Floortime Therapy, It's Use at Home and SchoolIn this webinar, Dr Josh Feder will talk about the basics of Developmental Individual differences Relationship based intervention (DIR (r)/Floortime(tm)) to support development and learning for children and adults with a range of challenges.
Mary Lynch Barbera, RN, MSN, BCBA
The Verbal Behavior Approach: Teaching Children with Autism
Drawing on her experience as both a parent of a son with autism as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Mary Lynch Barbera will provide listeners with information to help children with autism learn language and other important skills.
Mary will highlight strategies from her book: The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders, and provide guidance using the scientifically proven strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specifically utilizing B.F. Skinnerâ€™s Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Parents and professionals will be empowered with information regarding ABA/VB programming for children with autism and other developmental disorders. For more information about Mary and/or her book, please go to www.vbapproach.com
Autism: Many Causes, Many Treatments : A multi-treatment approach to the diagnosis and treatment of autismToday in the field of autism there are hundreds of treatment options, dozens of different theories, and thousands of organizations, centers, and professionals offering to help. While there is more hope than ever, families and professionals are faced with an overwhelming number of options which are often diametrically opposed. Which treatments are best for a particular child? How can you begin to sort through the choices? Jonathan Alderson specializes in merging best-practice strategies and techniques into cohesive customized Multi-Treatment Interventions. In this brief presentation he will share his insights into how to effectively combine treatments paying specific attention to phases of development, the order and timing of treatments.
Darlene Hanson, MA, CCC
Communication and Behavior : How to help children, teens, and adults who have little verbal communication skillsDarlene will discuss the connection between behavior and communication; how to help someone develop appropriate communication skills; how to encourage verbal skills, assistive technology and augmentative communication : what they are and how they can help.
Ms. Patricia E. Cromer, Lawyer
What you don't know can hurt your child in the IEP processAn overview of changes in the law and how they impact a child's placement. Practice of parents waiving reading of their rights and how that has left them in the dark as to changes the district does not voluntarily give them, will be discussed.
Nick Dubin, M.Ed., Psy.S
Asperger's Syndrome and BullyingAsperger's Syndrome and Bullying Based on Nick Dubin's book Asperger's Syndrome and Bullying (2007 Jessica Kingsley Publishers), this webinar will explore the etiology of bullying among the Asperger population while offering strategies for empowerment geared towards teachers, parents, schools and individuals with Asperger's themselves. Statistically, the vast majority of children with Asperger's Syndrome will experience frequent bullying. This seminar aims to provide real answers to help curb this destructive trend.
Dr. Cynthia Norall
Social Skills : Practical Tips to Help Your Child with Asperger's Syndrome Be More Socially Accepted
Episodes: My Life as I See itEver wonder what it is like to be a teenager on the autism spectrum? Ever wonder what is going through their minds and how they see the world around them? Blaze Ginsberg, a young adult with High Functioning Autism, discusses his teenage years, his struggles and triumphs with school, his desire to "fit in," and how he became the person he is today. His mother, Debra Ginsberg, will discuss what raising a teen like Blaze was like from her perspective.
Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.
From Disability to Possibility: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms
Dr. Esther Hess
Autism and the Holidays: Lessening the stress and the expectations, while maximizing the enjoymentHolidays are a stressful time but they don't have to be when you learn these tips.
Succeeding in College with Autism or Asperger Syndrome
Carl G. Hillier, OD
Vision and Living Within the Autistic Spectrum, including Vision TherapyDr. Hillier will be discussing "Vision and Living Within the Autistic Spectrum," including Vision Therapy. Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:
* eye alignment,
* eye tracking and eye teaming,
* eye focusing abilities,
* eye movements, and/or
* visual processing.
Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS
Successful Inclusion: Providing Literacy Opportunities to Students with AutismInclusion as a philosophy, Accommodations vs. Modifications, Motor planning in Autism, Teacher's attitudes towards inclusion, Presuming Competence as the Least Dangerous Assumption, How to create a successful team, Literacy Ladders vs. Literacy webs.
Dr. Temple Grandin
Teaching Through Specific ExamplesIn this keynote, Temple will discuss teaching through specific examples, as well as Sensory Processing Disorder and it’s place in the DSM V, currently being updated.
Dr. Joshua Feder
DIR/FloortimeDIR/Floortime is a way of relating to a child and adults in which we recognize and
respect the emotional experience and expressions of the person, shown in his or her actions, ideas, and intentions, and interact in a way that helps that person use his or her natural emotions with an even greater sense of purpose, building the capacity to engage and communicate, and at increasingly complex levels of functional development.
