UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On Thursday, July 28th, Upstate Cerebral Palsy hosted the ‘Contemporary and Compassionate Approaches to Support People with Developmental Disabilities’ conference in downtown Utica.

Conference poster with attendees networking.

The event highlighted state-of-the-art research, evidence-based practices, and practical applications from experts and leading researchers in the industry from the United States and worldwide who specialize in developmental disabilities.

“We know that both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or I/DD as we commonly call it, require supports and services that depending on that level of support needed could put them at an increased risk of residential placement, severe challenging behavior, medical conditions such as sleep, dietary sensitivities, and obesity,” explained Dr. Erik Jacobson, Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s chief clinical officer. “Teaching from joy rather than compliance is something we like to say at Upstate Cerebral Palsy, and we are so happy to be a catalyst to help spread this knowledge across the country.”

Practitioners in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) learned new, safe, evidence-based practices for treating challenging behaviors and essential skills for improving patients quality of life. Panel discussions were also held that facilitated understanding of the future of working with individuals with complex intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For more information about Upstate Cerebral Palsy, you can visit their website.