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July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania

Conference Archive 2008

Video Recording

The following sessions are available for viewing.

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1. Opening Keynote: Eustacia Cutler (Archive)

2. Autism Research Update 2008, Duane Alexander (Archive)

3. Updates on PA's Efforts to Provide Supports to Learners with ASD, John Tommasini (Archive)

4. An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

13. Comprehensive Autism Assessment for Intervention Planning
(Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

19. Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Siblings of Children with Autism: Part 1 | Part 2)

24. The Instructional Environment and Visual Strategies
(Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

39. Elements of Effective Instruction for Learners with ASD
(Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

45. Growing Up With Autism: Brothers and Sisters Speak Out
(Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

50. Curriculum Considerations (Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

63. Strategies for Successful Inclusion (Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

74. Preparing for Smooth Transitions (Archive: Part 1 | Part 2)

89. Creating Partnerships with Families (Archive)

101. I am a Student with Autism (Archive)

Presentaions Handouts and Audio recording of some of the sessions
OPENING KEYNOTE
1. RAISING A CHILD WITH AUTISM: PERSONAL AND HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS
Eustacia Cutler

Eustacia Cutler will share personal experiences and the social/historical context of raising Temple Grandin.

2. AUTISM RESEARCH 2008
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Duane Alexander

Highlights of current National Institutes of Health efforts in autism research and its progress will be discussed.

3. UPDATES ON PENNSYLVANIA'S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE SUPPORTS AND SERVICES TO LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
John Tommasini
4. AN INTRODUCTION TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Shelly Russin and Kelly McAndrew
Defining features and characteristics of autism spectrum disorders will be presented, with an introduction to effective practices and strategies.
7. BEHAVIOR ANALYTIC RESEARCH IN THE TREATMENT OF AUTISM
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
David Celiberti
An overview of the state of research in autism that evaluates behavior analytic and non–behavior analytic treatments will be presented, with an emphasis on considerations for future research in applied settings.
8. MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS OF AUTISM AND THE AUTISM TREATMENT NETWORK SITE IN PITTSBURGH
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
Nancy Minshew
This session will discuss the major differences in thinking and social-emotional development between persons with autism and typically developing peers.
9. ADVANCES IN UNDERSTANDING AND TREATING SENSORY SYMPTOMS IN AUTISM
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
Roseann Schaaf
An update on research on the causes, manifestations, and interventions for sensory processing disorders in autism will be presented.
11. NATIONAL STANDARDS REPORT: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE AND AUTISM
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Susan Wilczynski
A model of evidence-based practice endorsed in the National Standards Report will be discussed.
12. POSTSECONDARY JOURNEYS: RESEARCHING COLLEGE TRANSITION AND SUPPORT FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM STUDENTS (BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Scott Robertson

This session will examine the research—including ongoing dissertation research—on supporting students with autism spectrum disorders transitioning to and attending a college/university.

13. COMPREHENSIVE AUTISM ASSESSMENT FOR INTERVENTION PLANNING
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Mike Miklos and Dan Thompson
This session will review a planning tool for teams to use when completing comprehensive skill assessments and directly linking assessment results to intervention planning.
14. SUPERVISING AUTISTIC SUPPORT PROGRAMS: LESSONS LEARNED
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
Mary Beth Urban, Patrick Moore, Arlene Moll, Eric Bostick

This session will provide information on aspects of both leadership and management of early intervention and school-age programs for students with autism.

16. ASPERGER SYNDROME: STRATEGIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Teresa Bolick

This session will provide strategies that support and teach adaptive self-regulation and social-emotional competence in young children with Asperger syndrome.

