"Autism: Planning for Success" is the theme for our 2014 Annual Conference, to be held February 21-22 at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte.
Participants will learn from expert speakers on the most current autism topics. Self-advocates, families affected by autism, and professionals in the autism field will have the opportunity to network, learn more about available resources, meet with a variety of businesses that support the autism community, shop our bookstore, and earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Online registration is open. Click here to register. Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us. This event has been sold out for the past two years!
Friday, February 21
7:30-8:45 a.m. Check-in and Exhibit Hall open
8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m. All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges
Dr. Jed Baker will present our keynote program in sessions throughout Friday. Individuals on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often have difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. Dr. Baker will describe how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of his presentation will detail strategies to motivate individuals to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills, and how to increase acceptance from peers.
5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall closes
Saturday, February 22
7:30-8:45 a.m. Check-in and Exhibit Hall open
9:00-10:30 a.m. Functional Communication Across the Spectrum, by Leica Anzaldo and Louise Southern, ASNC trainers
Communication impairments vary widely across individuals with ASD, but one feature that often underlies these challenges regardless of overall “functioning level” is the difficulty that most display in consistently initiating communication of needs, wants, and preferences. Such initiations can come in many forms, from reaching for an object, to touching an icon on an electronic device, to requesting the need for a break at work, to raising one’s hand to ask for clarification in a college classroom. Though different in form, at the heart of all of these communication behaviors is self-advocacy, the most crucial outcome we aim to achieve. This presentation is designed to support parents and professionals in using strategies and developing systems that teach the individual with ASD the power of communication.
11:00-12:30 p.m. Autism: Is There an App For That?, by Amy Perry, ASNC autism resource specialist
The lives of countless people with autism have been revolutionized by iPads and other mobile technologies, but how can you know whether an iPad is right for your child? How can you use an iPad as an effective teaching tool and prevent it from becoming a toy? Which apps work well for people with autism, and where can I find them?
1:30-2:45 p.m. Family Success: Supporting Each Other, by Kat North, LPA
3:15 p.m. Exhibit Hall closes
3:15-4:30 p.m. Living your life: Defining Success on Your Own Terms, Dave Spicer, self-advocate
“It’s been said that ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ Well, autistic folks’ lives are certainly examined by others... how can we on the autism spectrum examine our own lives in pursuit of meaning, fulfillment and whatever is meant by ‘success’?” – Dave Spicer
Dr. Jed Baker is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award-winning author of five books: Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; and No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.
Louise Southern, M.Ed., BCBA, has worked in a variety of clinical and school contexts to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past sixteen years. In her current role with ASNC, she provides direct consultation to families and delivers trainings and ongoing coaching to a variety of groups including special education teachers, adult day program staff, post-secondary educators, and early intervention clinicians. She is pursuing her PhD in curriculum and instruction at North Carolina State University with a concentration in special education.
Amy Perry, the mother of three daughters, has a 17-year-old with autism who is nonverbal and uses her iPad to communicate. Amy is an Autism Resource Specialist based in Cumberland County, and she conducts iPad workshops for parents and professionals across the state of North Carolina.
Kat North, LPA, is a psychologist at 3C Family Services in Cary, NC. She works with children and adults on the autism spectrum in both assessment and treatment; children and adults with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and behavior problems; and school and parenting consultation.
Dave Spicer was diagnosed with autism in 1994 at age 46, shortly after his son’s diagnosis. Since then, he has been examining his life with moderate diligence. This has led to opportunities to write and speak about the experience of living with autism, and the opportunities and responsibilities inherent in such a life. Dave currently serves on the ASNC Board of Directors. He lives in Asheville with his partner, Alan Robinson.