Autism Learning Seminar and Resource Fair – Jersey City, NJ

Seminar and Learning Resource Fair by TACA NJ Chapter will feature discussions on Toxins, tick borne diseases and metabolism and Decoding Personal Care Labels: Avoiding Toxins in Everyday Products, the effects of sensory processing on speech and language, picky eating, attention span and socialization and “did you just do that??” teaching skills and tools to help children navigate the social landscape of life.
Sponsored by Advanced Therapy of America

Speakers: Dr. David Dornfeld, Maria D. McNish, M.S. CCC-SLP, Sharon Mahan and Estee Rothstein, M.S. Ed, BCBA.

• $30 Individual / $40 Couple February 14 - February 24
At the door $40 individual / $50 couple - cash or check

Online registration includes:
Exhibitor Access • Snacks • All Sessions • TACA Mentoring From Parents Just Like You.
Lunch will be available for purchase.
Vendors will consist of businesses, doctors, therapy centers, etc. all located in New Jersey.
Please register here.

Time: Registration starts at 8:30 AM; Seminar ends at 3:00 PM

Location: St. Peter's University
Mac Mahon Student Center Duncan Familv Sky Room
47 Glenwood Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Driving Directions

8:30 - 8:50 AM: Registration
8:50 - 9:00 AM: Opening Remarks Genine Armellino, TACA NJ Coordinator
9:00 - 10:30 AM: David Dornfeld, DO, in his presentation will hope to be able to shed a great deal of information on how to safely repair ourselves, especially since many environmental insults are growing around us exponentially. The environment around us is constantly changing - and usually not for the better. Our body MUST be able to recognize, try to avoid, and then rid the toxins, so they do not negatively affect our health and metabolism. Many children and adults with ASD have alterations in their biochemistry and genetic polymorphisims, where they are disadvantaged in their ability to cleanse and nourish their cells ideally. It is no longer “You are what you Eat” -- It should now be “YOU ARE WHAT TOU EAT, EATS-WHICH YOU CANNOT EXCRETE.”
10:30 - 10:45 AM: Break
10:45 - 11:45 AM: Sharon Mahan Decoding Personal Care Labels: Avoiding Toxins in Everyday Products Do you believe that cosmetics and personal care products are tested for safety before being stocked on store shelves? The reality is that personal care products are one of the least regulated industries in the United States. Many products sold in stores contain several harmful chemicals that are doing insidious harm, especially when you consider that your skin absorbs what you put on it. This presentation will cover an overview of the personal care products industry, what it means for a product to carry an organic certification seal, why it is important to avoid synthetic fragrance, and more. You will leave with powerful information to help you make safer choices for yourself and your family.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM: Lunch (bring your own or available for purchase)
12:45 - 1:45 PM: Estee Rothstein, M.S. Ed, BCBA “Did you just do that?” Reviewing basic skills: eye contact, conversational skills and peer interaction. She will elaborate and break down the skills as to what are expected and unexpected social skills in those, expected/unexpected behaviors, techniques and strategies to help social deficits.
1:45 - 2:00 PM: Break
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Maria D. McNish, M.S. CCC-SLP will discuss the effects of sensory processing on speech and language, picky eating, attention span and socialization. Maria takes a neurological approach to help parents understand the “whys”. This lecture provides valuable information for children and adults of all ages.
3:00 PM: Closing Remarks - Genine Armellino

David Dornfeld, DO, has been practicing Family Medicine for 30+ years in NJ, with extensive experience covering the full spectrum of clinical family medicine. Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorders. His experience encompasses all spectrums of family medicine, spinal manipulation, chelation therapy, IV infusion therapy and hyperbaric therapies. Focusing on whole body and alternative therapy techniques, he alleviates pain in patients through hands-on osteopathic therapy, manipulation and nutritional support, with additional experience that encompasses nutritional counseling, diving medicine, chelation therapy, weight loss and many areas of holistic medicine and primary care medicine. He is Board Certified, Family Practice 1995 ACOFP, and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine by International Society of Anti-Aging 2000. Dr. Dornfeld has been a member of ACAM , the American C ollege for Advancement in Medicine since 1994 and became Certified in Chelation Therapy. He completed his Fellowship training with MAPS. in 2013. Recently he was the only US physician asked to participate in an Autism Summit in Cairo Egypt, expanding his guidance, to help Physicians in the Middle East combat the issues associated with recovering Kids and Adults suffering with Autism Spectrum Disorders. His Family Wellness Center is in Middletown, NJ.

Maria D. McNish, M.S. CCC-SLP is the founder of Advanced Therapy of America, a family-centered therapy practice offering advanced and sophisticated treatments for extraordinary individuals with special needs.
Maria holds a Master’s of Science Degree and Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. She specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Apraxia, Feeding, Developmental Delays, ADD/ADHD, and other Neurological Disorders. Maria has an extensive range of specialty trainings including P.R.O.M.P.T.®, Talk Tools®, Beckman Oral Motor™, VitalStim®, Son-Rise Program®, Therapeutic Listening Program®, Astronaut Program®, Integrated Listening Systems®, SOS Approach to Feeding® and Rapid Prompting Method®.
Maria is a co-author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and a textbook. She served on an International Brain Injury Task Force developed by United States Congress. Maria is dedicated to the field of neuroscience and its application to the treatment of speech and language disorders. She is a well-known lecturer, consultant, and trainer and is a resource for parents, educators and professionals across the globe.

Sharon Mahan:
mother, wife, sister, daughter, passionate non-toxic educator. Sharon Mahan is the founder of Non Toxic News, a virtual community helping people to live cleaner and less toxic lives. She first learned about the issue of harmful chemicals in everyday products in 2006 when her first child was diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. She has been speaking on the topic of avoiding toxins in everyday products for nearly 2.5 years, with recent presentations at Autism One and with mBody Health & Wellness. Prior to becoming a mother, Sharon worked for 7 years in consumer product marketing. She holds an MBA from New York University, and a BA from Rutgers College, with concentration in English and Communications.

Estee Rothstein BCBA is the clinical director of an ABA agency, Golden Care Therapy. Estee has 15 years’ experience including mentoring, presenting, parent training, and teaching social thinking/skills. Estee focuses on behavior management, verbal behavior teaching and language skills with application of evidence based ABA methodology. She has successfully created and implemented customized plans for hundreds of children. She has a track record of success in autism teaching for ages 18 months - 18 years.
Golden Care Therapy is a therapeutic intervention agency that specializes in ABA Therapy, providing home based services for clients throughout the tri-state area. Golden Care aims to provide support and guidance to parents of children diagnosed with ASD. It remains Golden Care priority to help each child achieve their goal and reach their greatest potential.