Aug 15, 2013

Scott Bellini headlines USD Center for Disabilities Fall Autism Conference

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Scott Bellini, Ph.D., HSPP, and director of the Social Skills Research Clinic in Indiana is this year’s featured presenter at the Center for Disabilities Fall Autism Conference. Bellini’s focus is empirically examining the outcomes of social skill interventions for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). His presentation is titled “Developing Social Skills in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

Bellini also serves on the faculty in the School Psychology program at Indiana University, Bloomington, and is a licensed psychologist in Indiana, as well as a health services provider in Psychology.

The conference will be held Sept. 19–20 at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls. The first day runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the second day 8 a.m. to noon. Educators and therapists who work with adolescents on the spectrum along with and parents of youth with ASD can benefit from this conference.

“Deficits in social skills are one of the core features of ASD, which creates difficulties functioning across all areas of life,” said Eric Kurtz, Ph.D., director of the Center for Disabilities Autism Spectrum Disorders program. “This conference will assist in developing evidence-based programming to facilitate better outcomes socially, educationally, vocationally, and assist individuals with ASD in leading more independent lives.”

For more information about the conference or to register, go to

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctors for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
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