Category Archives: Free Autism Webinars Each Month

Learn from free autism webinars from leading autism speakers each month. Plus access 53 previously recorded webinars.

Who Do You Want To Hear?

Hello all,

We have two speakers who wanted to speak in the month of July but I couldn’t figure out which one to choose. Perhaps you can help. In the reply box below type either  “Goh” or “Palmiotto”. Ok here are the speakers:

7853254Dr. Suzanne Goh is a board-certified pediatric neurologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children with neurological conditions that impact brain development, cognition, and behavior.

Dr. Goh received her Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in History and Science from Harvard University (1993-1997). She went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (1997-1999). In 2004, she graduated from Harvard Medical School, cum laude. Dr. Goh completed her Pediatrics internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and her Pediatric Neurology residency at University of California San Francisco.

Spectacular Bond: Reaching the Child with Autism with co-authors Dr. Marion Blank (developmental psychologist) and Susan Deland (parent of a child with autism). The book outlines a powerful six-step behavior program for children with autism that is implemented at home by a parent. The program is grounded in the latest research in neuroscience, linguistics, and the psychology of parent-child interactions. Through the program, children can achieve – within weeks – more meaningful social interaction, diminished temper tantrums, greater capacity for self control, and improved attention. When this behavior program is combined with optimal biomedical treatment, meaningful progress is possible in all aspects of development.

FCS_0073-198x300Jenny Palmiotto is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified RDI program consultant. She uses well-researched treatment methods including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Behavioral and Brief Models. She has extensive training and a decade of experience treating individuals on the autism spectrum.


She specializes in serving persons with invisible social deficits. She also has advanced training in working with couples that are longing to reconnect with on another. She is currently a 4th year doctoral student at Alliant International University. She received her masters from University of San Diego.


Vision, Academics and The Autism Spectrum

Date: Tuesday, September 17
Time: 11am Pacific, 1pm (Eastern)
Speaker: Dr. Carl Hillier

Dr. Hillier an expert in vision and how it applies to autism will be presenting a free online event where parents, educators and parents can listen in and ask questions. This topic is a vital subject just in time for back to school We hope you can make it to this wonderful talk.

Carl G. Hillier, OD, FCOVD of the San Diego Center for Vision Care, graduated from the University of California San Diego in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He received a Bachelor of Science degree at Pacific University in 1980 and then graduated as a Doctor of Optometry in 1982. He is a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Hillier is an adjunct clinical professor at the Southern California College of Optometry and Illinois College of Optometry. In 1992 Dr. Hillier helped found the Vision Rehabilitation Clinic at the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital.

The Sound Connection: Auditory Integration Training

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm Pacific Time ( 9pm Eastern)


This Presentation will focus on AIT (Audio Integration Training), a sound and music therapy developed by Dr. Guy Berard that helps normalize the hearing and the way the brain processes information.

Many individuals that suffer from Autism Spectrum, and other learning or neurological disorders have abnormalities in the way that they hear. With the hearing normalized, many of the learning and other issues (such as: ability to focus, hearing sensitivities, speech/language and social skills) begin to improve or clear up. AIT provides a “re-training” or “re-organization” process done over the course of 10 days.


Sarah Gewanter, LCSW, Dir.Sarah Gewanter, MSW, LCSW, Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) Practitioner.

Sarah Gewanter has over 25 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. She received her graduate degree at Columbia University in 1981. She has been on faculty at Columbia Univ. School of Social Work and for the past 15 years has been working families with special needs especially Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ms. Gewanter is the Clinical Director of The Counseling Centers located in the Asheville area of NC and Fairfield County, CT.  She is an official trainer for the Auditory Integration Training-International Practitioners Forum and brings a special ability, warmth and sensitivity to the children and families who come to her for treatment.

Sarah is on the Board of several community not-for profit organizations which support the arts and cultural exchange.

