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Autism Conference 2022

This Conference is Beneficial For:

  • Individuals with autism
  • Families and the Community
  • Educators
  • Professionals

We are excited you will be a part of our annual Autism Conference this year. Thank you for joining us, as we learn together best practice approaches to build a community of belonging.

This is a year of firsts. It is the first Hybrid conference for us. It is the first year we are using a new CEU management program. It is the first time we’ve had a face-to-face option since 2019. Thank you in advance for your patience as we all take these first steps together. We intend for the experience to be positive, impactful and uplifting. Below you will find instructions and directions to assist with your conference experience.

Whova- Whether you are participating in person or virtually, you will have access to Whova, our conference software program this year. You should be receiving an email from them to follow up on setting up an account. This will provide you with the conference schedule and new ways to connect with our registrants. We encourage you to sign up now so you can become familiar with the components before the conference on Friday.

CEUs will be managed through CEU helper. CEU Helper | If you are seeking a Certificate of Attendance, Social Work or BCBA CEUs you will need to register through CEU Helper. The directions are included at the end of this email. In order to receive CEUs you will need to scan the QR code located at the back of each classroom at the beginning and ending of each session you attend. If you run into problems at the conference, you can check in with the front desk for assistance.

Location- The Conference will take place in person in the Sorensen Student Center. The first session starts at 9:00 A.M. You can start checking in at 8:00 A.M.

Parking- Free parking is available in the Parking Garage located next to the Wellness Center. The top three levels have been reserved for the Conference guests. Once parked, we recommend entering the Wellness Center at level 2, and following the signs towards the Sorensen Student Center and Grande Ballroom. (directions to the garage)

Lunch- A boxed lunch will be provided from 11:30 to 12:30. There are also food options available in the food court if you’d prefer purchasing something different than what is offered.

Session Content- Some presenters have handouts and slide decks to share. You can find this content under the speaker’s name on our website and on Whova.

CEUHelper Instructions

Will you be attending a conference using CEUHelper? Follow the steps below to get ready to collect CEUs with CEUHelper.

Step 1: Create An Account

You can also create an account and login directly in the app.

Create an Account

Step 1B: Alternative Options

Some people may not have a smart phone or may not want to use CEUHelper to collect CEUs. If this is the case, please ask your conference administrators for alternative instructions. You can usually stop by the CEU or registration desk at the conference to obtain a badge or sign in packet.

Temp Login?

Did you receive a badge with an QR code and number? If so, you can login and view your CEUs at https://ceuhelper.com/login. Under Temporary User, choose your conference, then enter your email and badge number.

Step 2: Get The AppDownload the app on your phone

Open and use the app for most of the features.

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Step 3: Watch The Tutorial

Watch the latest video tutorial for more information on using the app.

Watch Tutorial

Note: Make sure to update to the most recent version if you have CEUHelper from a previous conference. You can update through your devices app store.

Need Help?

Contact us at support@ceuhelper.com

Other Important Info

  • Add support@ceuhelper.com to your list of trusted emails on your email account so you don't miss important announcements.
  • Join the Conference" in the app at home or work. Joining and leaving a conference requires an internet connection.
  • The app will work offline for most features once you join the conference.
  • CEUHelper nor the conference are responsible for providing wifi or reimbursing data charges. Data rates may apply while using CEUHelper.
  • You do not need to leave the app open during your conference. Just open the app when you need to check in or out of an event.
  • If your device runs out of battery and you can no longer collect CEUs with the app, please stop by the registration or CEU desk for an alternative option.
  • If you are having trouble, please contact support.

Keynote Speaker for March 4th: Amy Gravino

Amy Gravino

Amy Gravino, M.A., is an autism sexuality advocate and Relationship Coach in the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University. She is also the President of A.S.C.O.T Consulting, which offers autism consulting, college coaching, and mentoring services for organizations, schools, individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Amy is an international speaker who has given TED talks, spoken twice at the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day, and presented worldwide to audiences on a variety of topics related to autism, with a dedicated special focus and research on the subject of autism and sexuality. Ms. Gravino obtained her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University in 2010 and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Specialisterne USA, Yes She Can, Inc. and the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research (SPARK). She is an award-winning writer whose work has been featured in Spectrum, the leading online news source for autism research, Reader’s Digest, special education textbooks, and other outlets. Visit www.amygravino.com to learn more.

 

Topic:

Entering Into Adulthood with Autism:

Description: "Autism is defined as a lifelong developmental disability that affects communication, social skills, and behavior, yet the image of autism that we see both in the medical community and popular culture tends to be almost entirely of children. By painting autism as something that only happens in childhood, we overlook and ignore a simple yet incredibly important truth: That autistic children grow up and become autistic adults. This presentation interweaves the limited knowledge that we have of autism in adulthood with one young woman’s personal story, and the journey her parents and she embarked on after she received the diagnosis of autism at age 11. Strategies for fostering interdependence in individuals on the spectrum will be discussed, as well as ideas for talking about and planning the future with, rather than for, your autistic children and clients."

Please join us for a pre-conference all day workshop with Mark Dixon on PEAK Relational Training on March 3, 2021

Mark Dixon

Dr. Dixon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctorate and a clinical professor at the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois - Chicago. Dr. Dixon has published 12 books, over 230 peer reviewed journal articles, and delivered 1000s of presentations around the globe. His research and/or expert opinions have been featured in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Public Radio, This American Life, and Netflix’s series Bill Nye Saves the World. Dr. Dixon cares for individuals and their families impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities through his innovative research that guides practice. He has generated millions of dollars of funding to infuse behavior analysis within local schools and treatment facilities and created multiple clinics for persons diagnosed with autism and related conditions.

 

Workshop Description:

PEAK is a contemporary, evidence-based language training curriculum. PEAK has been extensively researched and is clinically versatile. The PEAK Relational Training System is an evaluation and curriculum guide for teaching basic and advanced language skills from a contemporary behavior analytic approach.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is well known for its functional and effective approach to teaching language skills, often referred to as Verbal Behavior Therapy (VB). However, an exclusive VB approach may fail to develop a complete verbal repertoire. Learning mands, tacts, and intraverbals are a great foundation for language but there is much more complexity to human language. Traditional ABA targets very limited verbal skills that are often inflexible and lacking in generativity and the abstract symbolism that typifies conversational language. Additionally, few current VB approaches are equipped to evaluate or teach children the relational and complex repertoires needed to respond to their world with meaning and understanding.

While traditional VB focuses on direct instruction and stimulus generalization (the process of learning to respond to similar stimuli as those that were taught), the PEAK system takes language learning a step further and includes prerequisite training for equivalence and relational learning that allows for derived responding. Derived responding, or learning through relations between stimuli without needing to be directly taught, is a process that is at the heart of human language and responsible for our ability to readily interpret novel expressions and understand the meaning of words.

Conference Sponsors

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