2016 David E. Yoder Symposium

The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences hosts the Yoder Symposium every two years to honor Professor Emeritus David E. Yoder. Dr. Rebecca Landa, of Johns Hopkins University, will present on early developmental patterns in young children at risk for autism spectrum disorders and optimizing development through intervention.

When Mar 18, 2016
from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Extraordinary Ventures, 1200 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
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To date, no autism-specific markers have been identified in early-to-mid infancy. However, infants at increased familial risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been reported in numerous studies to exhibit delayed or atypical patterns of early development. Patterns of risk and resilience in the first two years of life in younger siblings of children with ASD will be described and illustrated using videos. The importance of early motor development for social and language development will be discussed.  A brief description of the early achievements intervention approach for young children with ASD will be provided.

Learning Objectives

  1. Name one sign of developmental risk by six months of age for later social and communication delays.
  2. Define aspects of communication delay observed by age 10 months in younger siblings of children with autism.
  3. Name two intervention strategies that support early social and communication development in children with autism.

About the David E. Yoder Symposium

The UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences hosts the Yoder Symposium every two years to honor Professor Emeritus David E. Yoder.
Professor Emeritus David E. Yoder

Yoder received his education at Goshen College in Indiana, from which he received the outstanding alumnus award in 1992, and furthered his education at Northwestern University and the University of Kansas. From 1968 to 1986 he was affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders, head of the Communicative Disorders Section of the Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development, and head of the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic. He held the title of Walker-Bascom Professor of Communicative Disorders in the Department of Communicative Disorders from 1980 to 1986.

In 1986, Yoder was recruited to become the chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC-CH and served in that position from 1986-2000. In 1988, he and David Koppenhaver co-founded the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. In 2000, Yoder retired from the University and became the executive director of the Council for Allied Health in North Carolina from which he retired in 2007.

Yoder has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the area of language disorders with special needs populations. He served as the first journal editor for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and served as first president of the United States Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. He served as panel chair for writing the Consensus Statement on Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He has co-edited five books and presented over 500 research papers, professional workshops, and consultations nationwide as well as in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, the Soviet Union, and New Zealand. He has served on numerous committees and boards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and served as the association's president in 1984. Yoder is a fellow of ASHA; in 1995, he was awarded honors from the association, and in 1999 he received life membership. He is also a fellow and life member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

About the Speaker

Dr. Rebecca Landa is the founder and director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She is a professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Landa is a speech-language pathologist who completed her postdoctoral training in psychiatric genetics and developmental neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research and clinical care has focused on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the lifespan. Landa has pursued novel approaches to improving outcomes for children with ASD. She pioneered the prospective study of developmental processes in ASD using the high-risk infant sibling design. She has taken a public health approach to the early detection of ASD. As part of her early detection efforts, she developed a web-based tutorial focused on the early signs of ASD risk for the American Academy of Pediatrics and a novel web-based ASD risk screener. Her research on early learning processes in ASD has led to the development of innovative early interventions for children showing signs of risk for ASD and children diagnosed with ASD. Using an implementation science approach, Landa is studying the efficacy of these intervention approaches in community-based settings.


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