January 20, 2017

#CK- Anxiety in the Classroom

8:30am  -  10:00
Heroes Ballroom

Jessica Minahan ABSTRACT: With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive continue reading →

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#DK-Literacy Instruction on the Outside of Dogs

10:00am  -  11:30am
Heroes Ballroom

Dave Koppenhaver ABSTRACT: Groucho Marx is credited with having said about reading, “Outside of a dog, a book is your best friend.” He then noted, “Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”  In this presentation we’ll look together at the reading and writing experiences of a wide range of children with autism spectrum continue reading →

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#EB- Best Practices that Make Literacy Instruction and Learning Easier

12:45pm  -  2:15pm
Salon 3

Dave Koppenhaver ABSTRACT: There are an infinite number and variety of people willing to offer teachers unsolicited advice on how to teach students with and without disabilities to read and write.  Few of these advisors understand deeply or personally the complexity of classrooms or the range of abilities and differences of students with disabilities.  In continue reading →

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#FB- Kids Who Challenge Us: Increasing Work Engagement and Reducing Oppositional Behavior in Students

12:45pm  -  2:15pm
Salon 1

Jessica Minahan ABSTRACT: Among the many reasons new teachers leave the field within their first five years, disruptive students are on the top of the list. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. As a result of this workshop participants will be able to easily continue reading →

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January 21, 2017

#40B Behavioral Athletic Therapy (BAT)

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Forum West 4

Jason Miletsky ABSTRACT: Everything one does that can be observed and measured is considered a behavior. This is why learning skills systematically through applied behavior strategies, particularly in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs is so effective. BAT provides individuals with an opportunity to learn fitness, athletic, recreation, leisure, social, and life continue reading →

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#K1 A Different Key-The Story of Autism

8:15am  -  9:15am
Heroes Ballroom

Caren Zucker John Donvan Eighty-two years ago in Forest, Mississippi, a boy named Donald Triplett was born, who was destined to become the first child in history diagnosed with autism. But that was only after his mysterious behaviors led his parents on a love-driven journey to understand why their son was different from other children, continue reading →

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#K2 Engaging Neurodiverse Individuals: The Power of Acceptance and Positivity

9:30am  -  10:30am
Heroes Ballroom

Chris Ulmer Abstract: We each have a profound power within us, that when harnessed correctly, can enable us to form meaningful relationships with anyone, neurodiverse or otherwise. The fear that comes from not knowing how to access this power, has detrimental impacts. We’ve all seen the effects first hand through bullying and the isolation of continue reading →

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#9B Using Music to Promote Skills Acquisitions Using the Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Forum West 1 & 2

Marlene Sotelo Abstract: Music can be enjoyed by all individuals regardless of their cognitive, communication, and physical abilities. It can serve as a motivator and reinforcer to promote participation and learning even in the most hard to reach children. Due to the activation of multiple areas of the brain when listening and experiencing music, it continue reading →

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#3B Minimizing Physical Restraint and Seclusion Initiative: Safety You Can Count (On)!

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Legacy North 2

Kimberly Lynn Sanders Abstract: This presentation will fully describe the journey of one behavioral healthcare provider with a restraint and seclusion problem. Through an initiative to manage physically aggressive behavior safely without utilizing restraint or seclusion, a problem became an invention and an opportunity to assist other organizations/schools. The results included: • Improved client treatment continue reading →

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#4B Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for People with ASD/DD

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Salon 1

Carol Curtin Linda Bandini Abstract: The health disparities experienced by people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities (ASD) have been well-documented, including an increased risk for obesity which has implications for independent living, quality of life, and health care costs. This lecture will summarize the extant research on obesity prevalence, nutrition, and physical continue reading →

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#5B The Perils of Social Media for ASD

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Salon 2

Lori A. W. Smith Abstract: Today’s children and adults with ASD spend hours per week on web-based interactive media, including games, YouTube, apps, and social media sites. They also have very different ideas about privacy, sharing and friendship that may make them vulnerable to a host of negative consequences. Electronic social interactions present a minefield continue reading →

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#6B A Home for Max: One Family’s Journey to Independent Supported Living

