Northern California Autism Symposium 2017

Northern California Autism Symposium 2017

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The response has been overwhelming and we are so pleased that inaugural symposium was a success! We are so grateful to all of the presenters who shared knowledge, experiences, and invaluable information with their audiences. We are grateful to all of the attendees who listened, learned, particpated, and shared their own knowledge and experiences with each other. We are grateful to the many volunteers who helped to make the event run smoothly, and to Far Northern Regional Center for making it possible for many families to attend. 

We are also excited to begin planning the second annual symposium, which will be held September 28 & 29, 2018. Save the date! There are already good things planned.

About the 2017 Northern California Autism Symposium

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 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, which will be held on the CSU, Chico campus, will include concurrent sessions for professionals and parents/guardians of ASD children, as well as a keynote speaker.

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 as an autistic adult and autism parent. He is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which produces the Strategic Plan for Autism for the US government. He lectures widely on autism and neurodiversity, and holds faculty appointments at William & Mary in Virginia and Bay Path in Massachusetts.  Robison is an advisor to Autism at Work, an employment initiative from SAP, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, HP and other leading corporations. 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.

In his keynote presentation, Robison talked about life with autism and offered his perspectives on growing up different, and how he minimized his disabilities while focusing on his strengths to build a successful adult life. He shared lessons for autistic people today and the importance of building community and solving our problems together.

Conference Schedule

Day 1

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Registration & Coffee: 8am
Colusa Hall & Creekside Plaza [map]
Welcome: 9am
Concurrent Sessions 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
Overview of Eating Behavior and Nutrition Concerns
Veronica VanCleave-Hunt
 
Concurrent Sessions 2: 10:45–11:45am
What is Sensory Processing?
Sara Vickery, OT
Nurtured Hearts Program
Meagan Dixon
Autism and the Future of Employment
Teresa Wolk Hayes
 
Lunch on Your Own
Concurrent Sessions 3: 1–2pm
Development of Balance and Fundamental Motor Skills in ASD
Dr. Teri Todd, Dr. Melissa Mache, Kyle Geary, Dalal Almutib & Jae Lim
Grounding, Settling & Calming Through the Use of Weighted Products
Michael Nichols
Concurrent Sessions 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
Meet & Greet to Follow

Neurodiversity, Autism at Work & Building Community
John Elder Robison

 

 

Day 2

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Registration & Coffee: 8am
Colusa Hall & Creekside Plaza [map]
Welcome: 9am
Concurrent Sessions 1: 9:30–10:30am
Incorporating Social Skills in Movement Activities
Amelia Simpson
Neurodiversity
John Elder Robison
Concurrent Sessions 2: 10:45–11:45am
Experience of College Students with ASD in a Peer-Mentor Physical Activity Program
Dr. Nancy Miodrag, Dr. Teri Todd & Kyle Geary

A Grassroots Approach to Parent Support
Chioko Juliette Grevious, Maribel Hernandez, EunMi Cho, April Qian 
UC Davis MIND Institute, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Unraveling Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Disorders
Dr. Drew Vercellino

Lunch on Your Own
Concurrent Sessions 3: 1–2pm
Visual Strategies
Jeana Peyton
Building Bridges: Establishing Effective Partnerships with Parents of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Joan Goodreau & Dr. Teri Todd
The Perfect Perch: A Novel Hand Support Device for Piano Students with Dyspraxia
Henny Kupferstein
 
Concurrent Sessions 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 & Layne Case
 

 

Professional Continuing Education Hours:

The two-day program provided 9 professional development hours and was been pre-approved for:
• Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT)
• Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)

Attendees who signed in at the symposium but did not pick up their certificate can email rce@csuchico.edu to have one sent to them.