It is back to school time and for many families with children on the autism spectrum, this is a particularly difficult transition time. The Autism Conferences of America is helping families with the upcoming Arizona “Back to School” Autism/Asperger’s Conference. The conference will be held on September 17-18, 2010 at the Phoenix Convention Center and it will feature tracks on school, family, medical, social/speech, and teen/adult issues.
Rick Clemens, M.A. will be presenting the Friday morning keynote on going Back to School Without Any Neurotypical Peers…Definitely Not The Best Practice. During his keynote he will discuss the Inclusive Education Quality Program Indicator Checklist and Assessment Tool for Children with Autism. Saturday morning’s keynote, Social Thinking: How Does This Treatment Mix With Others Available by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP.
The conference features a bevy of discussions in three parallel tracks for each conference day. I won’t list them all in this post but here are a few of interest:
- Learning Social Skills & Making Friends
- The Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis
- The Emotions of Autism
- Secret Study Tips For Learning to Learn
- Collaboration Between Students, Teacher and SLP
- Mitochondrial Problems in Autism
- “Empowering Students With Autism” in Bullying Situations
- Dad’s and Mom’s Lunchtime Panels
A full two-day pass to the conference runs $180 for family members but if you act fast and register and pay for the conference by this Friday, August 27, 2010 you are eligible for the early bird registration fee of $160. For more information about the Arizona “Back to School” Autism/Asperger’s Conference call (480) 831-2047.