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THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
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SCHEDULE AND PRESENTATIONS - The conference features keynote presentations and three separate breakout sessions on Friday and Saturday (Thursday night and Sunday morning are included in the full conference registration pass). For additional information and group registration, call Pat at 1-866-208-0207. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure your space.

USAAA is introducing a new topic: Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays. There will be a special cooking and nutrition session on Sunday. USAAA introduces two new sessions for educators and professionals: "Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism Interventions in the Schools" and "Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism Interventions in the Community" on Friday, September 7. Breakout sessions include topics on the Continuums of Cognition and Sensory Processing, New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism, Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning, Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan, DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope, Functional Imaging of the Brain, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, A New Look at Prioritizing Interventions and Therapies, Adult Challenges, Severe Autism, Life Challenges, Behavioral Issues and New Approaches with ASD, Jobs, College and Transitioning, Cutting Edge Research, Siblings, Preparing for the Future, Nutrition and Wellness, Advocacy and Combating Bullying, Support Services, Verbal Behavior, A Sensory, Neuroplasticity - based Approach to Autism, Extraordinary Potential of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities, plus much more.

Speaker Bios
Abstracts and Learning Outcomes
Continuing Education - CME, CEUs (MD's, DO's, Nurses, PA's, NP's, Psychologists, Other Health Care Practitioners, ASHA, APA, Colorado Public Schools, plus more)

The Exhibit Hall is open during the entire conference.

Thursday, September 6
5:00pm-8:30pm Registration and Expo open
7:00pm-8:30pm "Autism 101 and Conference Information Tips"
Lori Knowles
Biography
Abstract

"Fathers of Children with Autism/Asperger's/PDD" Panel
Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
Biography
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Biography
Michael D. Zeitlin, CPA
Biography
Christopher Gauthier, MFA
Biography
Scott Wrangham
Biography
Abstract
and special guest S.S.

"Adults - Ongoing Services Throughout The Lifespan: Are You Really Done at 21"
Suzette Bartlett, MSW, LCSW
Biography
Suzanne Grimshaw, MSW, LCSW
Biography
Abstract


Friday, September 7
7:00am-5:00pm Registration and Expo open
8:15am-8:30am Welcome
8:30am-9:30am

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Opening Keynote Address
"How Total Load Creates Autism Every Day: Chronic, Persistent and Changeable Features"
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

9:30am-10:00am Break, Expo, & Book Signing. Coffee break sponsored by Autism Society of Boulder County.
"Beneficial Interventions and Critical Health Challenges During the Lifespan"
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

"Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Schools" Panel
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Biography
Robin Brewer, EdD
Biography
Stephen M. Shore, EdD
Biography
Raun K. Kaufman
Biography

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, PhD

Biography
Sam Towers, Behavior Analyst
Biography
Abstract

"A New Look at Prioritizing Interventions and Therapies"
Patricia Lemer, MEd, NCC
Biography
Abstract
11:00am-12:00pm "A Journey of Pain, Suffering, Struggles, and Hope"
Aaron Likens
Biography
Abstract

"Vision: The Effects on Balance, Vestibular, Movement and Cognitive Function"
Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
12:00pm-1:00pm Break, Cash Lunch, Expo, and "Meet the Authors"
1:00pm-1:50pm "New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism"
Valerie Hu, PhD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
"Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Autism and Asperger Interventions in the Community" Panel
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Biography
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Biography
Rebecca E. Hutchins, OD, FCOVD
Biography
James Partington, PhD, BCBA
Biography
Raun K. Kaufman
Biography
Kim Korpady
Biography
Abstract
"Strength and Interest-Based Learning: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities"
Stephen M. Shore, EdD
Biography
Abstract
2:00pm-3:00pm "Seizures and Mitochondrial Disorders"
Richard E. Frye, MD, PhD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
"Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism" Panel
Christopher Gauthier, MFA
Biography
Jacqueline Gauthier
Biography
Lauren H. Kerstein, MS, LCSW

Biography
Abstract
3:00pm-3:30pm Break and Expo
3:30pm-5:00pm "The Doctors and Researchers Q&A Panel Discussion"
Phillip C. DeMio, MD, Biography
Richard E. Frye, MD, PhD,
Biography
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD,
Biography
Debby Hamilton, MD,
Biography
Valerie Hu, PhD,
Biography
William Shaw, PhD,
Biography
J. Michael Uszler, MD, Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Saturday, September 8
7:00am-5:00pm Registration and Expo open
8:15am-8:30am Welcome
8:30am-10:00am Temple Grandin, PhD - Keynote Address
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
10:00am-10:30am Break, Expo, & Book Signing. Coffee break sponsored by Autism Society of Boulder County.
10:30am- 11:20am "Functional Imaging of the Brain - A New Discovery"
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Special exclusive interview with Tim Page. "Grateful for the Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome; It Explained Everything"
Tim Page, DFA
Biography
Abstract
"Brain Plasticity and Executive Functioning"
Sharon Jones, ABD, CCC-SLP

