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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Panel 1 Discussion: Fathers of Children with ASD:
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop are fathers that have children on the autism spectrum. All dads share their perspectives on how having a child with autism/Asperger's Syndrome has affected them personally, what it has meant for their spouses and families, and how they continue to adjust to a challenging and positive future. Each dad brings a unique view and experience to the dialogue and demonstrates unusual resilience. Learn about the challenges, but also how dads are deeply involved in the treatment and interventions of their children.

Learning Outcomes: The participant will be able to: 1. Understand the importance of the roles for fathers of children with autism. 2. Learn how to include fathers into the educational and treatments plans.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Obstacles Into Opportunities: Turning Away From Closed Doors and Opening Up New Ones
Abstract: Going against conventional wisdom, this presentation examines how deficits and challenges so pervasively attributed to autism can be reframed as strengths. Employing an autobiographical structure combines with experiences of others with autism, participants will come away with practical solutions for considering characteristics of autism as potential springboards to success.
Learning Outcomes: The participant will be able to: 1. List at least three situations where a deficit can become a strength. 2. Develop a familiarity as to how strengths can be used to navigate around challenges. 3. Learn that considered decisions can be made to avoid areas of challenge while still leading a fulfilling and productive life. 4. Understand the importance of people with autism understanding themselves as a key factor in success.

Panel 2 Discussion: Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges
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, Education, and many other challenges they face each day. Panelists discuss challenges and transitioning through the life span.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. List three areas that are challenging to adults each day. 2. Understand the importance of the challenges they face throughout their lifespan.

Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges in ASD
Abstract: Dr. DeMio will address medical issues that present problems associated with ASD throughout the life span from childhood into adulthood that include the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, seizures and epileptic spikes, viruses including HHV6, hormonal imbalances, and other areas.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. List three medical issues that present problems associated with ASD throughout the lifespan from childhood into adulthood. 2. Explain co-morbidity and how it applies to each individual.

Autism Revolution: Breakthrough Strategies for Parents
Abstract: This presentation is a very practical explanation of some fundamental techniques of The Son-Rise Program® that can be used immediately. With humor and inspiration, the speaker will begin by telling the story of his own full recovery from severe autism. He then outlines some simple things that can be implemented at home to substantially boost social engagement by first entering the child’s unique world.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will know steps to: 1. Help a child move beyond stimming without stopping or discouraging the child’s behavior. 2. Teach a child new skills without having to push or pressure. 3. Enable a child to form meaningful, caring relationships with others.


Panel 3 Discussion: Adjunct Therapies

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 Auditory Integration, PECS, Sensory Integration, Theater and Films Arts Program, Augmentative Communication, Technology, Occupational Therapy, Digital Auditory Aerobics, Cranial Sacral Therapy, interactive software and music-based programs for the improvement of memory, attention, listening, academic skills, sensory processing, brain health, peak performance, plus more.
Learning Outcomes
: The participant will be able to
:1. Identify adjunct therapies available in the treatment of autism. 2. Explain how different adjunct therapies may complement each other during intensive intervention. 3. Explain how each therapy may work independently of another. 4. State that adjunct therapies can be effective for one individual, but not for another.

Implementing Effective Interventions for the Acquisition of Verbal Behavior
Abstract: Children with an autism spectrum disorder have significant delays in their communication and social interaction skills. When attempting to teach them new language and social skills it is important to make the learning activities enjoyable such that while the child learns important language, he is motivated to interact with others, especially those who work with him. This presentation is designed to provide parents with an overview of the “verbal behavior” analysis of language.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. Provide details of the verbal behavior analysis of language. 2.
List how to get the child to be able to have meaningful social interactions with others. 3. List fun activities that develop the child’s language skills.

The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism
Abstract: Children with autism spectrum disorder are often looked at for their deficits. The seven keys uncover and develop the diverse skills, wisdom, and talents of children on the spectrum. Each key includes an interactive exercise, examples of ways to navigate potential obstacles, and offers educators, parents, and other caregivers specific and actionable techniques to reach "seemingly unreachable" children on the autism spectrum and teach students of all abilities..
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. List the 7 keys to unlock
autism. 2. Learn how to apply these effective strategies at school and at home to nurture kids' self-expression and social skills. 3. Better understand autism and be able to help children with autism draw connections and form more meaningful relationships. 4. Understand how to include typically developing peers for socialization opportunities.

Panel 4 Discussion: Behavioral, Developmental, and Educational Interventions
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop each describe their specialty for behavioral, developmental and educational interventions in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The topics presented include Verbal Behavior, 7 Keys to Unlock Autism, Self-Advocacy in education, ABA, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, DIR (Floortime), Social Skills, and more.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able
to:1. Identify behavioral, developmental and educational interventions available in the treatment of autism. 2. Explain how different behavioral, developmental and educational interventions may complement each other during intensive intervention. 3. Explain how each intervention may work independently of another. 4. State that behavioral, developmental and educational interventions can be effective for one individual, but not for another.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Meet Temple Grandin's Mother - Coming to Terms with Expectations
Abstract: TBD.
Learning Outcomes
: The participant will be able to: 1. Explain how to come to terms with expectations.

