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US Autism & Asperger Association
July 13, 2012

Welcome to USAAA WeeklyNews, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.


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Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism

Dr. Phillip DeMioAlex Doman is an author and producer whose products are used by people in more than 35 countries. His work is based on music effects research and principles of human development and neuroplasticity focusing on improving academic, cognitive, and communication abilities. He is founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, a leading provider of products, which improve brain function with solutions for consumers, schools, therapy clinics, health care facilities, and the military. Creator and co-producer of the multi award winning Music for Babies music collection and collaborator on more than 50 other albums and programs including the Sound Health series, The Listening Program®, and Music for the Mind™, he has trained thousands of healthcare, education, and music professionals in the application of music-based therapies around the world.

"It is possible to desensitize these negative emotional reactions and reprogram the emotional memory system"

"Many children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder are described as having auditory hypersensitivities," says Alex. "Children described as being hypersensitive to sound have negative emotional reactions to sounds and situations in which the sounds are present. It is possible to desensitize these negative emotional reactions and reprogram the emotional memory system so that children are no longer frightened by or find sounds uncomfortable."

Alex Doman will be presenting "Auditory Hypersensitivity and ASD: A Treatable Condition", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. This talk describes Auditory hypersensitivities, the systems involved, methods for evaluation, and treatment options including TLP Spectrum. Attendees will understand what auditory hypersensitivity is, learn the neural mechanisms involved in auditory hypersensitivity, and understand the available treatment options.

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Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning

sharon jonesSharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Sharon's research interests include having a broad interest in autism spectrum disorders, particularly executive dysfunction in adolescence and young adulthood. She is currently focusing on intervention targeting executive dysfunction in light of the fact that this area is significantly under researched, and has a significant negative impact on communicative and social interactions in adolescents with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome.

"There are new discoveries in the literature regarding a second wave of neural reorganization occurring during adolescence"

"There are new discoveries in the literature regarding a second wave of neural reorganization occurring during adolescence," says Sharon. "I will be presenting the potential utilization of this naturally occurring phenomenon combined with principals of rehabilitation and neural plasticity to improve executive function abilities in adolescents with ASD."

Sharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP will present, "Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning", at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. This presentation describes the process of neural reorganization during adolescence, explains the principles of neural plasticity, and describes how these processes may be useful in supporting interventions for the adolescent ASD population.

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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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In this issue:

Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism

Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning

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

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"The greatest gift we received yet was attending the four-day USAAA conference last year. There I met my heroes and found mentors that gave me hope and expanded my paradigm."
- Sara McCarter, Mom to Magnus "the great"

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

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