Biography
Abstract
11:30am- 12:30pm "Effects of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals on the Incidence and Severity of Autism"
William Shaw, PhD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
"Behavioral Issues and New Approaches with ASD"
Raun K. Kaufman
Biography
Kim Korpady
Biography
Abstract

"Auditory Hypersensitivity and ASD: A Treatable Condition"
Alex Doman
Biography
Abstract
12:30pm-1:30pm Break, Cash Lunch, Expo, and "Meet the Authors"
1:30pm-2:20pm "Holistic Medicine: Effective Treatment with a Focus on Nutrition"
Debby Hamilton, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
"Assessing and Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals of All Ages Using The AFLS™"
James Partington, PhD, BCBA
Biography
Abstract
"Social Networking: 10 Lessons Learned from 25,000 Parents"
Eric Peacock, MBA
Biography
Abstract
2:30pm-3:30pm "A Multi-Sensory Approach to Improving Function In Children with Autism"
Ron Minson, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
"The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior"
Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Biography
Abstract
"Visual Social Thinking Strategies"
Michael McManmon, EdD
Biography
Sandra R. Wise, PhD
Biography
Abstract

3:30pm-4:00pm Break and Expo
4:00pm-5:15pm

"Advocacy and Combating Bullying" Panel
Christopher Gauthier, MFA
Biography
Aaron Likens
Biography
Michael McManmon, EdD
Biography
Tim Page, DFA
Biography
Rachel Wrangham
Bilography
Abstract

7:30 pm The Autism Society of Colorado presents, "The Autism Chronicles". Autism Chronicles is a live theater performance that weaves stories from literature written about one family’s journey through a lifetime of autism. For information and tickets, visit www.autismcolorado.org.

Sunday, September 9
8:00am-12:00pm Registration and Expo open
9:00am-10:00am "Oral Health Care for the Dental Patient with Autism"
Robert E. Rada, DDS
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
"Multimedia Social Skills Program for Children with Asperger's Syndrome" (International Presentation)
Kathleen Davey, BPsySc, MPsych(Clin)
Biography
Abstract
"DSM-5: Its Impact and Scope"
Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
Biography
Theresa Wrangham
Biography
Abstract
10:00am-10:30am Break and Expo
10:30am- 12:00pm "Emergencies, Surgeries, and Anesthesia: Inside the Hospital From ER to Overnight Stays"
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Biography
Abstract
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
"Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond"
Julie Matthews, CNC
Biography
Abstract
"Panel Discussion: The Siblings"
Abstract
12:00pm Conference concludes

QUICK FACTS
The US Autism & Asperger Association 5th Annual World Conference, held October 1-3, 2010, became the most viewed Autism/Asperger conference in the world. This was the first ever Autism and Asperger conference streamed lived in its entirety.


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"In the fall of 2011, the greatest gift we received yet was attending the four-day USAAA conference in Seattle. There I met my heroes and found mentors that gave me hope and expanded my paradigm. Since the conference, we now approach life and our son from the view of acceptance, help him to see and know himself, teach him how to self advocate, and join with him in enjoying the things that make him smile. We no longer fight against our son’s differences but embrace them and this way of loving has even taught us to how better accept and love each other as a couple. We still have a long way to go and even more to learn, but I now know that hope has no limit unless I place it there.
- Sara McCarter, Mom to Magnus "the great"



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"Let's experience what their life is like for a day. Our children are in pretty much of a constant state of overload. Your living room is like LAX [Los Angeles International Airport] to your child. They can't recognize patterns the same way we can, so everything that seems predictable and understandable to you and I seems totally unpredictable to our children."
- Raun K. Kaufman


"I was the kid who grew up with no diagnosis. I'm undiagnosed Asperger's. I refused to do it because of institutional discrimination. I grew up in the 70's, one of the odd balls and I have fought and struggled my way. I was "the dumb one" of the family. I am the only one with a higher education degree at this point."
- Christopher M. Gauthier
, MFA


"The vast majority of persons on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) who make significant gains from biomedical treatments will require care that addresses the triad of dietary intervention, digestive/gastrointestinal problems, and detoxification techniques."
- Phillip C. DeMio, MD


"When we gaze back into the past and evaluate our impressions during the early stages of our children’s lives, we observe an experience unlike anything we had ever expected. When we receive a warning that our baby does not seem to be developing like other “normally developing” kids, we may either shift into early denial or become too intimidated to ask what we feel are appropriate questions. Unfortunately, when we do ask the right questions, the replies often are either not sufficient or are limiting in nature." (from¬†Diagnosis Autism Now What? 10 Steps to Improve Treatment Outcomes; A Parent-Physician Team Approach).
- Kaplan/Burstein, 2005


"Autism is defined behaviorally, as a syndrome of abnormalities involving language, social reciprocity and hyperfocus or reduced behavioral flexibility. It is clearly heterogeneous, and it can be accompanied by unusual talents as well as impairments, but its underlying biological and genetic basis is unknown."
- Martha Herbert, MD, PhD


Our goal should be to help persons with autism understand and use their strengths to work around any presenting challenges so they, just like everyone else, has an equal chance at living a fulfilling and productive life.
- Stephen M. Shore, EdD


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