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Forum East 4

Victoria Meyer Abstract: Empty nest syndrome? It can happen for your family! This session will outline in detail one family’s struggle with their son who has autism, and serious behavioral issues, achieve independent supported living. The dream is possible and you will leave here today with the tools you need to get there. One of continue reading →

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#7B Childhood Diagnostic Disparities and Challenges of African Americans with Autism

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Forum East 2

Douglene Jackson Abstract: Children of minority backgrounds often receive their diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) late, even though the presentation of symptoms is similar. Researchers have noted that as a result of ethnic minorities receiving their diagnosis late, they miss critical windows of opportunity to receive early intervention services for improved functional outcomes. A continue reading →

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#8B Function Based Interventions within Typical Family Routines

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Forum West 1

Meme Hieneman Abstract: When working with families, it has become increasingly evident that employing positive behavior support within natural family contributes to its effectiveness and sustainability.  Designing function-based strategies – proactive and educative strategies tailored to the purposes behavior serves – that fit within family life and supporting their implementation by parents is essential. This continue reading →

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#10B There is a Fine Line…(Understanding Inappropriate Communication and Behavior in Relationships)

10:45am  -  12:15pm
Legacy North 1

Bianca Bragg Eszter Kiss Abstract: There is often a fine line between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Recognizing these subtle differences can be quite challenging for someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder due to deficits of social communication which often result in inappropriate or lack of communication of one’s desire. Deficits in social learning can lead to continue reading →

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#11L Butterfly Effects Overview

12:30pm  -  1:30pm
Salon 1

#12L The Paragon School Overview

12:30pm  -  1:30pm
Salon 3

#13L Let’s Talk About Gender Differences on the Autism Spectrum

12:30pm  -  1:30pm
Legacy North 1

James Williams Rachel Barcellona Abstract: A large amount of research has demonstrated that autism affects males and females differently, and suggests that there may be far more females with autism that are being diagnosed. Listen to two adults with autism, a male and a female, describe how their experiences living with autism have been vastly continue reading →

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#14L How the Gardiner Scholarship Serves Children on the Autism Spectrum

12:30pm  -  1:30pm
Forum East 4

Paula Nelson Abstract: This presentation is designed to inform parents of the availability of the Gardiner Scholarship (formerly known as the Personal Learning Scholarship Account, or PLSA).  This scholarship allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing funds towards a combination of programs and approved providers such as schools, continue reading →

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#17B RUBI Autism Network Parent Training Manual for Disruptive Behavior Disorders

1:45pm  -  2:45pm
Legacy North 2

Tara Sheehan Abstract: Therapeutic interventions rooted in the science of ABA are widely recognized as safe and effective treatment for ASD and behavior disorders that present secondary to a diagnosis of ASD. While ABA methodology offers effective treatments, there are challenges to providing clinician-delivered ABA services at the effective dosage to all children and families continue reading →

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#18B The Missing Transition Piece: Healthcare Transition—Pediatrics to Adult Care

13:45pm  -  2:45pm
Forum East 2

Linda Hampton Starnes Abstract: An important, yet often overlooked, part of transition is the necessary preparation of youth with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs for the world of adult healthcare. The American Pediatric Association and many other national organizations recognize special healthcare transition as a significant issue across the country. Educational planning rarely brings this continue reading →

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#19B Behind the Wheel: Becoming an Excellent (and safe) Driver

1:45pm  -  2:45pm
Legacy North 2

William McCombie Abstract: Learning to drive can provide a path towards independent living and working, yet many of the autism spectrum can not or do not drive. This presentation will cover the experience of learning to drive, buying a car, and navigating traffic as an individual on the autism spectrum, barriers that can be overcome, continue reading →

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#20B Promoting Daily Living Skills for Adolescents with ASD via Parent Delivery of Video Prompting on the iPad

1:45pm  -  2:45pm
Salon 1

Elisa Cruz-Torres Abstract: The acquisition of daily, independent living skills can foster autonomy and self-determination for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The use of visual supports across devices have proven to be effective and efficient in successfully promoting these outcomes.  As technology advances, devices have become more portable and, ultimately, affordable. Parents and caregivers have continue reading →

