Know Your Parental Rights with DSM-5 ASD Changes

We will compare the definitions of autism spectrum disorders in DSM-IV with the proposed new definition of "Autism Spectrum Disorder" that will replace all of them in 2013 if adopted by the American Psychiatric Association. Participants will compare the diagnostic criteria side-by-side to see how a healthcare professional can translate an existing DSM-IV Autism Spectrum diagnosis into a DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, and the potential pitfalls in that process.

Jodi Bouer, Esq.

Jodi is the principal in her own practice that focuses on helping ASD individuals and their providers obtain insurance coverage for therapies. She has extensive insurance law experience as former counsel at an insurance company and at major law firms. She has taught insurance law at Seton Hall Law School . She helps clients understand how insurers assess coverage obligations and how to present their claims most effectively with their policies.

Mitchel Perlman, PhD, PhD

Mitchel D. Perlman, PhD, focuses on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have specialized needs and/or who are involved in chaotic-intense-traumatic-critical situations. Known for the comprehensiveness of his investigatory assessments (psychodiagnostic, psychoeducational, neurocognitive), Dr. Perlman is often called on to be the impartial independent examiner in juvenile, family, civil and special education proceedings.

Steven Kossor, MA

The founder and executive director the Institute for Behavior Change, licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist Steven Kossor has been recognized by the US Congress, both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and by the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health for his visionary leadership in the creation of a successful community-based treatment model for children with serious mental illness symptoms.

Katie Weisman

Katie Weisman is the mother of identical triplet boys who all have autism. After a career as a technical designer, she is now a full-time mom and autism advocate. She chairs a local support group for parents of children with autism and has been actively involved in state and federal legislation. All three of Katie’s sons have mercury poisoning which she believes is the primary cause of their disability. She is on the Board of Directors of SafeMinds and works part-time as the SafeMinds Director of Communications. She lives in Mt. Kisco, New York.