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US Autism & Asperger Association
July 6, 2012

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iPad band unlocks autistic students' creativity

By Meg Baker

ipad musicThey've got the beat.

At first listen you would never know that music created at a New York City school was being played by students with special needs, nor that they were using iPads as instruments.

Students who traditionally had issues communicating their wants or needs seemed to suddenly be unlocked by their music, expressing themselves creatively. "I see them supporting each other. They compliment each other. They help each other out...It is just magical, really a beautiful thing to see."
Music teacher Adam Goldberg

Music teacher Adam Goldberg has successfully integrated the iPad into his class, creating an iPad band of talented musicians at P177Q, a school for special-needs students based in Queens.

"Some of the students in this school who are very low functioning, are really making music," Goldberg tells FoxNews.com.

Most of Goldberg's students are on the Autism Spectrum and often have difficulty communicating, socializing and concentrating. Yet, with an iPad in front of them, they have been able to play complex music compositions like "Space Circus" by Chick Corea, a famous jazz composer.

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A Journey of Pain, Suffering, Struggles, and Hope

aaron likensAaron Likens, an accomplished public speaker, published author, avid blogger, and remarkable individual, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 20. Now 29, Aaron has found an opportunity to share with the world how the Autism Spectrum Disorder mind works through his book, Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger's Syndrome, and through his position as an Autism Ambassador and Community Education Specialist for TouchPoint Autism Services in St. Louis. Having been diagnosed later in life, Aaron is committed to advocating for early intervention services, and to helping members of the community better understand autism in how it feels, how individuals face unique issues and challenges, and how to interact with someone on the autism spectrum.

"I've wanted to race since I was three years old. That's "PLAN A" for my life. There is no "PLAN B." That's what I always thought until I realized that last year's winner at Indy, or Daytona probably won't change a life today. I believe that by raising awareness of early intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders lives will be changed. That's "PLAN A" for my life today.
- Aaron Likens

"What is life with Asperger's like", says Aaron? "Unless you've been there you don't know. My personal experience with Asperger's has been a journey of pain, suffering, struggles, and hope. As the author of Finding Kansas, I have exposed the cognitive process of the ASD brain. People laugh, cry, and lives are changed and empowered with hope.

At the US Autism & Asperger Association World Conference, here is a sneak preview of some of the many important concepts you will learn:
1. Film Theory: Like a photo, all things have to be the same every time.
2. Game Theory: Rules are the spice of life.
3. Cement Theory: Early intervention is the key to molding a mind.
4. The cognitive process of the brain.

Aaron Likens will present, "A Journey of Pain, Suffering, Struggles, and Hope", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. Conference Schedule.

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Early Bird Registration ends July 15th for the USAAA 2012 Conference - Register Now!

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The USAAA Conference Experience is for parents, caregivers, family members, healthcare practitioners, self-advocates, students, educators, friends and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger's, and PDD-NOS Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy.

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The US Autism & Asperger Association 7th Annual World Conference & Expo headquarters are at the Crowne Plaza International Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, September 6-9, 2012. This is the first time USAAA has returned to the Denver area since the 2nd annual conference in 2007 where over 800 people attended. Hotel Reservations.

The USAAA Conference Experience is for parents, caregivers, family members, healthcare practitioners, self-advocates, students, educators, friends and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism, Asperger's, and PDD-NOS Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy.

Featuring World Premiere Presentations:

  • Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays
  • Functional Imaging of the Brain: You'll Never See Autism the Same Way Again
  • An Exclusive Special "One on One" with Temple Grandin
  • New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism
  • Autism: The Whole Picture is Bigger Than Any One Part
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Schools
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Community
  • Grateful for the Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome; It Explained Everything
  • Behavioral Issues and New Approaches with ASD
  • A New Look at Prioritizing Interventions and Therapies
  • Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism Panel
  • DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope, Unveiling New Information
  • Advocacy and Combating Bullying Panel
  • Social Networking: 10 Lessons Learned from 25,000 Parents
  • Multimedia Social Skills Program for Children with Asperger's Syndrome (International Presentation)

CONTINUING EDUCATION is offered throughout the entire conference for all professionals. Check with your state or national associations to ensure CEUs are accepted by your organization. Attendees may register to receive a Certificate of Attendance (COA), CEU certificate, CEC certificate, CPEU certificate or a CME certificate that is applicable to the corresponding association:

Other Presentations Include:

  • Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning
  • Vision: The Effects on Balance, Vestibular, Movement and Cognitive Function
  • Visual Social Thinking Strategies
  • Autism subtypes and the severity of neurological problems
  • Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan
  • Engaging the individual with autism
  • Epigenetic Expression, RORA
  • Seizures and Mitochondrial Disorders
  • The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior
  • Strength and Interest-Based Learning: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities
  • Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond
  • A Neuroplasticity-based Intervention for Home & Clinic
  • Autism 101
  • Fathers of Children with ASD Panel
  • Holistic Medicine: Effective Treatment with a Focus on Nutrition
  • Adults - Ongoing Services Throughout The Lifespan
  • A Journey of Pain, Suffering, Struggles, and Hope
  • Effects of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals on the Incidence and Severity of Autism
  • Assessing & Teaching Functional Living Skills of All Ages Using The AFLS™
  • Auditory Hypersensitivity and ASD: A Treatable Condition
  • Oral Health Care for the Dental Patient with Autism

And don't miss The Doctors and Researchers Q&A Panel Discussion on Friday, September 7. The panelists presenting in this workshop review cutting edge interventions and treatments as well as the latest research and discuss the most frequently asked questions associated with medicine, interventions, and research. The discussion will include the entire lifespan of the individual and transitioning into adulthood. And much more.

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Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure your space.

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iPad band unlocks autistic students' creativity

A Journey of Pain, Suffering, Struggles, and Hope

Early Bird Registration ends July 15th for the USAAA 2012 Conference

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- Dr. Robert B., physician who attended first USAAA conference

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