Innovations in Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Conference Dates: April 22-24, 2014
Location: High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY
Feature Presentation by Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP


Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 22

Registration: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Dinner: 6:00pm

Welcome: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Frank Pastizzo, Motivational Speaker
"Warm up the Workplace & CHERISH"
Frank Pastizzo, motivational speaker and author of Warm up the Workplace, will offer his trademark presentation, “Warm up the Workplace & CHERISHtm.”  Through comedy, music, and storytelling, Pestizzo’s energetic presentation will identify and encourage practices and behaviors that make a better workplace.  A book signing for Pastizzo’s book will be available after the presentation.

Wednesday, April 23

Breakfast/Registration: 7:00am - 8:45am

Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am

  • (Services Track) Beyond Psychoeducational Evaluations: Linking Evaluation Results to School-Based Interventions | Laci Charette, Psy.D., NCSP
  • (Recreation Track) Horsemanship 101: Building Relationships and Bridging Gaps | Allison Fritz, M.Psy., PATH Certified Instructor

Session 2: 10:45am-12:15pm

  • (Services Track) ABA Classroom Strategies: Making Them Work for You | Lisa Smithers, M.Ed., ST; and Nancy Davis, M.Ed., BCBA
  • (Special Session) Traditional Martial Arts for All Abilities | Joe Colorusso, Sensei
  • (Recreation Track) Geocaching: Finding Your Way, Through Determination and a Little Exercise | Thomas Kirsch

Lunch: 12:15pm-1:00pm | Featuring St. Lawrence NYSARC Community Arts Program Performance

Discussion Pane: 1:15pm - 2:30pm | Innovative Services in the North Country
Including representatives from: The Adirondack ARC; the Citizen Advocates, Inc; DPAO; and the Advocacy and Resource Center of Clinton County.

Session 3: 2:45pm-4:00pm

  • (Services Track) Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities | Gerry Swalnick, M.Ed.
  • (Recreation Track) Making Outdoor Recreation Work for Everyone | Jim Williams

Dinner on your own in Lake Placid.
Visit for area dining options.

Thursday, April 24

Breakfast/Registration: 7:00am - 8:45am

Feature Presentation: 9:00am - 11:00am | Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP
"Adolescence and Other Temporary Mental Disorders"

In this talk, Dr. Friman will argue that there is rarely anything truly wrong with troublesome adolescents other than adolescence itself. He will characterize adolescence as a period of temporary insanity that is fraught with problems, often perilous ones, and that is almost always normal from a developmental perspective. He will conclude his talk with 10 behaviorally oriented tips for dealing effectively with adolescent lunatics.


Meet the Speakers

Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP
Vice President of Behavioral Health,
Boys Town Clinical Professor of Pediatrics,
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton Schools of Medicine.  He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada, and the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology.  He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He is on the editorial boards of six peer reviewed journals. He has published more than 180 scientific articles, three books, and writes regularly for Family Spectrum Magazine.  

The primary focus of his scientific and clinical work is in the area of Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine.  Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care. A secondary focus is on adolescent behavior and development through work like his commercially available DVD, “Adolescence and Other Temporary Mental Disorders.”  He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, and pathways to success.

Laci Charette, Psy.D., NCSP
Associate Professor & School Psychology MA/CAS Program Director, SUNY Plattsburgh

Charette is an expert on school neuropsychological evaluations, assessment tools used in neuropsychological evaluations, and linking neuropsychological evaluation results to school-based interventions. 

Joe Colarusso, Sensei
Proprietor and Senior Instructor, He Yee Dao Studio

Colarusso has had an extensive career in the field of developmental disabilities, including serving as the Director of Sunmount, DDSO.  He currently owns the He Yee Dao martial arts studio and leads three weekly classes for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Nancy Davis, M.Ed., BCBA
Associate Executive Director for Clinical and Youth Services,
St. Lawrence NYSARC

Davis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for 30 years. Most recently, she has developed programs and provided services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Allison Fritz, M.Psy.
PATH Certified Instructor, St. Lawrence NYSARC

Fritz is a certified therapeutic riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). She will be discussing St. Lawrence NYSARC’S new equine program and the positive effects horsemanship can have on people with disabilities.

Thomas Kirsch
Assistant Director and Recreation Coordinator,
Mountain Lake Services

During Kirsch’s presentation, attendees will get an overview of what geocaching is, including what equipment is needed, how to start a account, what can be found in the caches, how to plan successful trips, and how to navigate the site so that people with disabilities get the most out of a geocaching experience.

Lisa Smithers, M.Ed., ST
Speech Therapist, Ogdensburg City School District

Lisa Smithers is a Speech Therapist in the Ogdensburg City School District.  She has over 30 years of work experience and has worked with numerous students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Her presentation with Nancy Davis will focus on Applied Bahavior Analysis in the classroom setting.

Gerald W. Swalnick, M.Ed.
Executive Director, Northstar Educational Services

Swalnick founded Northstar Educational Services in 1991 to provide educational consultation, parental advocacy, and instructional workshops on many special education and regular education topics for educators and parents of students with disabilities.  Since 1991, Swalnick and his associates have conducted over 1,200 workshops and presentations throughout the eastern region of the United States.

Jim Williams
Home Service Director, Cerebral Palsy Association of New York

Williams has held many positions with CP of the North Country since 1995.  For the past eight years, he has coordinated  Outdoor Recreation for People of All Abilities.  Through this program, he uses his interest in outdoor activities to make camping, canoeing, horseback riding, white water rafting, cross country skiing, etc., accessible to the people served by CP.