4/7: Osher Center Pediatricians to Present at Support for Families Conference

Osher Center integrative pediatricians Dr. Sanford Newmark and Dr. David Becker will both be presenters at the upcoming Support for Families of Children with Disabilities’ 2018 Information & Resource Conference. This annual event will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 8:30am – 3:30pm at John O’Connell High School at 2355 Folsom Street in San Francisco. This is a free event, but registration is requested. Online registration will open on Tuesday, March 6.

Dr. Newmark’s morning workshop will be on “An Integrative Approach to Autism Treatment.” The course description is as follows: The old paradigm of autism as simply a brain disorder, amenable only to therapy, is being replaced with an integrative approach that recognizes autism as a syndrome that affects the entire person, with nutritional, gastrointestinal, metabolic, and immune aspects. As a result, newer bio-medical treatments that include dietary interventions, nutritional supplements, and others, are garnering positive results. There is a great deal of conflicting information on the internet, making it difficult for parents and professionals to know how to treat autistic children safely and effectively. In this talk, Dr. Sanford Newmark will discuss the latest information on biomedical treatment and give specific recommendations for the best and safest treatments.

Dr. Becker’s afternoon workshop will be on “Mindfulness & Mind-Body Techniques for Kids & their Families.” Course description: Mindfulness has become a hot topic lately, working its way into school curricula and popular language. In this workshop, we will talk about what mindfulness is and isn’t. We will also cover other mind-body strategies such as guided imagery, biofeedback and clinical hypnosis. And we will talk about how to help kids develop self-regulation skills (and how to lead by example).

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