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  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  •  
    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Thursday Registration and Continental Breakfast
     Optional 
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Welcome
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Opening Keynote: Predicting Autism with Infant Brain MRI
    My presentation will provide a brief overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and more detail about the prospective high-risk infant sibling research design. I will then describe some of the behavioral and brain imaging findings from the NIH-funded Autism Centers of Excellence Network Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS). This lecture will then describe our findings about predicting ASD at 24 months of age with brain MRI in the first year of life. Future directions, ethical, and clinical implications will be discussed. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Morning Break
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session A1: Play in Assessment and Learning for Children with Delays
    Play is significant in a child’s experience. It supports full inclusion; provides a window for assessing development; and is a critical domain area for intervention. Barriers include limited contemporary empirical research on developments in play, which would inform play goals. New and expanded descriptive data will be presented on 500 children, half with disabilities, spanning 8 months to five years. The derived assessment, sequence of category development, and links to intervention goals will be included. Level of Understanding: All
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session B1: Social Tools And Rules for Transitions (START)
    This presentation will provide an overview of the Social Tools And Rules for Transitions (START) intervention model, a novel treatment approach that combines experience-based learning and didactic social lessons into a single motivation-based approach. It will explore core components that govern the social competence of adolescents and young adults with ASD, along with discussion of how the START intervention model targets these components using both individualized target skills and a group curriculum.  This session will focus exclusively on the START intervention model and will not include information of other similar or related treatment approaches. Level of Understanding: All
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session C1: Trauma and Autism: Prevalence, Assessment, Treatment
    Children with autism are exposed to potentially traumatizing events at least as commonly as their typically developing peers, and they may be more vulnerable to its effects. This presentation reviews the literature about trauma prevalence, explores clinical assessment strategies, and introduces trauma-informed methods of treatment. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Session D1: Teachers and Paraprofessionals: Working as a Team
    Our focus will be to clarify the roles and responsibilities of teachers and paraprofessionals who work in inclusive classrooms. We will explore effective instructional and support practices, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with complex classrooms. Level of Understanding: Intermediate/Advanced
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Lunch (provided) & Exhibits
     Optional 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session A: Play in Assessment and Learning for Children with Delays
    Play is significant in a child’s experience. It supports full inclusion; provides a window for assessing development; and is a critical domain area for intervention. Barriers include limited contemporary empirical research on developments in play, which would inform play goals. New and expanded descriptive data will be presented on 500 children, half with disabilities, spanning 8 months to five years. The derived assessment, sequence of category development, and links to intervention goals will be included. Level of Understanding: All
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session B: Social Tools And Rules for Transitions (START)
    This presentation will provide an overview of the Social Tools And Rules for Transitions (START) intervention model, a novel treatment approach that combines experience-based learning and didactic social lessons into a single motivation-based approach. It will explore core components that govern the social competence of adolescents and young adults with ASD, along with discussion of how the START intervention model targets these components using both individualized target skills and a group curriculum. This session will focus exclusively on the START intervention model and will not include information of other similar or related treatment approaches. Level of Understanding: All
     Optional 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session C: Trauma and Autism: Prevalence, Assessment, Treatment
    Children with autism are exposed to potentially traumatizing events at least as commonly as their typically developing peers, and they may be more vulnerable to its effects. This presentation reviews the literature about trauma prevalence, explores clinical assessment strategies, and introduces trauma-informed methods of treatment. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Session D: Teachers and Paraprofessionals: Working as a Team
    Our focus will be to clarify the roles and responsibilities of teachers and paraprofessionals who work in inclusive classrooms. We will explore effective instructional and support practices, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with complex classrooms. Level of Understanding: Intermediate/Advanced
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session E1: Developing Oral Language Through Use of Books
    This presentation will offer strategies for using books to expand oral language. The attendee will learn how to choose appropriate books and how to modify the books to target specific language goals. Specific strategies on how to build vocabulary and concept knowledge, expand sentences, and develop narrative skills will be presented. How to generalize learned skills to conversation and social language will be discussed. Level of Understanding: Basic/Intermediate
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session F1: Targeting Medical Transition for Youth with ASD
    Adolescence involves many changes including physiological, psychological and social changes. These changes may be more difficult for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders who may be naturally resistant to change. This workshop offers a road map for the transition of youth with ASD and families supported by health professionals, with the emphasis on health and wellbeing. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session G1: The Neuropsychology of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Neurodevelopmental disorders are conditions that involve abnormalities in central nervous system development and are often associated with a spectrum of abilities and deficits. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders frequently present with unique patterns of functioning within selected neurobehavioral domains. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders. From a neuropsychological perspective, which aims to connect observable behavior to brain function, some of the hallmark features of autism spectrum disorders include differences in executive functioning, information processing, and social cognition. Level of Understanding: Basic/Intermediate
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:45 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Session H1: Early Detection of ASD: Perspectives and Processes
    The literature is clear that the early intervention improves outcomes for children with ASD. However, many barriers exist to the early detection of ASD. Thus, many young children with ASD or risk for ASD are not accessing early intervention during a formative period of neurodevelopment. This presentation consists of a panel of individuals with diverse experiences related to the early detection of ASD. This panel is comprised of a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Infants and Toddlers Supervisor, parent, and Speech-Language Pathologist. All have extensive experience with ASD and have many rich interactions with parents of young children. The panel will address relevant questions related to the early detection of ASD, perspectives about the early detection process, and identifying pathways and options for families of young children at risk of ASD. Level of Understanding: All Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Christine Hess
    Moderators:
     Optional 
    Mix & Mingle Networking Reception

      

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  • Friday, October 13, 2017
