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18th Annual Autism Conference

Agenda

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  • Optional  Optional
  • Fee  Fee
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018
  •  
    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Thursday Sign In and Continental Breakfast
    The Atrium
     Optional 
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Welcome
    Greenspring 1 - 5
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Opening Keynote: Understanding ASD at the CDC: Over two decades of innovation and achievement
    Greenspring 1 - 5
    Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental condition that affects social and behavioral functioning and is typically recognized in the first few years of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 68 U.S. children have autism, which is much higher than previous estimates. CDC is therefore working hard on determining how many children have autism and their characteristics, learning more about possible causes of autism, and educating parents and professionals on early developmental milestones. This session will provide information on current CDC activities in each of these areas.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Morning Break
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session A1: Using Technology to Enhance Communication and Learning
    Greenspring 1

    This seminar will describe the use of technology to support communication and learning.  The use of grid vs. visual scene displays, wearable technology, and augmented input will be detailed.  Case data will be used to demonstrate the application of different technologies.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session B1: Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical Strategies for Enhancing Self-Regulation...
    Greenspring 3 & 4

    Interoception, The Eighth Sense:  Practical Strategies for Enhancing Self-Regulation, Social Participation and Emotional Well-being

    You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it!!  Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to 'feel' body signals like full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart.  Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these internal signals enables us to accurately identify and control how we feel:  Are we anxious?  Getting frustrated?  Hungry?  Full?  In pain?  Needing the bathroom?  Many individuals with conditions such as autism, depression, trauma and anxiety disorders have difficulty with interoception, causing significant challenges in identifying and managing the way they feel.  This presentation will explain the research foundations of interoception, establish the connection between interoception and independent self-regulation skills, and provide evidence-based strategies for building interoception.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session C1: Taming the Data Monster: Systems for Success
    Greenspring 2

    Taking data and using it in a meaningful way is probably one of the most challenging points of both classroom instruction and clinical work.  There is limited research about what constitutes effective data collection. We know analyzing data regularly improves both student performance and teacher instruction. However, many practitioners indicate they are confused about the best data collection process, have difficulty fitting data collection into the routine of the classroom or instruction, and are unsure about how to efficiently analyze the data they have collected. 

    Through the use of case studies and scenarios of instruction and students, visual examples and discussion, this presentation will focus on helping practitioners figure out how to integrate the guidelines for good data collection and analysis with practical tools for getting it done. Good data collection begins with a plan.  This presentation will demonstrate a planning system for writing data-friendly goals as well as integrating data collection into the instructional routines.   Then using examples of data collection tools and strategies, visuals of real-life organizational strategies, participants will learn methods of implementing data collection within their practice.  Finally, the presentation will share guidelines for taking data and methods for analyzing the data in an efficient manner to make decisions about students’ progress. 

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session D1: Reading and Meaning It
    Greenspring 5

    This workshop is intended to impart a wide range of information relating to reading comprehension in children with Autistic Disorder. The participant will journey through the recent research related to cognitive characteristics and literacy development in children with Autistic Disorder. Instructional strategies and interventions that address reading comprehension in children in the areas of vocabulary, summarization, anaphoric reference, prediction, and character perspective will be explored through lecture, case study presentation, videos, and learning activities. The strategies chosen blend evidence based practice from autism, reading, and learning disability literature.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Lunch (provided) & Exhibits
    The Atrium
     Optional 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session A2: Using Technology to Enhance Communication and Learning
    Greenspring 3 & 4

    This seminar will describe the use of technology to support communication and learning.  The use of grid vs. visual scene displays, wearable technology, and augmented input will be detailed.  Case data will be used to demonstrate the application of different technologies.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session B2: Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical Strategies for Enhancing Self-Regulation...
    Greenspring 1

    Interoception, The Eighth Sense:  Practical Strategies for Enhancing Self-Regulation, Social Participation and Emotional Well-being

    You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it!!  Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to 'feel' body signals like full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart.  Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these internal signals enables us to accurately identify and control how we feel:  Are we anxious?  Getting frustrated?  Hungry?  Full?  In pain?  Needing the bathroom?  Many individuals with conditions such as autism, depression, trauma and anxiety disorders have difficulty with interoception, causing significant challenges in identifying and managing the way they feel.  This presentation will explain the research foundations of interoception, establish the connection between interoception and independent self-regulation skills, and provide evidence-based strategies for building interoception.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional  Closed 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session C2: Taming the Data Monster: Systems for Success
    Greenspring 2

    Taking data and using it in a meaningful way is probably one of the most challenging points of both classroom instruction and clinical work.  There is limited research about what constitutes effective data collection. We know analyzing data regularly improves both student performance and teacher instruction. However, many practitioners indicate they are confused about the best data collection process, have difficulty fitting data collection into the routine of the classroom or instruction, and are unsure about how to efficiently analyze the data they have collected. 

