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Schedule

Schedule is subject to change

Friday, October 1
Presentations and Panel Workshops: 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Special event - "The Miracle Project" and Movie, "Temple Grandin": 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 2
Presentations and Panel Workshops: 8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 3
Presentations and Panel Workshops: 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Practitioners course: 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Friday, October 1, 2010
7:30 a.m.
Registration and Expo open
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Conference Opening and Welcome
Theresa K. Wrangham and Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
How Much of Autism Can Be Explained By Chronic Active Biological Processes?
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Medical and Research Keynote speaker
Environmental factors affect brain development but the problem does not stop there. Environmental exposures persist as body burden, they continue to accumulate, and they have ongoing and active impacts on metabolic and immune function at the subcellular, cellular, organ and systems levels. Therefore autism is more than a developmental disorder. The chronic and persistent features of autism include many treatable features as well as a component of alteration of brain development; the relative contributions of these different aspects are virtually unevaluated, but responsiveness to treatment suggests we have been underestimating the importance of chronic and persistent contributors. It also challenges us to ask how much damage is fixed and how much the mechanisms are dynamic, even if stubborn. Understanding this aspect of autism further underscores the importance of treatment, the importance of research oriented toward environmental contributors and interventions and toward optimization of health and brain plasticity, and the allocation of major resources toward reducing unnecessary suffering. It also highlights how often we see "circular thinking" in autism, where the assumption that autism is fixed and hopeless biases research priorities and interpretations of findings toward looking for fixed impacts on early development, rather than promoting systematic examination of our assumptions and aggressive search for things that can be modulated after birth to improve outcomes.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Break and Expo viewing
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
"Current Status of Research and Strategies for the Future" Panel Workshop
Panelists:
John Constantino, MD, Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, Stephen Kanne, PhD
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop review the current status of autism research and the strategies for the future. Each panelist presents his or her specialty. The topics include: Social Impairment and anti social behavior; New research from the field of medical genetics on the importance of targeted evaluations and treatments to improve clinical outcomes among patients diagnosed with autism including special diets, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive enzymes, gut treatments, glutathione, sulfation, chelation, and immunological treatments; the importance of research oriented toward environmental contributors and interventions and toward optimization of health and brain plasticity, and the allocation of major resources toward reducing unnecessary suffering.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own and Expo viewing
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
"Medical/Biomedical Cutting Edge Interventions and Treatments" Panel Workshop
Panelists: Amy Davis, MD, Phillip C. Demio, MD, Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop review medical/biomedical cutting edge interventions and treatments. Each panelist presents his or her specialty. The topics include: the major biomedical treatments for autism that are supported by research, including special diets, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive enzymes, gut treatments, glutathione, sulfation, chelation, and immunological treatments and how to test if the treatment should be considered, and discuss how to implement the treatment. Practical approaches to implementation of treatment programs will be given, including such diets as gluten-free/casein-free, specific carbohydrate, low oxalate, pigment restriction (eg, phenols and salicylates), and others. Particular situations in which one diet would be chosen over another will be highlighted. Pitfalls must be avoided in order to foster greater ease of implementation, success (symptom control), and reduction in the complications that can occur with each diet. Digestive and gastrointestinal (GI) topics will touch upon overgrowth of yeast and other dysbioses (abnormal GI microbes), leaky gut (intestinal barrier dysfx), abdominal pain, chewing problems, swallowing difficulties, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, malabsorption of nutritional substances, and how these all connect to symptoms in our children and adults with spectrum disorders.
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Break and Expo viewing

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Autism Spectrum: Continuums of Functioning and Transitioning Forward
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS, Theresa K. Wrangham
All individuals on the spectrum have a variety of unique needs. However, those individuals who perform better cognitively, often receive the least support and are the most misunderstood. Partial abstract is listed in the panel workshop below.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
"The Autism Spectrum: Continuums of Functioning and Transitioning Forward" Panel Workshop
Panelists: Marlo Payne Thurman, MS, Theresa K. Wrangham
Abstract: This session will offer practical insights and useful strategies for families, educators, and professionals who work with and care about individuals across the autism spectrum. Participants will learn about the life spans of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, from early childhood to adult life and will receive helpful information about transitions and adult life. A guide to identifying needs, prioritizing interventions, and advocating for individuals who have higher level abilities and, as such, go unnoticed or under-served will also be shared.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner on your own

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
"The Miracle Project" an extraordinary and compelling theater arts program presented by Elaine Hall

Elaine Hall (Coach E) has been called many things in her multi-faceted and accomplished life including: educator, author, writer, consultant, performer, and professional acting coach for television and film artists. She has written and directed over thirty children's plays. The Miracle Project’s creative and evocative journey from the first meeting of the children and their anxious families, through creative development and ultimately, the performance of “Who Am I: A Time Traveler’s Tale” is profiled in HBO’s award winning feature length documentary entitled, AUTISM: THE MUSICAL. Elaine will discuss this incredible journey. Elaine's new book, "Now I See the Moon," was released in July and will be available for purchase at the conference. There will be a book signing on Saturday and Elaine will be a panel member from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the "Behavioral/Developmental Approaches" Panel Workshop.

