By Johanna Weidner, The Record staff
CAMBRIDGE — Parents with autistic children can learn about the latest research and treatments from Canadian and American experts at an upcoming daylong conference in Cambridge.
The keynote speaker is Doreen Granpeesheh, a California autism expert and founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders that develops behavioural modification programs to help children reach their potential.
Also speaking will be two other experts from the United States and Cambridge chiropractor Mark Guker and naturopath Jennifer Hendry-Lynn, who work together in a clinic that offers biomedical treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.
“We just feel so lucky to have them come up here and share their expertise,” Guker said.
Guker said parents who have a child with autism are typically left to figure out what’s available to help, often relying on other parents coping with the disorder in their family.
The conference, being held on October 22 at the Galt Country Club from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will tell parents about the options available and offer practical tips. Health-care professionals and therapists will learn about the latest research and most effective treatments.
All children with autism are different, Guker said, and it’s important for parents to find what works for their child, from behavioural therapy to special supplements and diet.
There will also be an open forum for parents to ask questions of the experts.
“It will be a very interactive conference,” Guker said.
The cost is $75 US for parents and students, and $150 US for practitioners. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-345-2345 ext. 270.
Find out more at www.centerforautism.com/canada-autism-conference.