Where: Online webinar at momsfightingautism.com.
When: Saturday, April 13th – Sunday, April 14th
Hours: Saturday 8am-630pm – Sunday 8am-530pm (Pacific Time)
Saturday April 13th
(Keynote) Breakthrough Strategies For Parents
Saturday at 8:00am
With: Raun Kaufman
Raun K. Kaufman will provide concrete, bold strategies you can implement now for your child’s immediate gain. With humor and inspiration, he will recount his own story of recovery and outline some crucial yet often-overlooked aspects of autism and its treatment. His lecture focuses on some innovative, outside-the-box techniques you can use today to help your child: move beyond stimming (without you stopping or discouraging your child’s behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others.
Is there a reason for seemingly purposeless behavior? HANDLE says Yes
Saturday at 10:00am
With: Elizabeth Frishkoff
Many children and adults on the autism spectrum have repetitive , specific behaviors including hand-flapping, rocking back and forth, jumping, and switching the lights on and off. These behaviors have often been termed “slimming” (suggesting that their purpose is to self-stimulate), considered disruptive and disturbing, and responded to as such. HANDLE recognizes that these behaviors are a form of non-verbal communication and view these behaviors from a perspective that involves acceptance, compassion and curiosity, and assumes that each of these behaviors actually has a reason or purpose that can open the door to learning a lot about the swimming person’s sensory processing and neurodevelopment.
Myths Vs. Reality: What diet for autism really is and how to manage the change
Saturday at 12:00pm
With: Stephani McGirr
Learn the essential dietary changes to make for nutritional intervention in autism, why it’s important and how to simplify it all to fit your family’s needs. Discover practical strategies to make the transition easier and get results quicker.
Sensory Integration Dysfunction- Why Sensory Gyms are Vital In Treating SID and ASD
Saturday at 2:00pm
With: Anna Keenaghan
Anna Keenaghan has built and operates a 6,000 sq ft sensory gym, complete with rock climbing walls and zip lines, along with every sort of traditional therapy swing. Sensory Freeway offers OT, PT and Speech Therapy services for children on the Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorder.
Autism and Seizures-Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized, and Frequently Missed Seizures, and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Saturday at 4:00pm
With: Patricia Polchowsk
Over 50% of individuals with autism also have the additional challenge of a silent seizure disorder. Often these seizures go untreated and unrecognized because they present as behaviors related to autism. This presentation will discuss the types of seizures that people may have, how to gain diagnosis and treatment from medical professionals, and to understand how to tell the difference between behaviors and seizure behaviors.
iPads and Autism: A Tool For Success
Saturday at 6:00pm
With: Mark Mautone M.A.
This presentation will provide a comprehensive insight into how to use an iPad with an individual with autism spectrum disorder. Mark will discuss various apps that are used to address specific skill domains. He will also provide instructions on how to create and develop original content on iPads that can be used in school, home, and the community. He will also briefly discuss relevant research on iPads, selectinal and implementation of iPad applications across various educational settings.
Sunday, April 14th
(Keynote)DIR/Floortime:: Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Developmental Problems
Sunday at 8:00am
With: Dr. Gil Tippy
Dr. Tippy will demonstrate how a developmental way of thinking about and working with kids on the Autism Spectrum makes sense. Dr. Tippy will connect the world of early childhood development to the functional emotional developmental capacities in the DIR/Floortime model. Finally, Dr. Tippy will address questions about how the DIR/Floortime model manages the same issues that other models manage.
Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism: Reaching a Greater Understanding.
Sunday at 10:00am
With: Stephen Shore
An often misunderstood and confusing topic, sexuality of people on the autism spectrum is part of the natural developmental process of transition through puberty into adulthood. Pesented from the viewpoint of a person diagnosed with autism, participants will gain a greater understanding of the the feelings, physical responses, levels of interest in sex, and addressing the social challenges as well as practical solutions for supporting people across the autism spectrum in the area of sexuality and intimate relationships.
Parenting Adolescents with ASD: Hiw to Balance Support While Letting Go.
Sunday at 12:00pm
With: Lisa Lieberman
Parenting any adolescent is a challenge in today’s world. Parenting roles must change as older teens move into adulthood. The unique concerns of older teen with ASD add a layer of complexity that requires greater forethought and guidance for both teens and their parents. The stakes are high for parents to feel comfortable with a young adult’s developmental readiness to move on. Lisa will discuss specific issues involved in parenting older teens with ASD, and explore a necessary balance required between supporting, protecting and letting go appropriately.
Strategic Approach to Biomedical Intervention in Treating Children on the Autism Spectrum
Sunday at 2:00pm
With: Nancy Guberti
Biomedical research suggests that food and supplements affect a child with sensory issues, learning disabilities, attention issues, social withdrawal, eye-contact avoidance and perseverative behaviors. Most conventional doctors do not offer biomedical interventions leaving parents and caregivers to learn on their own, Listen and learn how to create a biomedical strategy as it relates to the health and nutrition necessary for children to reach maximimum potential. Learn how food can heal or be perceived as toxic, the role of vitamin supplementation, herbs, homeopathic remedies, natural chelation protocols, functional medicine testing and more…so that making this lifestyle change is an easy transition for you and your family.
Should I Consider Therapeutic Horseback Riding For My Child?
Sunday at 4:00pm
With: Alicia Kershaw
Alicia Kershaw, Executive Director of GallopNYC, a therapeutic horseback riding program in NYC will discuss Therapeutic Horseback Riding and it’s benefits to people with Autism. She will also discuss GallopNYC’s innovative transition job skills program. Alicia will offer tips to parents on what to look for in a therapeutic horseback riding program.