Saturday, October 2, 2010
7:30 a.m.
Registration and Expo open
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome
Theresa K. Wrangham and Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
My experiences with Learning, Language, Sensory problems and Visual Thinking
Temple Grandin, PhD - Learning and Sensory Problems Keynote speaker
Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Grandin will describe her recent experience attending the 62nd Emmy Awards. She will, for the first time, talk about the movie "Temple Grandin" as well as her experiences with autism, specifically in the areas of visual thinking, sensory problems, and difficulties with communication. After she describes her experiences, she will discuss the similarities and differences between herself and other people with an autism diagnosis. "There is probably a continuum of autism subtypes that vary in the pattern of neurological abnormality and the severity of neurological problems", explains Dr. Grandin. Dr. Grandin will also discuss how parents, teachers and all professionals who work with individuals affected by autism "must be kept engaged so that their brains can develop more normally". "They must recognize and treat sensory problems. As children get older they tend to separate into two groups. Children like me who can be "jerked" out of the autistic world and asked to pay attention, and individuals like Donna Williams and Therese Joliffe who require a gentler approach. Both types of young autistic children MUST be prevented from shutting out the world", says Dr. Grandin.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Break and Expo viewing
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
"Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges" Panel Workshop
Panelists: Temple Grandin, PhD, Aaron Likens, Michael McManmon, PhD, Stephen Shore, EdD
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop each describe his or her personal experiences with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in the areas of visual thinking, sensory problems, difficulties with communication, socialization, work environment, and many other challenges they face each day.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own and Expo viewing
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Examining Promising Approaches for Educating Children with Autism to Lead Fulfilling and Productive Lives
Stephen Shore, EdD
- Behavioral/Developmental Approaches Keynote speaker
Abstract: Noting that there has been no true comparison between educational/behavioral/developmental approaches for working with children on the autism spectrum, qualitative research was initiated to investigate the following about Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, and DIR. Through written correspondence and face to face interviews, the developers of these varied approaches were queried on how they define autism, think about children with autism, and would handle carefully designed case studies representing the spectrum of autism. Some preliminary findings suggest that current definitions of autism are lacking and a more multi-dimensional approach is needed, some techniques are applicable across approaches, and a general sense that people with autism have something valuable to contribute to the community as a whole.
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Break and Expo viewing
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
"Behavioral/Developmental Approaches" Panel Workshop
Panelists: Elaine Hall, James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA, Jessica Royer,BCBA, Stephen Shore, EdD, Todd Streff, BCBA
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop each describe their specialty in behavioral and developmental approaches in the treatment of autism. They include the following: ABA, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, DIR (Floortime), Verbal Behavior, and Social Skills.
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Break and Expo viewing
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
"Support Services" Panel Workshop
Panelists: Tec Chapman, PhD, Michael McManmon, PhD, Vonda Murphy, Ann Schad, LCSW, Shannon Houser, LCSW
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop each describe their specialty for services that are available for individuals on the autism spectrum. The topics presented include Parent mentors, Sib Shops, Residential Options, college options and transitioning into college programs, adult support groups, and governmental programs.
 
Saturday Evening
Enjoy the evening on your own. Visit downtown St. Louis and the many attractions. Take the hotel shuttle to the airport and connect with the MetroLink light rail for transportation to downtown. Or just relax at the hotel and dine at the World's Apart Restaurant. Also enjoy your favorite cocktail, wine, beer or specialty drink at Constellations. Remember George Clooney's recent movie "Up in the Air"? Many scenes were filmed in the rooms, at the restaurant and in public areas at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
7:30 a.m.
Registration and Expo open

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
"Sibling Panel Discussion"™ - Siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions.
The siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions. Siblings of children with autism carry the burden of extra responsibility and worry about their the future. They also develop compassion and family love. Autism creates an enormous responsibility on siblings, according to educators, therapists and a dozen scientific studies. Autistic children can have raging tantrums, which can be frightening or embarrassing to siblings.

8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
For Health Care Practitioners Only - American Medical Autism Board (AMAB) Practitioners’ One-Day Biomedical Overview Course (Nurses including other HealthCare professionals may attend this course, but only MD's and DO's receive AMAB certification credit towards AMAB board certification). Registrants that attend the other USAAA conference sessions that are also registered for the AMAB session may be eligible to receive a continuing education certificate.
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Break and Expo viewing
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Seven Principles of Advocacy: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism
Areva D. Martin, Esq. - Advocacy Keynote speaker
Abstract: Trying to access services for her son convinced Areva, a Harvard-trained attorney and mom, that parents needed a comprehensive go-to book that would save them months of wasted time and years of frustration. The book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism, contains the The Seven Principles of Advocacy which will be discussed in this presentation. The Seven Principles are as follows: Take Responsibility, Learn, Think Critically, Speak with Authority, Document, Collaborate and Educate. Also discussed will be the importance on parents ascertaining what's best for their child in terms of treatment and therapy as well as finding the right educational system for their child's special needs. Areva will share the stories of other parents to show how being an advocate can make an impact.
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Break and Expo viewing
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
"Adjunct Therapies" Panel Workshop
Panelists: Dan Copes, MS, Cheryl Klohr, MS,OTR/L, Jennifer Nowak, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop each describe their specialty for adjunct therapies and interventions in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The topics presented include Speech, OT, Sensory Integration, Augmentative Communication, PECS, SCERTS, Auditory Integration, The Miracle Project, plus more.
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch on your own and Expo viewing
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
"Bringing it all together: Parent and Practitioner" Panel Workshop
Panelists: Amy Davis, MD, Phillip C. Demio, MD, Jason Eden, MBA, Kristin Selby Gonzalez, Areva Martin, Esq., Colleen Reichert, MS, BCBA
Abstract: Leading autism experts who are parents of children with autism will share in their personal experiences in the areas of medical/biomedical treatments, behavioral/developmental interventions, diet and nutritional interventions, advocacy, adjunct therapies, and family issues.
3:15 p.m.
Conference concludes.
US Autism & Asperger Association reserves the right to make any necessary changes to this program. Every effort will be made to keep presentations and speakers as represented. However, unforeseen circumstances may result in the substitution of a presentation topic or speaker. All announcements of any changes will be made on this site or in our weekly newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our complimentary USAAA WeeklyNews email newsletter.
 
 

 

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