We are delighted to invite you to the Australian Conference for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ACND2019) from September 19th – 21st 2019. This is an opportunity to create a collaborative, multi-disciplinary community that is networked globally delivering applications of research to develop excellence in the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Papers should address one of the topics listed in the call for papers and can describe a wide range of research including empirical or theoretical studies. In addition, philosophical papers presenting an argument and papers presenting a process that has been developed and is now ready for wider use are welcome. In all cases concepts and underlying principles should be emphasised, with enough background information to orient any reader who is not a specialist in the particular subject area. Applied research with clear practical outcomes to benefit clinicians, parents and/or caregivers will be given priority.
Presentations will address the symptoms and signs of specific neurodevelopmental disorders on learning and classroom management in conjunction with current best practice strategies for enhancing student outcomes.
The overarching goal of this stream is to provide mental health practitioners with practical information on neurodevelopmental disorders as listed and conceptualized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The emphasis will be on evaluation (screening, assessment and diagnosis) as well as management and treatment. Presentations will be relatively easy to digest providing information that can be integrated into day-to-day clinical practice.
The lived experience of raising children with a neurodevelopmental disorder is unique for every family, creating challenges and building resilience. Understanding the effect of neurodevelopmental disorders on family functioning, family strengths and family wellbeing is important to inform clinical support services and strengthen relationships within families and with practitioners. Family focused neurodevelopmental disorder research, family focused care practices and family focused support services are areas in the care journey where we are just beginning to understand the significance in supporting wellbeing outcomes.