school psychologists in the world, offering over 1,000 sessions to more than 5,000 attendees. This year’s convention theme is “Student Success, Mental Health Matters.” More
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January 17, 2015
Dr. Coplan speaks at the Annual CEC-DADD 16th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida from January 21st through January 23rd, 2014. The conference, entitled “Research-Informed Practice”, integrates research and practice, reflecting the need for evidence-based and practice-informed strategies and interventions. Dr. Coplan’s session, “Mental Health in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Elephant in the Room”, is on January 23rd, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM. He will discuss the clinical and scientific basis for thinking jointly about ASD and Mental Health, and the benefit that this approach offers to persons with ASD. More
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November 14, 2014
The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (PSCP) sponsors Dr. Coplan’s Continuing Education Workshop, Mental Health Issues in Autistic Children and Adults, on November 14th, 2014. In this presentation Dr. Coplan defines the underlying neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric attributes of ASD, and presents clinical, epidemiologic, and laboratory evidence demonstrating the relationship between ASD and the major mental illnesses. The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists is the primary organization for clinical psychologists in Greater Philadelphia. PSCP offers a variety of services including referral resources, low-cost therapy, continuing education, mental health updates, and social networking events. The society also informs the public of prevention programs and information regarding public-policy, psychological treatment, and mental health legislation. Details to follow. More
November 7, 2014
Dr. Coplan presents a full day workshop at the 2014 OSPA (Ohio School Psychologists Association) Fall Conference at the Columbus /Polaris Hilton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. His presentation, entitled “Beyond the DVM-V: Achieving the Best Outcome for Children with ASD“, will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM. Dr. Coplan will offer a conceptual framework for ASD, taking into account age, IQ, degree of atypicality and the presence of co-morbid mental health issues. This framework enhances the ability to provide optimal educational and related services to children with ASD and to enable children with ASD to make a successful transition to adult life. Details to follow. More
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July 23-26, 2014
Dr. Coplan will present “Mental Health Disorders in ASD – the Elephant in the Room” at the 45th Annual National Autism Society Conference on Friday, July 25th from 2:30 to 3:45 PM at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. This is the largest autism conference in the United States addressing a wide range of issues affecting people with autism including early intervention, education, employment, behavior, communication, social skills, biomedical interventions and others, across the entire lifespan. The conference brings together the expertise and experiences of family members, professionals and individuals on the spectrum to help attendees learn how to effectively advocate and obtain supports for individuals with ASD. More
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June 18-19th, 2014
Dr. Coplan presents a two-part workshop at the 2014 Milestones Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference on June 18th-19th, 2014 at the Cleveland 1-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Entitled “Mental Illness in ASD: The Elephant in the Room”, Dr. Coplan’s workshop will present the clinical and scientific basis for thinking jointly about ASD and Mental Health, and the benefits that will accrue to persons with ASD from taking such a holistic perspective. The Milestones Autism Conference brings together family members and leading experts in the field of autism to share evidence-based practical strategies and best practices. Attendees can engage in 70-plus educational workshops focusing on field-tested ideas and visit dozens of exhibits featuring autism-specific products and services. More
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June 8th, 2014
Dr. Coplan is interviewed by Marianne Russo of “The Coffee Klatch” on the Special Needs Talk Radio Network. Their discussion, entitled “Preventing the Next Adam Lanza and Elliot Rodger” airs Sunday night, June 8th, at 9 PM EST. The interview focuses upon identifying the causes of the events in Newtown, Connecticut, and more recently in Santa Barbara, California, and addresses ways in which we might prevent additional tragedies in the future. Marianne Russo is the Founder, President and Host of the Special Needs Talk Radio Network. (www.blogtalkradio.com/specialneedstalkradio) Her interviews with world renowned clinicians, internationally respected children’s foundations and special education law experts offer clinical and scientific information as well as inspiration, guidance, and a message of hope to parents of children with special needs. Link to interview
May 3, 2014
Dr. Coplan presents at the DDNA 22nd Annual Education Conference held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida from May 2nd through May 5th, 2014. Dr. Coplan’s presentation, entitled “The DSM-V is here; Now what?” is scheduled for May 3rd from 10:30 AM – Noon. He will discuss the changes in definition and/or scoring criteria for the DSM-V and the potential ramifications of these changes. He will also address the new developments in ASD: new drugs, new clues and new initiatives. The DDNA annual conference is directed to health care professionals working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 2014 event presents cutting-edge education on the most up-to-date practice issues and research regarding developmental disabilities nursing, and provides a forum to improve nursing practice in the developmental disabilities field. More…
To get the final version of Dr. Coplan’s talk, click here
April 1, 2014
Neumann University presents “An Evening with Dr. Coplan” on April 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Dr. Coplan will discuss: A lifetime in Developmental Disabilities: Where we have been, where we are now, and where we may be headed (with a special focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder). The presentation will be of special interest to parents of children with developmental and behavioral disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder , and to those providers, specialists and therapists who work with these children and their families.
