2019 Parenting Autism Summit
28 Experts on Autism and Parenting Reveal Their Top Insights and Strategies for Raising Kids with Autism
About this Summit
*This Summit relates to kids identified as "high-functioning," Level 1, or Asperger's. We will not be addressing kids with more extreme cases of autism, including non-verbal children, in this Summit.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for this summit. It has been SO eye opening. I am seriously in tears because it is the perfect message at the perfect time. I've passed the link on to all of my fellow Autism mom friends. All of your efforts in organizing this are appreciated."
“I have a renewed sense of hope for the future and a ton of new tricks in my bag! I could never have found all of these resources on my own in a lifetime, and you gave them to me in a week.”
The Experts & What You'll Learn From Them
Behavior, Emotions & Self-Regulation
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. Understanding how lagging skills and development impact behavior leads to happier kids and families.
— Sensory Challenges: What They Are and How to Help Your Kid Cope • Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA, Author of “The Out-of-Sync Child,” Music, Movement, and Drama Teacher
— Self-Regulation and Autism • Susan Hopkins, EdD, Executive Director of The MEHRIT Centre
— Interoception — The Eighth Sense • Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, International Speaker, Author of “Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System” and “The Interoception Curriculum”
— When the Two Exceptionalities are Autism & Giftedness • Julie F. Skolnick MA, JD, Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm
— Developing Flexible Thinking • Kristine Mastronardi & Jake Mastrionardi, A Mother-Son team, Kristine is a Certified RDI® Consultant & Jake is a CATCH-Certified Dog Trainer and a person with autism
— The Ziggurat Model – Designing Comprehensive Intervention Plans • Ruth Aspy, PhD & Barry G. Grossman, PhD. Psychologists. Co-Creators of the Ziggurat Model, coauthors of “FBA to Z: Functional Behavior and Intervention Plans for Individuals with ASD"
— Autism, Trauma, and the Therapies that Can Remap the Brain • Julie M Bowen, LCSW. Director of Therapy and Services at HOPE Therapy & Wellness Center.
Parenting the Kid You Have
Many parents worry about how to change autistic behaviors, but it’s more helpful to understand what causes the behaviors. Learn what your child’s behavior is telling you, and how to address it.
— Honoring the Emotional Experiences of Teens & Young Adults • Debbie Reber, MA, Author of “Wired Differently: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World,” Founder of TiLT Parenting
— The Subtle Presentations of Autism • Donna Henderson, PsyD, Clinical Neuropsychologist with The Stixrud Group
— How to Let Go of the Struggle and Focus on What Matters • Ann-Louise T. Lockhart, PsyD, ABPP, Pediatric Psychologist, Board Certified Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
— The Power of Creating Structure & Routine • Penny Williams, Award-Winning Author, Self-Care & Parenting Coach
— Holistic Care for Kids with Autism • Elisa Song, MD, Integrative Pediatrician, Founder of Whole Family Wellness
— Finding Purpose: Exploring & Nurturing Your Child’s Interests • Colleen Kessler, MEd, Gifted Education Coach, Author, Speaker, and Founder of RaisingLifelongLearners.com
— Working With Your Child’s Pediatrician • Yulanda Swindell, MD, Pediatrician at the One World Center for Autism
Making Connections & Social Development
Social and communication skills are a well-known struggle for those on the autism spectrum. Learn how to strengthen the parent-child relationship, improve social skills, and navigate relationships.
— What I Wish They Knew When I Was Young… • Kim Clairy, OTR/L with Williams Miller, Licensed Occupational Therapist, Private Consultant, ASD Expert
— Language Skills: How They Cause Difficulties with Theory of Mind, Problem Solving, and More • Kathy Dow-Burger, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist/ Associate Clinical Professor, University of Maryland – College Park
— A Friend for Me: Navigating the Journey of Friendship • Rachelle Sheely, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Co-Developer of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®), and President of the RDI Connections Center
— The Importance of Making Meaningful Connections • Dr. Edward Hallowell, Board-certified Child & Adult Psychiatrist, NY Times Best-Selling Author, world-renowned speaker, and founder of The Hallowell Centers
— The Foundations of Connection and How to Teach Them • Sarah Wayland, PhD, RDI® Consultant, Parent Coach, Special Needs Care Navigator, Internationally Recognized Speaker
— Teaching Social Skills Using the PEERS® Curriculum • Caron Starobin, LCSW-C, & Jamell White, PhD, LCSW-C - Therapists and Certified PEERS® Instructors
— Helping Your Anxious Child with Social Interactions & Connections • Sharon Saline, PsyD - Clinical Psychologist
School, Work & Beyond
Many families wonder how to help their autistic child function in a neurotypical world. We’ll tackle school issues, transition strategies, college success, and employment readiness for individuals with autism.
— Working With and Improving Executive Functioning Deficits • Brendan Mahan, MEd, MS, Executive Function Consultant/ Coach, Veteran Educator
— College Supports & Preparing for Employment • Laurie Ackles, LMSW, Director of the Spectrum Support Program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Higher Education Consultant with College Autism Spectrum (CAS)
— The Intersection of Race, Autism, and Emotional Disabilities • Abila Tazanu, MD, Founder and Executive Director of the One World Center for Autism, Inc.
— How to Help Autistic People Develop Self-Advocacy Skills • Stephen Shore, Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University - Educator, Consultant and Author
— Tools & Strategies for the Classroom • Sasha Long, BCBA, MA, Behavior Analyst, Former Special Education Teacher, Founder of The Autism Helper, Inc.
— Assistive Technology to Help Students with Autism & Related Learning Challenges • Joan L. Green, MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Specialist, Author, Presenter
— Navigating Special Education When Your Child has Autism • Kristin Cook, Special Education Navigator
“I just wanted to reach out to thank you so much for putting together this summit and allowing me to participate as a parent free of charge. I have been finding the sessions so incredibly helpful and encouraging. It's eye opening and educational to understand the world of autism beyond my everyday experiences with my son, but to hear beyond from experts I wouldn't ordinarily hear from, helps me help my son. Thank you.”
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