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2020 Conference Schedule

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8:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Luncheon and Exhibit Fair Grande Ballroom

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Speaker

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Keynote

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Key Note

9:00 - 10:15 am

Introduction, Autism Hero Award 

Addressing Problem Behaviors so Belonging is Possible
*BCBA CEs

Greg Hanley, PhD, BCBA-D

Room: Grande Ballroom

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Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:30 - 11:30 am

Promoting Language and Communication
*BCBA CEs

Caleb Stanley, PhD, BCBA-D
Jennifer Call, BCBA 

Room: Centre Stage

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Autism Marathon Training: A Panel

Karen Fairchild, LCSW

Room: SC 206 A, B, C

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Severe Behavior Panel

Calleen Kenney

Room: SC 213 B

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Encouraging Self-Determination & Connection for Adulthood

Jared Stewart

 

Room: Ragan Theater

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Luncheon and Exhibit Fair - Grande Ballroom 

11:30 - 12:30 pm

                            Lunch and Autism Resources of Utah County Council Awards

Plenary Speaker

12:30 - 1:30 pm

                           The Ache of Your Absence: Creating Communities of Belonging for Everyone

                               Erik Carter, PhD

 

Room: Grande Ballroom

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Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

1:45 - 2:45 pm

Are We There Yet?

Tricia Nelson

Room: Centre Stage

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 Preparing for Independent Living

Kari Bushman
Lavinia Gripentrog

Room: SC 206 A, B, C

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Behavior Analytic Strategies for Improving Variability in Verbal and Play Behavio in Young Children with ASD

Tom Higbee, PhD, BCBA-D

Room: SC 213  B

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Best Practices for Autism Treatment
*BCBA CEs

Jane Carlson, PhD, BCBA-D

 

Room: Ragan Theater

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How do you know what treatments can improve difficulties associated with an autism spectrum diagnosis? How do you determine if the services being received meet the professional standards? Learn more about what types of treatments have been recognized as evidence based, and how to find those qualified to provide them.

About Dr. Carlson
Dr. Jane Carlson Dr. Carlson is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than 35 years of experience working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Carlson began her career as a special education teacher and received her PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Dr. Carlson has held leadership roles at a number of programs serving individuals with ASD, including, The Groden Center in Providence, RI, and The May Institute in Randolph, MA. She served as an expert panelist on the National Standards Project, a review of evidence-based practices in the treatment of autism, produced by the National Autism Center.  She served as Education Director of the Autism Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has served as Director of the Autism Inclusion Project at the Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown, NY, providing technical assistance and training to public schools to build capacity to serve students with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Carlson is currently Director of the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism as well as Assistant Professor and Verified Course Sequence Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program. She also serves as the President Elect of UtABA.  Dr. Carlson has presented her work at national and international conferences and her publications have been translated for international audiences.

Break 

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Building a Community of Belonging

Wendy Hair

Room: Centre Stage

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Employment

Mike Smith, BCBA

Room: SC 206 A,B,C

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Establishing Social Relationships During School Years
*BCBA CEs

Wes Dotson, PhD, BCBA-D

Room: Grande Ballroom

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Social relationships develop over time and involve a variety of different skill sets.  Learn what skills develop over time, and how to foster increased relationships for those with autism spectrum disorders during the school years.

Lights, Sirens & Jumping Out of Trees: Anxiety, Depression & Suicidein Autism

Dr. Mikle South, PhD

 

Room: Ragan Theater

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 Children and adults with autism are often overlooked for diagnosis and treatment of associated mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD. There is a long history of mental health professionals telling adults with autism how to think about their mental health. We've tried to flip this on its head: integrating cutting-edge research with first-person perspectives, how an adult with autism inform broad understanding of their mental health needs.

 Mental Health Concerns in Autism Anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns occur very often alongside autism, and significantly disrupt quality of life including well-being and success in relationships and school/work settings. However, mental health in autism is traditionally viewed from a framework that doesn't include thinking about how mental health experience is unique in autism. We conduct research using a variety of methods ranging from surveys to neuroimaging and important to interviews with people with autism about their own experience. We strive to conduct clinically-informed research that is also informative for helping adults with autism and those who are close to them to better understand the hows and whys of mental health difficulties. The takeaways from our presentation are: listen to people with autism, and believe them; don't insist on making your frameworks fit onto the people you are seeing; and think about how some unique things that are common in autism can help you (clinician, teacher, family, individual) better understand mental health challenges and support them more effectively. This presentation represents dissemination of knowledge to benefit the whole community. The presentation is organized around themes of anxiety and autism; depression and autism; suicide and autism; gender identity and autism; and how better understanding of these topics can inform better support and help.

Call for Proposals

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism is pleased to present the 10th annualUVU Autism Conference on April 13, 2020. Our theme this year is, Community of Belonging.

Presentations should include the following components:

  • Interest to the Autism Community
  • Relevance to the theme: Increasing Hope, Inclusion and Support through Best Practices
  • Connection to Evidence Based Approaches
  • Presenter is Reputable and Engaging

Our audience includes:

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

We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2020 conference. 

Contact laurie.bowen@uvu.edu by email or phone 801-863-8759 with questions.