Special Education / Advocating for your Child / IEP The IEP (Individualized Education Program) is a meeting held to design a unique and tailored education plan for your child. This workshop provides helpful tips and suggestions for a successful IEP meeting. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced parents and professionals.
Andrea Macken, M.A., B.C.B.A.
Proactive Tools to Manage Challenging Behaviors of Children with AutismBased on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, the presentation will provide parents, caregivers, and professionals proactive tools to manage their child’s challenging behaviors before they occur. In addition, attendees will learn to identify the patterns of their child’s challenging behaviors including the triggers and functions of these behaviors.
How To Start Biomedical InterventionThis presentation will provide an overview of biomedical interventions for children with autism from a parent's point of view. Get information on how to select a Defeat Autism Now (DAN) doctor. Learn the common medical issues found in autism and which medical tests address these issues. Learn more about diets, supplements and other treatments that parents have been using to successfully manage some the medical problems their children exhibit.
A "Stranger" Among Us: Successful hiring of
quality one-to-one providers for children or
young adults with ASDHiring one-to-one support for a child or young adult with ASD can seem overwhelming, but when done well, everyone wins. It requires time, and diligent care to ensure a child is safe and well nurtured. With 23 years of hiring providers for her husband with multiple sclerosis, and son with ASD, Lisa will share suggestions about how to advertise, screen, interview, and train providers, examining pitfalls and ideas for success, based on her book entitled A Stranger Among Us. (Specific treatment approaches will not be addressed.)
Donna Williams, Dip Ed, BA Hons
Meaning Deafness, Meaning Blindness, Body Disconnectedness; Agnosias in the Context of Autism'Autism' is one word but underlying autistic development and behaviour can be a 'fruit salad' of conditions. One of those is commonly Agnosias. Gnosia means 'to know'. Agnosias are where the brain struggles to put meaning to incoming sensory information Understanding agnosias may demonstrate the wide diversity of autistic realities and challenge old and new stereotypes of autism and provide low cost and cost-free, easy to employ strategies for learning, bonding and behavior management, among other benefits.
Chantal and Jeremy Sicile-Kira
Learning With Autism: A Personal ViewpointJeremy has experienced home schooling, special education, general education and many different types of therapies in California, France and the UK, and has clear opinions about what has been helpful – and what has not - to someone like him. Jeremy gives his perspective and advice to those on the giving end of the therapy (parents) and those on the receiving end (children and teens). Chantal will provide the parent perspective.
Too Many Choices! How to Design a Multi-Treatment Approach to Educating and Supporting Children with AutismMost agree that no single treatment works for all children and that most children on the spectrum benefit from more than one approach. With so many treatments to choose from, parents are left to piece together multi-disciplinary programming including biological, social, and cognitive strategies.
Neurologic Music Therapy: Rhythmic Applications for AutismThis presentation will explore autism as a movement and perceptual motor disorder, define neurologic music therapy (NMT) and discuss the science and impact of rhythm on the sensorimotor system. Standardized NMT techniques and their applications will also be presented.
Absolutely Your Child Can Be Toilet Trained!
A Revolutionary Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special NeedsParents often become very frustrated and don't understand why they would have their child sit on the toilet for hours or take him to the bathroom every half hour with no success. So, why is it that your current and this seemingly common sense approach fails? Because it is the change to the location of the bathroom that challenges your child, not the purposeful resistance to toileting. In my approach, the developmental level of the child is not relevant. Whether he/she is non-verbal or has any interest in toileting is also not a factor. Learn how to "Teach Toileting" one step/change at a time. This webinar will share the knowledge and skill sets needed to help struggling and frustrated parents overcome the challenges of toilet training their child.
Augmenting Communication… Expanding CommunicationThis session will discuss current ideas and practices on augmenting communication for those with limited to no functional use of speech. We see how augmenting communication is building social and communicative skills, and for some supporting the development of speech. The process of assessment and selection of the “right system” can be overwhelming. I will outline how to identify your needs and purpose so that the best system for you today can be pursued. We will go on to discuss what to do once you have a system so that communication is developed and increased. Finally I will touch on how we are seeing augmentative communication support the development of speech.
