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Our Annual Conference is Going Virtual!

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Our Annual Conference is Going Virtual!

March 19-20, 2021

The Autism Society of North Carolina will host its 2021 conference virtually, on March 19 and 20. The program includes knowledge from experts in the field on topics that span the lifespan and spectrum. The 2021 theme, Bringing Our Community Closer, reflects our belief that we can still find ways to connect and support each other, even though it’s not yet safe to gather in person. We are presenting a great program that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Speakers:

  • Geraldine Dawson, PhD, William Cleland Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development
  • Greg Hanley, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA, Founder and CEO of FTF Behavioral Consulting
  • Lisa Guy, PhD, and Lorie Ritschel, PhD, from the TEACCH Program
  • Dreama McCoy and Matt Hoskins, from the Exceptional Children’s Division at the Department of Public Instruction

 

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Friday:

Autism and ADHD: Geraldine Dawson, PhD, William Cleland Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, will present information from Duke’s NIH-funded five-year program studying connections between autism and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. An estimated 40 to 60 percent of people with ASD have ADHD.

Problem Behaviors and Picky Eating: Gregory Hanley, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA, Founder and CEO of FTF Behavioral Consulting, will provide strategies for improving social behaviors of children and adults with autism. Dr. Hanley has been working in the field for 30 years and has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters primarily focused on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of problem behavior and sleep problems, teaching strategies for developing life skills, and empirically-derived values for practitioners.

Saturday:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Lisa Guy, PhD, and Lorie Ritschel, PhD, from the TEACCH Program will present on this new program for adults (18 and up) with autism, which uses skill-focused modules designed to help individuals improve management of behavioral, emotional, and cognitive instability.

Autism and School: Dreama McCoy and Matt Hoskins, from the Exceptional Children’s Division at the Department of Public Instruction, will address navigating the special education system, implementation of best practices, and more.

Each session will allow ample time for questions from the audience. No sessions will run concurrently, so you will be able to view all the presentations.

The conference also offers virtual connection rooms, presenting an opportunity to meet other individuals, families, and professionals.

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The cost of the conference is $30 for an individual and $50 for a household. For this flat fee, you will be able to view and participate in the two days of programming, access connection rooms, and meet exhibitors. The household level allows for multiple people to participate in connection rooms at the same time.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for businesses, service providers, and others with a connection to the autism community to interact with attendees over the two days in virtual meeting rooms. To receive an exhibitor/sponsor prospectus or to learn more, please contact David Laxton at dlaxton@autismsociety-nc.org or 919-865-5063. Custom sponsorship packages are available.

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