Come join the Westfield Special Education Community for an evening of education and insightful conversation on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:30pm, at the Edison Intermediate School Library, located at 800 Rahway Ave. in Westfield, NJ. 

Our guest speaker, Dr. Cartwright will discuss the latest developments in the treatment of core features of autism as well as associated conditions. He will explore the current state of the science of treating these core features, namely the social/emotional aspects, the language and communication issues, and cognitive rigidity, inflexibility, and obsessional patterns of interest. The presentation will address issues around diagnostic evaluation, the role of emotion dysregulation, the range of anxiety presentations, the features of impulse control disorders, the presentation of comorbid ADHD, as well as tics and Tourette’s. Dr. Cartwright will discuss the difference between anxiety-driven repetitive behaviors from urge/impulse-control related repetitive behaviors, and the subsequent treatment implications.

About our speaker: Dr. Charles Cartwright is a nationally recognized psychiatrist and expert in the diagnosis and psychopharmacological treatment of co-morbid mental health conditions in individuals on the autism spectrum. He founded Spectrum Health Associates in 2008 in order to support the overall health and well-being of people on the autism spectrum, in addition to meeting their psychiatric needs. He believes in providing a warm and accepting treatment environment in which individuals and families feel comfortable to be themselves. Dr. Cartwright knows that every person with autism is different, and he truly enjoys getting to know all of their unique perspectives.

Dr. Cartwright is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. He was the Medical Director of the YAI Autism Center at YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities in Manhattan. Prior to that, he ran the autism center at the New Jersey Medical School.

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This event is sponsored by the PTC-Special Ed. Committee.  This program is free.  All parents, teachers, and advocates are invited to attend.  No pre-registration is required.

CEU’S (1.5 CREDITS) WILL BE OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE.   

For further information email us: specialedparents@westfieldnjk12.org

Or visit our website at: www.westfieldnjk12.org/pages/Westfield_Town_School_District/Parents/specialedparents