Destressing the Holidays for Families of Children with Autism

Dr. Robert Naseef

Event Date: Wednesday, December 5th

Event Time: 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)

Speaker: Dr. Robert Naseef


No matter what tradition you celebrate, holidays are often filled with stress. There is a lot of pressure to make the holidays perfect and fun while enjoying yourself. When you add to that the stresses around having a child with special needs it can become even more overwhelming. Everything needs readjusting in your family life and as a mother you are left with the emotions. It is on you to make warm experiences and wonderful traditions. It’s important to sit back for a few minutes and reflect. This webinar will provide insights and helpful tips for this holiday season.

Bio of Dr. Robert Naseef

Robert Naseef is a psychologist in independent practice. Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability, his first book, has received international recognition. He has lectured internationally and appeared on radio and television. He is the co-editor of Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom (2006). Living Along the Autism Spectrum (2009) is a new DVD which features him along with Stephen Shore and Dan Gottlieb.
Dr. Naseef’s specialty is working with families of children with autism and other special needs. He has published many articles in scholarly journals and other publications. He has “a foot in each world” as the father of an adult child with autism. He has a special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. Through his experiences as a parent and as a professional, Robert is relates to both audiences and is a sought after speaker around the country.

Rabbi Harold Kushner, the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, endorsed Special Children, Challenged Parents. In Rabbi Kushner’s words, “Writing with the wisdom of a mental health professional and the compassion of a loving father, Dr. Naseef has given us a book that will instruct and inspire us all.”

In 2008, Robert Naseef was honored by Variety, the Children’s Charity for his outstanding contributions over the past 20 years to the autism community. You can visit him on the web at

Assessment Practices for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism

Nancy Brady, Ph.D.

Event Date:Tuesday, November 20th

Event Time:6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)

Speaker:Nancy Brady, Ph.D.



Standardized assessments are of limited value for individuals who communicate nonverbally or with very few words. Dr. Brady will discuss how to combine information from caregiver report with information from structured assessments to describe how individuals communicate with gestures, vocalizations, signs, symbols as well as spoken words. She will describe a communication scale called the Communication Complexity Scale that she and colleagues developed to describe communication development starting with awareness of one’s surroundings up through beginning word use.

Bio of Nancy Brady, Ph.D.

Nancy Brady, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Kansas. She has been conducting research on communication assessments and interventions for over 20 years. She is a certified speech language pathologist and has over 40 publications.

Improving Speech and Language Skills for Individuals with Autism

Valerie Herskowitz

Event Date:2012-10-17

Event Time:6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)

Speaker:Valerie Herskowitz



This webinar will focus on what families can do to help improve speech and language skills for their loved one with autism. Ms. Herskowitz will introduce a hierarchy to determine what stage of language the individual is currently in, provide goals for each one of those stages to help move the individual to the next one, as well as provide learning materials available to accomplish this.

Bio of Valerie Herskowitz

Valerie Herskowitz has been a speech and language pathologist since 1978. She has spent many of those years working with individuals who have autism and other developmental disabilities. She was the founder of Dimensions Therapy Center, a facility that offered therapy services to children with special needs. She was the recipient of the Stevie Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with autistic and special needs children and has also been honored for starting two innovative community programs, Mothers of Special Needs Individuals (MOSI) and the National Autism Registry (NARY) Family Club.

Her youngest son, Blake, was diagnosed in 1993 with autism. Her professional journey as a therapist and as a parent of an autistic child have combined to give Ms. Herskowitz the unique insights to help families cope with problems they face in parenting a child with autism. She is a contributing writer for a number of national publications on the subject of autism, and is the author of the book, Autism and Computers: Maximizing Independence Through Technology and Always Leave Them Laughing. She writes a blog that focuses on issues of parenting an older or adult child on the spectrum.
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Improving Reading Comprehension For Students on the Spectrum: A Parents’ Guide to Simple, Effective Strategies You Can Use at Home

Improving Reading Comprehension For Students

Event Date: Wednesday, September 26

Event Time: 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)
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Speaker: Kari Miller

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It can be so frustrating to watch your child successfully sound out words, but not have a good idea of the meaning of what he or she is reading. Reading comprehension can be very difficult for students on the spectrum and schools often don’t give your child enough of the right kind of help. The good news is that parents can learn techniques to help their child become better comprehenders, even if the school isn’t providing targeted reading instruction to your child. The key is skillfully applying strategies that draw on your child’s strengths and slowly increasing his or her skills in areas that are challenging.

