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17th to 19th February 2020 - Indo Canadian Conference (I-CAN)
Leaving A Footprint – Founding A Network


Workshop Program

As a continuation to the I-CAN conference in 2019, Divi’s Foundation is hosting a conference in February 2020. 5 delegates from Canada will be collaborating with various Indian centres training nearly 60 delegates from these centres on advanced topics in the field of Autism Care. This conference will be held for 3 days; the first two days will be training sessions with smaller groups focussing on special topic areas. The third day will be a round table conference.

Objectives of Workshop:

  • Aims at building capacity through training and developing an international network for clinicians and researchers.
  • Focusing on priority areas of diagnosis, early intervention, complex presentations, and family support, I-CAN 2020 will include a series of 2-day training workshops, followed a 1-day roundtable meeting devoted to forward engagement and network development.

Training Workshop Sessions:

  • Workshop 1: Diagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Introduction to the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
  • Workshop 2: ASD and Comorbidity: A Workshop on Clinical Approach to Assessing and Treating Complex Patients Throughout their Development Vikram Dua
  • Workshop 3: Understanding How Children Learn: A Framework to Address Challenging Behaviour And Teach Adaptive Skills Kavita Kamat
  • Workshop 4: An Introduction to the Social ABCs for Infants and Toddlers with Emergent Autism Spectrum Disorders Kate Bernardi and Erin Dowds

I-CAN Faculty Profile:

Vikram Dua, MD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Dua is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist with clinical and research interests in complex individuals with autism and developmental disabilities – and systems of care that partner with community providers to enhance access to clinical expertise and evidence-based treatments. Dr. Dua has 20 years’ experience developing and implementing innovative dual-diagnosis services in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. He has also provided training and consultation to several autism centres across India over the last decade. Dr. Dua is the Canadian lead of the Indo-Canadian Autism Network (I-CAN), dedicated to increasing knowledge and capacity for neurodevelopmental services and research in India.

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, MD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Zwaigenbaum is Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head for Child Health with Alberta Health Services and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. He is also a Clinician Scientist supported by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Chair in Autism, Distinguished Scientist Award of Stollery Science Lab, and national awards from CIHR, Brain Canada, and Autism Speaks Canada. His research focuses on early detection and diagnosis, as well as factors influencing development and outcomes, of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). He directs one of the two Canadian sites of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, which focuses on optimizing health care for children with ASD.

Dan Goldowitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Goldowitz received his PhD in Psychobiology at the University of California at Irvine and did postdoctoral training in Boston, Stockholm and Salt Lake City where the focus was on brain development. Currently, he is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics and Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC and member of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics. He led a successful application and a renewal for a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence in brain development in late 2009 and 2014, called NeuroDevNet, and now called Kids Brain Health Network.

Kavita Kamat, MSW, M.Ed., BCBA

Ms. Kamat is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst and the Clinical Director of Laurel Behaviour Support Services (LBSS). LBSS provides behaviour support to over 300 children and over 200 adults across the Lower Mainland, the Island, Sunshine Coast and the Okanagan region in British Columbia. Kavita has extensive experience working with culturally diverse families with children who have autism and other cognitive disabilities in home, school, community and residential settings. As the Director of the program she currently provides clinical supervision and oversight to a team of 30 clinicians.

Kate Bernardi, BAH, CCLS

Ms. Bernardi is a Social ABCs early intervention trainer, parent coach and a certified Child Life Specialist (CLS), with a background in psychology and child development. Kate has worked in the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital for the past ten years, first on the Baby Siblings study monitoring very early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and then with Social ABCs as a parent coach for both the in-home and group programs. She is also a trained trainer, teaching new staff and multidisciplinary teams to deliver the Social ABCs in various practice settings.

Erin Dowds, MA, ECS.

Ms. Dowds has been a parent coach with the Social ABCs since its development in 2007. Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies and is knowledgeable in very early intervention in autism spectrum disorders. Erin is an experienced trainer of Social ABCs parent coaches in both research and community contexts and is passionate about parent-mediated intervention in the early years of a child’s development.


Centres Attending the Workshop:

  • Action for Autism
  • Centre for Child Development and Disabilities
  • Fernandez Child Development Centre
  • Latika Roy Memorial Foundation
  • NIMHANS
  • Sethu Centre for Child Development
  • St. John’s Medical College Hospital
  • Ummeed
  • London Learning Centre
  • AIIMS
  • Goa Medical College

Training Details:

Date: 17th to 19th February 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Hotel AVASA, Hyderabad, India
Email: divisfoundation@gmail.com

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