2016 Transdisciplinary Autism Conference

Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, April 29, 2016
2016 Transdisciplinary Autism Conference

Friday & Saturday, April 29th & 30th
@ the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ

presented by Arizona Autism United

This event is SOLD OUT.

The 5th annual Transdisciplinary Autism Conference is a community event for parents and professionals with over 15 renowned speakers. Presentations include a wide range of topics for parents and professionals of all backgrounds, and many presentations include free CEUs for BCBAs.

See below for this year's Keynote Speakers and Special Guests.  Click on the Speakers and Scheduled Presentations tabs above for full conference details!  You can also download this PDF of all speakers & presentation descriptions.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Daniel J. Moran, BCBA
MidAmerican Psychological Institute

Dr. DJ Moran is
a clinical psychologist whose specialty is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which involves a behavior analytic approach to mindfulness and keeping valuable commitments to improve quality of living.  He has practiced for over 20 years and presented over 100 workshops on six continents, as well as multiple appearances on major television networks.

On Friday, April 29th, Dr. Moran will deliver his keynote presentation: The Mindful Action Plan: Using the MAP to Stay Committed to Your Goals.  He will also conduct a breakout presentation for Behavior Analysts: Demystifying Relational Frame Theory.

Dr. Robert Naseef, Author & Psychologist
Alternative Choices

Dr. Robert Naseef has been a psychologist for 25 years in Philadelphia. His specialty is working with families of children with autism and special needs. He has published in scholarly journals and other publications. He has a special interest and expertise in the psychology of fatherhood. Robert is a sought after speaker around the country who has appeared on radio and TV.

On Saturday, April 30th, Dr. Naseef will deliver his keynote presentation: Autism and the Family: Getting the Big Picture.  He will also conduct a breakout presentation: Autism and Relationships: Challenges and Coping Strategies.

Special Guests:

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, BCBA-D
FirstSteps for Kids

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox is the Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids in Los Angeles.  He has published two books on autism treatment and over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters.  He has served on editorial boards for major scientific journals about autism and behavior analysis.  He focuses on treatments that make a real life difference for people with autism.  He has conducted countless presentations at  conferences worldwide.

On Friday, April 29th, Dr. Tarbox will deliver two presentations.  The first is Complex Skill Acquisition for Children with Autism.  The second is How to Get Your Picky Eater to Love Eating a Healthy Variety of Foods.

Wolf Dunaway
Adult with Autism

Wolf Dunaway is an adult with autism who has presented to many audiences about living with autism, and was a guest speaker at AZA United's 2014 autism conference.  He was featured in the documentary Neurotypical on PBS.  Mr. Dunaway provides unique perspectives and insights to explore the unique challenges of the Autism Life Experience.

Come see Wolf deliver his unforgettable presentation on Saturday, April 30th.

Cameron Nelson, Singer

Cameron is a young man on the autism spectrum and a very talented singer.  He lives in Arizona and is excited to share his talent by singing the National Anthem on Saturday morning! 

Click on the Speakers and Scheduled Presentations tabs above for full conference details!  You can also download this PDF of all speakers & presentation descriptions.

The "Transdisciplinary" Approach

The complex needs of children with autism spectrum disorders are better served when professionals in different fields work together in partnership with families. That is why the annual AZA United conference values a transdisciplinary approach to autism treatment and family support. This approach is a collaboration in which exchanging information, altering discipline-specific approaches, sharing resources and integrating strategies helps achieve a common goal of maximizing treatment effectiveness and quality of life.  There's no-one-size-fits-all, so let's work together and share anything and everything that works!


Contact Information

  • Arizona Autism United

    (602) 773-5773

Payment Instructions

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    This event is SOLD OUT.

    Habilitators & Parapros:
         $130 for one day
         $195 for both days

    Parents & Teachers:
         $145 for one day
         $210 for both days

    Professionals & General Admission:
         $200 for one day
         $265 for both days

    All registrations INCLUDE parking AND a buffet lunch!

    Additional group discounts are available - contact us for information.


    Scholarship Information

    Partial scholarships are available for a limited number of parents. 

    For more information please contact Paulina@AZAunited.org.


    Please note that childcare will not be available for this event.

    All registration fees are non-refundable.
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