Pasadena Autism/Asperger's Conference 2011

Pasadena, CA
Friday, August 19, 2011

Pasadena Convention Center • August 19, 20 & 21, 2011
Note: All Regional Center Clients (Regional Center # PD2716), Purchase Orders, Students, and Parapro/Hab
must download
registration form and register by fax or mail only.

Featured Keynotes

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 LifespanSaturday 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).  


Contact Information

  • Questions?

    Phone: (562) 804-5516 (CA) or
    (480) 831-2047 (live)

    Fax: (562) 804-5516
    Exhibitor & Advertisements

    Contact: Jerry Lundy (email)
    Phone: (562) 804-5516 ext 2
    Fax: (562) 804-5516

Payment Instructions

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

    Register online with a credit card.

    Fax registration: Download registration form and fax completed for with credit card information to (562) 804-5516 (CA)

    Mail registration form and payment: Download registration form, complete and send with check or money order (made payable to Autism Conferences of America, LLC) to Autism Conferences of America, LLC, 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, August 8, 2011 to ensure availability.

    Early Bird Registration: Registered and paid by July 29, 2011 
    Regular Registration: Registered and paid after July 29, 2011 

    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.

    Autism Conferences of America, LLC is an approved California Regional Center Vendor.  To reach the CA Department of Developmental Services, call (916) 654-1987 or online at

    Certificates of Attendance/CEU's

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

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

    SLPs - Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist
    • up to 7 contact hours/day
    • CA SLP-Audiologist Board PDP #230


    This activity may be used to meet the ASHA certification maintenance requirement if you determine that: (1) the content is relevant to your area of practice and your practice setting, and (2) you are in your 3-year maintenance interval. You do not need prior approval from ASHA to use this activity. The activity is offered for up to 14 Contact Hours, and you will be provided with the appropriate documentation of attendance. For more information on acceptable activities and your record keeping responsibilities, contact ASHA at 800-498-2071 or
    For complete information on Certification Maintenance Requirements from ASHA, visit the ASHA FAQ's


    • 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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