Free Live Webinar with Dr. Ricki Robinson – Autism College Visiting Professor

Autism College will present a free live Q & A on Monday, May 2, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00pm PST. Sign Up for this webinar here.

Have you ever wished you had access to a pediatrician who knows a lot about autism – including biomedical therapies and treatments ?  Have you ever wondered what a medical professional has to say about the importance of vision processing and  why assisted typing works as a communication tool  for some children with autism?  Sign up for this free Q & A and you’ll be able to ask questions from an experienced  pediatrician who is an expert in the field of autism.

Autism College is pleased to announce that our first  visiting professor  Q & A will be with  Ricki G. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H, author of the recently published Autism Solutions: How To Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child.

Dr. Robinson,a pediatrician, has been providing hope and help for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders for more than 20 years. Her integrative, strengths-based approach to treatment includes a thorough evaluation of a child’s medical, developmental, social, emotional, behavioral and educational issues to find the solutions that maximize his health and well-being. In Autism Solutions, Dr. Ricki, as she is known to her patients, explains how to establish a team of professionals who can work with the child to give him or her the opportunity to live well, learn, interact and thrive.

Dr. Ricki Robinson is co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Canada, California.  She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC and Senior Attending Physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  She has been in private pediatric practice for over 30 years, specializing in children with developmental delays for over twenty years.  Dr. Robinson received her M.D. degree in 1973 from the University of Southern California.  She trained in pediatrics at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, having served as Chief Pediatric Resident for CHLA in 1976.  She is Board Certified in Pediatrics.  In 1988 she received her MPH from the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health.

She has been actively involved in the field of autism since 1990, developing  multidisciplinary educational and medical programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and devoting endless hours in education, legislation and research efforts on a national level.  She is a founding board member of Cure Autism Now (now Autism Speaks) and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and currently serves on the Scientific Review Panel of Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy organization.  Dr. Robinson organized and chaired the first nationally recognized task force to define the standard of care for clinical trials in autism.  The results of this outstanding effort were published in CNS Spectrums (January 2004, Vol. 9, #1).

Autism College to co-sponsor free on-line conference April 9th and April 10th

We are excited here at Autism College to be co-sponsoring  “Get Educated About Autism” with in celebration of the Autism College launch and in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Temple Grandin will be one of the keynote speakers. We will have experts on different aspects of autism including communication, inclusion, the use of medications, adolescence,  relationships and other  areas of interest for parents coping with autism and experts. We’ll be sharing more information over the coming weeks.

Today  I’m delighted to tell you about one of our speakers,  Lauren Henry, the founder of With a Brush of Love.   Lauren’s mission is to transform the lives of children diagnosed with autism or other special needs through their surroundings. Lauren is a color expert and designer, and has honed her skills over several years developing techniques for designing environments that improve both the emotional and physical well being of these children and their families. In addition to helping directly, her methods also increase the effectiveness of other therapies and treatments. The scientific principles of how sensory information, particularly color, affects the   psyche have long been recognized.

Lauren’s passion is applying these principles to help children diagnosed with autism and special needs.  Lauren has been  featured on HGTV’s “kidspace” and ABC’s ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”  Her work has also received international attention, she has been invited by the U.S. Military and The Exceptional Family Member Program to Camp Foster in Okinawa to work with their families as well as by the volunteer organization, Hands On Tokyo to oversee the renovation of a Nursery/Orphanage.  Lauren’s  first book, “Unique Kids. Unique Surroundings.” was published in September  2009, and in October of 2010 Lauren was invited to  host the Inaugural International Naturally Autistic People Awards in Vancouver, B.C..

Don’t forget to sign up and invite your friend – this conference is free and you can attend from the comfort of your own home. PJ’s and bunny slippers allowed. For more information, and to sign up, go here:

Free Online Autism Conference 2011 – Sponsored by Autism College and Mom’s Fighting Autism

Autism College to co-sponsor conference – Temple Grandin will be Keynote speaker

Autism College is happy to announce that to celebrate Autism Awareness Month and the launch of this site we are co-sponsoring  a free virtual conference “Get Educated About Autism” with on Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th.

I’m thrilled to announce that Temple Grandin, one of Autism College’s visiting professors,  has agreed to be one of our keynote speakers. We will have 16 different speakers, with a couple of different tracks.  There will be different experts who will be providing autism parenting tips, and helping parents cope with autism. Educators will find the information useful as well. Oh – did I tell you it’s FREE? Register for the conference here (Sign Up Page Official goes live on March 7).

Welcome to Autism College

Welcome to Autism College! We are excited that after months of planning we are finally going live.  The idea for Autism College came about because I realized there were many parents and educators who did not have access to conferences either because they lived in rural areas, or they  did not have access to respite workers to care for their children,  or the cost of traveling to conferences was prohibitive. We thought having valuable and practical information available on line provided in an interactive format would be beneficial to those families and educators. As well, I receive  so many  emails asking for information and advice that I could no longer continue to answer – it only made sense to provide a format to help people get the answers they need to help them move forward in a positive way.

Some of you may have heard me speak at conferences, or on my past Autism One radio show, or even when I moderated webinars for If so, I look forward to interacting with you here!  For those who are not familiar with my presentations, I think you’ll enjoy the practical autism parenting tips I love to share.

Looking forward to interacting with  you in class !

~Chantal Sicile-Kira
Founder, Autism College