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AANE's Spring 2020 Conference

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Register to receive AANE's Spring 2020 Recorded Conference Content

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The Asperger/Autism Network Presents:

Finding Relief: Exploring Traditional and Non-Traditional Options for Managing Anxiety


Recorded Conference Content Only

Available April 10

To support community health efforts, AANE has made the decision to change the Spring Conference format from an in-person conference with a streaming option to a format where the conference is entirely online. Spring 2020 Conference content will be pre-recorded and available for viewing remotely at your convenience.

Our sincerest apologies for the shift in conference platform. We are hopeful that this shift will allow access to the conference content while supporting larger community health needs.

Register by April 10 to gain access to the recorded conference content.

This recorded conference content is for adults on the spectrum, parents of children on the spectrum, and professionals.

Anxiety can be an overwhelming, debilitating experience, and one that can impact mood, day-to-day functioning, and relationships. Methods for finding relief from anxiety can look different for each person and may include a combination of approaches. Register to gain access to the recorded conference content to learn from experts and personal stories about the wide variety of options available to individuals on the spectrum struggling with anxiety.


Registrants will gain access to the following recorded content.

Presentation 1:

Behavioral Assessments in Autism Spectrum: Symptom Identification and Treatment for Anxiety

Dr. Todd Levine

Description: With greater numbers of adults and children being diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, families and healthcare providers are faced with the increased challenge of treating behavioral health needs in this population. There are multiple communication problems in those on the Autism Spectrum that make diagnosing and treating these behavioral needs difficult. The goal of this presentation is to describe high levels of anxiety seen in adults and children on the Spectrum and possible medication management options.

Presentation 2:

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Treat Anxiety in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Dr. Carol Singer

Description: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach that is particularly effective in treating Anxiety and Depression. This approach focuses on how thoughts and beliefs impact one’s emotions and actions. CBT is a structured, skills-based therapy. There is considerable evidence that CBT can be used to help children, adolescents, and adults on the Autism Spectrum learn tools to better manage their anxiety. This presentation will provide an overview of CBT that includes: a description of the theory, the structure of the session, ways to introduce the treatment model, and some case examples of CBT methods. The benefits and challenges of CBT for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, as well as modifications to meet the unique needs of this population will be reviewed.

Presentation 3:

The Pursuit and Sport of Running 

Andrew Novis

Description: No special equipment needed, no balls to chase or manage, no eye-hand coordination required, no peer pressure, and no officials or judges judging your performance. Running can be done anywhere, anytime, with anyone, or on your own, and all you need is your own body. Whether for exercise or as a competitive pursuit, running is a spot where no one cares whether you are neurodiverse, neurotic, nerdy or lacking in social skills. Running can transform how we think and feel, and provide meaningful opportunities to forge new social connections. Andrew shares with audiences his relationship with the sport, and the benefits he has experienced first-hand as an accomplished runner. Whether you are an experienced athlete or considering running for the first time, join Andy to learn more about the sport and how you can get started.  

Presentation 4:

Be Here Now: How Yoga Helped Me Get Present

Karen Lean

Description: Karen will talk about her lifelong experience with AS and anxiety, and the ways she has been helped by her years of yoga practice. As a certified teacher, she has led yoga workshops for the AANE adult community.

Presentation 5:

When is a Service Dog Right for Your Child

Katy Harrison Ostroff

Description: Katy Harrison Ostroff, Manager of Client Services at NEADS World Class Service Dogs, in collaboration with the family of Maria, her son, Ben and his Service Dog Brody, will provide information to families about the role a family dog, a therapy dog, or a Service Dog can play in the lives of children with Autism. The discussion will include the differences between each type of dog and public access issues associated with each. We will look at some questions that NEADS uses to help a family decide if a Service Dog might be the right fit. Maria and Ben will speak to the impact that service dog Brody has had on Ben and their family, and the Service Dog task work that has been particularly helpful.

Presentation 6:

Acupuncture and Utilizing the modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help with anxiety

Dr. Maria Broderick

Description: Promising evidence suggests that Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, and non-needle techniques, is safe and appropriate for children, teens and adults, in the treatment of anxiety. This presentation will cover the evidence-base for acupuncture in treating anxiety, and describe a typical treatment.


Dr. Todd Levine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research, clinical work, and lectures focus on behavior difficulties in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) with particular attention towards anxiety. Dr. Levine provides clinical services at the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic at the Center for Children and Families at Women and Infants Hospital where he treats children and adults with ASDs and behavior difficulties. Treatment includes medication management, family therapy, individual therapy, and school consultation.

Dr. Carol Singer is a licensed psychologist currently in private practice in Newton, MA. She specializes in adapting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and for other related social challenges. Prior to receiving her doctorate in counseling psychology, she earned a master’s degree in special education, working as a special education teacher for many years. She received her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, first as a therapist, and later, as a supervisor. Dr. Singer has taught at Boston University at all day workshops on CBT for Children and Adolescents through the Professional Education Program and evening workshops for Dan Beck’s Professional Certification Course in CBT. She has presented workshops on CBT for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum at several AANE Fall Conferences. She is a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. She currently serves on the Executive Advisory Committee and the Clinical Advisory Group at AANE.

Andrew Novis, an AANE Board Member and member of the AANE Artist Collaborative, is an accomplished athlete and artist, and has been running seriously since high school. As a teenager, Andy finally discovered a sport he was good at, and it didn’t involve balls, hand-eye coordination, judges, playing on a team, warming a bench or really any equipment whatsoever other than one's own body. Andy’s running career began on his high school’s cross country team and he has been pursuing the sport ever since. Running approximately fifteen races each year, Andy participates in marathons, triathalons and ultramarathons locally, throughout New England and around the country. Andy has over forty years of running experience, and understands first-hand the many benefits of the sport.  

Karen Lean was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome ten years ago, at the age of 32. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) and gave a keynote at our recent Spring conference about intimacy, dating, and sexuality. She has also given workshops and participated in many panel discussions at past conferences. Her essay appears in the book, "What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew" produced by the Autism Women's Network. Originally from Canada, she resides in Boston where she works in Healthcare IT.

Katy Harrison Ostroff, LICSW is the Manager of Client Services for NEADS World Class Service Dogs. Past experience includes serving as the Executive Director of Employment Connection Specialists, a non-profit agency that placed persons with disabilities into jobs in private industry. Volunteer experience includes serving as President of the NH Rehabilitation Association and membership on a variety of professional and community boards.

Maria Broderick, Ed.D., MAOM, Lic.Ac. is a developmental psychologist and acupuncturist with a specialty in pediatrics. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education at the New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University. Since 2010, she has served as the pediatric acupuncturist at Boston Medical Center, where she oversees acupuncture training in the Pediatric Pain Clinic. Dr. Broderick holds a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. Dr. Broderick has a longstanding commitment to the autism community.


Ticket Option: AANE's Spring 2020 Recorded Conference Content

Register by April 10th to access the recorded conference content. $75 per person. This ticket registration provides the registrant with the above recorded conference content to view at their convenience. A link and password to view the recorded conference content will be sent to all registrants on April 10th.

Financial Assistance: Financial Assistance is available. To request financial assistance to access the recorded conference, please contact the organizer at events@aane.org.

Refund Policy: *Update as of March 10, 2020*

All attendees who registered prior to March 10th, should have received an email with available refund and exchange options.

For all other registrants who register after March 10, 2020, refunds, minus a $10 processing fee per registration, are available until the end of our business day on March 28, 2020. No refunds/credits after March 28, 2020.

For all inquires and requests, please reach out to events@aane.org

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