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Free, half-day conference offered to educators by Geisinger, the University of Scranton and Friendship House

Sept. 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Educators and other professionals who diagnose and care for children and adults with fragile X syndrome are invited to attend a free conference presented by Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI).

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental issues including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. Males are usually more affected by the disorder and those affected usually have delayed development of speech and language by the age of 2.

“From the Clinic to the Classroom: Fragile X Syndrome” will be presented Oct. 7 at the University of Scranton in conjunction with the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies and Scranton’s Friendship House.

 
 Haas-Givler
 
 Finucane

The conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, will provide training on how to help students with fragile X in a classroom setting. ADMI’s Brenda Finucane, M.S., LGC, will present Fragile X Syndrome: Diagnosis and Characteristics. Barbara Haas-Givler, M.Ed., BCBA, also of ADMI, will present Customizing the Learning Environment for School-Aged Students with Fragile X Syndrome.

While the conference is free, registration is required and begins at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Scranton Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall, second floor forum, Room 235, 237 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Advance registration is available online at www.regonline.com/fragilex.

About Geisinger
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldrige Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

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CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo, 570-214-7410, msferlazzo@geisinger.edu