US AUTISM ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO

SCHEDULE AND PRESENTATIONS - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 1, 2018

The conference kicks off Thursday morning. Registration opens at 7:00 am and you can pick up your tote bag and registration badge at that time. If you pre-registered online, we highly recommend that you get your badges on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. The conference features keynote presentations, panel presentations, and breakout sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For additional information and group registration, call 1-888-9AUTISM (1-888-928-8476), ext. 2. There is a 10% discount on registration if two or more people register at the same time. In addition, there is a special offer for those that have a Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa hotel reservation. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure your space. The Exhibit Hall is open during the entire conference. NOTE: All exhibitors can start setting up their booths after 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 28.

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CONFERENCE IS OPEN TO ALL

Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Self-Advocates, and anyone who wants to learn more about Autism related disorders are welcome to attend.

ATTEND ANY SESSION

Attendees may attend any presentation.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

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SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Due to circumstances beyond the conference committee's control, the schedule may be subject to change. In the 12 annual conferences that US Autism Association has hosted, only 5 people have been unable to attend due to illness.

QUOTE FROM STEPHEN M. SHORE, EdD, PRESENTER AND SELF-ADVOCATE

"Our goal should be to help persons with autism, Asperger Syndrome and other related disorders 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, 2010

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

7:00am-5:30pm

Registration and Expo Open

8:15am -8:30am

Welcome

8:30am -9:30am

**TYLER WEAVER, JR.
MY MARTIAL ARTS AND AUTISM JOURNEY

9:30am -10:00am

Break and Expo

10:00am -11:00am

*TERRI HIRNING
THE JOURNEY TO WELLNESS: Healing Through Nutrition and Supplementation

** MICHAEL MCMANMON, EdD
TOOLKITS FOR EDUCATORS AND PROFESSIONALS

   
11:00am -12:00pm

*PHILLIP C. DEMIO, MD
HOW CAN DOCTORS SUPPORT PATIENTS WITH AUTISM?

SARAH NORRIS, MS, OTR/L
CARRIE EINCK, OTR/L

SENSORY STRATEGIES - Start With Proprioception: The Powerful Sense

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Break, Lunch on your own, Expo

1:00pm -2:00pm

MARLO PAYNE THURMAN, PhD
KEY POINTS TO SETTING UP A CLASSROOM (school and home)

*JOYCE S. BENJAMIN, PA, RN
IMMEDIATE RECOGNITION INCREASES SAFETY

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Break and Expo

2:30pm - 3:30pm

** CHRISTOPHER M. GAUTHIER, MFA
THE CREATIVE PROCESS: A Route to Critical Thinking From Early Education to Higher Education

*BRITTYN HOWARD, MS, RDN/LD
FOOD AND NUTRITION MATTER! - Diet Heavily Affects The Bacteria In The Gut, plus new recipes.

   
3:30pm - 4:30pm

*KRISTIN SELBY GONZALEZ
CAREGIVERS: STRESS AND BURNOUT - Learn Tips and Tools for taking care of YOU

STATE SUPPORT SERVICES: How to access support services in your state
*THERESA K. WRANGHAM - Moderator
*MICHAEL COLEMAN
*MICHELLE SCOTT-LEWING
ANDRE SAM
*RADHIKA SHAH
*JENNIFER STROBEL

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

7:00am-5:30pm

Registration and Expo Open

8:15am -8:30am

Welcome

8:30am -9:30am

*HAROLD "HACKIE" REITMAN, MD (the Boxing Doctor)
THE SPECTRUM OF DIFFERENT BRAINS

9:30am -10:00am

Break and Expo

10:00am -11:00am

*PHILLIP C. DEMIO, MD
CRITICAL HEALTH CHALLENGES: Interventions for Co-Occurring Disorders and the Infection Connection

*CARA KOSCINSKI, MOT, OTR/L
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION: Get Up FRONT and Personal With Your Frontal Lobe!

