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Featured Speakers

June 20, 2018

All featured speakers will also be showcased via livestream.


Steve Silberman

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address: "Great Minds Don't Always Think Alike"

Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer and author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.


Dr. Vickie J Mitchell

Keynote Speaker

Eleanor & Charles Garrett Endowed Chair in Special Education at Sam Houston State University.



Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A.

Livestream Session: "Can’t Do or Won’t Do? Solving Classroom Challenges Using Positive Reinforcement & Executive Functioning Skill Building"

Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A., is the founder and president of The Autism Helper, Inc.

The goal for all general education and special education students is to be learning, engaged, and independent. Begin this process by identifying each learning and behavioral challenge as a Can’t Do or Won’t Do. Is the work or work process beyond your child’s skill level or is the motivation to complete the task not there? Explore learning obstacles by improving executive functioning skills and adapting academic work. Add a proactive element to your behavior management system by implementing positive reinforcement to increase positive behaviors within your class. This session is jam packed with ready to use strategies for general education and special education classrooms.


Robert Pennington, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Livestream Session: "Write On! Teaching Written Expression to Students with ASD/Intellectual Disability"

Robert Pennington PhD BCBA-D is associate professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Special Education.

This session presents the most current research on teaching writing to students with ASD/ID and provides step-by-step descriptions of teaching methods for this unique population of learners.

dwilkses_1.jpgDebbie Wilkes

Livestream Session: "Person Centered Approach to Supporting Transition: PPCD through High School"

Associate with the Institute on Person Centered Practices.

Transitioning a student to a new environment, whether it is from early childhood to elementary, to middle, to high school and beyond, the introduction is of utmost importance. Using tools from person-centered thinking, participants will learn to create a one-page description to support teachers, therapists, assistants, agency members and others to understand the positive characteristics of the individual, what is important to him/her and how to provide support that will lead to a successful transition.

bsmyles_0.jpgBrenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.

Livestream Session: "Self-Regulation, Meltdowns and Sensory Issues"

President of AAPC Publishing and professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas

The majority of learners on the spectrum experience self-regulation and sensory issues that can lead to meltdowns. This escalating sequence seems to follow a three-stage cycle: (a) rumbling, (b) rage, and (c) recovery. This sequence can be problematic as many children and youth with ASD often endure the cycle unaware that they are under stress. This session will overview the issues related to self-regulation and sensory issues — highlighting research in a practical manner and interventions that address these needs.

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