Facilitating Social Thinking Across the DayThis talk is designed for parents and professionals alike to understand the inner mind of persons high on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS or high-functioning autism), ADHD, nonverbal learning disability (NLD or NVLD) or have no working diagnosis but they fit the clinical picture! Participants will learn not only functional treatment strategies they can use both at school and at home, but they will also better understand why these students react and respond the way they do.The ILAUGH model of Social Cognition will be introduced which helps to demonstrate how social processing difficulties impact not only social skills but also the ability to work as part of a group and focus on specific academic tasks such as written expression, reading comprehension and organizational skills for many of our students.
The role of Occupational Therapy in improving learning and behaviorShannon Schlotman will explain how occupational therapy, sensory processing, and sensory motor skills can help build a foundation for developing learning and behavior regulation. She will also review some guidelines for creating an environment where children can experience success and reach their potential.
Starting the Gluten Free Casein Free DietWondering about how to do the Gluten Free Casein Free diet? Want to know if it could be helpful for your child? This overview will help you understand why you might want to consider doing the diet and how to get started. The talk will cover hidden sources of gluten, studies on the effectiveness of the diet, and will direct you to valuable resources for more information, recipes and support.
Inside My Aspie Mind with Taylor MorrisIn this webinar, she will share with parents and Aspie teens what she has learned about getting along socially, how her Aspie mind is an advantage, and why she loves her "other" world.
Dr. Kari Miller
Six Unexpected Ways to Increase Your Child's LearningWhen most people hear words such as "learning," "smart," or "memory," they automatically think of the brain. Results from brain research indicate that learning cannot occur without cooperation between the body and the brain. Parents of children on the autism spectrum are already aware of the influence that the sensory environment has on their child's abilities to participate in academic tasks. Dr. Kari Miller, board certified educational therapist, will share with parents the research that points to the neuro-chemical basis underlying academic behavior and how parents can maintain optimum learning conditions at home and at school. She will discuss the effects on learning of these six factors: Emotions and Stress, Motivation and Inspiration, Social Influences, Movement, the Body's Natural Rhythms and Preferences and Physical environments.
Special Webinar with Chantal Sicile-Kira
Are you the parent of a newly diagnosed child and you are feeling despair and worry? Do you feel isolated and all alone? Is your child entering the teen years and you are wondering if his/her autism is getting worse? Do you feel isolated and all alone?Are you feeling overwhelmed?
How do you know what to do next? How do you keep your head above water? Are you wondering how you are going to make it through the summer?Or perhaps you've read one of Chantal's books and you have some questions for her. Here's your opportunity to ask them.
Need Coaching, Ask Chantal
Ms. Areva Martin Attorney at Law
How to Be An Advocate for Your ChildNationally recognized expert on autism advocacy Areva Martin shares her hard-won knowledge as a parent of an autistic child and an individual rights attorney. In The Everyday Advocate, she lays out vital and relevant step-by-step instructions to parents facing the seemingly impossible odds of advocating for a child with autism.
Parents need to become activists for their childrenâ€™s rights to services and learn how to safeguard those rights-both in school and in the larger outside world. An invaluable resource, The Everyday Advocate offers practical, real-world actions that work, lists helpful websites and organizations, and gives parents and caregivers the emotional support they need as they face the challenge of successfully standing up for children with special needs.
Surviving the Holidays with Special Needs
If you have a special needs child, the holidays can be stressful. Kim Stagliano will speak about how you can make your holiday a little less stressful. Here are some of the topics she will discuss:
* Holidays and special needs
* Religious participation
* Foods for the holidays and special diets
* Buying the same Elmo or Thomas the Tank Engine toys every year – and the sadness that can bring
* Favorite traditions
* How the economy has affected the holidays for American families
* Memories you like to share with your own kids
* Dealing with relatives who don’t respect your child’s needs
Janet Roberto M.D.
Part of the Puzzle is Good NutritionThis webinar will discuss the importance of good nutrition for children on the spectrum. Specific diets and foods will be discussed in detail. Bring your note books for this one!
Dr. Robert Naseef
Autism and Family Life: Taking Care of Everyone's NeedsThe diagnosis of autism affects the entire family. This unique presentation combines the personal and professional perspectives of a psychologist who has raised an adult child with autism. The presenter is internationally known and extensively published. Combining real life experience with scholarship and insight, this presentation will include coping strategies for the family unit. Specific strategies and coping skills for meeting the needs of typically developing siblings, while strengthening and enhancing the parents’ relationship will presented based upon current research and best clinical practices.
