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US Autism & Asperger Association
September 21, 2011

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Autism Revolution: Breakthrough Strategies for Parents, Raun K. Kaufman

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Raun K. Kaufman is an international speaker, writer and teacher for The Son-Rise Program® at the Autism Treatment Center of America™. In his work with families, children, and professionals from around the world, Mr. Kaufman brings a distinctive qualification to the realm of Autism treatment—his own personal history. At 18 months, Raun was diagnosed as severely and incurably autistic. Although advised to institutionalize Raun, his parents, authors/teachers Samahria and Barry Neil Kaufman, instead created an innovative home-based, child-centered program in an effort to reach their son.

"At 18 months, Raun was diagnosed as severely and incurably autistic. Raun’s story was...the subject of an award-winning NBC television movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.

Raun’s story was recounted by his father, Barry Neil Kaufman, in the best-selling book Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues, and was also the subject of an award-winning NBC television movie, Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love.

Raun graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics. Raun serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. He has presented at multiple USAAA conferences. Full Bio

Raun will be presenting "Autism Revolution: Breakthrough Strategies for Parents" on Friday, October 28, at the USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington. He will also be a panelist on Self Advocacy - Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges", and ""Adjunct Therapies" on Friday.

Autism Revolution: Breakthrough Strategies for Parents
Abstract: The following are some of the topics discussed in this presentation: Moving beyond stimming without stopping or discouraging the child’s behavior; New skills without having to push or pressure the child; Forming meaningful, caring relationships with others. Raun will be presenting his newly released book and will be available for a book signing.

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Implementing Effective Interventions for the Acquisition of Verbal Behavior, James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA

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Dr. Partington is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., in Walnut Creek, California. He is a licensed psychologist and a doctoral level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D), and has more than 30 years experience working with children with developmental disabilities. His expertise is in language-based intervention with children who are experiencing language delays as a result of autism and other related developmental disorders. He has previously been a faculty member of several universities including West Virginia University, University of San Francisco and St. Mary’s College. Dr. Partington serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board. He has presented at multiple USAAA conferences including the 2008, 2009, and 2010 World conferences... Full Bio

"Dr. Partington's expertise is in language-based intervention with children who are experiencing language delays as a result of autism and other related developmental disorders.

Dr. Partington will be presenting "Implementing Effective Interventions for the Acquisition of Verbal Behavior" on Friday, October 28, at the USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington. He will be a panelist on "Behavioral, Developmental, and Educational Interventions" on Friday, October 28. Following the panel, Dr. Partington will be available for a book signing.

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.

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Young people building confidence, life skills and friendships, Benjamin Wahl, MSW

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Benjamin Wahl, MSW has worked with children, adolescents and young adults for over ten years as the director of an outdoor education program and as a staff member in wilderness therapy programs and residential treatment centers. Under the supervision of Ryther Child Center's CEO, Lee Grogg, Ben founded the Collaborative Coaching Program in 2004. Two years later, Ben founded the Ryther Outdoor Leadership Program (now Aspiring Youth). At Aspiring Youth, their philosophy can best be summarized by the well known axiom – “experience is the best teacher.” This is especially true for their students when it comes to acquiring new tools necessary to develop friendships, handle life’s frustrations, organize tasks and problem solve with greater flexibility. Through fun, innovative, challenging and hands-on learning experiences, they help their students gain new social and life skills. Ben holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MSW from the University of Washington. Full Bio

"Ben, in terms of outdoor activity and exercise, will discuss how students need purpose.

Ben will be presenting on "Panel 5 Discussion: Nutrition and Wellness " on Saturday, October 29, at the USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington.

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October 27-30: USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington

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Whether you've just received a diagnosis of autism or you've struggled for years to find answers, you know how difficult it can be to find hope. The vast amount of information, in cyberspace or print, from doctors to friends, on special diets to social skills, can overwhelm even the most dedicated parent. How can you sort through the junk mail and begin down the road to success?

"The primary function of the USAAA conference is where parents, caregivers, health care practitioners, individuals with autism, students, educators, therapists and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for persons living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can learn about effective interventions – both medical and educational.

Introducing the US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference & Expo. The theme: "Autism Education and Treatment: A Road to Wellness." The goal: to demystify the confusion around autism and to arm you with tools of practical protocols and new resources. After four days, you will leave the conference with a considerable head start down the road to wellness.

With an unprecedented conference format and presentations from some of the most respected experts in the international autism community, the USAAA conference is a can't-miss opportunity. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the conference highlights:

  • "Meet Temple Grandin's Mother - Coming to Terms with Expectations"
  • "The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism"
  • "The Doctors Who Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders"
  • Panel workshops on advocacy, adjunct therapies, biomedical interventions, nutrition, support services, and more

"Full 4-day packages start at just $95.

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