Note: Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. each day of the conference with coffee and juice.
Lunch is on your own.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
8:45 a.m. – Welcome
9:00 a.m. – Keynote: “The Hidden Curriculum for Autism” – Stephen Shore, Ed.D
When is it appropriate to talk in class? How does one act when hanging out with friends, in school, or in the library? Is there a way to reckon with the fact that the "lunch hour" at work is only 30 minutes? Most people automatically know the answers to these questions and many like them through observations of social interaction. However, the ability to infer proper social interaction through observation is often impaired in people with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. This presentation examines Power Cards, Social Stories by Carol Gray, emotional thermometers and mnemonic devices such as Stop, Observe, Deliberate, and Act and other strategies for providing practical solutions to the vexing problem of teaching appropriate social interaction to people on the autism spectrum in appropriate social interactions. Taking a strength-based approach, the common theme between these and other related educational devices is that these techniques employ the often considerable cognitive and analytical powers of people on the autism spectrum.
10:30 a.m. – Break/View Exhibits
11:00 a.m. –“Success with Autism” - Using our Strengths for Achieving a Fulfilling and Productive Life – Just like Everyone Else – Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
Considering autism as an expression of the diversity of the human gene pool rather than a life limiting disorder, let's look at how people with this condition are able to build fulfilling and productive lives. Drawing from the author's own experiences as well as others on the autism spectrum, practical solutions in the areas of education, relationships, employment, self-advocacy, and disclosure shall be explored for maximizing the potential of people both on and off the autism spectrum.
12:30 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)
1:45 p.m. – Language Ability and Social Skills: Understanding the Relationship and Enhancing the Skills – Stephen Blaustein, Ph.D CCC
It is well documented that a key requisite to acquiring and maintaining appropriate social skills is the development of language. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders present with a variety of speech and language difficulties that can make individual and group interactions with both peers and adults extremely challenging. This presentation will explore the intricate relationship between language and socialization and provide examples of how understanding and targeting where breakdowns occur can lead to more appropriate and effective intervention strategies.
Dr. Blaustein is a speech and language pathologist who has been practicing for over 35 years and has extensive experience working with children and their families. Dr. Blaustein maintains a private practice in New York City, is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at New York University Steinhardt School, has consulted for numerous Early Intervention and CPSE programs as an evaluator, directed hospital-based programs and has conducted workshops and presentations at local, state and national conferences. Dr. Blaustein’s areas of specialty include; evaluation and intervention for infants and young children, parent training and advocacy. Dr. Blaustein works extensively with children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families and serves on professional advisory boards for social skills and speech based programs in New York City.
3:00 p.m. – Break/View Exhibits
3:30 p.m. – Gastrointestinal Issues in Autism– Arthur Kingsman, M.D.
Gastrointestinal disorders and their associated symptoms are commonly reported in children with autism spectrum disorders. They are often the result of treatable conditions. This talk will discuss how to assess and treat these gastrointestinal conditions, based on clinical experience with hundreds of children with autism.
Dr. Arthur Krigsman is a pediatric gastroenterologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disorders. His practice focuses on the clinical needs of children with autism and co-morbid concurrent gastrointestinal symptoms.
5:00 p.m. – The Thyroid Autism Connection– Raphael Kellman M.D.
Thyroid hormone is critical for brain development.The toxins thought to be related to autism and ASD are known endocrine disruptors that wreak havoc on the thyroid hormone signaling system, yet this is often overlooked and improperly treated.Knowledge of how various toxins disrupt thyroid function and the use of the most sensitive thyroid test, the TRH stimulation test is needed to accurately diagnose and precisely treat one of the critical causes of autism. Thyroid hormone replacement is a very important and frequently an effective treatment for autism.
Raphael Kellman M.D a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.an internist and author of Gut Reactions and Matrix Healing uses his expertise in holistic medicine,environmental medicine and the gut-brain relationship to help children with autism,ASD and other developmental disorders. He has written many articles and spoken at various conferences including the ARI think tank on endocrine disruptors and neuro-developmental disorders, and the thyroid -autism connection.
