Alvin ISD, Friendswood ISD, Pearland ISD and Santa Fe ISD presents the 5th Annual Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Conference and Resource Fair
"Bridging the Gap Between Home and School"
Grant Manier (maun-yay), a young and talented artist, living with high-functioning autism, has a dynamic way of encouraging and engaging his audience with his own distinct style and message. His story personifies the child growing up with a "quirky" behavior, maturing into the young adult, and finding his way as he transitions independently into the world of adulthood. Grant raises awareness of environmental responsibility everywhere he goes; Schools, events, art shows, gala's, fundraisers. he has raised over $100,000 for great causes with his artwork donations and motivational speech. Grant has also written his first book! This one-of-a-kind Jigsaw Giraffe art piece and now a children's storybook is in the works! Who is it about? Grant, of course, but now he's a giraffe! This heartfelt story resonates with anyone who feels different, but not less..they're MORE! Own a first-in-a-series book and giraffe toy, personally autographed by author and illustrator, Julie and Grant Manier. Forword by Dr. Temple Grandin included.
A Taste of Easy to Make Visual Schedules presented by Nicole Sebok, AT Specialist, Pearland ISD...Simple and easy to prepare! Short session giving a quick "taste" of visual schedules. Your earlier adopters will take their taste and make it their own while others will let the ideas simmer and start to experiment with how it will look in their homes.
A Father Being Raised by His Son with Autism presented by Randy Stang, Parent, Alvin ISD...Learn the importance the role of the father is in the upbringing of children with disabilities. Learn tips on how to best support the family unit and share personal stories.
Advocacy presented by Carrie Axedale (session description coming soon)
Transition & Beyond presented by Frederick Jefferson, Parent, Alvin ISD...Viewing transition as a fork in the road for individuals with special needs, the session will address two paths for parents to consider for life after high school. Specifically, there are some who will be able to further their education, establish employment, live independently, marry, and even raise families. Others will not be able to achieve those steps in life due to their intellectual and/or skill limitations, as a special needs parent have you prepared your child for the fork in the road and do you have a plan for them to be able to create a life of their own or live in an environment that provides them care, compassion, comfort, and dignity of services? The most important transition plan a parent will have to make.
Guardianship & Alternatives presented by Debbie Diaz, Galveston Probate Court (session description coming soon)
Behavior! Behavior! Behavior! presented by Clifford Castille, MA, BCBA, Pearland ISD...Behavior is commicative in nature. Learn to identify the function behind inappropriate behavior and how to adjust the home environment to maximize behavioral success.
Hygiene, Sexuality, Puberty, and Safety for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disorders presented by Natilie Monfort, PhD...With up to 80% of individuals with disabilities reportedly becoming the victims of sexual/physical abuse or crimes by the time they reach adulthood, this is information that all parents and teachers need to know to keep young people safe. This presentation is appropriate for thinking about children of all ages and all verbal abilities. The groundwork for these later eventualities begins in early childhood, but it is never too late to improve independence and functioning in these areas.
The Untold Stories From the Sidekicks...What It's Like To Be A Sibling presented by Brianna TenBrink and John Habermas...The experience of growing up with a sibling with an autism spectrum disorder can be joyous, but it also has its unique challenges. In this informative session, teen siblings will discuss their personal experiences of what life is like for them as the Sidekick to their Superhero sibling. Audience participation is highly encouraged!
Social Skills presented by Susan Sheridian (session description coming soon)
Parenting Using the Nurtured Heart Approach presented by Nancy Kling, Behavior Plus (session description coming soon)
Navigating the School System presented by Christy Weddington, Director of Special Programs, Pearland ISD...Have you ever had a question, concern, or frustration about your child's special education program and didn't know who to go to at the school? This session will provide an understanding of the inner workings of school systems and how to best get your concerns heard and addressed by school district personnel.
Project SPEAK presented by Ricky Broussard (session description coming soon)
Session descriptions coming soon!
The Arc of the Gulf Coast
Pearland Autism Connection
Friendswood Transition Center