Life with Autism– Friday Keynote
Temple Grandin, PhD, adult with Autism
Temple Grandin will share her personal stories in living with autism, sensory issues, jobs, thinking social and education and how she has overcome the challenges of autism.
Dr. Temple Grandin is a highly successful adult with autism, and one of the leading lecturers on how to help individuals with autism/Asperger's. She is an Associate Professor at Colorado State University. She is also a bestselling author of six books on her life experiences in dealing with autism, and is a leading advocate for people with autism. In 2010 Grandin was a focus of a semi-biographical HBO film, titled Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes as Grandin, which received five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama for Danes. Dr. Temple Grandin is listed in the 2010 Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
ASD: Key Communication Factors Across the Lifespan – Saturday Keynote
Teresa Cardon, PhD, CCC-SLP
While it is clear that there is no one size fits all approach to autism intervention, there are some key factors that can help individuals on the spectrum be more effective communicators. This session will focus on several key elements of communication including initiation, motivation, pragmatic awareness, and functional alternatives. The session will be filled with video examples and real life scenarios that can help individuals with autism today!
Dr. Teresa Cardon has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for over 17 years. Dr. Cardon has worked in a variety of settings and has supported thousands of families and their children as they work to improve their social communication skills. Dr. Teresa Cardon provides interactive and motivating workshops on a variety of topics internationally. She has written many articles on communication strategies and is the author of Top Ten Tips: A Survival Guide for Families of Children with ASD (2008), Initiations and Interactions (2006), and Let's Talk Emotions (2004). Currently Dr. Teresa Cardon is a professor at Washington State University.
Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Sunday Keynote
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders often present with anxiety disorders that cause significant functional impairments. While Anxiety Disorders such as Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias and other anxiety symptoms are common amongst individuals with ASD, the identification and treatment of these disorders are made more difficult by the presence of communication delays, behavior problems and the lack of standardized assessments for patients with ASD. This presentation reviews the literature on prevalence, features and assessment of anxiety in ASD individuals and offers guidelines for treatment through the use of cognitive behavioral protocols that have been found to be effective in this field.
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D has devoted over 30 years to the study and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is recognized as a leading expert in the field. Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh earned her PhD in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a licensed psychologist in California, Texas, and Arizona, as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In 1990, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh established the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), which is now among the world’s largest and most experienced organizations providing ABA treatment to children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Granpeesheh serves on the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Executive Council, the US Autism and Asperger’s Association (USAAA) Scientific Advisory Board, and the Autism Society of America (ASA) National Board. In 2007, Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh was awarded the Wendy F. Miller National Recognition Award for Professional of the Year. This award recognizes significant contributions in the autism field and is one of the ASA’s highest honors.
Organized by Autism Conferences of America, LLC in collaboration with ASU - Autism/Aspergers Research Program, Autism Research Institute, Autism Society of California, Autism Speaks, LAUSD, Open Doors Now, and TACA (Talk About Curing Autism).
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