Things To Know About Autism Conference Announcement

Autism is April Awareness month and we at momsfightingautism.com would like to do our part to promote practical information and community awareness about autism.

On Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th momsfightingautism.com will be holding a free virtual conference, Things to Know About Autism, with 2 keynote addresses and 14 other presenters covering a wide variety of information.

Acknowledging that autism is a spectrum with different abilities, and challenges faced by those on the spectrum and their families, this two day event will have as keynotes Temple Grandin (Saturday 8:00 am PST) and Jeremy and Chantal Sicile-Kira (Sunday 8:00 am PST).

Temple Grandin, PhD, author (Thinking in Pictures, The Way I See It), assistant professor of animal science and highlighted in the recent HBO movie : Temple Grandin will be discussing a new topic: Teaching Through Specific Examples, and will also discuss the importance of Sensory Processing Disorder and it’s place in the DSM V which is currently being updated.

Jeremy Sicile-Kira, who uses assistive technology to communicate (as highlighted on MTV’s True Life “I Have Autism”) will be presenting Learning With Autism: A Personal Viewpoint, about the different educational therapies and treatments that have helped him. Chantal Sicile-Kira (41 Things To Know About Autism) will be discussing the same topic from the mother’s perspective.

Having a child with autism requires that a parent become informed on many topics. For this reason, we have chosen a variety of speakers addressing different aspects of autism. We have included information that will be useful for children and teens of all ability levels.

Presenters include Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D, author (The Integrated Self-Advocacy ISA™ Curriculum) speaking about teaching advocacy skills; Dr. Joshua Feder on DIR/Floortime; Debbie Bialer, author (Teach Toileting) on Toilet Training; Una Hayes-Shepard, MSW on Family Relationships; Mark Woodsmall, Attorney, on special education; Peggy Schaefer, Neurologic Music Therapy; Darlene Hanson MA, CCC on Communicaiton, Lisa Lieberman, MSW on Hiring Respite Care; Becky Estepp, TACA will present on Introduction to Autism; and more.

Mark your calendars and join us for this empowering knowledge-packed conference!

Conference Agenda

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Welcome to the 2020 Shelter In Place Autism Conference. I thought it would be a good idea to replay some the best conference speakers from our conferences. After all we are all just huddled up here at home. There are 30 conference speakers that we put together for you to listen to. It’s evergreen information to keep you informed whether you’re a parent with someone on the spectrum or a service provider for those on the spectrum.

Please enjoy these awesome speakers!

[eventador_label label="Why This Conference?" /] Well, what else are we going to do? This is a good time to refresh your knowledge and get the tips and tricks to help those on the spectrum. We are replaying topics that include educating those on the spectrum and helpful treatment strategies.

[eventador_label label="Who Should Attend?" /] Everybody is invited! If you have a child or relative with autism this is your chance while you're at home to improve your knowlege and be a better help to those on the spectrum.
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Friday, April 24th

900AM1000AM

Teaching Through Specific Examples

Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple will discuss teaching through specific examples, as well as Sensory Processing Disorder and it’s placed in the DSM V, currently being updated.


1000AM1130AM

Autism, Independence and the Law

Nathan DeCorpo

Nathan 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.


400PM530PM

Autism Educational Therapies

Dr. Mary Joann Lang

Different therapies used in the educational setting are discussed in this webinar including applied behavior analysis, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social skills training.


1200PM130PM

Preparing for that Autism Emergencyby Dennis Debbaudt

Dennis Debbaudt

Autism emergencies will happen. What you learn in this webinar can help you weather the next one.


400PM530PM

Empowerment Strategies for ASD Parents : More than Just Coping

Chantal Sicile-Kira

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 an attitude adjustment.


400PM530PM

Improving Reading Comprehension For Students on the Spectrum: A Parents’ Guide to Simple, Effective Strategies You Can Use at Home

Kari Miller

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.


400PM530PM

Tools for Navigating the Emotional Journey: Parenting Children with ASD by Lisa Lieberman

Lisa Lieberman

This seminar will present some of the latest neurological research to help guide parents in these important decisions.


200PM330PM

Getting the Most From Brain Based Autism Treatments

Dr. Suzanne Goh

This seminar will present some of the latest neurological research to help guide parents in these important decisions.


1000AM1130AM

Six Unexpected Ways to Increase Your Child’s Learning

Dr. Kari Miller

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.


Saturday, April 25

Transition it starts early and is an ongoing process

Colleen Harmon

This 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 … Continue reading Transition it starts early and is an ongoing process


1000AM1130AM

Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism: Reaching a Greater Understanding

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.


Myths Vs. Reality: What diet for autism really is and how to manage the change

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.


The Impact of Sensory Processing on Behavior by Shannon Schlotman

Shannon Schlotman

Learn what strategies you can use to mitigate the impact on sensory processing on behavior.


