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to provide the opportunity for everyone living with autism spectrum disorders to achieve their fullest potential, by enriching the autism community with education, training, accessible resources, and partnerships with local and national projects. Learn more.
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THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Subject to change.

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Thursday and Friday
Saturday and Sunday

SCHEDULE AND PRESENTATIONS - The conference features keynote presentations and three separate breakout sessions on Friday and Saturday (Thursday night and Sunday morning are included in the full conference registration pass). For additional information and group registration, call 1-888-9AUTISM or 801-816-1234. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure your space.

Sessions include: "Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Team Approaches for Autism Interventions in Schools" panel and breakout sessions including topics on Biomedical Interventions, Nutrition and Wellness, Cognition and Sensory Processing, Social Skills, Communication, and Non-Verbal Interaction, School Transitions, Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan, Functional Imaging of the Brain, Mitochondrial Disorders and Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Adult Challenges, Severe Autism, Relationships and Sexuality, Life Challenges, Sensory Overload, Building Relationships, Marriage and Family in the Context of Autism, Isolation, Lack of Self Acceptance, Build up of Clutter and Unfinished Tasks from Lack of Executive Function Skills, Behavioral Issues and New Approaches with ASD, Jobs, College and Transitioning, Cutting Edge Research, Siblings, Auditory Hypersensitivity, Preparing for the Future, Self-Advocacy, Support Services, Verbal Behavior, Visual Social Thinking Strategies, Technology, plus much much more.

Speaker Bios
Abstracts and Learning Outcomes
Continuing Education - CME, CEUs (MD's, DO's, Nurses, PA's, NP's, Psychologists, Other Health Care Practitioners, ASHA, APA, Salt Lake City Public Schools, plus more)

The Exhibit Hall is open during the entire conference.

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Thursday, August 15
4:30pm-9:00pm Registration and Expo open
6:30pm-6:45pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:45pm-7:45pm Panel Discussion: The Siblings
Siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions.
Abstract
7:45pm-9:00pm Meet and Greet: Networking and Support
All attendees, including parents, siblings, individuals with ASD, speakers, health care professionals, teachers, and everyone registered for the conference, will have an opportunity to network with each other in a relaxing atmosphere.

Friday, August 16
7:00am-5:00pm Registration and Expo open
8:15am-8:30am Welcome
8:30am-10:00am Temple Grandin, PhD - Keynote Address
Journey to the Center of My Brain
Biography
Abstract

10:00am-10:30am Break, Expo, & Book Signing - Exhibit Hall
  Bryce Canyons Arches
10:30am- 11:20am Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Team Approaches for Autism Interventions in Schools (Special workshop for educators, other professionals, and parents)
Panel 1: Overview of Interventions in Schools

Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Biography

Sandra R. Wise, PsyD
Biography
Raun K. Kaufman
Biography
Kim Korpady
Biography
Abstract
Effective Biomedical Interventions: Treating the Underlying Causes of the Symptoms
Bob Sears, MD, FAAP
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The Miracle Project -a theater and film program for children, teens, and adults with autism which develops self expression, creativity, community and joy.
Elaine Hall
Biography
Abstract

11:30am- 12:30pm

Panel 2: Special Education in the Schools
Gil Tippy, PsyD
Biography
Rebecca Anderson, MA (teacher)
Biography

Hanne O'Brien, MS, OT
Biography
Michelle Vance, MCD, CCC-SLP
Biography
Abstract

The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism
William Shaw, PhD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism: Reaching a Greater Understanding
Stephen M. Shore, EdD
Biography
Abstract

12:30pm-1:30pm Break, Cash Lunch, Expo, and "Meet the Authors"
1:30pm-2:20pm Panel 3: Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom
Elaine Hall
Biography
Stephen M. Shore, EdD
Biography
Abstract
Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan; and Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Visual Social Thinking Strategies
Michael McManmon, EdD
Biography
Abstract
2:30pm-3:30pm Panel 4: Teaching Functional Living Skills in Schools; Nutrition Intervention Can Improve Autism Related Disorders; Interventions for Day to Day Living Skills in Schools
James W, Partington, PhD, BCBA
Biography
Julie Matthews, CNC
Biography
Sam Goldstein, PhD
Biography
Abstract
Mitochondrial Disease Overview and Links to Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Frances D. Kendall, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Social Skills, Communication, and Non-Verbal Interaction: Animal-Assisted Nature Exposure
Sandra R. Wise, PsyD
Biography
Abstract

3:30pm-4:00pm Break, Expo, & Book Signing - Exhibit Hall
4:00pm-5:30pm Panel: The Doctors and Researchers Q&A
Phillip C. DeMio, MD, Biography
Stuart H. Freedenfeld, MD, Biography

Theodore Henderson, MD, PhD, Biography
Frances D. Kendall, MD, Biography
Bob Sears, MD, FAAP, Biography
William Shaw, PhD, Biography
J. Michael Uszler, MD,
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Saturday, August 17
7:00am-5:30pm Registration and Expo open
8:00am-8:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15am-9:30am Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Keynote Address
A Whole Body Approach to Brain Problems in Autism
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
9:30am-10:00am Break, Expo, & Book Signing - Exhibit Hall
10:00am- 10:50am Special exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Page. Grateful for the Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome; It Explained Everything
Tim Page, DFA
Biography
Abstract