   
11:00am -12:00pm

RONALD AUNG-DIN, MD
POTENTIAL OF CANNABINOIDS IN TREATING AUTISM

**RAUN K. KAUFMAN
BREAKTHROUGH STRATEGIES: Connecting With Your Child

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Break, Lunch on your own, Expo

1:00pm -2:00pm

THEODORE HENDERSON, MD, PhD
MODERN DAY ADVANCES IN THE TREATMENT OF AUTISM

MARLO PAYNE THURMAN, PhD
GROUNDBREAKING STUDY: THE THEORY OF SENSORY-COGNITIVE DIFFERENCE - It?s an eight lane super-highway: Insights across the Spectrum

   
2:00pm - 3:00pm

JARED SKOWRON, ND
IMPROVING HEALTH THROUGH DETOXIFICATION

LUCAS STEUBER, MA-T, MS CCC/SLP
AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION: An Overview of the Newest Research, Tools, and Tips for at Home

3:00pm -3:30pm

Break and Expo

3:30pm - 5:00pm

THE DOCTORS AND RESEARCHERS: Medicine, Research, and Interventions
*THERESA K. WRANGHAM - Moderator
RONALD AUNG-DIN, MD
*PHILLIP C. DEMIO, MD
THEODORE HENDERSON, MD, PhD
*HAROLD "HACKIE" REITMAN, MD
JARED SKOWRON, ND
J. MICHAEL USZLER, MD
Other panelists TBA
The panelists presenting in this workshop discuss the most frequently asked questions associated with medicine, research, and interventions. They will review medical cutting edge interventions and treatments as well as cutting edge research. Each panelist will provide a take away message with regards to their area of specialty.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

7:00am - 5:30pm

Registration and Expo Open

8:15am - 8:30am

Welcome

8:30am - 10:00am

**TEMPLE GRANDIN, PhD - KEYNOTE
Presentation followed by a special" one-on-one" with Temple Grandin

10:00am - 10:30am

Break and Expo, and Book Signing

10:30am - 12:00pm

SELF-ADVOCACY - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan
*THERESA K. WRANGHAM - Moderator
** CHRISTOPHER M. GAUTHIER, MFA
**TEMPLE GRANDIN, PhD
**RAUN K. KAUFMAN
**SPENCER KELLY
**JACOB KOSCINSKI
** MICHAEL MCMANMON, EdD
**TYLER WEAVER, JR.
Each panelist describes his or her personal experiences with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the areas of Visual Thinking, Sensory Problems, Difficulties with Communication, Socialization, Work Environment, and many other challenges they face each day. Panelists discuss challenges and transitioning through the life span.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Break, Lunch on your own, Expo

1:00pm -2:00pm

* CAROL S. WEINMAN, ESQ, C.A.S
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUTISM AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

GIL TIPPY, PsyD
THE PATH TO AGING OUT OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM: It's never too soon to start planning, and 21 and over programs

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Break and Expo

2:30pm - 3:30pm

THE SIBLINGS
*THERESA K. WRANGHAM - Moderator
*BRITTYN HOWARD, MS, RDN/LD
*RADHIKA SHAH
*RYKER WEAVER
Panelists will be added

The siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions. Siblings of children with autism carry the burden of extra responsibility and worry about their future. They also develop compassion and family love. Autism creates an enormous responsibility on siblings, according to educators, therapists and a dozen scientific studies. Children affected by autism can have raging tantrums, which can be frightening or embarrassing to siblings.

 
3:30pm - 4:30pm

HOW TO START IMPLEMENTING INTERVENTIONS
*THERESA K. WRANGHAM - Moderator
*JOYCE S. BENJAMIN, PA, RN
*PHILLIP C. DEMIO, MD

*CARA KOSCINSKI, MOT, OTR/L
*TRACIE KELLY
**RAUN K. KAUFMAN
* CAROL S. WEINMAN, ESQ, C.A.S

Panelists will be added
Leading autism experts who are parents of children with autism and professionals will share in their personal experiences in the areas of medical/biomedical treatments, behavioral/developmental and educational interventions, diet and nutritional interventions, advocacy, adjunct therapies, family issues, special needs trusts, IEPs, and much more. Some questions from attendees my be addressed during this final session. Q&A

   
4:30pm

CONFERENCE CONCLUDES