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Public Speaking

Dr. Coplan is a dynamic public speaker, with a long record of presentations at both the regional and national level.

Representative speaking topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Overview of normal child development (Language and Speech, Gross and Fine Motor, Adaptive, Play, and Behavior, including “normal” behavior problems of childhood)
  • Overview of neurodevelopmental disabilities (Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disability, etc.): Causes, treatments, and outcomes
  • In-depth review of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
    • My child has ASD. Now what? An overview of what may lie ahead
    • My grandchild has ASD. What can I do to help?
    • Clinical features and underlying neuropsychological characteristics of ASD
    • ASD in 3D: Presents a conceptual “map” that can be used to monitor an individual’s progress from childhood through adulthood. This “map” facilitates selection of current services, and long-term planning
    • Changing definitions: “Are we there yet?” Reviews the fluid boundaries of the official definition of ASD, and how these changes have impacted eligibility for services
    • Epidemiology and the autism “explosion”: Are we experiencing an autism epidemic? If not, then where did all these kids come from?
    • Causes of ASD: Proven, unproven, disproven, and unknown
    • Treatment approaches, and how to pick the right ones for a particular child. Reviews the many (and at times conflicting) approaches to treatment
    • Mental health / mental illness in persons with ASD. Reviews the biological linkages between ASD and mental illness, and the implications for service provision and prognosis
    • Behavior Management and Psychopharmacology. Reviews behavioral and pharmacologic approaches to behavior problems in children with ASD
    • Reclaiming IDEA: Positive Behavior Support for Internalizing Behavior Highlights shortcomings in the implementation of IDEA, with specific advice on advocacy for children with anxiety, depression, and related conditions
    • Family Matters: Introduces the concept of “family health,” and discusses the relationship between family health and outcome for the child with ASD. Provides practical advice for family members and professionals
    • Long-term outcome for children with ASD, and adult service needs
    • Autism and the law: Discusses how ASD impacts the needs of children, youth and adults with ASD, with special reference to the legal system: Educational due process, Family Court (mediation; divorce, custody, visitation, and guardianship), and the Criminal justice system (ranging from “innocent offending” through catastrophic violence)
    • Where do we go from here? An agenda for the future.

Presentations range in length from one hour sessions to two day workshops. The focus, duration, and level (from Beginner to Advanced) are determined in conjunction with the host organization, depending on the needs and experience level of the audience.

Please call us (610-520-2130) to discuss your needs, or click here, and we will get back to you.





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