Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L

SENSORY SMART ™ STRATEGIES FOR REAL-LIFE CHALLENGES

DESCRIPTION: Most children, teenagers, and adults on the autism spectrum face sensory challenges that significantly impact how they function and feel at home, in school, and in the community. This workshop will provide practical strategies for managing sensitivities to noise, touch, movement, visuals, taste and smell as well as ways to avoid overstimulation and sensory overload.

PRESENTED BY LINDSEY BIEL

Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist with a private practice in Manhattan where she evaluates and treats children, teens and young adults with sensory processing issues, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental challenges. She is co-author of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child with a foreword by Temple Grandin and the author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens. Visit her website at www.sensorysmarts.com

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: 

Parents, family members, caregivers, therapists, teachers and other professionals who want to enhance the lives of children, teenagers and young adults. Although our primary focus is for individuals with autism, we welcome all who strive to achieve the same goals. 

Michael McCreary, Stand-up Comedian

Twenty-one year old Michael McCreary was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of five. In an act of self-preservation, combined with the desire for constant attention and the inability to stop talking, he began stand-up comedy. He trained under David Granirer in the Standup for Mental Health program. In the past 5 years he has performed standup shows, keynote addresses and panel presentations in every province in Canada and across the United States.

You may have seen him on The National; you may have heard him on CBC Radio’s “Laugh Out Loud”.

Michael has also:

  • • Done a cross Canada tour hitting every province performing shows and interviewing families to find the positive ways people are dealing with life on the spectrum.
  • • Hosted videos explaining autism
  • • Contributed a chapter to the recently published book “Autism: The Gift That Needs To Be Opened”
  • • Consulted on the TV show “Ransom” to insure the authenticity of a character with autism.

Michael McCreary gives you permission to laugh at the lighter side of Autism Spectrum Disorder with his act “Does This Make My Asperger’s Look Big?”

Jennifer Krumins, Founder/Owner of Autism Aspirations

Jennifer Krumins is the founder/owner of Autism Aspirations and Autism Aspirations Academy.

A passionate international speaker, educator, certified Leadership Coach, and author, Jennifer is a firm believer that with autism are here to teach us, to lead and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves as individuals, families and as a society. Having taught in Ontario, Canada for 26 years, she holds a Master of Education in Applied Psychology and has studied extensively special education and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is married with three young adult children (one of whom has autism).

Creating Meaningful and Authentic IEPs for Kids with Autism:

• Recognize the potential usefulness of an Individual Education Plan if it is created to match the needs and strengths of the child.
• Identify the components of “The Autism Curriculum” that are an integral part of an IEP for a student with autism.
• Learn how to develop goals that are meaningful and authentic for students with autism.
• Learn how to create SMARTER goals for their students with Autism
• Identify the characteristics of an authentic IEP versus a generic IEP.
• Rejuvenate the motivation to develop IEPs in spite of the challenges they pose.

Autism, Special Needs and the Grandparent Connection: The Role of a Lifetime:

  • • Understand why and how grandparents play a significant role in the health and well -being of a grandchild with autism and the family of a child with autism and special needs
  • • Identify some practical ways that grandparents can help their grandchildren and their adult children.
  • • Identify specific ways that they can be unhelpful or counterproductive in their responses.
  • • Participants will be inspired and empowered to build relationships with their grandchildren with autism/special needs and their adult children.

Kerry Magro, Advocate, National Speaker, Author, Writer

Award Winning and Breakthrough Advocate Kerry Magro knew early on that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Kerry was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) a form of autism, at age 4. Growing up Kerry’s future was very uncertain.

Today however, after countless hours of therapy and the support of a loving family, Kerry has conquered many of his challenges. Now at 28, Kerry is a national motivational speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and non-profit founder.

National Speaker
In 2011, Kerry won a scholarship for graduate school through the National Speakers Association which allowed him to become a national motivational speaker. Since that time he has spoken at over 600 events around the country in the past 6 years on disability related topics.

Author & Writer
In 2013, Kerry released his first book Defining Autism From The Heart which became an Amazon Best-Seller. in 2014, Kerry published his 2nd book “Autism and Falling in Love.” Kerry later in 2015 contributed to the book “College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong.” Today, Kerry also blogs for several organizations including Autism Speaks, The Mighty and many more publications. Learn more about his books here.

Movie Consultant & Advisor
In 2011, Kerry started consulting for the Motion Picture “Joyful Noise” which opened up several opportunities for him to consult on autism related films including the 2016 hit “Jane Wants a Boyfriend.” Learn more about his films here.

Non-Profit Founder & CEO
In 2011, Kerry started KFM Making a Difference, an organization focused on disability housing and autism awareness. Today, this organization gives out scholarships for adults with autism to attend college. Learn more about the organization here.

TV Talk Show Host
In 2015, through Hudson Media Group Kerry began a stint as the host of his own cable television show called the “Different is Beautiful Show.” The show airs weekly on Wednesday’s on Comcast Channel 52 in Jersey City and streams via www.differentisbeautifulshow.com