April 3, 2014
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month! Join the Pioneer Autism Sensory Center’s PTO for Dinner and Dr. Coplan’s Lecture entitled “Making Sense of Autism”. The event will be held at Maggiano’s Restaurant, 2000 New Jersey Route 38, in Cherry Hill, NJ on Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. Registration includes a 4 course dinner, Dr. Coplan’s presentation and an opportunity to mingle and network with parents and professionals. Enjoy a cash bar, door prizes and giveaways! The PACS (Pioneer Autism Sensory Center) is the premier educational program for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Southern New Jersey, offering state-of-the art, evidenced-based instructional services for students with ASD. The PASC-PTO’s mission is to support , advocate , educate, empower and unify the program’s students, their families and the community at large. More
March 19, 2014
Join Dr. Coplan at 6:00 PM on Wednesday evening, March 19th when he discusses “Problem Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” In this new Rethink Autism webinar he will focus upon biologically driven versus socially sustained behaviors, internalizing versus externalizing behaviors, behavioral and pharmacologic measures and family function as an integral component of behavior management. Register for the Webinar
For a copy of Dr. Coplan’s presentation click here
February 20, 2014
Dr. Coplan presents two workshops at the 2014 NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) Annual Convention in Washington, DC on February 20, 2014. Dr. Coplan’s first workshop, from 8:30-11:00 AM is entitled: Mental Health Issues in ASD. The second, from 12:30-3:30 PM is entitled: Impact of the DSM-V on Classifying and Serving Children with ASD. NASP is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, empowering school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health. The convention will be held in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham from February 18–21, 2014. More…
Presentation Handout Part 1
Presentation Handout Part 2
February 6, 2014
ASCEND Group, Inc. will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Coplan on February 6th, 2014 from 7 to 9 PM at the Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA. ASCEND Group Inc., the Asperger and Autism Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, is a nonprofit organization launched by parents of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to create a community of people who are concerned about how AS and other autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affects children, adults and their families at home, at school, and in all aspects of their lives. Mark your calendar….Details to follow! More…
For a copy of Dr. Coplan’s presentation click here
January 21, 2014
Dr. Coplan is the featured speaker for the morning session pre-conference training institute at the CEC-DADD 15th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities. Entitled “Research to Practice”, the conference will integrate research and practice, reflecting the need for evidence-based strategies and interventions. Dr. Coplan makes two presentations, Making Sense of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Mental Health Issues in Children with ASD, from 8:30-11:30 AM on Tuesday, January 21. The event is held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, near Tampa, Florida from January 21st through January 23rd, 2014. More…
January 17, 2014
Dr. Coplan presents “Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders” at the Los Angeles County Office of Education
Education Center – Conference Room 281 (2nd floor) at 9300 Imperial Highway in Downey, CA 90242. The workshop will run from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM with 15 minute breaks between sessions and an hour lunch break. Registration for the event is $65. Dr. Coplan will cover Clinical Features and Natural History of ASD and Etiology and then Epidemiology, and Quackery in the morning session. He will discuss Neuropsychiatric and Neuropsychological Co-Morbidity and the n Long-Term Outcome in the afternoon session. A Summary and a 15-20 minute Question and Answer period will complete the workshop.