Parenting Older Adolescents with ASD: How to Balance Support While Letting Go

Lisa Lieberman

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.


1200PM130PM

iPads and Autism: A Tool For Success

Mark Mautone M.A.

This presentation will provide a comprehensive insight into how to use an iPad with an individual with an autism spectrum disorder.


600PM730PM

Marriage and Autism : What You Need To Know

Dr. Robert Naseef

Dr. Naseef discusses the effects which raising children with autism can have on marriages and other domestic relationships.


200PM330PM

Autism and Insurance, What you need to know

Lorri Unumb

In this webinar, moderator and autism author Chantal Sicile-Kira discusses the issues surrounding autism and insurance companies with speaker Lorri Unumb.


Sunday, April 26

Sensory Integration Dysfunction- Why Sensory Gyms are Vital In Treating SID and ASD

Anna Keenaghan

Anna 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 … Continue reading Sensory Integration Dysfunction- Why Sensory Gyms are Vital In Treating SID and ASD


Fitness for the Autism Population by Eric Chessen

Eric Chessen

Discover what physical activities can help those on the spectrum.


Transition it starts early and is an ongoing process

Colleen Harmon

This 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.


200PM330PM

Improving Speech and Language Skills for Individuals with Autism

Valerie Herskowitz

This webinar will focus on what families can do to help improve speech and language skills for their loved one with autism.


900AM1030AM

Educating Students on the Spectrum: Using Evidence-Based Practices

Dr. Cathy Pratt

This session will provide practical information about evidence-based practices that can be used in school settings.


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Colleen Harmon

Colleen Harmon

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Shannon Schlotman

Shannon Schlotman

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Lisa Lieberman

Lisa Lieberman

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Mark Mautone M.A.

Mark Mautone M.A.

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Anna Keenaghan

Anna Keenaghan

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Eric Chessen

Eric Chessen

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Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore

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Stephani McGirr

Stephani McGirr

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Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin

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Nathan DeCorpo

Nathan DeCorpo

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Colleen Harmon

Colleen Harmon

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Dr. Robert Naseef

Dr. Robert Naseef

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Dr. Mary Joann Lang

Dr. Mary Joann Lang

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Lorri Unumb

Lorri Unumb

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Dr. Joshua Feder

Dr. Joshua Feder

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Dennis Debbaudt

Dennis Debbaudt

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Valerie Herskowitz

Valerie Herskowitz

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Chantal Sicile-Kira

Chantal Sicile-Kira

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Kari Miller

Kari Miller

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Dr. Cathy Pratt

Dr. Cathy Pratt

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Lisa Lieberman

Lisa Lieberman

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Dr. Suzanne Goh

Dr. Suzanne Goh

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Dr. Kari Miller

Dr. Kari Miller

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Shannon Schlotman

Shannon Schlotman

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Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS

Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS

Conference Preview Video

Conference Preview Part 1 – 4m 47sec


Conference Preview Part 2 – 8m 34sec


Conference Preview Part 3 – 4m 30sec

We’re Planning Something Big

We are planning our first ever “virtual” autism conference. Mark your calendars for April 10-11th. Please send us your comments on what topics you want to hear about and also tell a friend.

Moms Fighting Autism Schedules 4 new Webinars

Irvine, CA October 3, 2009 — Momsfightingautism.com, a social network that connects moms of children with autism on the internet, will host a new series of free webinars beginning on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PST, with guest speaker Dr. Cathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, and Chair of the Board for the National Autism Society of America. Dr. Pratt’s topic is “Practical Suggestions for Challenging Behaviors.”

Those who register at https://www.momsfightingautism.com/teleseminar/ can post the questions they would like to see answered.

In this time of economic hardships, Momsfightingautism.com continues to provide free advice from experts to help parents,” explained Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Autism Life Skills and moderator for the webinars. “Webinars are a great way for the parent who feels isolated or cannot make it to conferences to stay connected and ask the questions they would like answered.”

Other speakers scheduled include:

Dr. Patrick Schwartz, on the topic “From Disability to Possibility: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms,” on Monday, November 30.

Dr. Esther Hess, on the topic “Autism and The Holidays: Lessening the stress and the expectations, while maximizing the enjoyment,” on Wednesday December 16.

Ann Palmer on the topic “Succeeding in College with Autism or Asperger Syndrome,” on Monday January 11, 2010.

These webinars are a part of an interactive series that Ernest Priestly, founder of MomsfightingAutism.com, has been providing over the past year. Listeners on the webinars are able to post a question live while the speaker is presenting. “This interactivity always brings out more in the speaker and the moderator,” said Ernest, “It helps those who are listening, and searching for answers, get the information they really want and need.”

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