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Nationally known experts to discuss latest research at autism conference

Nationally known leaders in autism research will discuss the latest developments related to autism treatment at the 6th Annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference, presented by the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Gateway Center.

Parents, special educators, behavior analysts, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and other autism service providers are expected to attend the conference, which features more than 20 presentations by autism researchers and practitioners.

“The conference is unique in that it provides an avenue for parents and professionals to get together and develop knowledge and skills related to providing high-quality intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder,” said Kevin Stewart, director of outreach and training at the Kristin Farmer Autism Center.

“Parents are able to leave the conference with a renewed sense of hope that there are resources available, and autism professionals and service providers are working diligently to determine the most effective autism interventions available,” Stewart said. “They learn techniques and strategies they can implement in the home, as well as information that helps guide their pursuit of the most effective autism treatments.”

Patricia PrelockPatricia Prelock, right, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont and president of the American Speech and Hearing Association, will discuss what we know about evidence-based practices in autism intervention. She also serves as professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders and professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

Amanda BoutotAmanda Boutot, left, board certified behavior analyst and associate professor of special education at Texas State University, will speak about play-based applied behavior analysis with infants or toddlers with autism. Boutot is also the coordinator of the graduate program in autism and applied behavior analysis at Texas State University. Her research is in early identification and early intervention in autism.

Other presentation topics include:

  • Music therapy: What it is, is not, and how it can help
  • The effectiveness of token economies and level systems for individuals with challenging behaviors
  • Physical therapy for children with autism, evidence and treatment
  • Toilet training for individuals with autism
  • The use of computer-assisted instruction to teach theory of mind skills to children with autism
  • A conceptual model of service provision for individuals with autism in higher education
  • Results of the use of “SVO Power” to increase communication skills during one year: A video case study
  • Video prompting instruction: Where do I start?
  • An overview of insurance billing and autism services

Continuing education units are available through the Texas Speech and Hearing Association, the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and UNT.

Regular registration is $85 before July 31. Late registration is $95 after July 31. Registration at the event is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and is $105.

 - Ellen Rossetti, News Promotions

Posted on: Mon 14 July 2014

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