Northern California Autism Symposium 2017

Northern California Autism Symposium 2017

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Over the past 10 years there has been an increase in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Current CDC reports place the rate of children diagnosed with ASD in the US at 1:68. Though there continues to be new theories about what causes ASD, there is still no scientifically proven cause or cure. As a growing population of adults with ASD continue to share their experiences, there is a growing trend of ASD acceptance and culture. Regardless of the perspective of cure or acceptance, there are a variety of interventions, services and supports for individuals with ASD and their families.

Northern California has seen the same increase in ASD, but because of our rural location in the north state, we are removed from the research hubs of Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The aim of this symposium is to bring a breadth of presenters from both inside and outside the north state to the individuals with ASD, their families, teachers and service providers. Oftentimes getting out to the bigger conferences is an impossible barrier—we’re hoping to eliminate that.

The program will include tracks for professionals and parents/guardians of ASD children, including several concurrent sessions, as well as a keynote speaker. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be considered for presentation at the symposium please submit a proposal form by May 31, 2017.

Featured SpeakerJohn Elder Robison, Keynote Speaker at 2017 Northern California Autism Symposium, September 29

Our featured keynote speaker is John Elder Robison, New York Times best-selling author of several books on his life with Asperger’s Syndrome including Look Me in the Eye, and his latest memoir, Switched On. He grew up undiagnosed until the age of 40 and has lived an incredible life. His newest book describes how a powerful brain therapy has allowed him to sense others’ feelings, and claim a newfound emotional intelligence. A leading voice on ASD, he encourages his audiences to find strengths where others see weaknesses.

Conference Schedule

Day 1

Registration & Coffee: 8am
Welcome: 9am
Session 1: 9:30–10:30am
Teaching a Multi-step or Complex Skill Through Task Analysis and Chaining
Dr. Maggie Daugherty
Relationship Building that Encourages Family Participation & Empowerment
Johanne Carreau, MA
Session 2: 10:45–11:45am
Topic TBD
Sara Vickery, OT
Nurtured Hearts Program
Meagan Dixon
Lunch on Your Own
Session 3: 1–2pm
Development of Balance and Fundamental Motor Skills in ASD
Dr. Teri Todd & Dr. Melissa Mache
How to Use Behavior Modification in Any Setting & Collect Data the Easy Way
Ms. Jennifer Ford-Ramirez & Jay Ramirez
Session 4: 2:15–3:15pm
Long Term Whole Health: Fostering Self-Acceptance and Optimal Self Care
Dr. Amy Alward
Evidence of Similar Symptoms of ABA in Recipients of ABA and PTSD
Henny Kupferstein
Keynote: 3:30–4:30pm
John Elder Robison

 

 

Day 2

Registration & Coffee: 8am
Welcome: 9am
Session 1: 9:30–10:30am
Incorporating Social Skills in Movement Activities
Amelia Simpson
The Perfect Perch: A Novel Hand Support Device for Piano Students with Dyspraxia
Henny Kupferstein
Topic TBD
John Elder Robison
 
Session 2: 10:45–11:45am
Experience of College Students with ASD in a Peer-Mentor Physical Activity Program
Dr. Nancy Miodrag & Dr. Teri Todd

A Grassroots Approach to Parent Support
April Qian
Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders
Dr. Drew Vercellino
 
Lunch on Your Own
Session 3: 1–2pm
Visual Strategies
Jeana Peyton
Building Bridges: Establishing Effective Partnerships with Parents of Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Joan Goodreau & Dr. Teri Todd
Session 4: 2:15–3:15pm
Long Term Whole Health: Fostering Self-Acceptance and Optimal Self Care
Dr. Amy Alward
CAPTAIN Evidence Based Practices: Tools & Resources Overview
Cathy Wyman
Teaching Motor Skills at Home: Easy Activities for Parents & Professionals
Carli Ross and Layne Case
 

 

Professional Development:

CSU, Chico will offer professional development credit for this conference. Please stay tuned for details.

Registration

Registration is now open! You can register online or by phone at 530-898-6105.