Listed below are speaker presentations from past MAC conferences.
Merlin Taylor, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP
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
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.
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
James Partington, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Kris Shinn, B.A.
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.
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.
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.