Our 14th annual Spring Conference focuses on the potential for independence for the adolescents and adults in our community. Our goal is to help them and their families take these steps in a careful, safe and intelligent manner, exploring all that is available. We see firsthand, each day, how much support is needed to assist families and individuals. We answer many calls and run monthly groups where this is the major topic of concern. This year's conference promises to be another excellent line-up of information and thought provoking topics by outstanding speakers in our field. I know you will go away filled with new ideas. Pat Schissel, AHA
AHA's 14th Annual Spring Conference
Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Ruth S. Harley University Center
Garden City, NY
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Directions to Adelphi
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
Workshops, Resource Walkway, Conference Book Store
Brochures Mailed to Members, or by Request
Limited Partial Scholarships Available- Download a Form at this Link
Must be mailed along with registration
mail to: AHA Association, PO Box 916, Bethpage, NY 11714
Conference presented by:
Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA)
Adelphi University Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
ASPIRE Center for Learning and Development
Fay J Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities
Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP)
Conference registration includes a handbook containing materials from the two keynotes and 10 workshops. A continental breakfast and boxed lunch are also included. Agency, post-secondary school, camp, recreation and other service provider representatives will be available at our Resource Walkway with information. Books will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore. Presenting authors will be available to sign their books. Registrations postmarked by March 14 (or registered online by March 14) will receive a free MP3 audio CD of all conference presentations (a $50 value), which will be mailed four-to-six weeks post-conference.
Each registration must be on a separate form. Registrants must be current members of AHA as of the day of the conference (4/05/2014).
Membership in the AHA eNews is not membership in AHA. Membership in the eNews is free and is a service to the autism community. You must be an AHA member in order to receive discounts at our conferences and the other benefits of membership. We welcome your support!
Register by March 14, 2014 and receive a free copy of an MP3 disc with Keynotes & Workshops.
Mail-in Registration for Members $140
Mail-in Registration for Non-Members includes 1-yr membership $180
Mail-in Registration for Not-for-Profit (member rate) $140
Mail-in Registration for Student, Adelphi Faculty, Individuals w/ASD $60
Please make sure to indicate the workshops each participant would like to attend.
All credit cards are accepted.
Checks are accepted with mail-ins.
8:30 am – 9:15 am Registration, bookstore, Resource Walkway, Breakfast
9:15 am - Greetings from Adelphi and AHA
9:30 am Morning Keynote (for all)
Alex Plank, Morning keynote
for all participants
AUTISM AND THE MEDIA
The voice of writers and consultants with autism spectrum disorders is being heard and is contributing to a more realistic portrayal of autism in the media. This is creating increased awareness and acceptance by the public. Alex Plank is the developer of the popular autism website wrongplanet.net and consultant to the FX television series, The Bridge. He will talk about his experiences on set with the cast and crew and discuss how his consulting lends authenticity to Sonya Cross, the show’s lead character, a detective with Asperger syndrome.
10:30 am – 11:00 Resource Walkway and Book Signings
Workshop Period A - 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS FOR SLEEP PROBLEMS
Lynda Geller, Ph.D.
Getting enough restful sleep is important for optimal functioning; yet we know that for individuals on the spectrum, good sleep can be elusive, and various kinds of sleep disorders and problems are common. This talk will describe the essentials for good sleep, various problems that can disrupt sleep and specific remediation that can be helpful in solving sleep issues.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO A PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Kate Palmer, M.A., CCP
Although individuals on the autism spectrum have the capability of making productive contributions to the workplace, more than 80 percent of these individuals are either unemployed or underemployed. This workshop will explain the importance of self-advocacy for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and techniques to overcome executive dysfunction and social difficulties, as well as utilization of special interests to create greater productivity and satisfaction in employment.
HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR DAY FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE OR WORK
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
To fully realize their potential for success in college or on the job, individuals on the autism spectrum need to learn strategies for accessing support and structure for their self-identified assets and individual challenges. Many of these strategies can and should be introduced or discovered during adolescence to be of use in adulthood. This workshop will provide a toolkit for success.
