Pasadena Autism/Asperger's Conference 2012

Pasadena, CA
Friday, August 10, 2012

7th Annual "Back to School & More" Autism/Asperger's Conference
Pasadena Convention Center • August 10-11, 2012

Download the complete conference schedule here.
Unlocking the Abilities in Children with Autism and Asperger's Using a Unique, Three-Pronged Approach  - Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP., PhD, Friday Keynote  

Recognizing the abilities that appear locked inside children with Autism, Dianne will give an overview of the three main strategies that she has developed to open learning gates. Using case histories, she will unveil to you the use of Right Brain Teaching Strategies for improved memory; her Brain Integration therapy, designed to dramatically increase the connections of the brain hemispheres to open blocked learning gates, and some often overlooked nutritional interventions she has found that bring the fastest results in Sensory Processing and socialization abilities.

Dianne Craft holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and is a Certified Natural Health Professional.   In this dual role as educator and nutritionist, Dianne has had many unique experiences working with children on the Autism spectrum. In addition to consulting with Colorado schools, she has been president of the Denver consulting firm, Child Diagnostics, Inc. for the past 14 years, and has presented her educational and nutritional approaches nationally. She has authored the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and the Right Brain Reading Program and has developed a step by step nutritional program for children called The Biology of Behavior. 

Strategies to Teach Social Skills, Increase Peer Acceptance and Reduce Bullying and Challenging Behaviors  Jed Baker, PhD, Saturday Keynote
Students on the autism spectrum often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This presentation describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety.
Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He also directs social skills training for Millburn Public Schools in New Jersey. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel. He is an award winning author of five books: Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems, Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome,The Social Skills Picture Book, The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond, and No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior.

Also featuring over 20 other great speakers! 

Download the complete conference schedule here.

Conference Schedule "At A Glance"

Friday, August 10, 2012

8:30 a.m. – Unlocking the Abilities in Children with Autism/Asperger’s Using a Unique, Three-Pronged Approach -
Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
(Choose any talks from 3 parallel tracks)


  • Brain Integration Therapy: Improving Hemispheric Connections
  • Right Brain Teaching Strategies: Training the Student’s Photographic Memory                                                                                  
  • The Biology of Learning and Behavior:  Kids  Act How They Feel

  • Watching Movies to Build Social Understanding
  • Communication Options Using the iPad
  • Mysterious Power of Music
  • What’s the Next Step-Best Step Toward Inclusion
  • Comprehensive Care on a Budget, in the Public Schools
  • Life After High School is About Generating All Possibilities
  • Visual Strategies for Independence
  • Am I Still Autistic? How a Low-Functioning, Slightly Retarded Toddler Became CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar National Corporation
  • Teen/Adult Panel - Hear from the Real Experts

Saturday, August 11th

8:30 a.m. – Strategies to Teach Social Skills, Increase Peer Acceptance, and Reduce Bullying and Challenging Behaviors -
Jed Baker, PhD

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
(Choose any talks from 3 parallel tracks)

  • No More Meltdowns
  • Key Components of Social Skills Training
  • Play, Empathy, Friendship, Dating, and Employment Readiness
  • Preserving the Parents Point of View; Drafting Effective IEP
  • Using Project Based Instruction for High Function Autism
  • Middle School – Toward a Road of Life-Long Self-Advocacy
  • Biomedical Problems and Interventions in ASD
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Special Diets
Special Lunchtime Session
Waiting for Wyatt: A Journey Through Autism to Empowerment-
Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. each day of the conference with coffee and juice. 
Lunch is on your own.

Detailed Conference Schedules available for download (pdf):
  • "Back to School" Pasadena Autism/Asperger's Conference Schedule. Coming Soon!


Contact Information

  • For Conference or Registration Questions:

    (562) 804-5516 in California or (480) 831-2047


Payment Instructions

  • All Regional Center Clients, Purchase Orders, Students, Parapro/Hab must download registration form here and register by fax or mail only.

    Register online with a credit card.

    Fax registration: Download registration form here and fax completed for with credit card information to (562) 804-5516 (CA) or (480) 272-9693.

    Mail registration form and payment: Download registration form here, complete and send with check or money order (made payable to Autism Conferences) to Autism Conferences of America, 1340 E. Vinedo Lane, Tempe, AZ 85284.

    ✔ Financial aid available for families with income under $50,000/year.
    For more information call us at (480) 831-2047 or email us at by Monday,July 30, 2012  to ensure availability.

    Early Bird Registration: Registered and paid by July 30, 2012
    Regular Registration: Registered and paid after July 30, 2012

    For Parapro/Hab Rate:
    Include letter from agency stating you work with autistic children/adults and that your salary is below $20/hour.
    Register only by mail/fax.

    For Student Rate: Include copy of your transcript showing that you are taking 12 or more credits. Register only by mail/fax.

    Certificates of Attendance/CEU's

    Certificates of Attendance are available at the end of each day (7 contact hours/day).

    (CEU’s) Continuing Education Units for Professional Development available for:

    (SLPs) Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist
    • up tp 7 contact hours/day
    • CA SLP-Audiologist Board PDP #230
    • up to 7 contact hours/day
    • CA Board of Registered Nursing PDP #15094
    MFT- Marriage and Family Therapists
    LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Workers

    • up to 7 contact hours/day - Friday/Saturday only
    • CA Board of Behavioral Sciences PCE #4429
    Note: License Number required by the State of California on daily sign in sheets for issuance of CEU's.
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