Multidisciplinary Perspectives of the Film SPELLERS. CME-CEU Accredited Course

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Multidisciplinary Perspectives of the Film SPELLERS: Considerations of Implicit Bias & Therapeutic Interventions For Non-Speaking Individuals with AutismThe documentary film SPELLERS is going to change the way the world perceives non-speaking individuals with autism. The implications of this film is leading practitioners, educators, and even families to reevaluate 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.

We are encouraging providers and educators to attend this film screening, and so we have partnered up with R.E.A.C.T., Research & Education for Autistic Children’s Treatment ( and MNI-Great Lakes ECHO to provide a certified continuing education opportunity after watching our screening of SPELLERS to listen to a 70min multidisciplinary post-viewing discussion by doctors, providers, educators, and parents regarding the implications this film will have on the ways we develop goals, expectations, and interventions for non-speaking individuals with autism and/or apraxia.

We believe the impacts of this film will dramatically shift our understanding of autism and it’s important that providers and educators are prepared for this shift by watching this documentary and then taking this post-film continuing education course.
This is the second half of this CME/CEU PRA Category 1 Credits activity. Participants need to watch SPELLERS first, on-demand, virtually, or in person at a location nearest you by going to: .
This is a 2.5 hr Continuing medical education activity certified by The American Medical Association (AMA) which is aligned with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Physician’s recognition Award (PRA) category 1 credits certified by our partners: MNI-Great Lakes ECHO.

This activity is brought to you by REACT: Research and Education for Autistic Children’s Treatment. REACT is a non-profit 501c3 organization who’s mission is to advocate for better pediatric health outcomes through education, research, and treatment development for autism and other neurological disorders, developmental disorders, and chronic illnesses.
Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will review case studies of spelled communication (AAC) in non-verbal 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 and creating future treatment plans.
3. Clinical studies of the motor skill training in the non-speaking population will be proposed.
4. Listen to the prospectives of multiple specialists on the implications of this film, including a neurologist, physicians, speech pathologists, occupational therapist, research scientist, and parent(s).

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 owns and operates a multidisciplinary functional medical center and co-owner of an ABA autism center.

Krishna Donaparthi, 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 get 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’s the responsibility of the attendee to verify this course meets your professional continuing education requirements.

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