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Keynote Speakers

November 13, 2019
Wednesday

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Keynote Speaker - Day 1

Carol Gray

Abandon All Assumptions Except One

Carol Gray is an award winning, internationally known speaker and educator. She is best known for the development of Social Stories, a well-respected evidence-based practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages.

In 1991, Carol Gray developed a philosophy that encouraged parents and professionals to “abandon all assumptions” while suggesting that the social impairment in autism is shared, with the potential for mistakes on all sides of the social equation. Twenty-eight years working with people with autism and their families, and over 1,000 presentations and workshops later, Carol will use lecture, demonstration, and one-minute activities to share the career mistakes that she values the most. From encouraging a family to not comply with the demands of their four-year-old son with autism to stand and sing the National Anthem before each dinner, to a well-intentioned but ill-advised method to encourage eye contact, and much more, this presentation is a full of humor, surprises, discoveries, and the life lessons that they hold. Carol will be revising her original recommendation to “abandon all assumptions” by sharing one assumption to keep close at hand.


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Keynote Speaker - Day 2

Dr. Lori Ernsperger

Moving From "No" Moments to "Yes" Moments: Focus on Building Behavioral Momentum For Success

Dr. Lori Ernsperger is an international speaker, author, and board certified behavior analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D). She is the Executive Director of Behavioral Training Resource Center, LLC. Dr. Ernsperger received her doctorate in Special Education from Indiana University.

Have you ever observed an individual with ASD refusing to follow an instruction or attempting to avoid work demands? It is not uncommon for parents and educators to be faced with challenging behaviors that interfere with daily tasks and the classroom environment. In this session, Dr. Lori Ernsperger will provide parents and educators with evidence based strategies for shifting “No” moments to “Yes” moments with the focus on building behavioral momentum through the use of choice-making, interspersals, and concrete instructions. In addition, Dr. Lori will offer practical solutions for responding to “No” moments that will reduce the likelihood future occurrences.

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