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»The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Together we can find the solution!

As the rates of children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders increase, so does the need for a comprehensive approach to intervention. Because children spend so much of their time in school settings, it is important that professionals in all disciplines work collaboratively to provide these youth and their families with much needed intervention and support.

In response to this growing need, Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies and the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders have come together with partners, parents, educators, and schools to actively address this issue as a community.

This collaboration will involve a two-pronged approach, providing both support and educational opportunities, specifically designed to meet the needs of individual students, families, and schools. To this end, we have developed two cutting edge programs: Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T), and the Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P).

We are incredibly excited to help negotiate this uncertain terrain, to see all viewpoints, promote flexibility, and advocate for the best interests of the child. Our goal is to work together with ALL team members to create quality outcomes for youth with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities throughout Southern California.

This important endeavor would not be possible without the vision, passion and generosity of our partners and cofounders. In addition to Chapman University's College of Educational Studies, other founding members of the the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders are The William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation, Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the UC Irvine School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Orange County.

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  • January 2015

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    Building Resilience: Helping Children Move Beyond Challenges with Executive Function

    Friday, January 30, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    OCDE - Orange County Department of Education
    200 Kalmus Drive, Building D
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    Please join the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Chapman University's College of Educational Studies, and the UC Irvine Health Child
    Development School for our annual joint conference with keynote speaker Adele Diamond, Ph.D.
    Early Bird Rate: $50 · After 12/31/14: $65 · Student Rate: $25
    Lunch included with registration

    Register Now

    February 2015


    friendship clip artSocial for Adults with Autism (ages 16 and up) and Their Caregivers
    Sunday, February 8, 2015  2 - 5:00pm
    U.C. Irvine - Student Center, Rooms ABCDE

    Please join the Family Autism Network for a social with adults with autism and their caregivers.  Enjoy a care-free, cost free Sunday afternoon together.  There will be dancing, Wii games, crafts, entertainers, refreshments and more! Please RSVP to anteatersforautism@gmail.com

    The UCI's Anteaters for Autism is recruiting students and faculty members from Chapman Universit to help out.  This is your chance to help guest with ASD's to meet peers and encourage new friendships.  

    Dr. Mary KennedyThe Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Monthly Seminar Series:
    Coaching Self-Regulation in Young Adults with Executive Dysfunction: Traumatic Brain Injury and Others

    presented by Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor of Communication Science & Disorders

    February 11, 2015 from 12pm - 1pm

    The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    500 Red Hill Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92705

    Click her for more information (pdf)

  • The Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T) program offers support to families and schools, using a cohesive multi-disciplinary approach to intervention. We work together to increase communication among all team members; develop strong collaborative relationships; and share resources and expertise. This approach allows us to enhance services in all settings and ultimately improves outcomes for the youth we serve.
  • Developing great educators and clinicians is an important part of creating a better system of care for children and youth with special needs and their families. Equally important is further developing the competency of those professionals currently in the education and clinical service delivery systems. The Chapman Ability Project’s (C.A.P.) mission is to advance the expertise of educators, service providers, community members and parents working and living with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. C.A.P. will provide high quality trainings, certificate programs, and educational opportunities designed to enhance the knowledge and skills and strengthen the practice of those serving our youth in the schools and in clinical settings.
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    The Center for Autism welcomes new director

    Catherine M. BrockCatherine M. Brock, a highly regarded clinical and administrative leader in the field of autism spectrum disorders, will become executive director of The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders as of Sept. 15, 2014.

    Brock will be responsible for overall management of the center, and she’ll focus on positioning it as a center of excellence in the U.S. for clinical care, community engagement and research.

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