DOCUMENTARY ~ SPELLERS

Autism. Non-Speakers. REVOLUTIONARIES.

It’s time to give them a voice.

REACT endorses the Autism Documentary SPELLERS.

SPELLERS just won Best Documentary and Donor’s Choice Award at it’s premier at the Phoenix Film Festival and we believe this film is going to change the way the world perceives non-speaking individuals with autism which will lead practitioners, educators, and even families to re-evaluate expectations and therapeutic approaches of this complex, multifaceted disorder.

The documentary SPELLERS pushes us to dig deeper, reflect on our own biases, and develop new and appropriate therapeutic approaches that best serve non-speaking individuals with autism and apraxia. It shows us that “assuming competence” leads to better outcomes and breakthroughs.

The best way to watch this important documentary is at an in-person screening near you. To find a SPELLERS screening near you click here. You may also find an on-demand screening by going here.

REACT is providing a CME-CEU CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

REACT is encouraging providers and educators to watch the film SPELLERS, and so we have partnered with MNI-Great Lakes ECHO, to provide a certified continuing education opportunity for educators, therapists, and healthcare providers who watch SPELLERS. We believe the impact of this film will dramatically shift our understanding of autism and it’s important that providers and educators are educated on changing perspectives and therapeutics.

About the CME/CEU course:

Title: MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES OF THE FILM SPELLERS; CONSIDERATIONS OF IMPLICIT BIAS AND THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS FOR NON-SPEAKING INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Attendees will review case studies of spelled communication (AAC) in non-speaking individuals with autism and motor neural apraxia through the film documentary SPELLERS. 
  2. Attendees will be encouraged to reflect on these case studies as they consider their own implicit biases while creating future treatment plans.
  3. Clinical studies of motor skill training in the non-speaking population will be proposed.
  4. Listen to the perspectives of multiple specialists on the implications of this film, including a neurologist, physicians, speech pathologists, occupational therapist, research scientist, and parent(s). 

Presenters:

Avery Jackson, III, MD: is the chief executive officer and medical director of Michigan Neurosurgical Institute, P.C., which he founded in 2003. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon and has extensive training and experience in complex brain and spine surgical interventions.

James Neuenschwander, MD: Functional and Integrated Medicine Physician, he owns and operates a multidisciplinary functional medical center and co-owner of an ABA autism center. 

Krishna Doniparthi, MD: board certified physician in Regenerative & Functional Medicine, Family Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. His primary focus of research is on pre-conception medicine and its potential effect on spectrum disorder, cancer, and genetic/epigenetic predispositions.

James Lyons-Weiler, PhD: Research scientist, editor and chief and director of IPaK-Edu and UnBreaking Science, and author of “Cures vs. Profits“, “Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism“, and “Ebola: An Evolving Story”.

Alyssa Miller, CCC-SLP: Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Spell To Communicate (S2C) Practitioner

Dana Johnson, OT, PhD, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist and Spellers Method Certified Practitioner. 

Maija C Hahn, CCC-SLP: Speech Language Pathologist specializing in Autism and President of REACT; Research & Education for Autistic Children’s Treatment

Joel Troyer: a father of a non-speaking autistic child receiving S2C training

CME Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) through the joint providership of MNI Great Lakes ECHO, LLC (MGLE) and Research & Education for Autistic Children’s Treatment (R.E.A.C.T.).

MGLE is accredited by MSMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MGLE designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: The ACCME is approved by the board of nurses as an acceptable provider of continuing education for renewal of license.

For all other members of the Healthcare & Education Team: A certificate of attendance will be provided to all other healthcare and educational professionals requesting credits in accordance with state licensing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations. It is the responsibility of the attendee to verify this course meets your professional continuing education requirements.  

*This CME/CEU course is 2.5hrs AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ & costs $50 to register and receive certificate of completion. Watching SPELLERS is a prerequisite to receiving credit for this course.

TO REGISTER FOR COURSE: https://www.eeds.com/em/6169

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