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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health


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.

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

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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