December 20, 2013
Dr. Coplan will join NAMI’s Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth in his Ask the Doctor Teleconference Series at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 20, 2013. Ask the Doctor is NAMI’s monthly series in which Dr. Duckworth invites a mental health professional or advocate to present on a topic in his or her area of expertise. Each month two calls are hosted; one focusing on adult issues, the other on child and adolescent issues. Dr. Coplan will present on the subject of Autism. Click here to listen to the teleconference.
For a copy of Dr. Coplan’s presentation click here
November 14, 2013
Dr. Coplan is speaking at the 30th Annual Colin J. Condron, MD Care of the Sick Child Conference held at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from November 13th-15th, 2013. The conference is sponsored by Orlando Health, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and The Florida State University College of Medicine. The Annual Care of the Sick Child Conference is specifically designed for pediatricians, primary care physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals involved in the care of children. Emphasis is on challenging diagnostic and management dilemmas as well as issues the pediatric provider encounters day to day. Topics are based on current trends. Dr. Coplan gives three presentations at the conference: ASD in 3D: Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Life Span from 2 to 3 PM on November 14th, (click here for handout) Behavior Management & Psychopharmacology in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from 1 -2 PM on November 15th (click here for handout) and Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Elephant in the Room from 2 -3 PM on November 15th. (click here for handout)
November 5, 2013
Dr. Coplan speaks at the Jewish Learning Venture Early Childhood Conference (Yom Limmud) on November 5, 2013 at Har Zion in Penn Valley, PA. The conference, entitled “New Ideas in Jewish Early Childhood Education” is directed to early childhood educators within the Philadelphia Jewish community. Dr. Coplan’s presentation focuses upon helping teachers to understand typical and atypical development, and providing guidance regarding managing the care of children with identified special needs. More
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October 19, 2013
Dr. Coplan speaks at The Quaker School at Horsham in Horsham, PA on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30- 10:30 AM as part of the school’s 2013-2014 Speaker Series. In his presentation, entitled “Mental Health Disorders in Children with Developmental Disabilities,” Dr. Coplan will review the neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric co-morbidities commonly encountered in children with children with developmental disabilities, and discuss treatment options and long-term outcomes. The Quaker School at Horsham provides specialized academic programs for students with diverse learning styles within a small caring community embodying the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. Dr. Coplan’s presentation will be of special interest to parents of children with ASD, educators, therapists, administrators, public health officers, and policy-makers. More
September 25, 2013
Family Mental Health is a key ingredient in outcome for all children, but especially for the child with developmental disability. Dr Coplan discusses “Family Mental Health – The Springboard to Success for the Child with ASD.” He addresses the importance of family mental health, the advantages of a family-centered approach and how it contributes to success for children with ASD. For Dr. Coplan’s hand-outs click here.
