Upcoming Events

We are dedicated to bringing the latest knowledge about ASD, social communication delays, and child and adolescent development to families, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers. Topics include early detection, evidence-based interventions, mental health, personal well-being, child and adolescent development, education, behavior management, transition planning, and much more. Speakers are dynamic and informative. Numerous venues are used to make this information available, including our annual conference, free Lunch and Learns, community outreach efforts, and more. Our events are a fabulous way for families and individuals with ASD or other social and communication difficulties to connect and share stories, resources, and helpful tips.

Here is what people are saying about their experiences at our events:

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"I really enjoyed learning more about how to advocate for individuals w/ ASD from someone who has experienced it firsthand."

"Excellent presentation! Very helpful, practical strategies provided."

"Very engaging and relevant; The presentation included realistic strategies to use at home and school."

"Perfect balance of evidence and intervention strategies! Thank you!"

Below is a calendar of events coming up at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders:

Upcoming Event

  • STAR Training: The Relational Needs of Parents of Children with Autism

    Event : Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:30 to 12:30

    This presentation will highlight some of the neglected aspects of raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically the emotional and relational functioning of parents. Participants will gain a better understanding of what research tells us how ASD impacts parents, as well as how family systems theories and interventions can improve overall parent and family functioning. Professionals and parents of children with ASD are all welcome to attend. Presenter: Jason Neely, Ph.D., LCMFT Dr. Neely is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist at CARD. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Florida where he studied the impact of couples therapy on the marriage quality of parents that have a child with autism. His current research interest involves utilizing family systems theories to improve interventions for parents and families that are impacted by autism. This is a FREE event! Located in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Greenspring Campus (Creamer Building, 3901 Greenspring Ave Baltimore, MD 21211)

  • STAR Training: Gender Differences in High Functioning Autism

    Event : Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:30 to 12:30

    The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the sex and gender differences that occur in high functioning autism. While evidence may suggest that more boys than girls are affected, this ratio could be exaggerated with unintentionally biased evaluations and by the abilities of women and girls with ASD to 'camouflage' their symptoms, thus preventing them from being diagnosed or receiving services. A lack of understanding of these sex and gender differences could be limiting our understanding of ASD as a whole. Objectives: •To discuss the differences in the presentation of autism symptoms in boys and girls with high functioning autism. •To discuss how treatments and supports may differ according these gender differences. Presenters: Emily Dillon, Ph.D Dr. Dillon is currently a post-doc fellow with Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University. She completed her Ph.D. in Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland where she investigated gender differences in girls and boys with ASD. Her interests lie in social language, gender differences and how we diagnosis and define autism. This is a FREE Event! Located in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Greenspring Campus (Creamer Building, 3901 Greenspring Ave Baltimore, MD 21211)

  • STAR Training: Augmentative and Alternative Communciation Systems

    Event : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:30 to 12:30

    Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Systems are supports used to help individuals with complex communicative needs. For children with autism who are minimally verbal, AAC Systems can help them communicate and interact with others. This presentation will focus on offering practical tips and tricks for obtaining and using both picture-based and speech-generating AAC Systems in the home and community settings. Presenter: Melissa Subock, M.S., CCC/SLP Melissa is a speech-language pathologist at CARD. She started as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist, working privately with families in Maryland until completing her graduate training as an SLP. Her areas of focus include early detection and intervention of toddlers with ASD and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluations, treatment, and parent training. While her goal is to offer AAC supports to children as toddlers and preschoolers, she works with children and adolescents of all ages and ability levels. This is a FREE event! Located in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Greenspring Campus (Creamer Building, 3901 Greenspring Ave Baltimore, MD 21211)

  • STAR Training: Transition Planning for a Teen with an ASD Diagnosis

    Event : Monday, April 16, 2018 - 01:00 to 03:00

    This presentation is for parents who have teens with ASD who are planning for a transition from school to college, employment, and/or community. Presenter: Catherine (Cathy) G. Groschan, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). She has worked at CARD since it began and started her social work at KKI in 1977. This is a FREE event! Located in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Greenspring Campus (Creamer Building, 3901 Greenspring Ave Baltimore, MD 21211)

  • STAR Training: Getting an ASD Diagnosis: Where Do I Go From Here?

    Event : Monday, April 16, 2018 - 09:30 to 10:30

    This presentation will discuss in-depth information about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and resources available in Maryland. Handouts will offer guidance for getting a diagnosis, finding services, the education system, and more. Presenter: Catherine (Cathy) G. Groschan, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). She has worked at CARD since it began and started her social work at KKI in 1977. This is a FREE event! Located in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Greenspring Campus (Creamer Building, 3901 Greenspring Ave Baltimore, MD 21211)