Functional Imaging of the Brain - New Discoveries
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Your Child or Family Member is Now An Adult: What Can You Do!
Jacquelynn Bradley
Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
Biography
Abstract

11:00am- 12:00pm Behavioral Issues and New Approaches with ASD
Raun K. Kaufman
Biography
Kim Korpady
Biography
Abstract

The Role of Cholesterol Deficiency in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Improvements in Overall Behavior
William Shaw, PhD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Acoustically-Modified Music: Brain Training for Improving Auditory Processing and Sound Hypersensitivity
Alex Doman
Biography
Abstract
12:00pm-1:00pm Break, Cash Lunch, Expo, and "Meet the Authors"
1:00pm-1:50pm

Panel: Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism
Christopher Gauthier, MFA
Biography
Jacqueline Gauthier
Biography
Lori K. Brill, PsyD
Biography
Gil Tippy, PsyD
Biography
Abstract

Get Started Now - Food and Nutrition Matter!
Julie Matthews, CNC
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

All attendees receive a Success Guide and Recipe pack.

Assessing and Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals of All Ages Using The AFLS™
James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA
Biography
Abstract
2:00pm-3:00pm Panel: Facing a Lifetime of Daunting Challenges - Mothers Talk
Laura Anderson
Biography
Jacqueline Gauthier
Biography
Tammy Matassa
Biography
Cheryl Smith
Biography
Theodore Henderson, MD, PhD
Biography
Abstract
Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Autism
Stuart H. Freedenfeld, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
School Transitions: Elementary, High School, & Beyond
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Biography
Abstract

3:00pm-3:30pm Break, Expo, & Book Signing - Exhibit Hall
3:30pm-5:00pm Panel: Self-Advocacy - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan
Christopher Gauthier, MFA, Biography
Michael McManmon, EdD,
Biography
Christine Motokane, Biography
Tim Page, DFA, Biography

BrookeLynne Sanders, Biography
Abstract


Sunday, August 18
8:00am-12:00pm Registration and Expo open
9:00am-10:00am Oral Health Care for the Dental Patient with Autism
Robert E. Rada, DDS
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Nutrition Workshop: Supplements, Kids, and Fun with your Blender
Julie Matthews, CNC
Biography
Terri Hirning
Biography
Abstract
 
10:00am-10:30am Break and Expo - Exhibit Hall
10:30am- 12:00pm Panel: Bringing It All Together
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
Theresa Wrangham
Plus more panelists
Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD - moderator
Leading autism experts who are parents of children with autism and professionals will share in their personal experiences in the areas of medical/biomedical treatments, behavioral/developmental interventions, diet and nutritional interventions, advocacy, adjunct therapies, family issues, special needs trusts, IEPs, and much more. Q&A
Abstract
12:00pm Conference concludes

QUICK FACTS
The US Autism & Asperger Association 2010 World Conference became the most viewed Autism/Asperger conference in the world. This was the first ever Autism and Asperger conference streamed lived in its entirety..


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"In the fall of 2011, the greatest gift we received yet was attending the four-day USAAA conference in Seattle. There I met my heroes and found mentors that gave me hope and expanded my paradigm. Since the conference, we now approach life and our son from the view of acceptance, help him to see and know himself, teach him how to self advocate, and join with him in enjoying the things that make him smile. We no longer fight against our son’s differences but embrace them and this way of loving has even taught us to how better accept and love each other as a couple. We still have a long way to go and even more to learn, but I now know that hope has no limit unless I place it there.
- Sara McCarter, Mom to Magnus "the great"


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"Let's experience what their life is like for a day. Our children are in pretty much of a constant state of overload. Your living room is like LAX [Los Angeles International Airport] to your child. They can't recognize patterns the same way we can, so everything that seems predictable and understandable to you and I seems totally unpredictable to our children."
- Raun K. Kaufman


"I was the kid who grew up with no diagnosis. I was undiagnosed Asperger's (Diagnosed recently). I originally refused to do it [get diagnosed] because of institutional discrimination. I grew up in the 70's, one of the odd balls and I have fought and struggled my way. I was "the dumb one" of the family. I am the only one with a higher education degree at this point."
- Christopher M. Gauthier
, MFA


"The vast majority of persons on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) who make significant gains from biomedical treatments will require care that addresses the triad of dietary intervention, digestive/gastrointestinal problems, and detoxification techniques."
- Phillip C. DeMio, MD


"When we gaze back into the past and evaluate our impressions during the early stages of our children’s lives, we observe an experience unlike anything we had ever expected. When we receive a warning that our baby does not seem to be developing like other “normally developing” kids, we may either shift into early denial or become too intimidated to ask what we feel are appropriate questions. Unfortunately, when we do ask the right questions, the replies often are either not sufficient or are limiting in nature." (from Diagnosis Autism Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach).
- Kaplan/Burstein, 2005


"Autism is defined behaviorally, as a syndrome of abnormalities involving language, social reciprocity and hyperfocus or reduced behavioral flexibility. It is clearly heterogeneous, and it can be accompanied by unusual talents as well as impairments, but its underlying biological and genetic basis is unknown."
- Martha Herbert, MD, PhD


Our goal should be to help persons with autism understand and use their strengths to work around any presenting challenges so they, just like everyone else, has an equal chance at living a fulfilling and productive life.
- Stephen M. Shore, EdD


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