Bio of Kari Miller

You know how some students with learning challenges such as autism, attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities have poor grades, struggle with school work and think they can’t learn…well I help children with these problems to improve their grades, and increase their chances of getting into college, all while helping them develop their true talents.

If you’re like the parents I work with, you are looking for help for your child who is struggling in school. There are five factors that can get in the way of learning for students with complicated learning needs, and all five of their problems must be addressed for them to succeed. They need to:

* Be taught in a way that fits their learning style—not just the same old approach that is used for other students.
* Catch up on basic skills they’ve missed because they learn differently.
* Build their core learning skills such as attention and memory that students need to be successful.
* Learn how to set priorities, manage their time and study to remember what they are learning.
* Believe in themselves again so they can play the game of school to win.

My five-step SUCCESS program gives students with complicated learning needs the tools they need to be successful in school and in life.

Dr. Kari Miller, PhD, Board Certified Educational Therapist, began her career almost twenty years ago as a special education resource teacher. She has worked with students in a vast array of capacities, including special education teacher and educational therapist.

Dr. Miller has a PhD in Educational Psychology and Mathematical Statistics, a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities, Gifted Education and Educational Diagnosis, and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Behavior Disorders.

Visit her website to learn about the power of her SUCCESS approach to educating learners with complicated learning needs such as autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD.

Silently Seizing

Caren Haines

Event Date: Wednesday, August 22

Event Time: 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)

Speaker: Caren Haines


Up to 50% of all children have undiagnosed seizure disorders, to a great extent because they are difficult to diagnose and due to a lack of awareness and understanding. Caren Haines, with renowned behavioral child neurologist Nancy Minshew, MD, is determined to change that. At age two, author Caren Haines’ son was diagnosed with autism. By the time he was 12, his diagnosis didn’t account for his uncontrollable aggression, the acrid smells that lingered in his mind and the odd voices that screamed at him from inside his head. By the time he was 18, his out-of-control behavior mirrored a mood disorder with psychotic features. Silently Seizing begins with a close-up look at this family’s journey and examines a disorder that cannot always be identified in a clinical setting. Intersecting at two medical sub-specialties, neurology and psychiatry, the child who has autism and partial seizures is at a serious disadvantage. By inadvertently allowing children’s brains to “silently seize,” we are robbing children of their ability to function normally. When treated early with anti-seizure medications, many children show amazing gains in expressive language and comprehension. Many begin to speak and learn as many troubling behaviors begin to disappear. Even more important, many children lose their diagnosis of autism.

Bio of Caren Haines

Caren Haines is the mother of a 24-year-old son diagnosed with autism as a young child. As a registered nurse, Caren relied upon her nurse’s training to assist her in deciphering the origins of many of her son’s perplexing behaviors. Based on knowledge gained from years of intensive research she compiled for this book; as well as, information provided by top researchers in the field of autism, Caren is helping families become free from the debilitating symptoms of silent seizures and psychosis. She is also co-author of a children’s book, Georgie, The Flying Dog, which explores the concept of unconditional love and acceptance of our differences.

Special Diets for Autism and ADHD – What You May Be Missing

Julie Matthews
Julie Matthews

Event Date:Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Event Time:6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)

Speaker:Julie Matthews


Whether you’re well versed at following a special diet or just getting started, there are common pitfalls and misperceptions that can interfere with your effectiveness. This webinar will get you on the right track.

Bio of Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews, leading autism nutritionist, has worked one-on-one with hundreds of parents around the world and lectured to thousands of others. Julie will identify the top five diet pitfalls that plague both parents and clinicians. She’ll explain why people get caught and how to avoid traps, common misbeliefs about special diets, and present specific strategies to course correct. And she’ll share her favorite nutrition boosters suitable for all children and adults.