Dr. Wolfberg is to speak on her autism research in communication and social interaction in children, and will focus primarily on her Integrated Play Groups model (IPG), which was designed primarily to promote social skills and play development in children of diverse ages with autism. She will discuss how to execute this model through creative measures, such as art, movement/dance, and drama, while presenting up-to-date and past research in this field.
The primary goal of this research is to provide elementary-aged children with the skills necessary for imaginative processes, ultimately enhancing their ability to embrace a fulfilling childhood culture. Dr. Wolfberg stresses the importance of play in any child’s life, and incorporates play and imagination heavily into her program as a crucial component of childhood learning. She aims for students to reach for their social and imaginative potential in these groups, and have fun while doing so.
ICare4Autism’s International Autism Conference will be held from August 1-2, 2012, at theInternationalConferenceCenterinJerusalem,Israel. It will feature Dr. Wolfberg among many other experts in autism research in order to share research and collaborate to move forward in effectively treating ASD.
Pamela Wolfberg, Ph. D. is the director and founder of the Autism Spectrum program atSan FranciscoStateUniversity, where she is currently a professor of special education and faculty advisor. She originated the IPG model, and leads research on developmental social skills in children with autism both nationally and internationally. She has received various awards for her research and community outreach, and is a published author and editor of numerous professional publications.