Autism as a Symptom of Several Different Biological Entities
Abstract: TBD.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: List several different biological entities associated with ASD.

Panel 5 Discussion: Nutrition and Wellness
Abstract: TBD.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. Discuss how food intake represents a health hazard in situations where metabolism is altered or if food proteins are recognized as harmful by the immune system. 2 Explain how denatured proteins can be allergenic. 3. Understand how nutrition plays a key role in the health of the individual who is affected by ASD. 4. In terms of outdoor activity and exercise, discuss how students need purpose.

The Needs for Adults with ASD and Preparing for the Future
Abstract: TBD.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. Compare different support services for adults. 2. Identify different ways to prepare for the future to meet the needs of persons with autism.


Panel 6 Discussion: Support Services
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, Sibling Groups, Residential Options, finding the best Providers for your autism team, Access to College Options and Transitioning into College Programs, Adult Support Groups, and Governmental Programs.
Learning Outcomes
: The participant will be able to
: 1. List support services for individuals with autism related disorders including Parent mentors, Sibling Groups, Residential Options, finding the best Providers for your autism team, Access to College Options and Transitioning into College Programs, Adult Support Groups, and Governmental Programs. 2. Compare different support groups including Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and parental support groups.

The Autism Spectrum: Continuums of Cognition and Sensory Processing
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.
Learning Outcomes
:The participant will be able to: 1. State that sensory states are a basis for behavior. 2. Recognize the role of arousal in learning, socialization and behavior. 3. Explain the ways to identify needs, prioritize interventions, and advocate for individuals with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. 4. Identify the challenges and needs of high functioning populations. 5. Determine what supports and intervention areas should be addressed to create success in learning and in life.

New Research Shows Marked Improvement of Behaviors
Abstract: This session will discuss the role of cholesterol in autistic behaviors with recent studies from The Johns Hopkins University.
Learning Outcomes
:The participant will be able to: 1. Recognize the role of cholesterol in autistic behaviors. 2. Explain the ways that lower cholesterol levels in adults are associated with poorer performance on cognitive measures, which place high demands on abstract reasoning, attention/concentration, word fluency, and executive functioning. 3. State that lower cholesterol values were found in chronic fatigue syndrome and in children with dyslexia. 4. Discuss how medical grade cholesterol supplementation quickly improved patients in the areas of overcoming aggressive behaviors, decreased rates of infections, reduced skin rashes, reduced self-injurious behaviors, improved muscle tones, rapid growth and improved beahvior overall.

"One on One" with Eustacia Purves Cutler
Abstract: TBD.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. Discuss the differences in rearing a child as a child and also as an adult. 2. Explain the challenges during the lifespan of both during childhood and also during adulthood and how these differ dramatically.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Panel 7 Discussion: The Siblings
Abstract: 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.
Learning Outcomes
: The participant will be able t
o: 1. Identify ways that siblings of autistic children may cope in different settings at home, shopping, at a restaurant or at school. 2. Determine when familial problems regarding equal attention exist.

Interactions Between Environment and Human Health
Abstract: TBD.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to: 1. Discuss the interactions between the environment and health and how it affects the individuals with autism as a child and also during adulthood. 2. Understand the many different methods of medical treatment available during the lifespan and how treatments may have a positive role even during adulthood.

Panel 8 Discussion: The Doctors Who Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders
Abstract: The panelists presenting in this workshop review medical cutting edge interventions and treatments and discuss the most frequently asked questions associated with medicine and interventions. Each panelist presents his or her specialty. The discussion will include the entire lifespan of the individual and transitioning into adulthood. The topics include gastrointestinal disorders, suppressed immune systems, chronic inflammation, seizures and epileptic spikes, complications with viruses including HHV6, hormonal imbalances, psychological risk indicators, comorbidities and their impact on outcome in patients with ASD, environmental concerns, chewing problems, swallowing difficulties, acid reflux, and other major medical topics that present problems associated with ASD patients. Also reviewed are topics supported by research including special diets, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive enzymes, gut treatments, glutathione, sulfation, and immunological treatments and how to test if the treatment should be considered, and discuss how to implement the treatment.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to:
1. Identify how the parts of the brain are connected and coordinated with each other and describe how one can develop measures sensitive to changes in brain and body function that could result from treatment interventions. 2. Outline new research in ASD on the importance of targeted evaluations and treatments to improve clinical outcomes among patients diagnosed with autism. 3. Compare a variety of interventions that are supported by research.

Panel 9 Discussion: Bringing it all together: Parent and Practitioner
Abstract: Leading autism experts who are parents of children with autism will share in their personal experiences in the areas of medical treatments, behavioral/developmental interventions, diet and nutritional interventions, advocacy, adjunct therapies, support services, family issues, and adult services.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able t
o: 1. Identify common obstacles faced by parents of children with autism. 2. Describe three examples of medical, behavioral and nutritional interventions that have been successfully implemented by this panel of professionals.

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