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US Autism & Asperger Association
August 10, 2012

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Parents, Students, Family Members and Professionals Come Together Sept. 6-9 for the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver
All Registrants Can Attend ANY Session

There are only 25 days remaining to register online for the US Autism & Asperger Association 2012 World Conference. Be sure to register in advance online or at 1-866-208-0207 to receive the discounted price (rates increase $25 for a full conference pass for on-site registration).

There are only 25 days remaining to register online or at 1-866-208-0207.

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.

You can attend any session at the conference. Parents, Doctors and Teachers can all sit together and review cutting edge interventions and treatments as well as the latest research.

Don't Miss World Premiere Presentations including:

  • Functional Imaging of the Brain: - A New Discovery
  • An Exclusive Special "One on One" with Temple Grandin
  • Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays
  • How Total Load Creates Autism Every Day: Chronic, Persistent and Changeable Features
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Schools and 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

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Bringing Social Thinking and Visual Thinking Together

michael mcmanmon
sandra wise
Michael P. McManmon, EdD
Sandra R. Wise, PsyD

Many people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome think visually. Some visuals work well while others do not. Dr. Michael McManmon and Dr. Sandra Wise bring together social thinking and visual thinking. Schools have not accessed into visual social thinking strategies as a teaching method. The key to changing perception of the autism/Asperger diagnosis means for the individual to put equal time and energy into learning about non-verbal language and social competencies as they do their special interests and then things start changing in a positive way.

"The key to changing perception of the autism/Asperger diagnosis means for the individual to put equal time and energy into learning about non-verbal language and social competencies as they do their special interests and then things start changing in a positive way."

Dr. Michael McManmon and Dr. Sandra Wise present "Visual Social Thinking Strategies" at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. This talk lists practical ideas of how to incorporate visual thinking both at home and at school; Describes how students can improve academically through the use of visual social thinking; Describes how visual social thinking is a critical tool in overcoming problems with communication and memorization; and attendees will understand how visual social thinking helps from pre-school to post graduate students.

Dr. McManmon grew up the youngest son in a family of nine children. He is the father of six children and nine grandchildren. He obtained his Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada. Subsequently, he was licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Massachusetts. He is the author of "Made for Good Purpose: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Help Their Adolescent with Asperger's, High Functioning Autism or a Learning Difference Become an Independent Adult". Dr. McManmon serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board.

As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Wise has worked in private practice, was the Director of Mental Health for several Colorado prisons and for the Delaware State Department of Corrections. She has taught graduate-level courses in clinical psychology and has conducted numerous workshops and clinics. In 2002, Dr. Wise, who has long understood the powerful dynamics inherent in human-animal relationships, began utilizing principles of applied behavioral analysis to train horses and cattle. Dr. Wise's equine-assisted programs focus on issues such as impulse control, anger management, problem-solving, goal setting, and social functioning. She facilitates interactions with horses that build skills in non-verbal communication, self-awareness, focus, cooperation, timing, boundaries, and empathy.

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DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope

michael mcmanmon
sandra wise
Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
Theresa Wrangham

What is the proposed DSM-5 and what will be the immediate and associated impact if the proposal succeeds in reclassifying those who have a diagnosis falling within the scope of the proposed changes. What can parents and interested parties do to change the course of DSM-5? How can your voice make a difference?

Understand the problems associated with the changes in the proposed DSM-5 that result in the elimination of Asperger's Disorder, PDD-NOS, Rett's Disorder, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.

Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD and Theresa Wrangham present "DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope" at the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver, Colorado September 6-9. During this presentation, the participant will be able to understand the problems associated with the changes in the proposed DSM-5 that result in the elimination of Asperger's Disorder, PDD-NOS, Rett's Disorder, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder; Understand phenotypes and it's significance in the proposed changes; Understand the narrowing of opportunities to make significant inroads in helping children with these diagnoses; Learn the potential loss of services; List theĀ reduction of research that will be allocated to autism; and discuss how a parent or professional can make a difference in having their voices heard.

Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD is a parent of child affected by autism. He is the Founder and Chairman of US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA). Dr. Kaplan was the chief investigator for the first study on early diagnosis of autism. He is the author of "Diagnosis Autism: Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes: A Parent-Physician Team Approach". He is editor of the highly acclaimed USAAA WeeklyNews, editor of multiple USAAA Conference Proceedings Manuals and a contributor to other autism publications. Dr. Kaplan spent the first decade of his post-graduate studies in professional and collegiate sports. He has spent the last twenty years improving the quality of life of individuals and others affected by Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Theresa K. Wrangham became a parent advocate as a result of her daughter Deanna's life-threatening asthma, as well as her daughter Rachel's diagnosis of PDD-NOS. In 2001 she co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) in Colorado and served five terms as its president and, served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Colorado. Theresa collaborated with Google to create Project Spectrum, a program designed to assist the autism community to identify possible career paths and to give educators classroom tools, and assist parents to obtaining special education services for their children. She has been featured in local and national television and print news reports and recently was featured in Parade Magazine. Within her community, she has helped to raise public awareness by publishing Colorado's first autism specific resource guide. Theresa is the Executive Director for NVIC.org. She serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board.

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Facing the Future - USAAA 2012 Conference

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.

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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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Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure your space.

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Don't miss The Doctors and Researchers Q&A Panel 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:

Parents, Students, Family Members and Professionals Come Together Sept. 6-9 for the USAAA 2012 World Conference in Denver

Bringing Social Thinking and Visual Thinking Together

DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope

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

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