18. THE ROLE OF THE PHYSICIAN IN THE ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
Michael Fueyo and Sailaja Musunuri
The presenters will discuss the physician’s role in the assessment and treatment of medical problems and co-existing psychiatric issues, including the appropriate use of psychotropic medications.
19. UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF SIBLINGS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
David Celiberti
An overview of some common challenges that confront siblings of children with autism and related disorders will be presented. Topics will include parent-sibling communication, siblings’ understanding of autism, play and social interactions, peer issues, and balanced parenting.
20. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TO PROMOTE PARTICIPATION OF LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Jane Case-Smith
This session will describe researched interventions applied by occupational therapists to promote functional independence of children with autism.
21. COMMUNICATION BEFORE LANGUAGE: PRELINGUISTIC MILIEU TEACHING
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Paul Yoder
This session will present an introduction to how to implement a treatment method that teaches young children with autism to use gestures, vocalizations, and gaze to communicate requests and comments.
22. STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL INCLUSION OF LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Sheila Wagner
Strategies for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders in general education classes will be described.
23. TRANSITION TO WORK AND ADULT LIFE
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Carol Schall
This session will explore essential, person-centered program components and curriculum adjustments needed to support persons with autism in middle school, high school, and higher education, and in adult service agencies.
24. THE INSTRUCTIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND VISUAL STRATEGIES
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Carol Hollis and Julie Harman
This session will provide an overview of how to incorporate visual strategies and environmental structure to effectively support learners with autism spectrum disorders across environments.
25. DISTRICT AUTISTIC SUPPORT SERVICES: KEY ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROGRAM PLANNING FACTORS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Rick Balukas, Teresa Montanaro, Jennifer Gregory, Jean Ruttenberg, Maura Erwin, Donna Salkin
This session will address key planning factors in the design, development, and implementation of a comprehensive suburban school district program for students with autism. Representative personnel who assisted in the development of the program will give an opportunity for questions and discussion.
26. JOINT ATTENTION INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Emily Jones
Empirically demonstrated strategies to address joint attention deficits in young children with autism will be presented.
27. ASPERGER SYNDROME: STRATEGIES FOR ADOLESCENTS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Teresa Bolick
This session will provide strategies that support and teach adaptive self-regulation and social-emotional competence in adolescents with Asperger syndrome.
30. PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR SENSORY PROCESSING CHALLENGES IN SCHOOL AND HOME
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Kristie Koenig
This session will present practical, evidenced-based strategies that address sensory processing and motor planning challenges and help persons with autism spectrum disorders function in multiple environments.
35. A NEW GENERATION OF VERBAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION: THE VB-MAPP
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Mark Sundberg
The evolution of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior will be presented, with an update on its application using the VB-MAPP.
36. BECOMING VERBAL WITH CHILDHOOD APRAXIA
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
Pam Marshalla
Techniques to help young children produce more sounds and words, interact in dialogue, and imitate speech will be provided.
38. BUREAU OF AUTISM SERVICES, PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE: INITIATIVES UPDATE
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Nina Wall-Cote

An update on the Bureau of Autism Services initiatives and future plans will be presented. Bureau staff will be on hand to answer questions.

39. KEY ELEMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Natalie Krebs and Karen Newton

This session will discuss the application of effective research-based instructional practices by identifying key components of effective instruction and understanding principles of applied behavior analysis.

40. SYSTEMS SUPPORT FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF CLM: SUSTAINING THE CHANGE
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Anne Katona and panel
This session will follow up on the discussion concerning the implementation and expansion of the Competent Learner Model in Intermediate Unit 17.
42. ASPERGER SYNDROME AND BULLYING: STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Nick Dubin
This session will address the reasons why children with Asperger syndrome are often targeted for peer abuse and what can be done to prevent bullying.
43. SEVERE BEHAVIOR DISORDERS: CURRENT ISSUES IN ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Brian Iwata

Current research on the refinement of functional analysis methods and intervention strategies will be reviewed.

44. IDENTIFICATION OF CO-MORBID MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
John McGonigle
This session will give an overview of the mental health aspects of autism spectrum disorders, including diagnosis and treatment of common simultaneous psychiatric disorders.
45. GROWING UP WITH AUTISM: BROTHERS AND SISTERS SPEAK OUT
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Beth Glasberg-Katz, Rachel Brooks, Susan Draus, Lori Robertson, Hillary Freeman, Zoe Mintz, Marissa Tabak
This panel will describe their various experiences with siblings of individuals with autism and recommend strategies for achieving best outcomes.
46. SEXUALITY AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION FOR PERSONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Lisa Mitchell

This session will discuss how to best address sexuality issues and provide education and support for persons of all ages with autism spectrum disorders.

