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Autism – Is Recovery Possible ?

autism-ribbonThe School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin will present this week, a public lecture by Jonathan Tarbox, PdD and entitled “Is Recovery From Authism Possible?”

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox is currently the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Dr. Tarbox has worked in a variety of positions in the field of behavior analysis, including basic research, applied research, and practical work; with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, of all ages, and their families and care providers.

He has worked for and in public school districts, private schools, sheltered workshops, group homes, developmental centers, behavioral consultation agencies, hospitals, and community-based recreational programs; in direct service provision, supervision, consultation, and program development and director roles.

His early career involved positions at both the New England Center for Children and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Tarbox is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and he received his PhD in Behavior Analysis from the autismUniversity of Nevada, Reno, under the mentorship of Dr. Linda J. Parrot Hayes.

Throughout his career in autism and behavior analysis, Dr. Tarbox has been actively engaged in research in applied behavior analysis and has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals as well book chapters in behavioral psychology texts.

Dr. Tarbox’s current research interests include recovery from autism and teaching complex language and cognition to children with autism.

The overarching consensus within the medical community is that there is no cure for autism. More than 20 years of research on applied behavior analytic treatment for autism has consistently demonstrated that a significant proportion of children make dramatic gains via behavioral intervention, including achieving a level of functioning indistinguishable from typically developing children of the same age.

In this lecture, Dr Tarbox will propose a position on defining recovery from autism. He will describe a provisional definition of recovery and review relevant scientific research. The concept of recovery from autism is complicated and controversial and this presentation will deal sensitively with these issues. Dr Tarbox will describe the results of both scientific research and common clinical observations from more than 20 years of practice in the behavior analytic community.

Residents from County Tipperary and elsewhere  interested in attending this worthwhile lecture should note:

Date: Tuesday 9 June 2009
Time: 7:00 pm -8:30 pm (registration 6.30-7.00)
Location: Trinity College Dublin Hamilton Building, MacNeil Hall (1st floor) (Located at the rear of campus. Enter at Westland Row or Pearse St. gates
Admissions & Registration: (Registration will happen at the door from 6.30-7.00)

Admission – €15.00 (Note: No charge to Trinity staff and students.)

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