Program

Keynote Speakers

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Carol M. Schall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Special Education and Disability Policy
Director, Virginia Autism Resource Center
Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Carol Schall is the Co-Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence, the Director of the Virginia Autism Resource Center, and the Principal Investigator in the development of the Community Based Functional Skills Assessment for Transition Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a grant funded by Autism Speaks. She has over 30 years’ experience supporting adolescents and adults with ASD as a teacher, administrator, researcher, and consultant. Dr. Schall is also the co-developer and research coordinator for Project SEARCH Plus ASD Supports. Additionally, Dr. Schall has consulted nationally and internationally on issues related to adolescents and young adults with ASD.

 

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Pamela Rollins, MS, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas
School of Behavior and Brain Sciences
Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Dr. Rollins is an Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders program within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She conducts research in developmental pragmatics, early social communication and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Current projects focus on (1) developing research efficacy for a parent-mediated intervention for toddlers with ASD that meets the service delivery model of Texas IDEA Part C (i.e., early intervention); and (2) understanding the effects of robot-mediated intervention on social interaction and communication in children with ASD. She was also lead author for the Robots4Autism social and emotional skills curriculum. Dr. Rollins earned her doctorates from Harvard University and has been the director of the Social Communication laboratory at UTD since 1994. For more information, visit https://www.utdallas.edu/bbs/socialcommunicationlab/.

 

Thursday, June 28

8:30 – 10:00

Keynote:
Pathways to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with ASD
Dr. Carol Schall, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
SESSION MATERIAL

Rooms EFGH
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS - TSHA: 2018050366

For most individuals with ASD, adulthood represents a time of worry with few future options for employment (Wehman, Schall, Carr, Targett, et al., 2014). Adults with autism are unemployed and underemployed at higher rates than other similar disability groups (Howlin et al., 2013; Newman et al., 2011; Roux et al., 2013; Schall et al., 2014; Shattuck et al., 2011). Further, families, individuals with ASD, professionals, and educators are unclear about their future with limited employment options (Holwerda et al., 2012, Schall et al., 2013, 2014; Shogren and Plotner, 2012; Watson et al., 2013; Wehman, Schall, Carr, et al., 2014). This situation is likely to grow in intensity due to the increasing prevalence of ASD, few intervention studies have addressed this tremendous treatment need (Buescher et al., 2014; Hansen et al., 2015).

Our research over the past 7 years indicates that, with the proper supports, adults with ASD are able to work in Competitive Integrated Employment and earn a wage commensurate with their peers without disabilities. In this session, I will present the research on the pathways to employment that have been associated with successful employment outcomes for adults with ASD.  This research has been mainly generated by our research group and has represented both randomized clinical trials of school to employment transition models as well as field based research of practitioners who have provided ongoing supported employment to adults with ASD.  In this session, I will discuss studies that explore the impact of Project SEARCH, Supported Employment, and Customized Employment on employment outcomes (Schall, Wehman, et al., 2015; Wehman, Schall, Carr, Targett, et al., 2014; Wehman, Brooke, et al., 2016; Wehman, Schall, Graham, et al. 2016). The results of this research indicate that individuals with ASD across the spectrum are capable of acquiring and maintaining successful competitive integrated employment.

10:30 – 11:45

Joint Attention in Early Social Communication: Behavior Measures and Critical Elements
Jessica Blume, MS, CCC-SLP
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon F-H
CEUs: All except BCBA,  Audiologist, SLP
EIS: 18-035b

Behavioral Artistry: TheFuture of Effective ABA Programming for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kevin Callahan, Ph.D.
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon D
CEUs: All except EIS
TSHS: 2018050433

 

The Can’t, Won’t Conundrum: Examining the Role of Executive Functioning Deficits in Autism
Curt Johnson, Ed.S, LSSP, NCSP
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon E
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 3018050434

1:30 - 2:45

A Whole-Body Perspective: Setting Events and Behavior in Children and Adults with ASD
Amy Foxman, M.Ed., BCBA
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon F-H
CEUs: All except EIS
TSHA: 2018050435

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) for Parents Who Have a Child with Autism
Stephanie Sokolosky,
Ed.D, BCBA-D, LSSP, LPA, MPS

SESSION MATERIAL

Salon D
CEUs: All except Audiologist, SLP
EIS: 18-035c

Auditory Processing Training Model for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lauren Mathews, M.S., CCC/SLP
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon E
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 2018050437