    Through the use of case studies and scenarios of instruction and students, visual examples and discussion, this presentation will focus on helping practitioners figure out how to integrate the guidelines for good data collection and analysis with practical tools for getting it done. Good data collection begins with a plan.  This presentation will demonstrate a planning system for writing data-friendly goals as well as integrating data collection into the instructional routines.   Then using examples of data collection tools and strategies, visuals of real-life organizational strategies, participants will learn methods of implementing data collection within their practice.  Finally, the presentation will share guidelines for taking data and methods for analyzing the data in an efficient manner to make decisions about students’ progress. 

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session D2: Reading and Meaning It
    Greenspring 5

    This workshop is intended to impart a wide range of information relating to reading comprehension in children with Autistic Disorder. The participant will journey through the recent research related to cognitive characteristics and literacy development in children with Autistic Disorder. Instructional strategies and interventions that address reading comprehension in children in the areas of vocabulary, summarization, anaphoric reference, prediction, and character perspective will be explored through lecture, case study presentation, videos, and learning activities. The strategies chosen blend evidence based practice from autism, reading, and learning disability literature.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional  Closed 
    2:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session E1: Taming Tantrums and Meltdowns: Techniques for Caregivers of Young Children with Autism
    Greenspring 3 & 4

    Young children with autism spectrum disorders exhibit a variety of challenging behaviors.  Dr. McCalla will provide evidence-based methods and practical strategies for addressing noncompliant behaviors.  Learn prevention strategies and other practical solutions to address common behaviors that will have a positive impact on behavior change.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session F1: Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Youth with Autism
    Greenspring 1

    This session will provide an overview of the evidence based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with ASD. This will include a discussion of the traditional and distinct ways in which anxiety can present in youth with ASD, the usefulness and limitations of current standardized measures and an overview of adapted cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth with ASD and co-occurring anxiety.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session G1: Tackling Transition: Research, Reality and Obtaining Positive Results
    Greenspring 2

    Leaving school is both an exciting and demanding time for all students.  As students on the autism spectrum and their family prepare for the transition to adulthood, the need for interagency collaboration and coordination becomes increasingly important.  This presentation will review current research, explain evidence-based practices and predictors, and present organizational tools designed to assist with the transition process.  Information on the Center for Autism and Related Disorders’ (CARD) approach to multidisciplinary assessment will be outlined and guidance will be provided to assist in identifying providers and linking individuals with autism to community services.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session H1: Pivotal and Malleable Intervention Targets for Young Children with ASD
    Greenspring 5

    Planning intervention for children with ASD is challenging. Clinicians and teachers often ask whether their intervention goals and instructional strategies are promoting optimal outcomes for the children they serve. This presentation will focus on high-impact intervention goals to promote child communication and social outcomes, as well as key instructional strategies aligned with Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) strategies. Video illustrations will be used to support participants' understanding of social and communication skills to target within intervention and evidence-based strategies to target those skills.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic/Intermediate

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM
    Mix & Mingle Networking Reception  (Mix & Mingle)
    The Atrium

      

    Come Mix & Mingle at Our Special Event

    Enjoy Food, Fun, Folks and So Much More

    This year featuring special entertainment... stay tuned for more info.

    Thursday Evening from 4:00 - 5:30

    Tickets only $10.00

     

    Fee  Optional 
    4:01 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Thursday CEU Sign Out 2018
    The Atrium
     Optional 
  • Friday, October 12, 2018
  •  
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Friday Sign In and Continental Breakfast
    The Atrium
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session E2: Taming Tantrums and Meltdowns: Techniques for Caregivers of Young Children with Autism
    Greenspring 1

    Young children with autism spectrum disorders exhibit a variety of challenging behaviors.  Dr. McCalla will provide evidence-based methods and practical strategies for addressing noncompliant behaviors.  Learn prevention strategies and other practical solutions to address common behaviors that will have a positive impact on behavior change.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session F2: Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Youth with Autism
    Greenspring 4 & 5

    This session will provide an overview of the evidence based assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with ASD. This will include a discussion of the traditional and distinct ways in which anxiety can present in youth with ASD, the usefulness and limitations of current standardized measures and an overview of adapted cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth with ASD and co-occurring anxiety.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session G2: Tackling Transition: Research, Reality and Obtaining Positive Results
    Greenspring 2

    Leaving school is both an exciting and demanding time for all students.  As students on the autism spectrum and their family prepare for the transition to adulthood, the need for interagency collaboration and coordination becomes increasingly important.  This presentation will review current research, explain evidence-based practices and predictors, and present organizational tools designed to assist with the transition process.  Information on the Center for Autism and Related Disorders’ (CARD) approach to multidisciplinary assessment will be outlined and guidance will be provided to assist in identifying providers and linking individuals with autism to community services.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session H2: Pivotal and Malleable Intervention Targets for Young Children with ASD
    Greenspring 3