Link to the webinar
May 3, 2013
Dr. Coplan will present at the 7th Annual Autism Conference: Building Bridges: Evolving Insights on Autism at the LaSalle University Student Union Building in Philadelphia, PA. The event is sponsored by Green Tree Partnerships, Green Tree School and LaSalle University. It is considered to be one of the largest, most prestigious and highly regarded autism conferences in the region for individuals with autism, their families and the professionals who treat and provide support to this community. The keynote speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, who is a noted individual with autism and an autism advocate. Dr. Coplan’s session, Workshop 1, is offered at 10:45 AM until 12:00 Noon and is entitled: Managing Internalizing Behaviors in Children on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Coplan describes the internalizing behaviors in children on the autism spectrum which are frequently under-recognized or under-treated, and makes recommendations for addressing them. More
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April 28, 2013
Dr. Coplan speaks at the 2013 Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) Annual Education Conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA from April 26th-29th, 2013. The event will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Dr. Coplan will give two presentations on Sunday, April 28th: “Recognizing Medical Quackery in the Care of Persons with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)” from 8:30-10:00 AM, and “Transition to Adulthood for Persons on the Autism Spectrum” from 10:30 AM-12:00 Noon. Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) is a non-profit nursing specialty organization that is committed to advocacy, education, and support for nurses who provide services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The organization’s goal is to enhance developmental disabilities nursing practice through networking and education, thereby effecting positive change for persons with developmental disabilities locally, nationally, and globally. More…
April 28, 2013
Dr. Coplan speaks at Jewish Learning Venture’s 3rd Annual Inclusion Conference entitled “Opening the Gates of Torah” held on April 28th, 2013 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Old York Road-Temple Beth Am, 971 Old York Road in Abington, PA. Dr. Coplan’s workshop, held at 3 PM, is entitled “A Physician-Sibling’s Reflections“. Dr Coplan is both a developmental pediatrician with 30 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities and a sibling of an individual with special needs; his presentation will combine these two perspectives within the framework of Jewish values and traditions. He will be joined in his workshop by David Block, an author, freelance journalist, and documentary producer /director who is legally blind and diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Mr. Block’s presentation, entitled “Personal Journey” will focus upon the concept that “disability does not mean inability”, and that people with disabilities are capable individuals. Jewish Learning Venture engages families in Jewish life and learning, and empowers those seeking to make Jewish life, learning and community relevant and meaningful. The Inclusion Conference offers workshops and programs for parents of children with special needs, rabbis, day school principals, religious school and early childhood education directors, synagogue lay leaders, teachers, youth group advisers and camp directors, Jewish communal workers and adults with special needs.
April 18, 2013
Dr. Coplan speaks at The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) 34th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care held April 17th – 20th, 2013 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando FL. His presentation, on April 17th, 2:00 to 4:30 PM, is entitled Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. NAPNAP is the professional association for PNPs and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. Established in 1973, NAPNAP actively advocates for children’s health through leadership, practice, advocacy, education, and research. Dr. Coplan’s presentation offers a conceptual framework for thinking critically about behavioral issues in children on the autism spectrum with an integration of developmental, behavioral, and pharmacologic principles. His book, Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options, will be available to attendees of the conference
For Dr. Coplan’s hand-outs click here
April 5, 2013
Dr. Coplan co-presents “Autism: Medical and Educational Management of Challenging Behavior” at the 2013 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo on Friday, April 5, 2013 from 9 to 11 AM. The CEC conference, which is the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education, is April 3-6, 2013 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Coplan’s co-presenter is Jo Webber, Professor of Special Education at Texas State University (retired) and Adjunct Professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Their two-hour forum, moderated by Brenda Scheuermann, Ph.D., of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University, helps attendees conceptualize the relationship among underlying neuropsychological deficits, external environmental contributors, and outward maladaptive behaviors to enhance their ability to respond effectively, and reduce the likelihood of future recurrence of challenging behavior. For Dr. Coplan’s hand-outs click here
February 14, 2013
Dr, Coplan’s half-day workshop at the 2013 Annual NASP Convention will be held on February 14th, 2013 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM in Seattle, Washington. Entitled “The Developmental Course of Autism Spectrum Disorder Impacts Intervention Selection”, the workshop will describe the evolution of symptoms over time in children with ASD via review of research literature and case presentations. Dr. Coplan will discuss how the concepts of bottom-up and top-down instruction can be used to match the child’s ability to the most appropriate teaching methods. He will also review the neurological basis for maladaptive behaviors in the classroom in children with ASD, and the optimal responses to these behaviors. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, empowering school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health. The 2013 NASP Annual Convention will be held from February 12th through February 15th.
For a copy of Dr. Coplan’s PowerPoint presentation, click here.
For a copy of “Behavior Management Plan for Internalizing Behavior,” click here.
November 28, 2012
Dr. Coplan presents a FREE webinar at rethink autism.com on “Seeing ASD in 3D – A Lifespan Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorder“. The webinar will air on November 28, at 6:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM CST. In this webinar, Dr. Coplan will speak about: Leo Kanner’s Original Outcome Study; Predictable Changes, The Natural History of ASD; IQ and Atypicality: Different, but both important, IQ as a driver of outcome; and Time – the Third Dimension.
