Ricki Robinson, M.D., M.P.H. - Medical Director

Ricki Robinson is co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning in La Canada, California. She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC and Senior Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has been in private pediatric practice for over 30 years, specializing in children with developmental delays for over twenty years. Dr. Robinson received her M.D. degree in 1973 from the University of Southern California. She trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, having served as Chief Pediatric Resident for CHLA in 1976. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics. In 1988 she received her MPH from the University at Berkeley School of Public Health.

She has been actively involved in the field of autism since 1990, developing multidisciplinary educational and medical programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and devoting endless hours in education, legislation and research efforts on a national level. She was a founding board member of Cure Autism Now (now Autism Speaks) and the Floortime model Foundation, co-chaired the annual ICDL Conferences (Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders) and served on the DIR model Institute Faculty. Currently, Dr. Robinson serves on the Scientific Review Panel of Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy organization and she organized and chaired the first nationally recognized task force to define the standard of care for clinical trials in autism. The results of this outstanding effort were published in CNS Spectrums (January 2004, Vol. 9, #1). She now brings her extensive experience to Profectum.

A nationally sought-after expert, she has appeared on the Today Show, The Talk, Larry King Live and Good Morning America Health in support of the needs of children and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is the author of the just published Autism Solutions – How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child.

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Awakening Potential through Brain Science
Profectum's 2nd International Conference presents new research into how the brain thinks, creates and feels. This scientific progress also reveals that for each person, brain plasticity allows competencies to develop even when early indications imply.  Details>>


Overcoming Barriers
Profectum's 3rd Annual conference in New York City brought together expert guest speakers and parents to help you understand the barriers to progress and “how to” move forward when they arise. Details>>

Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling and Movement
Serena Wieder and Harry Wach’s new book on Advancing Competencies and Emotional Development in Children with Learning and Autism Spectrum. Details>>

P.L.A.Y.® Project
Dr. Richard Solomon demonstrates effective play-based interventions with young children with autism spectrum disorder.

Developmental Approach to Anxiety
Dr. Ricki Robinson's new presentation on the use of a developmental approach to address anxiety in children with ASD.
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