AHA Annual Fall Conference
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Education and Lifelong Learning for Students on the Autism Spectrum
 

Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Adelphi University
One South Avenue
Ruth S. Harley University Center
Garden City, New York 11530
  

Resource Walkway, Book-Signings
Social Work CE hours, ASHA CEU's and Autism Specialist CEU's
 
ASPERGER SYNDROME & HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM ASSOCIATION, INC.  
 

Morning Presentation

We are so excited to have Brenda Myles returning! She brought us the important concept of the 'hidden curriculum' and this concept is also groundbreaking! We have always been told that people with autism have difficulty generalizing. This may not actually be the case. The master of 'practical strategies' will help all of us learn new techniques - individuals, professionals and family members, which will help people with autism master tasks they are not familiar  with. 

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
CRITICAL MASS, PURPOSEFUL PRACTICE AND ASD: CREATING INDEPENDENT LEARNERS BY DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY  

Most individuals with ASD do not live independently, have jobs, and meaningful relationships - due to no fault of their own. How do we change this trajectory? This presentation focuses on describing the factors that lead to critical mass for those on the spectrum when providing instruction and supports. Critical mass, in this regard, is the point where an individual has gained enough information to apply it to situations, activities or skills in which instruction has not been provided. Learn easy-to-use strategies that can help individuals with ASD to move about their world as independently as possible, making informed decisions about their wants and needs. Teaching to critical mass will help learners to be successful with tasks they have been taught to do, but will also help them to be successful with activities on which they have not received instruction.

Participants will learn to:
  • Define critical mass and its importance to life success for individuals with ASD.
  • Understand the neurology of ASD that supports the need for instruction to critical mass.
  • Describe the strategies that lead to critical mass for individuals with ASD.
 

Afternoon Presentation

Working weekly with these two talented and committed professionals along with others at Spectrum Services is an exciting creative process which enhances countless lives of people with autism and their families.  In their spirited presentation, based on their practices and the groups run at Spectrum, they will offer up their deep understanding and insights.


Katherine Cody, Psy.D., and Rebecca Sachs, Ph.D., ABPP
GETTING UNSTUCK: INTERVENTIONS FOR FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE THROUGHOUT DEVELOPMENT





Transitions are stressful experiences for most people; transitions for individuals with ASD can be particularly challenging and difficult. Given the increased difficulty experienced, it is imperative that supports are implemented around transitions to result in the achievement of needed skills leading to independence. Supports pertaining to adaptive daily living skills, executive functioning, emotion regulation and development of effective coping strategies should be comprehensively supported throughout the course of these transitions. Unfortunately, these areas are often not identified as an area of need until the transition to young adulthood occurs. The speakers will identify transition points in which individuals with ASD are at risk for struggling to achieve developmental tasks (i.e. executive functioning, independent living skills, self-advocacy skills, etc.), review proactive strategies to support development of these skills, and identify strategies to be implemented to support successful transitions across settings.
 
            Participants will learn to:
  • Identify transition points in which individuals on the spectrum are considered "at risk."
  • Understand and implement proactive strategies and interventions to promote successful transition experiences.
  • Describe how educational settings, treatment providers, and families, as well as individuals themselves with ASD, can implement strategies to support successful transitions.
 
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ORDER OF THE DAY

Education and Lifelong Learnng for 
Students on the Autism Spectrum
 
8:15 am                       Check-in, resources and continental breakfast
8:45 am                       Greetings from Adelphi and AHA 
                                    AHA Executive Director, Pat Schissel and
                                    CHI Director, Elizabeth Cohn and SOE 

9:15 am                       Morning Presentation 
                                    Brenda Smith Myles, PhD
                                    CRITICAL MASS, PURPOSEFUL PRACTICE AND ASD:
                                    CREATING INDEPENDENT LEARNERS BY DOING 
 DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY

10:15am                      VOICES FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS
                                    COLLABORATING WITH STUDENTS WITH ASD & 
                                    THEIR FAMILIES TO SUPPORT COLLEGE SUCCESS
                                        Moderator: Elizabeth Roberts, Psy.D.
                                       Presenters: Samantha Feinman, MS.Ed., Dena                                                          Gassner, MSW, PhD candidate, Mitch Nagler, MA, LMHC                                             and students

12:15pm                      Lunch, Resource Walkway and book signings                       
1:00pm                        INDIVIDUAlS WITH AUTISM TAKE TO THE STAGE
                                    The EPIC Players
                                     Aubrie Therrien, MPH, executive director and players

1:30 pm                      Afternoon Presentation 
                                    GETTING UNSTUCK: INTERVENTIONS FOR                                                   FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE THROUGHOUT 
                                    DEVELOPMENT
Katherine Cody, Psy.D. and Rebecca Sachs, PhD, ABPP

2:30 pm                      Resource Walkway and book signing

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm     BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose one) 
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1.  JOB READINESS: MAXIMIZING PREVOCATIONAL SKILLS FOR SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYMENT
Presenters: 
Jacqueline Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP and Gina Marie Moravcik, MA, CCC-SLP

2.  YOUR TWICE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD: CLINICAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVE
Moderator: Susan Deedy, Esq.
Presenters: 
Ellen RIcher, EdD and Alyson (Sheehan) Skinner, PhD

3. NOW AND FOREVER SKILLS: ASSISTING INDIVIDUALS, TEACHERS AND FAMILIES OF INDIVIDUALS TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE WITHIN THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Presenter:  Juliet Williams, PsyD

 4. SENSORY ISSUES AND AUTISM: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING, RECOGNIZING, AND ADVOCATING
Presenters: Brenda Smith Myles, PhD and Stephen Shore, EdD

5. EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS IN COLLEGE: PRACTICAL TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR SUPPORTING COLLEGE STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Presenter: Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD

          4:30pm Conference Ends 
 
 
Dr Brenda Smith Myles  is a consultant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America's Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She served as the editor of Intervention in School and Clinic, the third largest journal in special education and has been a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Remedial and Special Education, and Autism: The International Journal of Research. Myles is also on the executive boards of the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE), College Internship Program, Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation Network, and ASTEP - Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Dr. Myles is on the advisory board of AHA. 
 
Dr Katherine Cody  is the coordinator of clinical services and training director at Spectrum Services. She conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations and psychotherapy services. She also trains and supervises externs and interns in school and clinical psychology. Dr. Cody is a member of the AHA Professional Advisory Board and co-facilitates two of our monthly support groups. 
 
Dr Rebecca Sachs  is a psychologist specializing in the treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum who also experience difficult co-occurring disorders, such as severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Board certified in cognitive-behavior therapy, Dr. Sachs maintains a private practice at Spectrum Services in Manhattan, NY and in Park Slope, Brooklyn
 
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CIP is one of the world's most comprehensive postsecondary transition programs for young adults with Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD & other Learning Differences.  For info:
 
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