November 16, 2012
Dr. Coplan will be presenting at the 2012 Third Annual ABC Conference in Chicago on November 16th, 2012. The conference focuses on evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles primary care providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral challenges, and Complex medical needs (ABC). He will present “Top Down and Bottom Up Approach: Choosing the Best Therapies for Children with ASD” at 9:15 AM and at 10:45 AM he will present “Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology for Children.” The conference is being held at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. More…
For a copy of Dr Coplan’s handout: Top Down and Bottom Up Therapies for Children with ASD, click here
For a copy of Dr Coplan’s handout: Behavior Management & Psychopharmacology for Children with ASD, click here
November 9, 2012
Dr. Coplan presents “Maladaptive Behavior in Children on the Autism Spectrum: Looking Beneath the Surface in Order to Achieve Optimum Outcome“, from 8:00 to 9:30 AM on November 9th at the 2012 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, and this event represents the largest gathering of classroom teachers, faculty, administrators, researchers, and other practitioners and contributors in the field of early childhood education. Dr. Coplan’s presentation describes normal development at each developmental stage, and then superimposes a description of maladaptive behaviors seen in children with ASD at each successive stage. He also discusses best practices in response to those behaviors, including behavioral measures and the role of medication. More…
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October 22-23, 2012
Dr. Coplan is the keynote speaker at the AHA 22nd Annual Fall Conference which will be held on October 22 and 23, 2012 from 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM at the Eastern Suffolk BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) in Holbrook, NY. His presentation, “Seeing ASD in 3D” is from 9:15 to 10:15 AM on Monday, October 22nd. AHA (Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association) is a not-for-profit organization which provides resources, support and information for families, individuals and professionals affected by Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and related conditions. AHA serves families, individuals and professionals in New York, as well as across the country and internationally. More…
October 11, 2012
Dr. Coplan has been asked to present “Psychopharmacology for Children” at Autism New Jersey’s 30th Annual Conference held October 10-12th at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This event is one of the nation’s largest autism-related conferences. Dr. Coplan’s speaks on Thursday, October 11 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM (Workshop 12/ Session B). He will explain the relationship between neurological deficits (e.g. cognitive rigidity, dysregulation of attention, arousal, sleep and sensory processing) and the behavioral symptoms of ASDs, describe medications that address these deficits, and discuss criteria for deciding whether to begin and how to evaluate medication. More…
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June 7, 2012
The Autism Society of America-Manhattan Chapter sponsors Dr. Coplan’s presentation entitled: “Sense and Nonsense in the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders” on Thursday evening, June 7th from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held in Room 100 at the Julia Richman Education Complex at 317 East 67th Street, New York, NY. This presentation will provide a set of standards that can be applied to all interventions for ASD to decide if they are worth the risk and expense. Dr. Coplan will describe developmental therapies that have been associated with behavioral deterioration rather than improvement, and biomedical interventions that have been associated with brain damage. There is no charge to attend. For more information about the Autism Society of Manhattan, click here. For directions to the Julia Richmond Education Complex, click here.
For a copy of Dr. Coplan’s handout click here
May 5-7, 2012
Dr. Coplan speaks at the 2012 Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) Annual Conference to be held in Orlando, FL from May 5th-7th, 2012. He will give two presentations, on Saturday, May 5th from 1:00-2:30 PM, “Working Back from Behavior: What to do Next,” and on Sunday, May 6th from 8:30-10:00 AM, “Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders”. The conference, which is entitled, “Are We There Yet” will present cutting-edge education on the most up-to-date issues and research to advance nursing practice in the developmental disabilities field and to improve the health and lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More…
May 4, 2012
Dr. Coplan will present at the 6th Annual Autism Conference: Building Bridges: Supportive Practices from Birth to Adulthood at the LaSalle University Student Union Building in Philadelphia, PA. The event is sponsored by Green Tree Partnerships, Green Tree School and LaSalle University. Presentations will focus on supports, interventions, services, strategies and accommodations that enhance the lives of people on the Autism Spectrum and bridge the multiple transitions that they face in life. Dr. Coplan’s session, Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will be held from11:00 AM
to 12:30 PM. More…
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April 21, 2012
As part of the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio’s annual Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges in Autism workshop series, Dr. Coplan offers a full-day workshop entitled Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This workshop, which will provide a unique overview of ASDs, will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Toledo Hospital Education Center Auditorium in Toledo, OH. Dr. Coplan will address typical and atypical development in children and how areas of development are impacted when children are diagnosed with ASD. (Is it normal behavior or is it ASD?) He will examine the behavioral components, impact of IQ, when behavior management is not enough (the use of psychopharmacology), and explore growing up: what the future holds for children with ASD. Workshop includes a boxed lunch and snacks.
