2019 Conference Presentations

2019 Workshops

 

This page lists the 2019 presentation titles, presenters, descriptions, and learning objectives. Presentations are divided into six tracks: Parents of Children with Level 1 Autism, Parents of Children with Level 2 & 3 Autism, Educators, Adults, Medical, and Spanish Language. Some speakers have given the CAC permission to upload their presentations, and you will find the links for those under the talk title.

Click here to download Spanish Language agenda / Agenda de Presentaciones en Espanol 

Educators

Inclusion and Early Education; Let's Start At The Very Beginning

Presenters: Pam Hudson, M. Ed  & Jenni Edge, BS: SpE

 

Description: The presenters will discuss the benefits of Inclusive Early Childhood Education and how to setup inclusive services so that ALL children (and staff) achieve success. 

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:  

  • Explain the concept and at least five benefits of Inclusion

  • Define at least two types of Inclusion Services; 

  • Describe at least three examples of collaborative partnerships and why these partners are so important

 

Please Behave: The Whys of Challenging Behavior

 

Presenter: Holly Blanc Moses, MS BCBA LPC LPA

 

Description: Disruptive behavior in school can significantly impact learning and social relationships. This session will focus on understanding the reasons why students engage in challenging behavior, how to identify gaps in communication, and how to link behavior and effective strategies. 

 

Learning Objectives: The attendees will: 

  • Learn 3 ways to identify gaps between expectation and ability,

  • Identify more than 3 reasons for challenging behavior

  • Describe how the reasons for challenging behavior leads to effective strategies

Teaching Social Skills using BST: Behavior Skills Training.

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Presenter: Jennifer Powell, M. Ed., LBA, BCBA

 

Description: Ms Powell will discuss Behavior Skills Training (BST) and how it is based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) technology. She will demonstrate how BST can be used to teach social skills to individuals who have a deficit in social and emotional skills. Each of the four step process will be defined with strategies to instruct, model, rehearse and give feedback to help individuals learn social skills that can be generalized to the classroom, community and home.

 

Learning Objectives:The attendee will be able to:

  • Describe the four steps of BST: Instruction, Modeling, Rehearsing, and Feedback. 

  • Implement strategies for each step to help individuals generalize the various social skills to all settings. 

 

Meeting Behavioral Needs in the Classroom Through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports

 

Presenter: Miller Foutch, M. Ed,  Amy Thomson, BCBA, Mary Haymaker, BCBA, & Jennifer Powell, BCBA

 

Description: Response to Instruction and Intervention – Behavior (RTI2-B) is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports that offers a powerful, evidence-based approach for meeting the behavioral and social needs of students in Tennessee schools. Each tier of the framework involves careful reflection on the needs of students, the design of interventions matching those needs, and the collection of data to evaluate progress. The presenters will demonstrate how educators can use this system and it’s support services in the most efficient and effective way. The presentation’s focus will be on building capacity in schools, and across districts to serve students with challenging behavior in the least restrictive environment.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to 

  • Describe the collaborative relationships between the schools and local agencies, service providers, and advocacy groups as well as the partnerships with regional and state organizations.

  • Describe the supports that are available to meet the diverse learning and behavioral needs in classrooms 

  • Allow students to meaningful access to curriculum in the least restrictive environment without disrupting the learning atmosphere

 

For the Love of Autism - Teach Me Like I'm Yours

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Presenters: LaTonya Winfrey, LPSC

 

Description: Teaching a child on the spectrum can be overwhelming and mind-blowing. Join LaTonya Winfrey as she utilizes her experiences as a professional school counselor and parent of a son diagnosed with autism to present strategies for working with students inside and outside of the classroom. Walk away with strategies to advocate for your students.