NAVIGATING HIGH SCHOOL
Shana Nichols, Ph.D., Alyson Sheehan, Ph.D., and Monica Arevalo, M.S. MHC.
Difficulties with social skills, emotion regulation and executive functioning can make high school uniquely challenging for
teens on the autism spectrum. This session will highlight strategies to take the stress out of the transition to high school as well as the journey through your senior year. Examples of social skills activities, emotion regulation strategies and organizational approaches will be presented.
ASD, CO-OCCURING CONDITIONS AND MAINTAINING
GOOD MENTAL HEALTH
Kate Cody, Psy.D., Rebecca Sachs, Psy.D. and Lisa Wajsblat, Psy.D.
Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) frequently experience co-occuring mental health conditions.
This presentation will clarify when symptoms extend beyond ASD and how this influences choosing an effective treatment
professional. A toolbox of behavioral, self-help and preventative techniques will be provided that can be used every day by individuals and their family members.
Lunch, Resource Walkway & Book Signing
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
for all participants
“THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM OF GETTING AND KEEPING A JOB"
The hidden curriculum of navigating the social landscape is intuitively processed by neurotypicals but needs to
be directly taught to those on the autism spectrum. This keynote will address issues that are faced by those on
the autism spectrum in the workplace and techniques for functioning in the social arena of the working world.
Resource Walkway and Book-Signing: 2:00p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Workshop Period B: 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 pm.
SENSORY PROCESSING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Kristie Patten Koenig, Ph.D., OT R/L, FAOT A
The relationship between sensory sensitivities and anxiety in individuals on the autism spectrum is well documented. This workshop will identify the challenges in sensory processing. It will also discuss approaches that utilize strength-based problem solving methods to deal with overwhelming sensory environments at work and in the community.
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING
FEMALES WITH ASD
Shana Nichols, Ph.D., Kate Palmer, M.A., CCP
Women and girls on the spectrum have a tendency to be diagnosed at a later age than males. This can result in difficulties with socialization, interpersonal relationships and academics, as well as causing higher levels of anxiety, a lowered self-worth and depression. We will discuss gender specific diagnostic factors for women and girls on the spectrum, the benefits of early diagnosis and the role of the individual’s support system in identification, treatment and continued well-being.
SPECIAL INTERESTS AND ABILITIES: THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF AUTISM
Moderator: Valerie Gaus, Ph.D., panel presenters - Karl Wittig, P.E., an engineer; Sybelle Silverphoenix, actress and artist; Stephen Shore, Ed.D., musician and music teacher; and Henny Kupferstein, composer, consultant and music teacher.
A common feature of the autism spectrum is often intense interests and prodigious abilities in specific areas. These can lead to occupations where gainful employment and successful careers can be found. However, they can also contribute to social difficulties and create resentment on the part of many neurotypicals. Our panel will discuss their special interests, abilities and various ways their lives have been affected.
CHOOSING A COLLEGE WITH THE RIGHT SUPPORTS SO YOU CAN SUCCEED
Moderator: Lynda Geller, Ph.D.; panel presenters—Pace University: Mary Riggs Cohen, Ph.D.; Purchase College-SUNY: Lauren Greiner, Ph.D.; Marist College: Deborah Reeves Duncan, M.A.; Sage College: Chelsea Donlin, MS, BCBA
For students on the autism spectrum who have the ability to tackle college-level studies but who may need help with executive function, social life and/or communication skills, emotional and behavior regulation or self-awareness and self-advocacy, there are a growing number of colleges developing programs that can help you access the right college experience for you. What should you look for in these programs and how should you prepare to be successful?
UNDERSTANDING AND TREATMENT OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH ASD.
Matt Lerner, Ph.D.
This presentation will discuss the development of social interventions and introduce current research on aiding social competence in autism spectrum disorders. We will learn about new research to optimize interventions by linking underlying causes to treatment approaches so interventions can be and will continue to be empirically grounded and personalized to individual needs.
MP3 Audio and Workbook Information from Prior Conferences
If you missed the 2013 spring conference or to purchase MP3s and Workshops of Keynotes from 2013 or earlier conferences go to our secure site at: Greater Giving
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