Dr Coplan will speak at Gwynedd-Mercy College’s Fifth Annual Autism Institute Conference from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (during Session II). The title of his presentation is “Treatments for Persons with ASD Across the Lifespan: One Size Does Not Fit All!” Directed to both professionals and families, the conference will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Gwynedd-Mercy’s Center for Lifelong Learning, 480 E. Germantown Pike (at Arch Road) in East Norriton, PA. A continental breakfast and lunch is included with admission, which is free to those who work or live in Montgomery County, PA. (For all others, there is a $50 fee.) The Conference is sponsored by the Montgomery County Child Development Foundation. Gwynedd-Mercy’s Autism Institute offers hands-on workshops, professional development programs and educational presentations to provide research-based best practices for students majoring in special education, teacher and administrators, parents of children on the autism spectrum and community members. More…
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April 11-14, 2012
Dr. Coplan has been selected to present at the 2012 CEC (Council for Exception Children) Annual Convention & Expo held in Denver, CO from April 11th- 14th, 2012. This event, which is now in its 74th year, is renowned as one of the premier professional development conferences dedicated to special and gifted education. Over 6,000+ participants attend the Convention & Expo each year. Dr. Coplan’s presentation is entitled “Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.” More…
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April 4th, 2012
Dr. Coplan’s presents a FREE webinar on The Autism Explosion at rethink autism.com. The webinar will air on April 4th at 6 PM EST/ 5PM CDT. In this webinar Dr. Coplan will explain the difference between prevalence and incidence, review the factors that have given rise to an increased prevalence of ASD, and discuss the reasons for the popularity of the perception that we are in an epidemic, and the consequences of this perception. This webinar is free and open to everyone! Click here to view the webinar.
February 28, 2012
Dr. Coplan presents “Speech and Language: The Key to Child Development” on February 28th, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) in Paoli, PA. VFES is a respected provider of educational, professional, and personal solutions for families, practitioners, and organizations that need services or guidance in addressing the needs of children with learning challenges. Dr. Coplan’s presentation, which is directed at parents, teachers, social workers, and other clinicians, will address speech and language development in young children, the diagnostic implications of speech or language delay and best practices for intervention. More…
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December 3, 2011
On December 3, 2011, Dr. Coplan will offer a full day workshop on Long Island, NY in conjunction with Kidz Therapy Services, PLLC. Entitled “Autistic Spectrum Disorder – Putting the Pieces Together”, the workshop is directed to those working with children with autism and their families: psychologists, school psychologists, special educators, speech pathologists, and other professionals in the field of autism. It will cover four major areas of interest which impact perspectives and interventions for ASD. The workshop will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the CW Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, NY. Dr. Coplan will sign his book Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options following the presentation. For more information about Kidz Therapy Services, PLLC, click here. For the workshop brochure, click here.