    Planning intervention for children with ASD is challenging. Clinicians and teachers often ask whether their intervention goals and instructional strategies are promoting optimal outcomes for the children they serve. This presentation will focus on high-impact intervention goals to promote child communication and social outcomes, as well as key instructional strategies aligned with Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) strategies. Video illustrations will be used to support participants' understanding of social and communication skills to target within intervention and evidence-based strategies to target those skills.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic/Intermediate

     Optional  Closed 
    10:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Morning Break
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session I1: Families of Children with Special Needs: Caring for Everyone’s Needs
    Greenspring 1

    This presentation includes information and tools for developing and maintaining an emotionally healthy family. Topics include: coping with everyday life, the special needs of mothers and fathers, issues facing siblings, working together as a couple, reducing stress, and the meaning of acceptance.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session J1: PEERspective: A New Approach to Teaching Students with High Functioning Autism Social Sk
    Greenspring 4 & 5

    In the fall of 2007, Beavercreek High School, in Beavercreek, Ohio, piloted a new approach to teaching social skills to students with high functioning autism.  This often overlooked population struggles to maintain peer relations, communicate effectively and advocate for themselves.  The PEERspective class uses high level curriculum, evidence-based practices, peer models, and intensive lessons in an authentic environment to help students gain social competence and confidence.  Participants will be given detailed instructions for implementing the PEERspective model and leave with actual lessons.  The presentation will include pictures, videos and anecdotal stories integrated throughout.  Although these lessons are designed for high school students who are high functioning, they can be easily modified for any severity level and age.

     Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session K1: A Spectrum of Success
    Greenspring 3

    In their session, “A Spectrum of Success”, Tom and Caroline Whalen will talk through Tom’s experience as a child, young adult, and now adult with autism. They will do this from the perspective of Tom (first hand) & Caroline (family member). The siblings will discuss the similarities in how Tom and Caroline were raised, but focus on the drastically different “Portraits of Success” that they have each painted for themselves.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session L1: Hidden Curriculum
    Greenspring 2

    The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known.  This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, it is not for those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic/Intermediate

     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch (provided) & Exhibits
    The Atrium
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session I2: Families of Children with Special Needs: Caring for Everyone’s Needs
    Greenspring 1

    This presentation includes information and tools for developing and maintaining an emotionally healthy family. Topics include: coping with everyday life, the special needs of mothers and fathers, issues facing siblings, working together as a couple, reducing stress, and the meaning of acceptance.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic

    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session J2: PEERspective: A New Approach to Teaching Students with High Functioning Autism Social Sk
    Greenspring 2

    In the fall of 2007, Beavercreek High School, in Beavercreek, Ohio, piloted a new approach to teaching social skills to students with high functioning autism.  This often overlooked population struggles to maintain peer relations, communicate effectively and advocate for themselves.  The PEERspective class uses high level curriculum, evidence-based practices, peer models, and intensive lessons in an authentic environment to help students gain social competence and confidence.  Participants will be given detailed instructions for implementing the PEERspective model and leave with actual lessons.  The presentation will include pictures, videos and anecdotal stories integrated throughout.  Although these lessons are designed for high school students who are high functioning, they can be easily modified for any severity level and age.

     Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     

     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session K2: A Spectrum of Success
    Greenspring 3

    In their session, “A Spectrum of Success”, Tom and Caroline Whalen will talk through Tom’s experience as a child, young adult, and now adult with autism. They will do this from the perspective of Tom (first hand) & Caroline (family member). The siblings will discuss the similarities in how Tom and Caroline were raised, but focus on the drastically different “Portraits of Success” that they have each painted for themselves.

    Level of Understanding:  Intermediate

     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session L2: Hidden Curriculum
    Greenspring 4 & 5

    The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known.  This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, it is not for those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life.

    Level of Understanding:  Basic/Intermediate

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Afternoon Break
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Closing Keynote: Regulation, Meltdown, and Sensory Issues
    Greenspring 1 - 5
    The majority of learners on the spectrum experience self-regulation and sensory issues that can lead to meltdowns. This escalating sequence seems to follow a three-stage cycle: (a) rumbling, (b) rage, and (c) recovery. This sequence can be problematic as many children and youth with ASD often endure the cycle unaware that they are under stress. This session will overview the issues related to self-regulation and sensory issues — highlighting research in a practical manner and interventions that address these needs.
     Optional 
    4:01 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Friday CEU Sign Out 2018
    The Atrium
     Optional 
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