  •  
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Friday Registration and Continental Breakfast
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session E: Developing Oral Language Through Use of Books
    This presentation will offer strategies for using books to expand oral language. The attendee will learn how to choose appropriate books and how to modify the books to target specific language goals. Specific strategies on how to build vocabulary and concept knowledge, expand sentences, and develop narrative skills will be presented. How to generalize learned skills to conversation and social language will be discussed. Level of Understanding: Basic/Intermediate
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session F: Targeting Medical Transition for Youth with ASD
    Adolescence involves many changes including physiological, psychological and social changes. These changes may be more difficult for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders who may be naturally resistant to change. This workshop offers a road map for the transition of youth with ASD and families supported by health professionals, with the emphasis on health and wellbeing. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session G: The Neuropsychology of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Neurodevelopmental disorders are conditions that involve abnormalities in central nervous system development and are often associated with a spectrum of abilities and deficits. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders frequently present with unique patterns of functioning within selected neurobehavioral domains. Autism spectrum disorders are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders. From a neuropsychological perspective, which aims to connect observable behavior to brain function, some of the hallmark features of autism spectrum disorders include differences in executive functioning, information processing, and social cognition. Level of Understanding: Basic/Intermediate
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Session H: Early Detection of ASD: Perspectives and Processes
    The literature is clear that the early intervention improves outcomes for children with ASD. However, many barriers exist to the early detection of ASD. Thus, many young children with ASD or risk for ASD are not accessing early intervention during a formative period of neurodevelopment. This presentation consists of a panel of individuals with diverse experiences related to the early detection of ASD. This panel is comprised of a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Infants and Toddlers Supervisor, parent, and Speech-Language Pathologist. All have extensive experience with ASD and have many rich interactions with parents of young children. The panel will address relevant questions related to the early detection of ASD, perspectives about the early detection process, and identifying pathways and options for families of young children at risk of ASD. Level of Understanding: All Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Christine Hess
    Moderators:
     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Morning Break
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session I1: Meeting the Needs of All Children: Supporting High Quality Preschool Inclusion
    Although considerable progress has been achieved regarding the research and laws related to preschool inclusion, access to inclusive preschool environments remains intangible for many children with disabilities across many communities. The purpose of our presentation is to describe strategies and practices that support high quality inclusive preschool classrooms. We will outline a survey study and field validation designed to identify challenges and solutions to preschool inclusion. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss solutions and develop action plans to address common challenges to preschool inclusion. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session J1: From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: Ways to Differentiate and Adapt Curriculum
    Come and take away 5 - 10 DIY easy adaptations and supports that can be used to support diverse learners and differentiate instruction. From ways to make the classroom more comfortable, to adapting lessons and assessments, you will take away something you can use immediately in your K-12 classroom. Level of Understanding: All
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session K1: Tackling the Uncomfortable: Teaching Intimate Relationships to Adolescents and Adults
    For individuals with ASD the intricacies of emotional/romantic relationships can be especially difficult to navigate. This session will provide professionals and care takers with strategies and resources for teaching both the social complexities of romantic relationships (e.g. dating, cyber safety) and the technical aspects of sex education (e.g. reproduction). Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of how to teach individuals with ASD to explore their own attitudes and values regarding healthy relationship development and sexual health. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Session L1: An Innovative Web-Based Autism Screener for Ages 1-5 Years
    This presentation will describe the current screeners for ASD, gaps existing in current screeners, and the early characteristics of ASD that are important to early detection (with video illustrations). In additional, an innovative new web-based screener for ASD will be described, along with information about its psychometric properties and benefits. Level of Understanding: All
     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch (provided) & Exhibits
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session I: Meeting the Needs of ALL Children: Supporting High Quality Preschool Inclusion
    Although considerable progress has been achieved regarding the research and laws related to preschool inclusion, access to inclusive preschool environments remains intangible for many children with disabilities across many communities. The purpose of our presentation is to describe strategies and practices that support high quality inclusive preschool classrooms. We will outline a survey study and field validation designed to identify challenges and solutions to preschool inclusion. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss solutions and develop action plans to address common challenges to preschool inclusion. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session J: From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: Ways to Differentiate and Adapt Curriculum
    Come and take away 5 - 10 DIY easy adaptations and supports that can be used to support diverse learners and differentiate instruction. From ways to make the classroom more comfortable, to adapting lessons and assessments, you will take away something you can use immediately in your K-12 classroom. Level of Understanding: All
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session K: Tackling the Uncomfortable: Teaching Intimate Relationships to Adolescents and Adults
    For individuals with ASD the intricacies of emotional/romantic relationships can be especially difficult to navigate. This session will provide professionals and care takers with strategies and resources for teaching both the social complexities of romantic relationships (e.g. dating, cyber safety) and the technical aspects of sex education (e.g. reproduction). Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of how to teach individuals with ASD to explore their own attitudes and values regarding healthy relationship development and sexual health. Level of Understanding: Intermediate
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Session L: An Innovative Web-Based Autism Screener for Ages 1-5 Years
    This presentation will describe the current screeners for ASD, gaps existing in current screeners, and the early characteristics of ASD that are important to early detection (with video illustrations). In additional, an innovative new web-based screener for ASD will be described, along with information about its psychometric properties and benefits. Level of Understanding: All
     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Afternoon Break
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Closing Keynote: Breaking Through Barriers
    A multi-media presentation which includes many personal photos, a comedic storytelling segment, and a surprise performance element. After an introduction by his mother (Malva), Benjamin will share his lifelong journey of overcoming adversity. Benjamin is an award-winning and exceptional young role model; his story will touch your heart and empower you to meet the challenges in your own life. Level of Understanding: All
     Optional 
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