Assemblyman Ken Cooley Announces 8th District Resident Sally J. Rogers Honored at Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award Ceremony

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Rancho Cordova- The California State Legislative Women's Caucus and Assemblyman Ken Cooley honored Sally J. Rogers, a pioneer and national leader in the treatment of autism, today on the Floor of the State Assembly with the new Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, honoring distinguished women in honor of Women's History Month.

Sally Rogers, a resident of the 8th Assembly District, co-developed The Early Start Denver Model, a play-based behavioral intervention that was developed to address the unique needs of toddlers with autism and incorporates existing techniques that have received empirical support for improving skill acquisition in preschoolers with autism. This model for treatment was named #3 on the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs in 2012 by Time Magazine.

"Ms. Rogers impact on parents and children coping with autism is immeasurable," said Assemblyman Cooley. "If you have ever met a child who is suffering from Autism, you know the strain the family goes through to support this child. After a child has gone through the programming that Ms. Rogers has worked for decades to create, that child has a vastly improved chance to live a stress-free life. It is after the programming, that the parents of these children experience the ability to look into their children's eyes and see them smile."

Ms. Rogers' list of accomplishments and contributions to the field are long and have been recognized across the medical community. Her book, "An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn" was named the #1 Consumer Health Book of the Year, 2012 by the American Journal of Nursing.

Also see additional coverage of Sally Rogers:

TIME Magazine: http://healthland.time.com/2012/12/04/top-10-health-lists/slide/hope-for-reversing-autism/

CNN Story: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/31/health/autism-therapy-brain/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

60 Minutes Segment: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-2483414.html

PBS News Hour: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june11/rogersext_04-19.html

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County. For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

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Sally J. Rogers Biography

Sally J. Rogers is a developmental psychologist and a Professor of Psychiatry at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her decision to study autism came early, influenced in part by a Life magazine article entitled, "Screams, Slaps and Love," which focused on a study being conducted at UCLA in 1965. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University with a specialization in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Rogers has spent her career working with children with developmental disabilities and their families, especially young children with autism. Her autism studies have spotlighted imitation, social-communicative behavior, and development of motor, language and social interaction skills.

Over the past thirty years, Dr. Rogers has developed, in partnership with Dr. Geri Dawson and other colleagues at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the University of Washington and the University of California, Davis, and continues to refine an early intervention treatment for infants and toddlers with autism, The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). The ESDM is a play-based behavioral intervention that was developed to address the unique needs of toddlers with autism and incorporates existing techniques that have received empirical support for improving skill acquisition in preschoolers with autism. Dr. Rogers is the principal investigator of several autism research projects, including a multi-site, controlled trial of the Early Start Denver Model through the NIMH/NICHD funded Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) network. She has recently been awarded a second ACE grant which will continue investigation of the effects of the Early Start Denver Model relative to intensity and type of treatment received. The second part of the study will focus on the continued effects of the ESDM on children who were enrolled in the first ACE study.

Dr. Rogers has written extensively in her field, authoring over 200 journal articles, chapters, books and training videos. She serves on the editorial boards of many publications and also reviews for autism-related periodicals. She is a member of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities that is revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. She is also one of the principal investigators on a T32 mentoring and training grant for postdoctoral students. Currently, Dr. Rogers is establishing ESDM training programs, both in the United States and internationally, in the hopes of training professionals who can then work in their own communities utilizing the ESDM.

Dr. Rogers is also an accomplished pianist who enjoys travel, gardening, learning Italian, and spending time with friends. Her latest interest is learning to play the guitar.

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