47. INCORPORATING SOCIAL GOALS IN THE CLASSROOM
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Rebecca Moyes
This session will present IEP social skills goals and lesson plan ideas for individual and group instruction for children with autism spectrum disorders.
48. PEER SUPPORT INTERVENTIONS TO PROMOTE GENERAL EDUCATION ACCESS AND FRIENDSHIPS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Erik Carter
This session will present an effective alternative to one-on-one paraprofessionals for promoting learning and social interactions for students in inclusive classrooms.
49. EFFECTIVE SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Gwen Davis and Ian Paregol
Strategies for real-life transition through adulthood, with emphasis on supported employment, will be presented.
50. CURRICULUM CONSIDERATIONS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Michelle Lubetsky and Joncine Willis
With so many materials available, which products really make a difference for students with autism spectrum disorders? This session will explore supplemental curricula and supporting materials that demonstrate effective outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders.
51. THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM IN THE WORKPLACE
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Jacque Murray

This session will discuss strategies for preparing students with autism spectrum disorders to successfully navigate the workplace and for helping employers support these workers.

52. ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF BEHAVIOR MAINTAINED BY NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Jose Martinez-Diaz

This session will explore the role of motivating operations and discriminative stimuli in the assessment and treatment of behavior maintained by negative social reinforcement.

54. KEY CONTINGENCIES FOR DEVELOPING LEARNER PARTICIPATION VERSUS COMPLIANCE
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Vicci Tucci
Key ABA contingencies will be illustrated to shift the focus from training compliance to developing the learner’s participation in instructional conditions.
55. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Martin Lubetsky
Medication management of symptoms in autism spectrum disorders will be reviewed. Co-occurring mental health symptoms and treatment will be discussed.
60. ASPERGER SYNDROME AND EMPLOYMENT: THE ULTIMATE TEST
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Nick Dubin
Overall strategies for successful employment for persons with Asperger syndrome will be presented.
62. THE WRITE STUFF: THE DEVELOPMENT OF FINE MOTOR SKILLS AND HANDWRITING
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Susan Thompson
This session will discuss promoting the development of fine motor skills and handwriting in young children through fun, child-driven therapeutic activities.
63. STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL INCLUSION FOR LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Karen Grammas and Lynn Peters
This session will present inclusion strategies to help special and general education teachers collaborate in assisting learners with autism spectrum disorders to be successful in the general education setting.
64. DISPUTE RESOLUTION SKILLS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Suzanne McDougall and Dixie Rider
The participants in this session will examine the issue of conflict and learn a practical six-step process designed to help families, schools, and agencies resolve special education conflicts locally.
65. DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE INTEGRATION OF ABA TOOLS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CONTEXTS
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Reagan Curtis and Dan Hursh
This session will present the Competent Learner Model (CLM) and its application in inclusive, developmentally appropriate early childhood settings.
66. AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND HIGHER EDUCATION
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Nancy Patrick, Kati Siconolfi, Fred Hall, Steven Collier
The theme of this session will be that success in higher education requires preparation by the student and the institution going far beyond the application and admission process.
67. CURRENT ISSUES IN ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR FOR BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Jerry Shook and Jose Martinez-Diaz
Various ethical scenarios and issues will be discussed, including issues relating to the regulation of practice and ethics.
68. MEDICAL ISSUES IN ASD: WHAT ALL PHYSICIANS NEED TO KNOW
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
Margaret Bauman
Medical disorders, commonly observed in typically developing children, are frequently missed in children with autism spectrum disorders. The need to identify these disorders has important implications for quality of life and the advancement of our understanding of the neurobiology of autism.
71. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR WRITING
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Scott Dougherty
This session will provide an overview of technology tools to support writing, from no-tech through high-tech options.
73. TARGETING TRANSITION FOR STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
John Wessels and Linda Watson
This session will provide the participants with a hands-on look at a system for assessing, teaching, and tracking transition skills with students on the autism spectrum, using Rubrics for Transition for Learners with Autism.
74. Part 1: PREPARING FOR SMOOTH TRANSITIONS: HOW TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM THROUGH CHANGES
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Renae Kotchman, Ed Nientimp, Ken Deitmen
Strategies for supporting students and families through the many transitions from birth to age 21 will be discussed.