The Out-of-Sync Child: How Sensory Processing Disorder Affects Kids with ASDMost children with autism are “out-of-sync,” withdrawing from physical contact, refusing to participate in everyday activities, or responding in unusual ways to sensations of touch, movement, sight and sound. These children don't behave as we expect -- not because they WON'T, but because they CAN'T. The underlying reason is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a developmental problem causing inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their bodies and surroundings. Parents, teachers, and other caregivers can provide fun sensory-motor experiences to address autistic children’s sensory needs and help them participate and communicate with their peers – in general education or special education classrooms, on the playground, and at home.
Dr. Stephen Shore
Comparing Intervention Approaches for Children with Autism: A View from Inside the Autism Spectrum with Dr. Stephen Shore.Stephen shares personal experiences on the autism spectrum as well as comparing promising interventions for for children on the autism spectrum with the goal of matching best practice to the needs of those with autism.
Cathy Pratt, Ph.D.
Practical Ideas for Decreasing Problematic BehaviorsWhen an individual engages in problematic behaviors, both families and the programs that support them are challenged. This webinar will present practical ideas for examining the underlying cause of the behavior, the role of reactive programming, and strategies for decreasing problematic behaviors and teaching alternative prosocial skills.
Dr. Temple Grandin
The Basics All Children Need to Learn
Based on her experiences and what helped her become the successful adult she is today, Temple will discuss the basics that all children – on and off the spectrum-need to learn. As well, Temple will discuss specific areas that are difficult for children on the spectrum including:
- The Fright and Flight Response
- Recognize and accommodate neurological differences in home or classroom
- Distinguish between voluntary behaviors and involuntary behaviors
- The Importance of mentors
- Learned social skills through shared interests
Dr. Carl G. Hillier OD
The Ability to Derive Meaning in the World For The Child With AutismVision serves three of life’s most important activities; deriving meaning from the world, problem-solving and directing the intelligent movement of the body. Those with autism often have difficulty in these three major activities of daily living, and it is often a result of a dysfunction in the development of their visual system.
When vision is matched with our other sensory systems, it can provide for us an opportunity to understand the intentions of others, understand the function of the things we see, and it lets us know what we can do with what we see.
Everyday we need to solve problems. They may be as ‘simple’ as; how to walk into a building, or as complex as how to design that building. Whether we conclude to walk in, or design it, the subsequent act will require visually guided movement.
This discussion will review some of the underlying visual neurology - including Mirror Neurons, Magnocellular and Parvocellular visual pathways - that are so important in child development. I will also review the visual skills important for academic success, those skills that go far beyond the ability to see 20/20.
Most importantly, once a child’s visual behaviors have been evaluated and understood, I will discuss various therapies that have shown to be helpful. I look forward to sharing with you, and answering any questions that you may have.
Customized Support ~ Designing supports that work, one person at a timeWe will take a look at how to create supports for people with Autism in a person centered manner. We will look at planning tools and philosophies that allow services to be provided successfully and respectfully. Together we will try to debunk the myths surrounding person centered planning and the reasons why it is not used more routinely. After close to 25 years experience with person centered supports, Beth will share practical solutions and ideas for creating unique and customized supports for people that have often been labeled as challenging.
Using Creativity and Joy to Bring out the Best in Children with AutismShe will include her 7 Keys to Unlock Autism, Living Miracle Minded, and her “Never Give Up” philosophy as well as her insights into role modeling with typically developing peers to foster socialization..
She will also introduce you to several extraordinary youth with autism – verbal and nonverbal teens who are making a difference in the world.
Raising a Sensory Smart Child: Practical Solutions for Real-Life Challenges
This session will demystify sensory processing issues and provide practical solutions for real life challenges such as:
- Noise and light sensitivity
- Touch sensitivity and related clothing issues
- Taste and smell sensitivity
- Oral comforts
- Difficulty with sleep
The Influence of Rhythm on Movement in Autism based on a model of Cerebellar DysfunctionThe concept of movement differences in autism is quite controversial; however, research evidence is growing in favor of this theory. This presenter will review movement abnormalities in autism as they relate to cerebellar deficits and will look at the use of rhythm within a Neurologic Music Therapy paradigm to influence movement in persons with autism.
Lauren S. Henry
Effectiveness of ColorDiscover the impact color has on all of us, particularly those diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Colors can often inadvertently impede one’s ability to focus, concentrate, relax and decompress or simply connect in a positive and communicative way – our sensory surroundings have much more bearing over our attitudes and abilities than we realize. You will learn how to discern what colors, shades and hues work best for your child’s specific needs as well your own. You will see how all the other sensory elements such as lighting, texture, scent, sound, spatial surroundings, plants and more can change everything! Creating an environment that works for you is fundamental to one rising to their ultimate potential and achieving their goals much more easily.
