Conference to Discuss Autism Treatment

April 08, 2014

MISSOULA – A University of Montana student group will host a conference titled “Twelve Habits of Effective Practitioners Who Work with Clients on the Autism Spectrum” on Saturday, May 3.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is designed for pre-service and in-service professionals. Visit to register.

Ann Garfinkle, an associate professor in UM’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will speak about how to be an effective interventionist when working with people who have autism. Garfinkle is an esteemed interventionist, researcher and presenter.

Participants will learn the diagnostic features of autistic spectrum disorder and how individuals with ASD learn. They also will discuss evidence-based comprehensive and individual treatment for clients with ASD and ways to interact with clients when not targeting specific treatment outcomes.

This is the second annual conference hosted by Students in Communication and Hearing Working in Action – Montana (SCHWA-MT) in partnership with the UM RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. SCHWA is a student group in the communicative sciences and disorders department. The group’s work is highly philanthropic and meets the needs of the community. 

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Contact: Shelby Swant, SCHWA-MT president and UM student, 406-291-5931,