3:15 - 4:30

The Affinity Online Adventure Game. The first video game designed to help players make a friend in the real world.
Kraig Robson, MBA
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon F-H
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 2018060522

Calming Down: The Role of the Nervous System and Emotional Regulation in Successful Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Amanda Tami, MA, BCBA, LPC
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon D
CEUs: All except BCBA
EIS: 18-035d
TSHA: 2018050439

 

5:30 - 7:00

Poster Presentations and Networking Event

Join us in Salon ABC for our Poster Presentation and Networking Event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served courtesy of the Crowne Plaza. Poster Presentations include:

Lindsey Balderaz, Ph.D.
Efficacy of Interventions for Adults with ASD: A Meta-analysis

Jonathan Castillo, MD, MPH, FAAP
Co-occurrence of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Spina Bifida in a Longitudinal, Population-Based Birth Cohort

Patricia Fingerhut, OTR/L, Ph.D.
Changes in Life Participation for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders from Infancy through Adolescence

Claudia Hilton, Ph.D., MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA
How Does Leisure Participation in Autism Spectrum Disorders Change from Childhood through Adolescence

Maja Katusic, MD
Intellectual Ability in Research-Identified Cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder - A Longitudinal Population-Based Birth Cohort

Tracie B. Mann, Ph.D., BCBA
Using behavioral skills training to teach adolescents with developmental disabilities interview skills

Kathryn K. Ostermaier, MD, FAAP
Co-occurrence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Down Syndrome

Mary Abbe Roe:
Data-Driven Subtyping of Children with Autism

Robert G. Voight, MD
Male-to-Female Ratio Among Incident Cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Longitudinal Population-Based Birth Cohort: Discrepancy Between Research-Identified and Clinically Diagnosed Individuals

 

Friday, June 29

8:30 – 10:00

Keynote:
Pathways to Developing Early Social Skills in Toddlers with ASD
Dr. Pamela Rollins, MS, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders
SESSION MATERIAL

Rooms EFGH
CEUs: All except BCBA - EIS: 18-035a,TSHA: 2018050459

Children on the autism spectrum have extraordinary problems with joint attention and social communication even in the face of seemingly more formal language such as vocabulary and grammar. The disassociation between social communication and language often leads parents, teachers and therapists to overestimate the abilities of children with ASD. Dr. Pamela Rollins will review her research on the early foundational social experiences which are precursors to social understanding and language development. In addition, she will present results from a 12-week randomized control trail of Pathways parent-mediated intervention for toddlers with ASD.  The Pathways approach facilitates the prerequisite skills necessary to be a social partner and use language for true social communication.

10:30 – 11:45

Transforming Parent-Practitioner Collaboration for the Education of Children with Autism through Mixed-Reality Intervention
Hsuying Ward, Ph.D.
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon F-H
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 2018050460

Using Humanoid Robots to Foster Social Engagement & Conversation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Pamela Rollins, MS, Ed.D, CCC-SLP
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon D
CEUs: All except BCBA, EIS, Audiologist and SLP

Does Physical Exercise Contribute to Academic Performance among Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Claudia Hilton, Ph.D., MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon E
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHS: 2018050462

1:30 - 2:45

Early Play Behaviors in Infants at Risk for Autism
Joanne Flanagan, OTR, Sc.D.
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon F-H
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 2018050463

College Students with Autism Speak Out About Their Needs for Support in College: Outcomes from the CASE Program at Texas Tech University’s Burkhart Center
DeAnn Lechtenberger, Ph.D.
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon D
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 2018050467

Toddlers and Autism- What Do We Do When What We Know Is Just Not Working?: A Practice to Research Parent Training Program Developed for IDEA Part C Programs
Michelle Campbell, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA
SESSION MATERIAL 1
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Salon E
CEUs: All
EIS:  18-035
TSHA: 2018050468

3:15 - 4:30

(R)evolutionary Training for Teachers/Paraprofessionals who Teach Students with Autism
Alonzo Andrews, MA, BCBA
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon F-H
CEUs: All except EIS
TSHA: 2018050470

Thinking Upstream: Early Action for Suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders in Primary Care
Jayne Jennings Dunlap, MSN, FNP-C
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon D
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 2018050471

Missing Girls: Identifying and Treating Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Katherine Bellone Mount, Ph.D., BCBA
SESSION MATERIAL

Salon E
CEUs: All except BCBA and EIS
TSHA: 2018050472