Dr. Brian King
Communicating on the Spectrum: Best practices in supporting work-place communication for people with AutismCommunication challenges and Autism go hand in hand. A winning employment situation requires a unique partnership between those on the Autism Spectrum, their employer and coworkers. Fortunately, strategies for creating such a partnership exist and Brian R. King, an adult, parent and social worker on the Autism Spectrum will teach you ten strategies for creating an ideal match between a person with Autism and their workplace.
Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS
Making Inclusion Work - A Commitment to Excellence at School, at Home, and in the Community.Nancy Brady is an Inclusion Specialist and an Assistive Technology Specialist in Southern California. Nancy has been working to end segregated education based upon a disability and support inclusive education for those with the most severe disabilities since 2002. Her approach to successful Inclusion is a cooperative venture starting with students and their families, empowering classroom aides and providing teachers with simple ideas and accommodations that are easy to implement on a moment’s notice. Using Assistive Technology and simple classroom accommodations, students with autism who are nonverbal can have access to the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment as Congress and IDEA intended.
Presentation Title: Fitness for the Autism PopulationThis 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.
Food Matters for Autism - Learn WHY and HOWAutism’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
The Special Education PuzzleKnown to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, as well as CBS The Early Show, The Doctors, and various Fox News programs, Areva Martin is a quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women's issues. Areva is also an accomplished and multi-award winning attorney, syndicated columnist, author and public speaker who has also been featured on the pages of publications ranging from the New York Times to Ebony Magazine to Redbook and the LA Times. The founding and managing partner of Martin & Martin, LLP, Areva was selected as one of Los Angeles's Top Attorneys by LA Focus. In addition to being a sought after legal expert, Areva is also an inspiring author. Her second book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism was released by Penguin books in April of this year. What critics are calling the most comprehensive and compelling book to date addressing the issues of the special needs community and the importance of advocacy in this country, The Everyday Advocate is an Amazon best seller.
Dr. Josh Feder
How Medications Can Help A Good Plan Work BetterMedications 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.
Dr. Cathy Pratt
Educating Students on the Spectrum: Using Evidence-Based PracticesWhile 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.
Empowerment Strategies for ASD Parents : More than Just CopingThis 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.
Jed Baker, Ph.D.
All Children Can Succeed: Effective interventions for behavioral and social challengesStudents 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.
Dr. Lori Ernsperger
Girls with Autism Spectrum DisordersDuring this session for Autism College, Dr. Lori Ernsperger will highlight the core gender differences between boys and girls on the autism spectrum. The focus of this presentation is to review the research on girls with autism spectrum disorders and provide effective insights and strategies for addressing specific issues which include the diagnosis, puberty, dating and safety, and self-advocacy skills.
Creating a Communicative EnvironmentEveryone communicatesďż˝ we just have to listen! This session will talk about how we as communication partners can create materials, displays, opportunities, and an environment that promotes communication for those with severe communication impairments. We will talk about how we might move beyond ďż˝making requestsďż˝ to taking turns, sharing ideas, and
Darlene Hanson, MA, CCC connecting with others.
Dr. Josh Feder
How do we decide what to do for our kids?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.
Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Rules in Social Situations
The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known (Garrett, 1984; Hemmings, 2000; Jackson, 1968; Kanpol, 1989). This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being.
The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, but it is not those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- define the hidden curriculum
- explain the hidden curriculum's applicability to school, community, and home
- identify hidden curriculum areas and items across preschool, middle school, high school, and adulthood
Eric Chessen, M.S., YCS
Autism Fitness: Making Physical Activity Fun for AnybodyThis webinar presentation by Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen will focus on developing physical education and exercise programs for ASD and special needs populations. Through the unique lens of best practices approaches in both Exercise Science and education/behavior therapy, Eric will discuss the common myths and mistakes in providing fitness for individuals with autism, and how educators, professionals, and parents can develop ideal, individualized programs in the home, classroom, or fitness center. Eric will discuss the Autism Fitness PAC Profile approach to assessing ability, goal-planning, and making physical activity fun for anybody.
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
The Immune System in Autism Spectrum DisordersAn in depth discussion on the varous 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.
Social ThinkingWhat is the difference between teaching social skills and social thinking? This webinar will explore the answer to this question and why it is not enough to simply teach “social skills” to our students with near normal to way above normal verbal intelligence. Michelle Garcia Winner’s work in Social Thinking ® (www.socialthinking.com) will be used as a framework for learning.