5:30 p.m. – End
Thursday, November 10, 2011
8:45 a.m. – Welcome
9:00 a.m. – Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Doreen Grapeesheh, Ph.D, BCBA
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.
10:30 a.m. – Break/View Exhibits
11:30 a.m. – Sensory Smart Strategies for Real-Life Challenges – Lindsey Biel, OTR/L
Are you raising or working with a child, teen, or adult on the autistic spectrum who has sensory issues that interfere with everyday life? This session will empower you with:Fun “sensory diet” activities for home and school that will help the person you care for feel and function better all day longPractical strategies for daily life challenges such as over- and under-sensitivity to clothing, noise, smell, light and more Checklists and resources for bringing family members, teachers, and related service providers on board will also be discussed.
Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, with a foreword by Temple Grandin. She is a pediatric occupational therapist based in Manhattan, where she evaluates and treats children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing issues and other developmental challenges. She also helps families and schools to make simple modifications to enhance a child's ability to play, learn, and thrive. In addition, Lindsey is the co-creator of the Sensory Processing Master Class DVD program, and writes articles for both professional and parenting publications, including Autism Asperger Digest Magazine.
12:30 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. – Inclusive Education Quality Program Indicator Checklist and Assessment Tool for Children With Autism – Rick Clemens, M.A.
This new tool identifies the components that most programs should include to be sure we are providing children with autism the greatest opportunities for success in general education. Participants will leave with an understanding of what should be in the IEP and what should be happening in the classroom. This Quality Program Indicator checklist and assessment tool will prove helpful for parents in determining if their child’s program includes the necessary components and for educators in determining the appropriate services, supports and interventions for each child’s success.
3:00 p.m. – Break/View Exhibits
3:30 p.m. – Teaching Social Skills and Facilitating Friendship Development Through Social Play in the Natural Environment – Rick Clemens, M.A.
This session will provide an overview of the importance of social play for children with autism spectrum disorder (and for all children for that matter), the barriers to successful play, and the strategies to make social play available for children with autism as well as positive, educational and fun! Participants will leave with concrete ideas and strategies to facilitate play dates between children with autism and their neurotyipcal peers from preschool age to young adult.
Rick Clemens is the founder and Director of Inclusive Education and Community Partnership (IECP). IECP provides services for children with Autism in inclusive environments including schools, communities and homes. Rick is a hands-on expert in the field of autism and inclusion, and his trainings provide concrete and practical material that can be applied immediately. Rick has also been a public school classroom teacher, inclusion specialist and behavior specialist and has been working with individuals with autism since 1985. Rick’s graduate work includes a Masters Degree in Special Education, Moderate, Severe and Multiple Disabilities, a California Multiple Subject Teaching credential, and a California Special Education Moderate/Sever Authorization Credential.
5:00 p.m. – I’m Ready for School But I Can’t Find My Backpack: Executive Functioning Strategies for Transition and Success in School and College – Dr. Michael McManmon
Learn strategies to help your students who have challenges planning ahead and staying organized to function effectively in everyday life. Understand how “Executive Functioning” and a lack of strong “EF” is a major reason why students fail in high school and university. Due to Executive Functioning difficulties these students often struggle to perform at an academic level that reflects their cognitive skills and abilities. Learn effective intervention strategies to help these students succeed.
Dr. Michael McManmon is the founder and the Executive Director of The College Internship Programs. Dr. McManmon holds degrees in Human Development with a M.A. and in Special Education with an Ed.D. He is also a licensed psychologist. Dr. McManmon has worked on curriculum development, staff training, program evaluation and administering community based programming for over 35 years for learning differenced and
Autism Spectrum students. Dr. McManmon has a unique inside perspective as he himself is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
5:45 p.m. End