Date: August 24, 2011
Time: 06:00pm Pacific Time
Topic: The Immune System in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Speaker: Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Description: An in depth discussion on the various Biomedical Treatments of ASD given by Dr. DeMio the top 2011 of the year award by autism community. The discussion will include Hyperbaric treatments, biomedical treatments and Far Infrared treatments.
Phillip C. DeMio, MD is a father of a child with autism and was recently given a prestigious
award for the top physician of 2011 by the autism community. He is the founder and Executive
Director of the American Medical Autism Board, the first entity to certify MD’s and DO’s in
biomedical treatment of the autism spectrum. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of the US
Autism and Asperger Association, and he has also served on the Defeat Autism Now! think
tank. His practice serves the medical needs of children and adults with autism and other
developmental disabilities. Dr. DeMio’s philosophy is that our children and loved ones are
first and foremost in all of our treatments, and that health care providers and others who aim
to medically help persons affected by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental
disabilities should be supported and encouraged by us all.
Description: There are so many people who tell us so many things about what we ought to do or ought not to do for our children with autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This talk will sort through how we decide what we do for our children, and includes discussion of current important concepts of Evidence Based Medicine to help families demand real informed consent and have real parental choice in selecting interventions for their children with ASDs.
Topic: All Children Can Succeed: Effective interventions for behavioral and social challenges
Speaker: Jed Baker, Ph.D.
Description: Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The presentation also details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers
Topic: Empowerment Strategies for ASD Parents : More than Just Coping
Speaker: Chantal Sicile-Kira
Description: This motivational and practical presentation provides parents the opportunity to explore the feelings that are inherent to having a child with an autism spectrum disorder, and gives practical and positive strategies for attitude adjustment. Challenging the notion of a ‘grief cycle’ and the loss of expectations; personal beliefs about disability and today’s society’s striving for perfection; and how to begin to develop positive relationships with service providers and school districts are areas that are explored Chantal’s presentation leaves parents charged and empowered to move forward with their lives.
Topic: Educating Students on the Spectrum: Using Evidence-Based Practices
Speaker: Dr. Cathy Pratt
Description: While there continues to be some disagreement, a body of literature is emerging that articulates evidence-based practices. Many of these are practices that are commonly used in schools, however, may not be used correctly or with fidelity. This session will provide practical information about evidence-based practices that can be used in school settings.
Topic: How Medications Can Help A Good Plan Work Better
Speaker: Dr. Josh Feder
Description: Medications cannot take the place of a comprehensive program, but they might help reduce some symptoms and allow a good plan to be more successful. This talk will cover some major classes of medications used to help a broad range of symptoms common in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Topic: Food Matters for Autism – Learn WHY and HOW
Speaker: Julie Matthews
Description: Autism’s greatest secret is that those with autism can get better, and even fully recover from the disorder; their physical and cognitive health can improve when specialized attention is given to the foods they consume. Children with autism typically have food sensitivities that need to be addressed, and their bodies have a difficult time digesting particular substances – so attention to diet is crucial.
Parents and physicians can learn that making strategic/calculated food choices can help children’s bodies heal, and that following a specific healing diet leads to improved health and a reduction of the symptoms of autism. Most people with autism benefit when following a healing diet.
Julie Matthews is an autism nutrition expert, conference educator, and award-winning author who inspires hope and healing. In this presentation you will:
• Understand that autism is whole-body disorder – that body, brain, and behavior are connected
• Realize how food intake affects the symptoms of children with autism
• Know which food omissions and additions are most imperative
• Learn which dietary strategies are effective for autism
• Become empowered to get started on a healing path
Topic: Presentation Title: Fitness for the Autism Population
Speaker: Eric Chessen
Description: This presentation will focus on the importance of physical fitness for the Autism/ASD population, what fitness is, and how to achieve it. There is a great deficit in fitness information for the autism and special needs population. This lecture will dispel misinformation and provide a fresh new look at exercise and physical wellness. Main topics will include; The myth of fitness, Fitness vs. Sports, A new model of Physical Education, Goal planning for short- and long-term success, and using the PAC Profile for optimal results.