Listed below are speaker presentations from past MAC conferences.

Tracy Palm, MS, BCBA

Toilet Training for Children with ASD

Tips and Techniques for Working With Children with ASD in the Classroom

Valerie Hu, Ph.D.

From genes to environment: An integrative genomics approach to autism

Amy Cameron, MA, CCC-SP & Dr. Vicky Roy, PhD, SLP

Strategies For Facilitating Spontaneous Communication with Students Diagnosed with Autism

Sherry Wilds, J.D.

Ready, Willing, and Able to Work: Tennesseans with Disabilities and Occupational Diplomas

Individual Education Act (IEA)

Katlyn Maxwell, MS, BCBA

Developing Language in Children and Adults with Autism

Deanna Houldsworth, BS

Discover the Power of Peer Mentorship: Building Meaningful and Lasting Friendships for Middle School and Secondary Students

Jason Towler, M.Ed.

Transition Magic

Carol Kranowitz, MA

Characteristics of Sensory Processing Disorder – Handout 1

Characteristics of Sensory Processing Disorder – Handout 2

Marwyn Benemerito, OTR/L & Jacob Simpson

Attacking Sensory Processing Difficulties: An Actual Child’s Perspective – Handout

Attacking Sensory Processing Difficulties: An Actual Child’s Perspective – Presentation

Jennifer Gormley, M.A.Ed., BCBA

Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of ASD

Jed Baker, Ph.D.

Managing Anxiety and Frustration in Children, Teens, and Caregivers

Michael Beloff, CFP®

10 Basic Steps for Special Needs Caregivers

Merlin Taylor, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP

Adult Social Skills

Abstract: Children with autism grow up—and then what? Social adaption acquires ever greater importance as a child transitions through adolescence into adulthood, presenting problems categorically different from those of childhood, and requiring categorically different solutions. A behavior analyst and speech pathologist with Asperger’s syndrome will discuss approaches to social skill development, including those being piloted in a new program at Transformations Autism Treatment Center

Promoting Communication Development

Abstract: Frustration prevails wherever communication fails and a person on the autism spectrum may experience that frustration at least as deeply as their family members, friends and teachers. That shared frustration, however, can give way to shared feelings, ideas and triumphs with the discovery and realization of communicative potential. A speech-language pathologist with Asperger’s syndrome will discuss ways of exploring and optimizing that potential in children on the autism spectrum.

Growing Up in the Crossfire

Abstract: Other conditions may compound the already daunting complexity of autism in many cases. As that complexity increases, so does the likelihood of error in diagnosis, treatment and social accommodation. A clinical professional with Asperger’s syndrome and epilepsy will indentify some common and some obscure conditions that complicate and exacerbate the symptoms of autism and discuss do’s and don’ts in managing such cases.

Eb Blakely, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Signs of Damage as a Reinforcer for Certain Kids

James Partington, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Verbal Behavior Workshop

AFLS Workshop

Kris Shinn, B.A.

More Is Less

Abstract: We often think that the more we can do or express the better off we are when in reality sometimes it becomes very distracting and bothersome to many individuals. The environment or ecology of a classroom or facility, regardless of the setting, has a dramatic effect on students and their ability to learn. Research on classroom ecology, reports the physical setup of a classroom can maximize learning.

Brandi Shinn, M.S.E.

Happy Meals & Hormones

Abstract: The Happy Meals and Hormones session consists of practical and classroom experiences on handling these hormones, emotions and other skills that it takes to successfully go through the stages of puberty.

Ashley R. Dillon, Ph.D.

MidSouth Autism Presentation

Abstract: Participants will learn about overall adaptive functioning and adaptive communication skills among pre-school aged children with autism, intellectual disability and co-occurring autism/intellectual disability.

Alex Orsak, B.A.

10 Essential Interventions for Children with Autism