Arizona Autism/Asperger's Conference 2012

Phoenix , AZ
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Arizona "Back to School & More" Autism/Asperger's Conference
Phoenix Convention Center • September 13-14, 2012

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Arizona Autism/Asperger's Conference 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012 8:30 AM -
Friday, September 14, 2012 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Phoenix Convention Center
WEST Building
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix , AZ 85004

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You're Going to Love this Kid! : Educating Students with Autism in Inclusive Schools

Paula Kluth, PhD, Thursday Keynote
In this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting students with autism spectrum labels and other disabilities within a general education classroom. Topics addressed include defining (and redefining) autism, listening to the voices of those on the spectrum, differentiating instruction, creating more active and responsive lessons, making the classroom comfortable, and providing opportunities for communication and social skill support.

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling. She is the author or co-author of ten books including: “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms; A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism; The Autism Checklist; Joyful Learning: Active and Collaborative Learning in the Inclusive Classroom; and From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms. Paula is also a director of a documentary film titled “We Thought You’d Never Ask”: Voices of People with Autism.

The Science of Making Friends: Evidence-Based Social Skills Training for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Elizabeth Laugeson, PhD, Friday Keynote

Social deficits are known to be a significant problem for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), yet very few evidence-based social skills programs exist for high-functioning adolescents and adults with ASD. In this interactive and lively presentation, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson will be providing an overview of PEERS, an empirically supported social skills program for teens and young adults with ASD and their parents. Within the framework of solid research evidence, concrete rules and steps of social etiquette will be highlighted to promote the development and maintenance of friendships for youth with ASD.

Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, an outpatient program providing evidence-based parent-assisted social skills training for adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other social impairments. As co-developer of PEERS, she has presented her ground-breaking research at international conferences throughout the world including the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, and Italy and has been featured in media outlets such as People Magazine, USA Today, the LA Times, New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

Thursday, September 13th

8:30 a.m. –
You’re Going to Love this Kid! : Educating Students with Autism in Inclusive Schools– Paula Kluth, PhD

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


  • Joyful Learning

  • A Land We Can Share - Teaching Literacy


  • Natural Environment Training

  • Motivation: How to Encourage Students to Participate in ABA

  • The Anat Baniel Method: Transforming The Lives of Children Through Practical Applications of Brain Plasticity   Principles

  • The STEP Room: Stepping into Differentiated Programming

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services


  • Watching Movies to Build Social Understanding

  • Using Electronic Media as Social Cognition Material

  • Speech Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis; a Perfect  Partnership   


Special Session

Adult Residential Communities

Friday, September 14th

8:30 a.m. – The Science of Making Friends: Evidence-Based Social Skills Training for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Elizabeth Laugeson, PhD

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

  • Evidence-Based Approaches for Handling Bullying and Other Peer Conflicts
  • The Science of Conversational Skills
  • Teen/Adult Panel - Hear from the Real Experts!

  • Back to School Checklist for Special Education
  • Community College Options
  • How do We Minimize the Impact of Autism and Behavior and Increase on Task Behavior and Learning?
  • How to Successfully Manage Problematic Behavior in the Classroom Through Redirection and Positive Reinforcement
  • How I Would Have Liked to Have Been Taught
  • Healthy, Tasty GFCF Diets
  • Gut Bacteria in Children with Autism
  • Latest Research on Medical/Nutritional Treatments for Autism


Contact Information

  • For Conference or Registration Questions:

    Please call us at:
      (480) 831-2047

    Email: (preferred) 

Payment Instructions

  • All 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 form 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, September 3rd, 2012  to ensure availability.

    Early Bird Registration: Registered and paid by August 31, 2012
    Regular Registration: Registered and paid after August 31, 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 pending approval by Arizona Department of Health Services  for:

    (SLPs) Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist
    • up tp 7 contact hours/day
    Note: License Number required by the State of Arizona on daily sign in sheets for issuance of CEU's.
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