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#21B Stimulus Equivalence

1:45pm  -  2:45pm
Forum West 1, Forum West 2

Joshua Pritchard Part 1/3 Abstract: In this three-hour workshop, the participants will be shown the importance of providing language which goes beyond requesting and labeling things to those with autism.  Without this kind of expansion, we are failing to provide the skills to engage in abstract thinking, metaphorical understanding, and the ability to engage with continue reading →

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#22B Navigating Private Insurance: A Parents & Providers Perspective

1:45pm  -  2:45pm
Forum East 4

Anthony T. Fischetti Abstract: The presentation will discuss the complexities of private insurance from a caregiver’s and provider’s perspective. Parents and providers will be provided guidance and suggestions to assist with the timely provision of ABA services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Alternative funding sources available to families to assist with payment of continue reading →

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#23B Commonalities: Meaning Making in Interactions with Neurodiverse Individuals

1:45pm  -  2:45pm
Salon 2

Chris Ulmer Abstract: During this breakout session you will learn to identify the subtle cues that, while often differ from social norms, indicate a neurodiverse individuals desire to communicate and connect. Explore ways to not only make notice of these attempts, but to utilize them as opportunities to strengthen your relationship with your neurodiverse students continue reading →

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#24B A Different Key II- The Story of Autism

1:45pm  -  2:45pm
Salon 3

Caren Zucker John Donvan Abstract: The history of autism as a diagnosis reveals important lessons for the present and the future. A review of the roughly seven decades that have passed since Leo Kanner’s groundbreaking paper introducing the concept highlights a pattern of discrimination, ignorance, fear and bigotry. For those given the diagnosis, these all continue reading →

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#25B Preparing Your Child for Adulthood: It Begins NOW!

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Forum East 4

Kelly Everson Abstract: Transition from childhood to adolescence and then to adulthood is a difficult task for anyone; it’s when we combine these developmental tasks with difficulty managing transition, change and difficulties that often arise with a diagnosis of ASD that this is even more exemplified.  This presentation will review the developmental tasks of gaining continue reading →

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#26B Three Executive Functioning Tools Individuals Need in their Social Backpack: Teaching and Understanding Social Development through Executive Functioning

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Salon 3

Chris Abildgaard Abstract: Navigating the hallways of school, office politics and relationships is difficult for any individual let alone someone with an ASD.  To be successful in all of these areas, its not just about having good “social skills”.  One needs to have well developed executive functioning skills in order to utilize those social competencies. continue reading →

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#27B Guy Stuff: A Sexuality and Relationship Education Program for Boys with Asperger’s and Higher-Verbal ASD

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Salon 2

Ryan Wexelblatt Abstract: Children and adolescents who present with social learning challenges such as Asperger’s and ASD need much more comprehensive information around sexuality and relationship education yet almost none receive the education they need. Guy Stuff is a SRE program designed for boys ages 10-18. Taught from a social learning perspective, Guy Stuff provides continue reading →

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#28B Road Trip: Helping Families Navigate Autism Diagnosis, Treatment and Transitions

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Legacy North 2

Heather Anacki Abstract: The road toward and following a diagnosis of Autism is a trip for which no family can expect or prepare.  You may be the first professional from whom families seek help. This presentation will discuss how service providers might facilitate the journey, including tools and strategies to support and engage families experiencing continue reading →

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#29B Vocational Rehabilitation of Individuals with Autism Using Virtual Reality

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Salon 1

Redwan Alqasemi Abstract: An advanced system for vocational training and assessment of individuals with Autism using virtual reality will be presented. The system includes training modules on six vocational skills: cleaning, loading the back of a truck, money management, shelving, environmental awareness, and social skills. The long term goal is to provide a low cost, continue reading →

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#30B Reducing Fears Related to Healthcare Routines

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Legacy North 1

Christine Florentino Honsberger Jessica Weber Abstract: Healthcare routines, including cutting nails, getting a haircut and going to the dentist, are an important part of all of our lives, however, these activities are often challenging for families of individuals with ASD. This presentation will review strategies and techniques to reduce parental stress and increase child compliance continue reading →

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#31B How Do I Self Advocate?