74. Part 2: INSPIRING PRODUCTIVE, FULFILLED, LIFE-LONG LEARNERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Edward G. Rendell, Gerald L. Zahorchak, Diane Castelbuono and John J. Tommasini

78. TEACHING LANGUAGE PRAGMATIC SKILLS TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Vince Carbone
A behavioral analysis of how to increase eye contact in children with autism will be offered.
83. EFFECTIVE MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION FOR LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Cecil Crouch and Carrie Frohnapfel
This session will focus on effective mathematics instruction and strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders.
86. PROGRAM PLANNING FOR LEARNERS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS, USING THE ZIGGURAT MODEL AND COMPREHENSIVE AUTISM PLANNING SYSTEM
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Barry Grossman, Ruth Aspy, Shawn Henry, Brenda Myles
This session will give an overview of a comprehensive, innovative process of planning instructional programs for learners with autism spectrum disorders.
87. BEHAVIORAL INTERPRETATIONS OF LANGUAGE, MEMORY, AND PROBLEM SOLVING
(INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED, BACB CEUs)
Dave Palmer
This session will discuss conceptual foundations of behavioral interpretations of complex human behavior, including verbal behavior, problem solving, and memory.
88. AWARDS CEREMONY: JACK MICHAEL’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO ABA AND REFLECTIONS ON THE HISTORY OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Jack Michael and guests
89. CREATING A PARTNERSHIP WITH FAMILIES
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Kathryn Enos and Mary Mikus

This session will present strategies and resources to solicit family partnership and related empowerment. It will give a programmatic review of family partnerships and tactics of linking person-centered planning to current treatment models.

90. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYTIC–BASED AUTISM SUPPORT CLASSROOMS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Tina Dolan and Jane Strawley
This session will give an overview of the process for program development and staff training for ABA-based autistic support classrooms in public schools.
91. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT TEACHING (NET) IN AN EARLY INTERVENTION SETTING
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Kristin Johnson, Michelle Mistishin, Danielle Vokes
This session will review verbal behavior programming in natural environments, with an emphasis on skill generalization and maintenance. It will provide video-clip examples, data collection materials, and integrity checklists.
92. PROBLEM-SOLVING BEHAVIORS AND FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Jamie Harvey and Marleah Herman-Umpleby
This session will discuss strategies for problem-solving challenging behaviors and how helping persons improve their functional communication skills can be a proactive intervention.
93. SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMMING FOR AUTISM AND CO-EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Arlene Moll, Nicole Showers, Noretta Kime, Kimberly Walker, Nancy Maust
The coordination of programming for autism and co-existing mental health issues in an education setting will be described.
95. PREMISE ALERT SYSTEM AND ADDITIONAL SAFETY TOOLS FOR FAMILIES AND PROFESSIONALS
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Susan Rzucidlo and Kevin McCarthy
This session will present the Premise Alert System that was introduced to Pennsylvania in April 2008, as well as innovative safety tools that can be downloaded or reproduced.
96. SHAPING THE USE OF SIGN LANGUAGE FOR LEARNERS WITH AUTISM
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Sharon Zamrin and Dana Jones
A case study will demonstrate how a student learned to make requests and label items with signs. The process of transferring signs to vocal responses will be discussed.
101. CLOSING KEYNOTE I AM A STUDENT WITH AUTISM
(BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE)
Joe Gans

Joe will provide a firsthand account of his accomplishments as a 20-year-old with autism and his success as a Penn State student.