Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture I

Optimizing Inclusive Education for Children with ASD: Factors and Benchmarks for Good Practice

This session will discuss inclusion for individuals with high-functioning autism with an emphasis on (a) learning and development for leaners with ASD in inclusive settings, (b) building positive attitudes about autism and inclusion, and (c) simple strategies that can increase the success of those on the spectrum. Factors that support an inclusive attitude will be highlighted.

Target participants: School personnel, related professionals (psychologists, therapists, social workers), parents, and interested individuals

Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D

Dr. Myles is a consultant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She served as the editor of Intervention in School and Clinic, the third largest journal in special education and has been a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Remedial and Special Education, and Autism: The International Journal of Research. Dr. Myles has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee; was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium; and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and served as Project Director for the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Teachers (TARGET). Dr. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE), College Internship Program, and ASTEP – Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.


Keynote Lecture II

Public Services and Support for Children with ASD and Their Families 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by patterns of significant impairment and deviance in the development of social and communicative skills, with presence of restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviours and interests that arise in the early developmental period. Heterogeneity of ASD symptoms with wide range of behavioural syndrome expressions, different levels of severity and associated comorbidities has posed great challenges to support for children with ASD and their families in different stages of life.

In Hong Kong service providers aim at early identification and effective intervention for children with ASD and their families. Developmental surveillance programme and enhanced awareness by parents and teachers facilitate early identification and diagnosis. Special training and educational provisions are available for preschool and school age children with ASD, with increasing number of children with ASD enroll in integrated education. This calls for on-going research and evidence-based effective intervention programme development to enhance school-based support, family-school collaboration, family support and public education. In recent years, more work is being done to support teenagers and adults with ASD in coping with their various challenges in higher education, workplace arenas, and at different transition stages. Local parent associations continue to play vital and active roles in advocacy for individuals with ASD and the families. In this talk, Dr. Lee will present a brief review of the above-mentioned existing services for children with ASD and their parents.

Target participants: School personnel, related professionals (psychologists, therapists, social workers), parents, and interested individuals

Dr. Florence Lee

Dr. Florence Lee is currently the Consultant Paediatrician of Child Assessment Service, Department of Health. Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Hong Kong and obtained her fellowship in Paediatrics. She is a subspecialist in Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrics (DBP) and is the Programme Director in the Subspecialty Training Programme of DBP under Hong Kong College of Paediataricians.

Florence Lee