Accessing Waivers & Medicaid FundingWith the increasing rates of autism it is so important to have accessible information for families and professionals that will direct families to organizations, schools, agencies, and advocates that will help them move forward in treatment as soon as possible.
The session structure will involve a power point presentation that will first focus on an overview of the different state departments and services and funding each provide. The session will then move into discussions about specific funding options such as waivers, Medicaid, education, private insurance and local funding.
Dr. James Ball ED.D. , BCBA
7 Evidence Based Strategies for Early Autism Intervention
This presentation will discuss 7 systematic techniques for working with children with an autism spectrum disorder. It will focus on teaching specific skills, enhancing motivation, and generalization training. A step by step demonstration will be presented using real life examples.
Modifications will be explored that allow this particular program to be effective with students significantly challenged with autism, as well as those students with Aspergers Syndrome. Because of the nature of this presentation, a question and answer period will be provided.
Financial Planning for Children with Autism
This month's webinar will focus on financial planning for children with autism. Our speaker will be attorney Paul Nidich who is married and the father of two children, one of whom, Alex, is 27 years old and has autism, cerebral palsy, and significant developmental delays.
Paul has given many seminars on special needs trusts and taxation relating to disabilities. both to families and other attorneys.
Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
Mending Autism: It is Alimentary My Dear Watson!Autism and its Profound Relationship to Gastro-Intestinal Function.
Dr. Robert Naseef
Issues Facing Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Parents often wonder how raising a child with autism affects their other children. In this presentation, parents will explore their own sibling relationships in order to understand the impact of their childâ€™s special needs on his or her â€śtypicalâ€ť brothers and sisters. Participants will learn strategies for meeting family membersâ€™ needs while maintaining household unity and stability.
Turning Deficits Into Strengths
Linda Hodgdon M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Time, Travel & Transition: Using Visual Strategies for Student SuccessStudents with Autism Spectrum Disorders demonstrate significant
challenges with life experiences that involve time management, changing
environments and participating in transitions. Communication
difficulties can be a root cause for many of the inappropriate social
and behavior episodes that can occur during these times. Visual
strategies can be used effectively to provide support to students to
help them appropriately manage these situations that are difficult for
them. This session will explore simple solutions to solve sometimes
major problems related to time, travel and transition.
Dr. Dawn Holman
Applied Behavior Analysis: Its Use at Home and SchoolThis webinar covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a proven and effective way of teaching children with autism. Different aspects of ABA task analysis, prompting, shaping, and rewarding are used to help the child learn. ABA can also be used to help decrease inappropriate behaviors and teach new alternative behaviors. The practical application of ABA and specific examples are discussed
Dr. Lori Ernsperger
Autism, Food Aversions, and Eating Challenges : Effective Answers That HelpIn this webinar, Dr. Lori answers questions in regards to how to get children and teens on the spectrum to try new foods, how sensory issues can create sensory challenges, whether or not eating challenges should be addressed in the IEP, practical tips on what to do and what not to do at dinner time to encourage eating of different foods.
Michael John Carley
A New Look at the Needs of Adults and Teens on the Autism SpectrumA New Look at the Needs of Adults and Teens on the Autism Spectrum : Obstacles faced and the Myths Surrounding their Capabilities
Autism 101: The BasicsIn this webinar, some questions that parents new to autism have are answered. Topics covered include: The diagnosis of autism or an autism spectrum Disorder (ASD); practical help with behaviors, applied behavior analysis (ABA) and how it is useful; functional behavior analysis (what it is and what it does); social interaction between children on the spectrum and neuro-typical children; social skills and scripting; educational options and issues; diet; occupational therapy; teaching organizational skills; home therapy services; Autism Life Skills book.
Dr. Mary Joann Lang
Autism Educational TherapiesDifferent therapies used in the educational setting are discussed in this webinar including applied behavior analysis, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social skills training. Assistive technology, home-schooling, curriculum, self-stimulatory behaviors, the importance of sibling groups, the need for respite for the parents are also explored. Other therapies such as pet therapy, yoga, music therapy, art therapy, and hippo-therapy are discussed as helpful adjuncts to a more traditional education.
Mark Woodsmall, Esq.
Effective IEP StrategiesIn this webinar, some of the topics discussed by Mark Woodsmall include: the 14 areas of eligibility for IDEA or the Individuals with Disability and Education Act; the role of parents in the IEP process; the assessment- planning process; the meaning of FAPE; building long-term relationships with the educators; the IEP team meeting, mediation.
