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12th Annual Autism Institute Conference

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Gwynedd Mercy University

1325 Sumneytown Pike

Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

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12th Annual Autism Institute Conference.The 2019 Conference will offer close to 30 one and one-half hour workshops presented by highly respected professionals in the area of autism spectrum disorders. The content of the workshops is research-based best practices for working with individuals on the autism spectrum presented to an audience of professionals, preparing professionals, and family members. The event is free of charge and offers ACT48 and PQAS credits. Please bring your ID numbers with you to the conference for acknowledgement.

GENERAL EDUCATION

SESSION I: 9 – 10:30 A.M.

Breaks, Sensory Tools and More to Help Students Self Regulate: Jenn Summers, MEd, Supervisor of Special Education, Pennridge School District and Jill Schweizer, MEd, Special Education Supervisor

How to Support Students with Autism in Transition to Develop Employment Interests and Gain real life work experiences while in School: Chelsea Lutts, Director, Employment Services, SPIN

Principles of Behavior: Sean Romano, MS, BCBA, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Integrated Social Learning: A School-Wide Model for Social Success: Alex Brosowsky, Head of School, The Quaker School at Horsham

What about our Black Boys? : Racial Disparities in the Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Carmen Henderson, MAT, LDT-C, NCED, Learning Disabilities Teacher- Consultant, Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician

Functional Academics: Instilling Independence in Individuals: Regina Oakes

Adverse Childhood Experiences (The Traumatic Impact on Learning and Health): Elisa DiLolle

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer – A Suicide Intervention Model: Hunter Robbins

SESSION II: 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Planning For Your Loved One with Special Needs: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know: Patrick Bergmaier, CFP, ChSNC, 1847 Financial

Holistic Approach to Behavior Modification: Jackie Breault, M.A. LBS, Educator, Mobile Therapist, Behavior Specialist Consultant, Autism Specialist

Navigating the Special Education System – The Evaluation and IEP Process: Joseph Sulpizio, Esq, Cuddy Law Firm

10 SEPTA Travel Training Tips to Foster Independence in Your Student: Anthony Johnson, Deputy Director, The Partnership TMA and Michael Mercadante, M.S., Founder, Instructor, The Modern Driver Institute

Library Services that Build Connections: Angela Buckley, Children’s Librarian Indian Valley Public Library, Nicole Husbands, YA and Outreach Librarian Indian Valley Public Library, Bev Weinberg, Sleeping Mat Project and Erin Flynn, OT

AADD – Supporting Socialization beyond Transition: The Parental Point of View: Katrina Filiatrault, Esq. Development Director, Association for Adults with Development Disabilities

Play ABA: A play-based, person-centered and fun approach to learning and behavior change: Susan Deikman, MS, MCMA, LBS

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer – A Suicide Intervention Model: Hunter Robbins

What You Need to Know About Special Education: Carol Weinman, Esq., C.A.S. Autism Legal Expert & Consultant

LUNCH 12:15 – 1:15 UNIVERSITY HALL

SESSION III: 1:15 – 2:45 P.M.

Navigating the IEP Team: A Workshop to Bring Schools and Families Together Around Common Goals: Eric Mitchell, PhD, Director, Ruttenberg Autism Center

Sensory vs. Behavior: Sandra Sutton, MS, OTR/L, Senior Educational Coordinator, Theraplay, Inc

Building a Robust Transition Continuum in an Urban Secondary School: Daniel Heath and Carrie Stoltzfus

Tapping into Emotional Intelligence through creative arts therapy interventions (art, dance, and music therapy): Karen DeHaven, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, AHA! Studio for Integrated Therapies LLC

Introduction to Verbal Behavior: Jennifer Alicandri, MS, Spec Ed, BCBA and Heather Thompson

Adults on the Spectrum ages 21-64: Financial Strategies & Independent Living: Winston Bailey, CEO, Behavioral and Cultural Development Solutions, LLC

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer – A Suicide Intervention Model: Hunter Robbins

Transitioning After High School: Josh Fields, Co-founder & Executive Director of The Next Step Programs

Autism from the Inside Out: Wade Luquet, MSW, PhD and Pierre Korfiatis, M.S

HEALTHCARE

SESSION I: 9 – 10:30 A.M.

Biofeedback is ABA: Training the Nervous System Directly: Gary Ames, Licensed Psychologist, Executive Director, Behavior Analysis & Therapy Partners

(Title Needed): Margaret Souders, PhD, CRNP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

SESSION II: 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Autism and Interventions informed by Neuroscience: Nina Wilde, M.S. Ed. BCBA, Doctoral Candidate, Gwynedd Mercy University, Certified CLM Coach, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Itinerant Behavior Analyst and Amber Edmond, M.S., BCBA, Doctoral Student, PCOM

HIGHER EDUCATION

SESSION I: 9 – 10:30 A.M.

Change is Good, Check out the changes in Google over the Last Year: Tammy Bertel, MS, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

SESSION II: 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Resources! Resources! Resources! Check out Resources from Online and Apps for your Classroom to be ready for Monday!: Tammy Bertel, MS, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Knowing How to Prevent Special Ed Litigation: Carol Weinman, Esq., C.A.S. Autism Legal Expert & Consultant

LUNCH 12:15 – 1:15 UNIVERSITY HALL

SESSION III: 1:15 – 2:45 P.M.

Behavior Management Strategies: Sean Romano, MS, BCBA, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

LAW ENFORCEMENT

SESSION I: 9 – 10:30 A.M

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Justice System: A Training for Professionals: Kate Hooven, MS, Justice System Consultant, Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative with Drexel University

SESSION II: 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Appreciating Autism: A Training for Law Enforcement: Katie Greble, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Training and Curriculum Manager, The Center for Autism

What You Need to Know About Special Education: Carol Weinman, Esq., C.A.S. Autism Legal Expert & Consultant

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