November 16-18, 2011
Dr. Coplan will speak at the 2011 Annual OCALI Conference held from November 16-18, 201 in Columbus, OH. OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, serves families, educators and professionals working with students with autism, autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities and other health impairments. Dr. Coplan’s presentation is entitled “Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders”. More…
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November 12, 2011
Dr. Coplan will be speaking at the 23rd Annual CHADD International Conference on ADHD held in Orlando, FL on November 10-12, 2011. He and Vera Joffe, PhD (www.verajoffe.com) will present “Importance of Cognitive Rigidity and Parent-Child Interaction when Diagnosing and Treating Complex Cases of ADHD with Anxiety, Atypicality, and/or Externalizing Behavior Disorder” on November 12, 2011 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. More…
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November 8, 2011
Dr. Coplan will present a full day workshop to the educational staff of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit on November 8th from 8:30 to 3:00 PM. BCIU is a regional educational service agency which serves the thirteen school districts located within Bucks County. The unit provides a continuum of special education supports and services for students with disabilities. Dr. Coplan’s presentation, which will be held in the auditorium of the Ben Franklin Middle School, is entitled “The Neurodevelopmental Perspective on Behavior and Learning”. It will be followed by a “Meet the Author” session in which Dr. Coplan will sign his book Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options. For more information about the BCIU, click here.
November 2-5, 2011
Dr. Coplan will speak at the 2011 NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Annual Conference held in Orlando, FL November 2-5, 2011. This conference is the largest gathering of classroom teachers, faculty, administrators, researchers, and other practitioners and contributors in early childhood education. Dr. Coplan’s topic will be “Atypicality, Nonverbal IQ, and Age: Seeing Autism Spectrum Disorders in Three Dimensions.” More…
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Dr. Coplan will be the speaker at the Annual Disabilities Luncheon sponsored by The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at Ft. Campbell, KY. EFMP is a comprehensive, coordinated multi-agency support program initiated to meet the needs of military families with a special needs family member. More…
October 13-14, 2011
Dr. Coplan has been selected to deliver a presentation at Autism New Jersey’s 29th Annual Conference, on the topic “Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology for Children and Adolescents with ASD.” The event, which is one of the nation’s largest autism-related conferences, is scheduled for October 13-14, 2011 in Atlantic City. For additional conference details click here. For Dr. Coplan’s handout click here.
Dr. Coplan featured in ASA Newsletter.
Dr. Coplan’s book, Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and his upcoming presentations at the ASA annual meeting in Orlando, featured in this month’s ASA Newsletter. More….
July 6-9, 2011
Dr. Coplan has been selected to deliver two presentations at the Autism Society of America’s 42nd National Conference and Exposition. This is the nation’s oldest and largest gathering of parents and professionals working with children on the spectrum. Dr. Coplan will be speaking on the topics “Top-Down and Bottom Up: Choosing the Best Therapies”, and “Rational Approach to Psychopharmacology for Children and Adolescents with ASD.” He will also be exhibiting at Booth #207. The conference will be held July 6-9, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Florida. More…
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Dr. Coplan will deliver the Keynote Address at the Autism Society of Minnesota’s 16th Annual Autism Conference. The event, entitled “Designing Futures for Autism”, will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis Park Place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 4 – 7, 2011. Dr. Coplan will speak on Wednesday evening, May 5th at 7 PM. Immediately following his presentation the Autism Society of Minnesota will sponsor a book-signing highlighting Dr. Coplan’s book, Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options. An additional book-signing will be held on Thursday morning, May 6th from 7:30 to 8:30 AM. More…
April 27, 2011
Dr. Coplan will be the Keynote Speaker at the SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA PEDIATRIC SPECIAL NEEDS TRADE SHOW sponsored by Bayada Nurses. His presentation “Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders” will be held on April 27th, 2011 at 8:30 AM at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Admission is free for families, caregivers, and professionals, and continuing education units will be offered for health care professionals. More…
Dr. Coplan’s article, ”Quack Therapy and Developmental Disabilities, Protecting Your Child and Your Wallet”, appears in the Spring, 2011 issue of Exceptional Family, an award-winning quarterly publication exclusively designed for Canadian parents and caregivers of children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
April 18, 2011
