Autism Conference Brochure
Autism Today: Contemporary Practices for Older Students and Young Adults with Autism June 15, 2007 8:00 am to 5:00 pm The Holiday Inn Georgetown 2101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC Conference Sponsors Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development o University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities District of Columbia’s Developmental Disabilities Council District of Columbia State Policy Council on Family Supports Purpose The development of skills that foster independence are extremely important as older students and young adults become more integrated into the community. The development of appropriate social skills, communication skills, and behavior can be challenging. Autism Today: Contemporary Practices for Older Students and Young Adults with Autism will focus on contemporary practices geared toward the older student and young adult. An interdisciplinary faculty of leaders in the field of autism will present evidenced-based information on intervention, research, and advocacy that promotes independence and full community participation. Goals Following this one-day course the participant will: Identify key advocacy strategies that parents can use to enhance service delivery for their children with autism. Incorporate contemporary intervention strategies into an individualized plan of services and supports. Apply current research findings in the design and implementation of services to individuals with autism. Audience Autism Today: Contemporary Practices for Older Students and Young Adults with Autism will cover a broad range of topics and is designed for family members, occupational therapists, physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, teachers, and others who want to learn about evidenced based practice for individuals with autism Session Descriptions Three Keys to Success in Managing Life on the Autism Spectrum Wolf Dunaway In an engaging and inspirational talk, Wolf Dunaway, an adult with autism, will share his three keys to success. Mr. Dunaway will share the journey he describes “from a child very much impacted by autism to a man who has learned to manage it enough to have a nice job, home and an awesome if structured life”. Behavioral Considerations with the Older Student and Young Adult Neal Horen, PhD Dr. Horen will discuss intervention strategies used to assist youth and young adults to manage challenging behaviors. He will focus on direct interventions and strategies that may be used to enhance social skills and appropriate behavior. The Use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Strategies with Students with Autism Joanne Cafiero, PhD Dr. Cafiero will present research based practices in the use of AAC with students with autism. Topics will include the use of AAC to foster speech development and matching AAC features with the students learning style. Case studies will illustrate the application of AAC methodology and the impact these interventions have on behavior, self-management, attention to task, and family stress. Included will be teacher-tested tools, video-tapes, and outcome measurements. The Importance of Parent Advocacy in System Change Ben Dorman, PhD and Catriona Johnson, MS Family members are the driving force for positive changes in education and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Dorman and Ms. Johnson will discuss advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. Parent involvement in advocating for system change requires building relationships with school administrators, policy makers, and service providers. Using examples of successful advocacy by parents, this presentation will discuss why and how individuals with autism and family members must collaborate to advocate for improved services for individuals with autism across the lifespan. Sensory Processing and Individuals with Autism Janet Thomas, MEd, OTR/L Individuals with autism may have sensory issues that create barriers to their everyday functioning. Understanding how the sensory system impacts behavior is key to promoting functional outcomes. This session will provide an overview of sensory systems and sensory processing. It will explore the unique sensory profiles often seen in individuals on the autism spectrum and will discuss various strategies that can lead to adaptive functioning. Autism and Literacy Joanne Cafiero, PhD This workshop will present contemporary research and promising practices used to promote literacy in students with autism. Adapted literature with technology applications will be shown to increase on-task behavior, speech, appropriate behavior, and literacy. Including Students with Autism in General Education: Advocating for Your Child Ben Dorman, PhD. and Catriona Johnson, MS. Nearly 65% of students with autism ages 6-21 are educated in separate classrooms or schools for the majority or all of the school day. There is wide variation in the number of students with autism included in general education classrooms for the majority of the day, ranging from over 60% in New Hampshire to virtually none in the District of Columbia, despite overwhelming evidence that, when done correctly, students with autism can thrive in inclusive settings. This presentation will discuss inclusive practices and ways to advocate for services in the general education classroom. The Autism Spectrum: New Understandings, Effective Interventions Peter Daniolos, MD Dr. Daniolos will provide parents and practitioners with a foundation for understanding the research of effective interventions used with individuals on the autism spectrum. This session will review recent theories on autism, and focus on therapeutic interventions, with a special emphasis on effective psychotherapies. Registration Form: PLEASE RETURN BY May 25, 2007 Autism Today: Contemporary Practices for Older Students and Young Adults with Autism Name: ________________________________ Address: ________________________________ ________________________________ Phone: ________________________________ Email: _______________________________ Discipline: _______________________________ Please indicate any special accommodations needed_____________________________ Agenda 8:00-8:30 Registration 8:30-8:45 Welcome 8:45-9:45 Three Keys to Success in Managing Life on the Autism Spectrum Wolf Dunaway 9:45-10:00 Break 10:00-12 Break Out Sessions I Please circle 1st and 2nd choices. Session enrollment is limited 1st 2nd Behavioral Considerations with the Older Student and Young Adult Neal Horen, PhD 1st 2nd The Use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Strategies with Students with Autism Joanne Cafiero, PhD 1st 2nd The Importance of Parent Advocacy in System Change Ben Dorman, PhD and Catriona Johnson, MS 12:00-1:15 Lunch (Provided) 1:15-3:15 Break Out Sessions II Please circle 1st and 2nd choices . Session enrollment is limited 1st 2nd Autism and Literacy Joanne Cafiero, PhD 1st 2nd Sensory Processing and Individuals with Autism Janet Thomas, MEd, OTR/L 1st 2nd Including Students with Autism in General Education: Advocating for Your Child Ben Dorman, PhD and Catriona Johnson, MS 3:15 Break 3:30-4:30 The Autism Spectrum: New Understandings, Effective Interventions Peter Daniolos, MD Return registration form to: GUCCHD, 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 3300, Box 571485, Washington, DC 20057-1485 FAX: 202-687-8899 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Return registration form to: GUCCHD, 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 3300, Box 571485, Washington, DC 20057-1485 FAX: 202-687-8899 Email: email@example.com Parking: Limited parking is available at the Holiday Inn for a fee. There are parking garages on Wisconsin Avenue as well as limited on-street parking. Public Transportation From the Rosslyn metro take the 32 or 35 bus to 35th St. and Wisconsin Ave. Walk .01 mile north to the Holiday Inn. From Dupont Circle, take the D2 bus to T & 35th St. Walk approx. 2 blocks north on 35th St. bear left on Wisconsin Ave. Walk a short distance up Wisconsin Ave. to the Holiday Inn.