Casein and Gluten Free DietsCasein and Gluten Free Diet. In this webinar , Betsy Hicks discusses the many aspects of the casein and gluten free diet, healthy eating, gluten-free flours, healthy oils to cook with, buying organic meat directly from farmers, casein free milks, how the diets help children on the spectrum, how to find the healthy products to cook with, where to find easy and appetizing recipes.
Inclusion and SocializationInclusion and Socialization in School and Community. This webinar, discusses the technique of inclusion, where children with autism are included in normal educational and social environments instead of being segregated into special education classrooms. Rick Clemens, discusses various techniques for including children, specifically how to optimize your child's social and academic development in a balanced, effective way. Issues such as extending knowledge of disabilities to schools, clubs, teachers and community figures are also covered.
Dr. Robert Naseef
Marriage and Autism : What You Need To Know
In this web-based conference call, Dr. Naseef discusses the effects which raising children with autism can have on marriages and other domestic relationships. The speaker,
Dr. Robert Naseef, offers expert advice to listeners, discussing how to strengthen and maintain a marriage or relationship where an autistic child is involved, dealing with the attitudes of family members and friends, explaining disabilities to children themselves, and choosing the best course of treatment for your child.
Sensory Integration TherapySensory Integration Therapy In this webinar, Chantal Sicile-Kira discusses sensory integration problems which effect people on the autistic spectrum. The speaker, Chantal Sicile-Kira, offers advice and solutions for how to deal with a variety of sensory-related problems, as well as general tips on effectively dealing with children with autism and teenagers. Topics covered include sensory therapies, legal issues and how to get more help.
Autism and Insurance, What you need to knowAutism and Insurance : What You Need to Know In this webinar, moderator and autism author Chantal Sicile-Kira discusses the issues surrounding autism and insurance companies with speaker Lorri Unumb. Lori drafted a groundbreaking bill, "Ryan's Law" which allowed greater access to insurance for autistic children. Issues such as types of coverage, how to make claims, how to appeal denials and how to change existing laws are discussed.
Asperger's Syndrome, What You Need To KnowAspergers Syndrome In this webinar, Chantal Sicile-Kira discusses the issues surrounding Aspergers Syndrome with speaker, Brian R. King. Topics such as sensory sensitivity, advocating for children at school, and managing behavioral issues are discussed in detail. Dealing with bullying, difficulty focusing, how to help manage different challenges, the positive aspects of having Aspergers are also touched upon.
Creating Meaningful Holidays with Children on the Autism SpectrumHow to Make Holidays Positive and Meaningful with Children on the Autism Spectrum. In this webinar, Chantal Sicile-Kira and Lisa Lieberman discuss how to make holidays enjoyable and less stressful with children on the autism spectrum. Topics such as balancing family member,s needs at holiday time, redefining what is "normal" for your family, how to communicate with extended family about autism, and creating a "chosen family" are discussed.
Special Diets for Autism and ADHD - What You May Be MissingWhether 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.
Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum DUp 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.
Improving Reading Comprehension For Students on the Spectrum: A Parents' Guide to Simple, Effective Strategies You Can Use at HomeIt 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.
Improving Speech and Language Skills for Individuals with AutismThis 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.
Nancy Brady, Ph.D.
Assessment Practices for Minimally Verbal Children with AutismStandardized 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.
Dr. Robert Naseef
Destressing the Holidays for Families of Children with AutismNo 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.
Sarah Gewanter, MSW, LCSW
The Sound Connection: Auditory Integration TrainingThis 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.
Dr. Carl Hillier
Vision and Academics and Children on the Autism SpectrumDr. 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. Post a question for Dr. Hillier below.
Dr. Suzanne Goh
Getting the Most From Brain Based Autism TreatmentsHow to choose from a wealth of therapies that are now available for children with autism.
More importantly learn how to prioritize, and gain an understanding how they may interact. This can be a challenge for parents.
This seminar will present some of the latest neurological research to help guide parents in these important decisions.
Diagnosis and management of mitochondrial dysfunction in autism
Neurologically-based approaches to behavior and language intervention.
