U.S. Autism & Asperger Association Conference – October 2010

The U.S. Autism & Asperger Association’s (USAAA) 2010 annual conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri from October 1-3. The theme for this year’s conference is “Autism Education and Treatment: A Road to Wellness” and will feature some of the world’s leading autism experts. The keynote address at the USAAA 5th Annual World Conference will feature four of these experts: Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. Stephen Shore, and Areva D. Martin, Esq.

This year USAAA is doing something a bit different with their autism conference format – the event will feature nine panel workshops in non-concurrent sessions. So now instead of trying to figure out which presentation you want to attend at 9:15, there is only one to choose from. You won’t be missing out on something pertinent in another session and you won’t forget where you’re planning on attending next. This is something new for autism conferences and it will be interesting to see how successful it ends up being. As a past autism conference attendee, I can assure you that deciding between two phenomenal presentations at the same time is extremely difficult.

Following is the schedule of panel discussions

Friday, October 1, 2010
9:00 am – 10:00 am
How Much of Autism Can Be Explained By Chronic Active Biological Processes? Martha Herbert, MD, PhD

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
“Current Status of Research and Strategies for the Future” Panel Workshop
Panelists: John Constantino, MD, David Geier, Mark Geier, MD, PhD, Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, Stephen Kanne, PhD

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
“Medical/Biomedical Cutting Edge Interventions and Treatments” Panel Workshop
Panelists: Amy Davis, MD, Phillip C. Demio, MD, Mark Geier, MD, PhD, Martha Herbert, MD, PhD

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome – Marlo Payne Thurman, MS

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Elijah’s Cup: Raising My Autistic Son, Our Involvement Together in the Advocacy Community, and My Own Ultimate Diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome – Valerie Paradiz, PhD

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome” Panel Workshop – Panelists: Valerie Paradiz, PhD, Marlo Payne Thurman, MS

Saturday, October 2, 2010
9:00 am – 10:00 am
My experiences with Learning, Language, Sensory problems and Visual Thinking – Temple Grandin, PhD

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
“Self Advocacy – Experiences, Perspectives, and Challenges” Panel Workshop – Panelists: Temple Grandin, PhD, Aaron Likens, Michael McManmon, PhD, Valerie Paradiz, PhD, Stephen Shore, EdD

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Examining Promising Approaches for Educating Children with Autism to Lead Fulfilling and Productive Lives – Stephen Shore, EdD

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
“Behavioral/Developmental Approaches” Panel Workshop – Panelists: Tom Bohager, John Guercio, PhD, James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA, Jessica Royer, Stephen Shore, EdD, Todd Streff

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
“Support Services” Panel Workshop – Panelists: Tec Chapman, Michael McManmon, PhD, Vonda Murphy, Ann Schad, Shannon Shelley

Sunday, October 3, 2010
8:30 am – 9:30 am
“Sibling Panel Discussion”™ – Siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions.

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Seven Principles of Advocacy: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism – Areva D. Martin, Esq

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
“Adjunct Therapies” Panel Workshop – Panelists: Dan Copes, Elaine Hall, Cheryl Klohr, Jenie Nowak, Ruth Ann Rehfeldt

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
“Bringing it all together, Parent and Practitioner” Panel Workshop – Panelists: Phillip C. Demio, MD, Jason Eden, Kristin Selby Gonzalez, John Guerico, PhD, Elaine Hall, Areva Martin, Esq.

To register for the USAAA 5th Annual World Conference call (866) 208-0207.

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