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Forum East 2

Michele Ramsay Abstract: Do your students know how to self-advocate? Do they know what and how much to disclose in school and life? Join this interactive session to help your students strengthen their self-awareness so they can advocate for their needs in high school, college and life.  Thoughtful questions, stories, strategies, videos, and modeling of continue reading →

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#32B Stimulus Equivalence PART 2 OF 3

3:00pm  -  4:00pm
Forum West 1 & 2

Joshua Pritchard Part 2 of 3 Abstract: In this three-hour workshop, the participants will be shown the importance of providing language which goes beyond requesting and labeling things to those with autism.  Without this kind of expansion, we are failing to provide the skills to engage in abstract thinking, metaphorical understanding, and the ability to continue reading →

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#39B Stimulus Equivalence- PART 3 OF 3

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Forum West 1 & 2

Joshua Pritchard Part 3 of 3 ABSTRACT: In this three-hour workshop, the participants can learn how important derived relations and stimulus equivalence is for the development of sophisticated and nuanced language and cognitions. Unfortunately, many ABA practitioners teach students with autism by focusing exclusively on Skinner’s elementary verbal operants — and don’t systematically ensure that continue reading →

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#38B Talking to Children and Adults about Dying, Death, Public Tragedies

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Legacy North 1

Alberto Breccia Catherine Faherty Abstract: When public tragedies occur, such as school shootings, and with personal tragedies within families, such as dying and death, being honest and factual is essential for healthy coping and healing. We will present critical concepts, and provide practical strategies to use with all children, with a specific focus when communicating continue reading →

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#37B Same Mess, Different Day: A Practical Approach to Tackle Executive Function and Organizational Challenges in College

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Salon 1

Sharona Sommer Abstract: Have your students been coached and trained in effective EF strategies but day after day there is pretty much the same disorganized mess or challenges? In this engaging and interactive workshop, you will learn organizational and EF strategies to add to your students and your real life toolkit. With the proper tools, continue reading →

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#36B Social Instruction Strategies from the Anime and Gaming Communities

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Salon 2

James Williams Abstract: Many individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and other social differences, enjoy Japanese anime and video games, and are active in the anime fan and video gaming communities. As a result, the anime and gaming communities have created a series of social teaching strategies to assist their members with social difficulties in understanding continue reading →

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#35B An Integrated Model for Inclusion for ASD Students

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Legacy North 2

John Miller Abstract: Inclusion in a mainstream educational environment is important to create the conditions for success in later life for individuals with autism. Parents of children with ASD fear that they will in an environment will be noncommittal at best and not meet their needs. John Miller, a specialist with a decade of experience will examine the strategies and continue reading →

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#34B 10 Evidence Based Tips for Counseling Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Salon 3

Ali Cunningham Alison Bourdeau Abstract: Adults with autism often perplex mental health professionals when they seek out counseling or therapeutic services. Counselors and therapists who do not specialize in this area benefit from understanding some of the most effective ways in approaching and treating the challenges that adults with ASD face, which often include co-morbid continue reading →

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#33B Pilot Recreation Program for Children with Autism: Club Move-It

4:15pm  -  5:15pm
Forum East 2

Bobbie Vaughn Flora Howie Abstract: Program presenters will describe the research findings of a pilot group recreation program, which explored the feasibility and acceptability of a curriculum-based group recreation intervention created for children aged 5 to 8 years with autism and gross motor deficits.   The presenters will also discuss the potential for the intervention continue reading →

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January 22, 2017

#41K An Optimistic Approach to Helping Students with Challenging Behaviors

8:45am  -  10:15am
Heroes Ballroom

Mark Durand ABSTRACT: Challenging behaviors continue to top the list of concerns for families and teachers of persons with ASD. Although we have made impressive gains in helping reduce these problem behaviors, obstacles remain. This talk will cover new insights into these obstacles and how teachers and families and other can overcome them and effectively continue reading →

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#42K- Dreams, Goals and Aspirations

10:15am  -  12:00pm
Heroes Ballroom

Anthony Ianni Abstract: This presentation will provide the audience with an overview of Anthony’s life, his challenges and his successes. Anthony will opening talk about his autism and how it has impacted his life along with how he has utilized the support and resources around him to get where he is today.  Anthony will talk continue reading →

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