Friday, March 22
Dr. Patrick Friman “Anxiety and Sleep: Addressing Life’s Challenges” Dr. Friman is Director of Clinical Services at Boys Town and Vice President of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine.
Dr. David Mandell “Best Practices in the Real World” Dr. Mandell will explain how to implement evidence-based practices and get buy-in at school, in the community, and at home, as well as what to do when interventions don’t work. Dr. Mandell is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Mental Health Policy at Penn and Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Saturday, March 23
Dr. John Spiro “From Genes to Biology: What We Know and Why It Matters” Dr. Spiro is the Deputy Scientific Director of SFARI at the Simons Foundation. He will update attendees about the importance of recent discoveries in genetics and ongoing research efforts.
Morning concurrent workshops:
Adulthood: Resources and Opportunities: What resources and supports are available for adults and those transitioning to adulthood? How should families and individuals prepare for and navigate waivers, vocational rehabilitation, employment, and supported living? Learn more and get answers to your questions from our panel.
Let’s Play! Getting Kids with Autism Engaged: Interactive play is an important skill, and the ASNC Clinical team will provide practical strategies for parents, teachers, and caregivers to teach play skills and shared attention. Attendees will leave with techniques that can be used at home, school, and beyond.
Afternoon concurrent workshops are:
Gut Issues in Autism: Stomach and digestive issues not only affect health but can also contribute to behavioral challenges. Learn what to be concerned about and how to better communicate with health-care providers about this important topic.
Relationships and Resilience: The Importance of Self-Care: Managing stress is hard. But if it is not managed, it can cause health issues and affect relationships with families, co-workers, and friends. Learn strategies that will enable you to take time for yourself and help your loved one.
Closing Keynote: The final keynote session will be a panel discussion on assistive technology with autism self-advocates and parents. They will share the high- and low-tech solutions that are all around us and can improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and families.