aUtisM UPDate 2012

aUtisM UPDate 2012
Registration: Registrations will be accepted by
mail only. Payment is only accepted in the form of
check, money order or credit card. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Space is limited and reservations
are accepted on a first come basis. Each afternoon
seminar is limited and preferences can only be assured by early registration. Handouts will not be
available for those not registered for a specific breakout session. The registration fee includes all conference events, meals, activities and handouts as listed
in the published conference schedule. Hotel arrangements, evening meals and incidental charges are the
responsibility of the individual.
Friday, November 2nd
The Verve, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Natick, MA
Complete the following registration form and
send your check or money order to
Children Making Strides, 4 Barlow’s Landing Rd.,
Suite 13, Pocasset, MA 02559
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address __________________________________
Phone ____________________________________
email ____________________________________
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Check off one of the following:
Parent: $95 ( )
Professional: $110 ( )
exhibitor: $125 ( )
additional Table Rep.: $75 ( )
seating in afternoon breakout session is limited.
indicate your 1st, 2nd & 3rd choices. sessions are
assigned on a first come basis.
For questions email:
[email protected]
Pat Antonellis, Children Making Strides
Lisa Borges, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
Dr. Nora Friedman, Massachusetts General Hospital
This session will focus on the implications in light of
the changes in the DSM IV criteria for the diagnosis of
Autism scheduled to take effect in 2013.
The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning
Sue Constable, M.A.
This session will cover the tenets and the importance of
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL teaches the skills
everyone needs to effectively control ourselves, handle
relationships and manage school and/or work demands.
These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions,
developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling
challenging situations constructively and ethically.
They are the skills that allow children and youth to calm
themselves when anxious, frustrated or angry, make friends,
resolve conflicts respectfully, and make ethical and safe
choices. Effective, practical supports and strategies to teach
SEL will also be covered in this session.
Session II: Bullying, The New Musical
CarolAnn Edscorn
There is nothing humorous about bullying. Federal, state
and local policies are in place but have little effect on
making life safer for youth—and adults. In schools, bullying occurs on average in less than 7 seconds. In a recent
study, 45% of parents reported that their child had been
bullied in the previous school year. CarolAnn will develop
a working definition of bullying, share personal strategies
she uses in school and in the workplace, and discuss ideas
for advocacy.
Mass Advocates for Children
Has your child been bullied? Has the school addressed
the bullying to your satisfaction? Understand the law
requiring schools to create a safe and supportive environment and how to address the problem via your child’s IEP.
An actual case will be reviewed and analyzed.
Laurie Flutie
Jesse Saperstein
Jesse A. Saperstein is a best-selling author, autism
advocate, and motivational speaker. He is considered
one of the most respected leaders in the Anti-Bullying
movement of his generation. Jesse also has a form of
autism called Asperger’s syndrome. Jesse explains how
the “negative” symptoms of Asperger’s may also serve
as incredible assets if we redefine the way we look at
them. He teaches you the skills to “look at yourself in
the mirror” and give yourself the mercy that may not
always come from someone else. Jesse also discusses
the misconceptions about bullying and misunderstood
This session will update participants on all of the new
initiatives and changes in the autism field over the past
year. Topics will include updates on health insurance
coverage, legislative initiatives, advocacy and education.
Session I:
“From Pictures to Technology: iPads and More”
Jennifer Leighton, M.A., CCC-SLP
Meg Belsito, M.Ed.
This presentation will discuss different types of technology
available with a focus on different uses of iPad apps. The
pros and cons with regard to their use as a communication
device as well as for their use as support strategies (i.e., for
social stories, video modeling, as a motivating teaching tool
for literacy, math, social skills, writing, drawing, for increasing
independence and success in a work environment) will be
discussed. A number of different apps will be demonstrated
and resources for researching and locating additional apps
will be provided. This session will also address how one
public school system has implemented an iPad program for
a number of their students with autism and the benefits and
challenges they face with new technology.