 

Learning Objectives:Attendees will learn how to 

  • Set up productive learning environments for students

  • Advocate for students' inclusion in classroom and extracurricular activities

  • Access early intervention services and create support groups

 

 

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Parents 1 

Social Skills Strategies for Parents

Presenters: Lauren Maples, COTA/L

 

Description: Social skills are an important tool in the daily function of children and adults with autism. The development of social skills in children prepares them for healthy interactions with peers in all aspects of life. One of the most valuable skills we can teach our children is how to be kind to others. It is not only important to share these skills with our children on the spectrum but with all children

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to 

  • Identify the need for social skills 

  • Implement strategies for teaching social skills to your kids

Young Adults: Panel Discussion

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Presenters: Dell Zimmerman, Eric Zimmerman, Molly Skiles, Moderator: Scott Kramer, MSEd

 

Description: Young autistic adults will tell stories of their childhood and their transition. They’ll discuss the successes and obstacles and also what they plan for the future. Parents may see glimmers of their own kids in these fantastic young adults.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to

  • Tell the childhood stories as told by multiple autistic adults as it relates to their different strengths and difficulties. 

  • Describe the obstacles that go along with transitioning to adulthood and ways to overcome them.

 

Incentive Plans and Reinforcement- Are They Bribes or Rewards?

 

Presenter: Meridith Pettigrew, M.Ed

 

Description: Is it a bribe or is it a reward? This continues to have educators, parents, and support staff confused and in disagreement.  No matter how you feel about rewards/incentives, research has shown that they work.  Student behavior in classrooms, schools, homes, and work environments can be positively influenced by incentive based programming. We need to be motivated!  As we are all motivated differently, reward systems can look very different from person to person and from group to group. Ms Pettigrew will explain and demonstrate how several rewards systems are used.  And because creativity is key, you will learn how to put a new and exciting spin on current reward systems.

 

Learning Objectives:Attendees will be able to 

  • Identify the difference between bribes and incentives

  • Use extrinsic incentives (physical and intangible rewards) to create intrinsic motivation

  • Describe concrete examples of intervention

  • Implement strategies at home, or classroom, or therapy session

You Are Not Alone-Family Voices of TN SE Partnership

 

Presenter: Lisa Spurlock

 

Description: As a parent do you feel that you are an equal member of your child’s healthcare team? Do you feel you are heard and honored as your child’s most consistent healthcare provider? We would like to introduce a new support to families in our area: Family Voices of Tennessee Southeastern Partnership. Who are we and what do we offer? Connecting families with each other and resources, training to become advocates, and leading alongside to ensure families are not only heard but parents voices are honored. This session will give a more in-depth description of how this process works and how to access these services as well as discussing family centered care.

 

Learning Objectives:Attendees will be able to

  • Describe the new new partnership and the goal of Family Voices

  • List details about how Family Voices program works

 

Airborne Autistics: Dealing with Hotel Stays, Flights, and More

 

Presenter: Miyah Sundermeyer

 

Description: Autism touches the lives of people across the world in every area of life, including travel. Yet many parents and guardians fear that the airport environment may be overwhelming to their autistic children. Others attempt to travel but have to cancel their plans due to meltdowns or panic attacks. Miyah Sundermeuer will discuss tactics (such as airport rehearsal tours) that can make traveling easier for people with autism.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to: 

  • Identify helpful resources at the airport 

  • Implement tactics that can make traveling easier  

  • Share these tools with others in the community

 

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Parents 2

Using Video Modeling for Challenging Behaviors

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Presenters: Tom Buggy, PhD

 

Description: All forms of video modeling (self, peer, and point-of-view) are research-based with the majority of work being carried out with persons with autism. The tech needed to make and edit good videos is available to anyone with a phone, tablet, or computer. This will be a "how-to" with sample videos and other resources to help people adopt the methods.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to 

  • Implement the best form of video modeling for the given situation 

  • Create videos using editing software

  • Understand the reasons why VM is specifically helpful for those with autism.

Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships for All

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Presenter: Katie Thune, MA Ed, & Anna Hayek, BA

 

Description: Children with autism want relationships but can be vulnerable to bullying and even sexual abuse. Concrete education on healthy relationships is essential. Learn to help children understand their bodies, recognize what discomfort feels like, and provide guides for boundaries around relationships and sexuality.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to

  • Describe background on sexual education for people with autism

  • Discuss potential sexual education strategies

  • Support their children to have safe and healthy relationship

Visual Supports Are My Super Power!

 

Presenter: Meridith Pettigrew, M.Ed

 

Description: This presentation will cover 5 specific types of visual supports for the novice, and new and fresh ideas for the pro!  Preparing visual supports can be overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with how to do it...but all you need is motivation and respect. Start becoming a behavior expert and change your behavior as an instructor. When you do, you will soon gain an amazing respect for using visuals. After realizing how much you use visual supports yourselves, you’ll see how to provide the same supports for your kids. This presentation will also offer several other ideas and resources to re-energize those who have a good understanding of visual supports.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to

  • Explain WHY visual supports are used as a preventative intervention

  • Explain HOW visual supports are used as a preventative intervention

  • Recognize how often they as adults use visual supports throughout their day 

  • List 5 concrete visual interventions to implement in the classroom

Effective Strategies to Prevent Meltdowns in Children with Autism

 

Presenter: Holly Blanc Moses, MS BCBA LPC LPA

 

Description: Meltdowns create stress for children and their families. This session will focus on effective, "doable" strategies to prevent meltdowns, improve skills, and support the parent-child relationship.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to demonstrate 

  • 3 ways to provide effective instructions

  • 3 ways to identify gaps between expectation and ability

  • 3 ways to show your child time, expectations, and progress

 

ABLE Accounts; How Stable Are They?

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Presenter:  John G. Huisman, Attorney at Law, J.D

 

Description: ABLE Accounts, Special Needs Trusts (SNT), Conservatorships & Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, Insurance and other legal planning documents and subjects. How useful are ABLE Accounts and when are they a fit rather than a SNT?  Learn this and about other important legal issues and options for your family. Question and answer time included. Ask whatever questions you want. Get free advice on your specific needs and issues!

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to 

  • Explain the differences between various legal options and tools available to them

  • Determine which legal action(s) and documents are best for meeting their loved one's and their family's needs, 

  • Describe financial alternatives and explain how to use them effectively

 

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Adults

Social Anxiety in Adults with ASD

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Presenter: Steven Altabet, PhD

 

Description: This presentation will address how social anxiety affects adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ranging from participating in daily work and community activities to establishing and developing intimate relationships.  

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss effects of social anxiety on adult activities 

  • Demonstrate techniques to lower social anxiety in general public settings

  • Discuss importance of matching intensity/closeness of relationships with current social skills and interest level

  • Describe the role of emotional awareness, expression, and empathy in developing intimacy   
     

Sex and Dating on the Spectrum

 

Presenter: Dia Neighbors

 

Description: Sex ed and dating skills training appropriate for the needs of Aspies are nearly impossible to find. In this presentation, Dia will discuss the complications of dating, desire, and gender roles that we face, and offer solutions for helping your own community fill the need for better, safer, evidence-based sexual education for spectrum people.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to

  • Discuss why appropriate sex ed and dating skills are vital to a healthy life, but hard to find

  • Speak more clearly about their personal needs and define boundaries with romantic interests

  • Name both the threats and benefits of seeking companionship

  • Describe the steps to starting community-based sex ed and relationship skills training for those on the spectrum in their area.

ABLE Accounts; How Stable Are They?

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Presenters: John G. Huisman, Attorney at Law, J.D

 

Description: ABLE Accounts, Special Needs Trusts (SNT), Conservatorships & Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, Insurance and other legal planning documents and subjects. How useful are ABLE Accounts and when are they a fit rather than a SNT?  Learn this and about other important legal issues and options for your family. Question and answer time included. Ask whatever questions you want. Get free advice on your specific needs and issues!

