We are writing to you about an exciting upcoming national autism conference in the U.S. upper northwest. The Seventh Annual Autism conference, Novel Autism Solutions for Practitioners, Parents, and Researchers, will be held Friday, January 25–Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. Due to popular demand, the early bird registration price has been extended through next Wednesday, December 19!
The presenters include 13 national and international experts with reputations as outstanding speakers. In addition there will be sessions devoted to submitted posters, as well as a bookstore with hundreds of autism-related titles and exhibitors who provide relevant products and services. The conference is divided into three areas over three days:
Day 1: Strategies for Promoting Autism Parent Engagement. Two workshops designed for providers and other professionals by Marjorie Charlop-Christy from the Claremont MecKenna College, and Meme Hinemann from Florida, both with years of hands-on experience working with families of children with ASDs
Day 2: Research to Practice, including Aubyn Stahmer (San Diego, Pivotal Response Training network) on evidence-based naturalistic behavioral interventions in community settings for children with autism, Glynis Murphy (Univ. of Kent, UK) on autism and the criminal justice system, Anastasia Dimitropolous on how brain imaging can inform autism intervention for subtypes in comparison with similar disabilities, Sharon Reeve on behavioral strategies for promoting generalization of social skills and play in autism, Jonathon Tarbox on teaching perspective-taking and Henry Roane on novel approaches to preventing and resolving behavioral challenges in autism.
Day 3: Practical Solutions for Parents is designed specifically to address parental concerns, with a stellar cast of speakers: Bridget Taylor on increasing independence, Cathleen Piazza (feeding problems), Mark Durand (sleep problems), Peter Gerhardt (school to adult transition), and Travis Thompson will speak on deciding among the various early intervention alternatives, and a parent panel on “What Keeps Me Awake at Night!”
It promises to be a top notch conference addressing interests of a broad audience of autism professionals, practitioners and parents. We would be grateful if you would pass along this information to others in your area that may be interested.
Thanks so much and we hope to see you in Portland.
Association for Behavior Analysis International
550 West Centre Avenue, Suite 1
Portage, MI 49024