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"Autism Education and Treatment: A Road to Wellness"

On October 1-3, 2010, the US Autism & Asperger Association launches its fifth annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. World leading autism experts will discuss new treatment regimes and effective therapies. After three days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, patient, friend, student, or yourself.

The conference is organized by US Autism & Asperger Association in collaboration and supported by TouchPoint Autism Services, Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities, Missouri’s Project Access, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Department of Mental Health, The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association, National Association of Social Workers - Missouri Chapter, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, plus other local autism and Asperger groups and sponsors.

 

Keynote Speakers

Four world-renowned autism experts, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. Stephen Shore, and Areva D. Martin, Esq. will provide keynote addresses at the USAAA 5th Annual World Conference October 1-3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Temple Grandin, PhD is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin ranked 31st on Time Magazine’s list of the most influential people of 2010 in the world. Dr. Grandin's current best selling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's. Dr. Grandin’s fascinating life was recently brought to the screen in the HBO production full-length film, "Temple Grandin", which claimed seven Emmy Awards, including outstanding made for TV movie. Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.
martha herbertMartha Herbert, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and a Pediatric Neurologist with subspecialty certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Principal Investigator, a member of the MGH Center for Morphometric Analysis, and an affiliate of the HST-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.
Stephen Shore, EdD is a Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University in New York. He has presented at autism conferences in six continents. As a child, he was diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies”. Two of Dr. Shore’s books are Living Along the Autism Spectrum - What Does It Mean to Have Autism or Asperger Syndrome? and Understanding Autism for Dummies.
Areva D. Martin, Esq. is a mother of a son with autism. She is a Harvard trained attorney and known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show. Areva’s most recent book is The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism. Areva is the founding and managing partner of Martin & Martin, LLP. She is also President and co-founder of Special Needs Network, Inc.
 
Introducing an unprecedented new conference format

US Autism & Asperger Association’s unprecedented new conference format will be introduced at the USAAA annual conference. The new design will feature nine panel workshops in non-concurrent sessions in addition to the keynote addresses. Some of the world’s most renowned autism and Asperger experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine.

“This new format, called a 'conference of panels', features keynote presentations which segue into the themed panel workshops," said Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, CEO of USAAA. “This structure differs from the customary conference format of strictly individual presentations and concurrent sessions. As a result, attendees can focus on the area being presented rather than being overwhelmed by the choices of many simultaneous lectures."

Dr. Kaplan added, “The makeup of our panel workshops consists of five to six expert panelists that provide immediate answers to attendees questions. What makes this unique is that the immense amount of information is consolidated into nine panels and four individual presentations over the course of three days." To view the conference schedule, click here.

 

Get the USAAA conference experience.

Beginning October 1, 2010, the US Autism & Asperger Association hosts its fifth annual world conference (eighth overall conference) at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. With world leading autism speakers and panelists, all non-concurrent sessions, and nine panel workshops, the three day conference is packed with information including:

    • Current Status of Research and Strategies for the Future
    • Medical/Biomedical Cutting Edge Interventions and Treatments
    • High Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
    • Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges
    • Behavioral/Developmental Approaches
    • Support Services
    • Siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum
    • Adjunct Therapies,
    • Nutrition, plus much more.

"Throughout this conference, it is our hope that you'll find a balance of concepts and pragmatics, from current protocols to research, including medical/biomedical, developmental, and behavioral realms, right down to tools that you can use immediately to begin or add to those needed for your journey." — Phillip C. DeMio, MD, parent, panelist

Immediate solutions.

When you walk away from the conference, you will be armed with tools, support, and empowerment.

Interventions and research
Learn about the newest and most up to date interventions, therapies, and research that help improve the quality of life of all individuals affected by ASD. View the schedule.
Sharing experiences
There isn't a better way to meet parents, physicians, and educators under one roof than at a USAAA conference. Parents, professionals, and educators share their experiences and tips.
To register for the conference, click here, or call 1-866-208-0207.
 

Wide diversity of information, simplified.

By recognizing the highly individual and diverse nature of treatment and services, USAAA offers information and education that reflects a variety of views and practices regarding treatment and services to allow maximum choice and benefit for the ASD community.

Interventions
Presentations and panel workshops cover a range of topics on interventions including medical/biomedical interventions, behavioral/developmental therapies, adjunct therapies, plus much more. View the schedule to see all the topics covered.
Research
Breaking news and the newest research will be introduced and presented at this year's conference. Studies include medical, nutritional, and behavioral topics.
Continuing Education
Continuing education is offered throughout the entire conference. Certificate of Attendance (COA) will be offered to all professionals. The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This course is offered for up to 1.7 ASHA CEU’s (Various level, Professional area). This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers - Missouri Chapter for 17.0 clock hours. The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Committee to provide for continuing education activities in psychology. This program has been approved for 17 CEs. Credits are also available through the American Medical Autism Board. Learn more.

Panel Workshops
Exclusive to the USAAA conference are two of the nine panel workshops. First, in the Parent-Practitioner Open Panel Discussion™, you will have a chance to have one-on-one discussions with a panel of leading autism experts who are parents of children with autism. Second, in the Sibling Panel Discussion™, children and teens with siblings on the autism spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions.

To register for the conference, click here, or call 1-866-208-0207.
 

Expert guidance. Compassionate support.

The experts presenting at the conference include physicians, behaviorists, educators, researchers, speech pathologists, developmental specialists, psychologists, scientists, and individuals on the spectrum. View the speakers and panelists.

After the presentation
The presentation doesn't end after the speaker leaves the podium. Each speaker is happy to spend additional time with attendees to answer questions and share ideas.


"Our time is precious as parents, and as speakers our goal is to empower parents with the tools they’re going to need that give them the most benefit as they go forward with their children’s therapies."
Theresa K. Wrangham, parent, speaker
 

Your wish list of products and services, all in one place.

There’s much more to the USAAA conference than just the presentations and panel workshops. During the conference time is set aside for you to meet with our exhibitors and learn about their products and services that in many cases have dramatically improved the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. View the sponsors and exhibitors.

Resources at your fingertips
After you spend quality time listening to speakers talk about topics from nutrition to medicine to educational methods, you can step into the exhibit hall and find many of the same products and services you've been hearing about.
  Sponsors
This conference would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors and exhibitors. View our sponsors and exhibitors.
To register for the conference, click here, or call 1-866-208-0207.
 

One Amazing City - St. Louis

The USAAA annual conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, just minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with complimentary shuttle service to the hotel.

Accommodations
Hotel rooms will be held at Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel until September 7, 2010 at a special conference rate of $79 for single/double rooms. Learn more.
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"The USAAA conference was the best thing I have done in my search for autism education & resources! I learned so much in a few days and made so many contacts that would have taken me years to find out on my own. I feel so full of hope with the next step to take with my child! I feel empowered!"
— Betty, California, mother

To register for the conference, click here, or call 1-866-208-0207.

 
 

 

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