Dr. Coplan supports “Autism Awareness Night with The Phillies” on Saturday April 18th at 7:05 PM. Visit the Resource Table located at the First Base Gate Plaza during Pre-Game and at Guest Services on the Main Concourse and Terrace Level once the game begins. More…
March 28-30, 2011
Dr. Coplan will exhibit at the Johns Hopkins University Conference, “The Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities XXXIII, Autism: School Age and Beyond”. The event is jointly sponsored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Kennedy Fellows Association and Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Coplan will discuss and sign his book Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options. More…
March 22, 2011
Dr. Coplan is interviewed by Peter Nielsen for the “Peter’s Principles” radio show which airs on WJR-AM (an ABC affiliate station) More…
Dr. Coplan has been appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This appointment is in recognition of Dr. Coplan’s contribution to the education of Child Psychiatry Fellows from the University of Pennsylvania. With this appointment, Dr. Coplan has attained recognition in all three medical specialties pertaining to child development: Pediatrics (Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Board Certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics), Child Neurology (Fellow, Child Neurology Society; Board Certified, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities), and Child Psychiatry.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Dr. Coplan was interviewed at 9:00 PM on November 7th, 2010 on The Coffee Klatch – a special needs blog radio show. More…
Friday, November 5, 2010
Dr. Coplan was one of the speakers at a reception held at The Farmhouse at People’s Light and Theatre Company to benefit Autism Speaks. More…
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Dr. James Coplan spoke at Barnes & Noble and signed his newly published book, Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options.
An excerpt from Dr. Coplan’s book, Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options appears in the October issue of MetroKids Pennsylvania. More…
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Dr. Coplan sponsored a resource table at Variety’s Disability Awareness Night at Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Dr. Coplan is interviewed by EducationNews.org More…
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Dr. Coplan’s article “Ignorance, Fear, Greed, and Autism” appears in Working Mother magazine. More…
Monday, August 02, 2010
Dr. Coplan and his Practice Manager Judy Watman meet with State Representative Dennis M. O’Brien
The discussion with State Representative Dennis M. O’Brien of the 169th Legislative District centered on the difficulties that parents with special needs have in accessing payment for developmental services for their children, through insurance companies as well as under Act 62. Dr. Coplan will be working with Representative O’Brien to more clearly define this problem and how we can better meet the needs of children and families. More…
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Dr. Coplan LIVE on News 12 New Jersey
Dr. James Coplan appeared as a guest on News 12 New Jersey on August 25, 2010. He provided advice for tri-state families about going back to school with autism; what services to request and what information to be aware of—both in the public and private sectors. More…
Friday, July 16, 2010
Dr. Coplan LIVE on NBC The 10! Show
Dr. Coplan appears LIVE on Monday, July 19th on NBC’s The 10! Show to discuss “behavioral-diet trends for children.” More…
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Dr. Coplan is interviewed on NBC 40 – Health Update Segment
Dr. Coplan is interviewed for Health Update Segment on NBC 40, Atlantic City, where he discussed common parent concerns about child development and/or behavior.
Watch NBC 40 or visit their web site www.nbc40.net/health.php for airing of segment. More…
Monday, June 28, 2010
Dr. Coplan is interviewed by Parenting magazine for an article on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). More…
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Dr. Coplan in Jewish Exponent June 03, 2010 Issue. More…
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Jewish Exponent: Erin O’Hearn emcees Dr. Coplan’s book launch party
James Coplan’s book on “Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders” got a special launch at an autism activists gathering at the Philadelphia Marriott in West Conshohocken More…
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Jewish Exponent highlights Dr. Coplan’s book More…
Monday, April 19, 2010
Dr. Coplan’s book listed as “Resource” on Autism Speaks website. More…
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Doctor Radio Show (Sirius 114, New York):
Dr. Coplan featured as guest to discuss Autism
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Health Talk Radio (WEEU, Reading)
Dr. Coplan featured as guest to discuss Autism
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Variety’s Autism Awareness Night at Please Touch Museum More …
March 25, 2010
Dr. Coplan launches new book, Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Random House publishes book by Dr. Coplan More …
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Jewish Exponent features Dr. Coplan’s upcoming book & book launch
Monday, February 08, 2010
Dr. Coplan quoted in New York Times article by Perri Klass. More …