Topics announced for Winter Outreach Series

SOUTH BEND, Indiana (January 6, 2017) – LOGAN’s winter Outreach Series provides key information on three topics of interest to parents and caregivers of a child with a disability.

The first program in the series, “Trends in Autism Research,” will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 12 at LOGAN Center, 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend. Joshua J. Diehl, Ph.D., LOGAN’s Chief Strategy Officer of Autism Services, will share research insights from 2016 and preview what’s being studied in 2017. He’ll also talk about the growth in LOGAN Autism Services.

Trends Dr. Diehl will cover include:

  • Best strategies for parents,
  • Girls with autism spectrum disorder,
  • Sibling relationships, and
  • New findings on pesticides.

“We have a lot of information for parents or anyone interested in autism,” said Diehl, who has received national recognition for his research, teaching and clinical work. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Notre Dame and associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

The series continues with a lunch hour program from 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday, February 6, at LOGAN Center. Betsy Thomas, clinical site director for the LOGAN Autism Learning Center – Kalamazoo, and two BCBA therapists on her staff, will offer strategies for parents of children with autism to improve behaviors in the home.

The program, “Catch them being good,” gives parents and other caregivers tools to notice when their child is being “good” and encourage those behaviors.

“You can often reduce challenging behaviors by increasing desirable behaviors,” Thomas said. “We’ll show you how.”

The third program in the series, “Planning for the future,” maps out a path for parents or caregivers whose children with a disability are nearing or already have turned 18. Jennifer Vanderveen, an attorney with Tuesley, Hall Konopa, LLP, South Bend, will alert parents about requirements for Social Security, Medicaid and other programs when their child becomes a legal adult. This program will be a lunch hour presentation, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

To RSVP or learn more about the Outreach series, please contact Leanne D Sargent-Suarez, LOGAN Resource Specialist, at or by calling 574-289-4831.

Dr. Joshua J. Diehl

Winter Outreach Sercies

Betsy Thomas



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