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to 

  • Explain the differences between various legal options and tools available to them

  • Determine which legal action(s) and documents are best for meeting their loved one's and their family's needs

  • Describe financial alternatives and explain how to use them effectively.

Travel Like an Aspie!

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Presenter: Katie Oswald

Description: Travel Like an Aspie tells one autistic adult’s story of traveling to all seven continents, and provides a framework for others on the spectrum to travel in a way that meets their unique needs. The session will cover challenges experienced during travel, a new way to think about travel, strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns, and how to plan for travel. Adults on the spectrum and parents of autistic individuals will leave the session ready to plan their next trip.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • Choose the best options for their budget, destination, transportation, lodging, and activities

  • Describe strategies for self-care when traveling 

  • Experience through travel the things that can’t be learned from a book or classroom

Mindfulness and Movement

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Presenter: Katie Thune, MA Ed, & Anna Hayek, BA

 

Description: In this workshop, participants will take time for self care, explore the power of breath and movement, learn about mindfulness, and discuss neuroscience implications. Yoga Calm is an innovation education method that reduces stress and engages both the mind and body for learning. It helps develop emotional intelligence, communication skills, social skills, trust, and empathy.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to

  • Utilize breathing tools for calming and focusing self

  • Explore mindful movement for regulation of self

  • Practice guided relaxation

 

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Medical

Review of Evidence-Based Autism Treatments

Presenters: Ken Pittman, MD

 

Description: Autism treatments include medications, therapies, and "alternative" treatments. Dr. Pittman will review the evidence basis for these treatments, and will present a model for balancing risks and benefits in the treatment of autism based on current evidence.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to: 

  • Identify the presence or lack of evidence for common autism treatments 

  • Identify key risks associated with various treatments 

  • Balance the evidence for risks and benefits in choosing autism treatments.

A Medical Provider’s Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

 

Presenter: John Staubitz, M.Ed., BCBA

 

Description: Scientists and practitioners within the discipline of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) address behavioral issues of social significance. Many behavior analysts work to assess and provide treatment for children and adults with autism. There is now a substantial evidence base for these approaches. Mr. Staubitz will review the needs addressed by ABA, its research base, and the assessment and treatment techniques related to autism.

 

Learning Objectives:Attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize the research basis for ABA as an approach to treating children and adults with autism

  • Identify at least two assessments and at least one ABA treatment methodology

  • List behaviors and needs for which ABA-based interventions have strong empirical support.

Early Identification of Autism

 

Presenter: Nancy Carnevale, MD

 

Description: Dr. Carnevale will provide an overview of autism in the early years, focusing on early identification and treatment.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of early identification of autism 

  • List the reg flags for ASD that may show up on clinical office probes and tools  

  • Describe the basics of early play and social communication milestones 

  • Identify DSM V criteria for autism

  • Identify autism screening and diagnostic tools 

  • Describe the referral process

Best Practices for Successful Treatment of People with Autism

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Presenter: Karen Weigle, PhD

 

Description: This presentation is aimed at physicians and will provide information on: common health conditions associated with autism, tips for environmental and interactional strategies that ease evaluation, and how some conditions may present differently in people with autism. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion as well.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • List at least three accommodations that can be made to decrease anxiety and improve participation in evaluation.

  • Identify five of the most common co-morbid medical conditions associated with autism.

  • Describe interview strategies to help persons with autism and their families better communicate with their medical providers.
     

Helping Your Patients Find Resources

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Presenter: Dave Buck, PhD & Amber Doolittle

 

Description: One of the challenges medical professionals face is knowing where to refer patients for autism-related services. Dr. Dave Buck and Amber Doolittle will summarize the types of resources available in the community for autism assessments, therapy, support, and education. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of these resources, and be equipped to make referrals for patients with autism.

 

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the types of services and resources available for individuals with autism

  • Make appropriate referrals to autism-related resources within the community

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