Preparing for that Autism Emergency
by Dennis Debbaudt
The Impact of Sensory Processing on
Behavior by Shannon Schlotman
Tools for Navigating the Emotional Journey: Parenting Children with ASD by Lisa Lieberman
Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
The Pressure Cooker by Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
Dr. Joshua Feder
Broad Spectrum ASD: What's the diagnosis? What should we do? by Dr. Joshua Feder
Dr. Carl Hillier
Mirror Neurons: Embodied Cognition and Vision: New Discoveries and New Thinking Regarding the Role Vision Plays in Autism by Dr. Carl Hillier
Fitness for the Autism Population by Eric Chessen
Autism & Alleluias: Finding God in a Child's Autism by Kathleen Bolduc
Strategies for Living and Bullying by Kim Stagliano
Is there a reason for seemingly purposeless behavior? HANDLE says YesMany 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 changeLearn 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 ASDAnna will discuss how sensory gyms are designed to alleviate symptoms of sensory processing disorder by providing the vestibular and proprioceptive input necessary for children with ASD and SPD to regulate themselves. These types of activities allow the child to begin to self-regulate, allowing them to attend and learn, develop meaningful relationships, and experience life more like their typical peers.
Autism and Seizures-Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized, and Frequently Missed Seizures, and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals description
Mark Mautone M.A.
iPads and Autism: A Tool For SuccessThis 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.
Dr. Gil Tippy
DIR/Floortime: Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Developmental ProblemsDr. Tippy is the clinical director of the Rebecca School in NYC, which is the only exclusively DIR school in NY for the autistic, ages 5-21. He has worked extensively with the creator of DIR/Floortime Dr. Stanley Greenspan in developing the school, and has co-written a book with the late Dr Greenspan titled "Respecting Autism"; a revised edition is coming out soon.
Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism: Reaching a Greater UnderstandingAn 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. Presented 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 Older Adolescents with ASD: How to Balance Support While Letting GoParenting 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 SpectrumBiomedical 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?Alicia Kershaw, Executive Director of GallopNYC, a therapeutic horseback riding program in NYC.
The transition out of school district services to adult services is a challenge for both the young adults and the parents. This presentation, based on Chantal and Jeremy Sicile-Kira's book A Full Life with Autism, explains how parents and educators can best prepare themselves and their young adult for this important life change. Topics discussed include how to assist the young adult in creating a self-determined life and finding work based on their abilities, goals and interests.
Social Entrepreneurism in the CommunityHow a group of parents were able to tap social entrepreneurs to create an organization to employ 40 individuals with developmental disabilities.
Autism, Independence and the LawNathan is a lawyer who will cover the basics of special needs in regards to finances, marriage, credit cards, and other financial and residential issues for adults on the spectrum.
Building a Support Community for Interdependence and GrowthHow to build a strategy for Interdependence and Growth. More...
Janet Lawson and Dan Swearingen
Autistry Studios - building a working ASD communityJanet Lawson and Dan Swearingen, founders of Autistry Studios and the parents of an autistic teenager will discuss their journey creating a program to support ASD individuals. Over the last 6 years they have grown their therapeutic pre-vocational program from 4 students to over 50 students. They have created a new approach they call Project-Based Therapy and have also launched the Autistry Model Employment Program. They will talk about the many lessons they have learned, the methods and interventions that have worked, and those that haven't worked.
Transition it starts early and is an ongoing processThis webinar will focus on a wide variety of topics and issues related to transition. Many different aspects of transition are examined from a variety of different vantage points and perspectives. Transition planning is a life-long process but critical during the secondary years to insure that appropriate annual goals and IEP services are developed that will support the students' hopes and dreams. In other words, developing transition plans help the student, the family and the school stay focused on the future. The expected student outcome is demonstration of knowledge and awareness regarding major issues related to transition.
From our F.A.M.I.L.Y. to Yours - Creating a Financial Blueprint for AutismA real-life, step-by-step guide to help families living with Autism navigate the future. Greg uses practical knowledge based on his own son's diagnosis in 1996. Raising a child with autism presents extraordinary circumstances that require specific attention in order to design a plan that exclusively suits each family. Look back at the Zibricky Family's achievements, their miss-steps, what's coming up in the near future, and their long-range plan.
Lifelong Learning ConsultingProviding continuing education alternatives for students with special needs. We are private fee based consulting group, which assist in facilitating the movement of students with special needs to a supportive post high school program.
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance-Taking the next step on your Employment Journey!This presentation will introduce Social Security Work Incentives, options available to maintain healthcare while working (Medicare and Medicaid), Ticket to Work and the employment network's responsibilities to help Social Security Disability Beneficiaries through the Vocational Rehabilitation process. In addition, Social Security Disability Beneficiaries will be given the opportunity to information on connecting with a Community Work Incentive Counselor, which starts the process of giving each beneficiary an informed choice concerning pursuing employment. Customers and potential customers, all Social Security beneficiaries, and community partners are encouraged to attend.