Designed to support PARENTS of those w/ children (young & adult) w/ ASD (including HFA), ADHD, & Neurological Disorders.
TEACHERS and PROFESSIONALS, this conference is for PARENTS of children/teens/adult with ASD, ADHD, Developmental Delays or another neurological disorder. We ask if you want to attend, request to volunteer (we need 6 more teacher volunteers) or send a request to be invited to our teacher day. We are NOT OFFERING CEU's or a certificate if you attend. Sorry, but at this time, we are not equipped to certify any requirements on your continuing education. Teachers...If you would like to volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENTS you will have 20+ breakout sessions to select from, where you will attend 4 sessions to complete your education journey.
SCHEDULE IS IN A SECTION BELOW
This conference content is PARENT DRIVEN...meaning, it's directed parents to help their child, as well as meet providers to serve them. This event is not for professionals or teachers, unless you are a parent of a child with ASD, ADHD or another neurological disorder.
To assist parents with their budgets, this year we have
4 TICKETS OPTIONS TO SELECT FROM.
All tickets include the following: BREAKOUT SESSIONS, KEYNOTE SPEAKER, MORNING COFFEE/TEA, AFTERNOON SNACK and PARENT SOCIAL TIME (cash bar)
Either SCROLL DOWN on page or
CLICK in the bottom box to move you to the section on this site.
The other options have different links. If you are purchasing more than one ticket, please complete a second form with the correct name and their EMAIL (for name tag and food ticket purposes).
Full Conference Tickets are NOW on SALE
and START AT $35
and includes LUNCH
For CONFERENCE/EXPO ONLY,
no lunch, the TICKET PRICE IS ONLY $25
(pay $10 more, and get the full lunch included)
See details on the ticket option section
To apply for a financial hardship
scholarship, CLICK HERE
We have speakers offering educational workshops/breakout sessions so that parents can walk away with action steps, be well informed to make better decisions, etc.
Want to PRESENT at our conference? Submit a proposal here!
If you offer a product or service to individuals with autism in South Florida, then you should be represented here! We will have approximately 300 parents attending the full conference.
MAIN BALLROOM - WELCOME AT 8:30 am
IN YOUR SEAT FREE RAFFLE "BIG GIVEAWAY"
and MESSAGES to open the event! (10 minutes)
SESSION #1 8:45 am - 9:45 am
* VIP (Very Important Parts ) of BIP (Behavioral Intervention Plan) at School--
What it is, when it should be done, what should be included
(especially replacement behaviors), who should do it, etc.
--by the Dr. Kristin M. Kosmerl, BCBA-D, LBS, CAS
Solutions to Emotions Associated Sex(uality) and
Exploring Appropriate Teaching Approach for Your Child on the Spectrum (or other)
Your Child's Body GROWS even if they are delayed cognitively, emotionally or socially...
Helping them understand sexuality the right way is critical. How to teach your child (in prepuberty, puberty or post) about sexuality, and what to expect at different ages and stages (development and emotionally), even as an adult. Keeping your child, teen or adult educated and safe!
--by Dr. Marilyn Volker, Sexologist
* Expanding Language and Vocabulary:
Strategies to Help your child expand their language and vocabulary
-- by Dr. Danilda Osunfisan, SLPD-CCC
* Exploring the New BIOMEDICAL protocol in the ASD community
-- by Dr. Brian Udell, MAPS, Special Needs Pediatrician
* Exploring the Development of Skills for a successful transition to adulthood
-- by Tony Hernandez Pumarejo, Autism Self-Advocate
* Education Choices...Knowing the Differences between Schooling, DeSchooling and Unschooling. and how it works when you have a child with special needs! Exploring programs, understanding the records to be kept, how to determine what would work for you and your family,
and how to make progress!
-- by Melissa Packwood, M.S, Education
SESSION #2 10:00 am - 11:00 am
* SENSORY IMPACT: Is it Behavior or it is REALLY Sensory?
Understanding if it's their sensory overload causing their behavior and
creating a sensory diet to improve their regulation and beyond!
-- by Nelson Gonzalez, OT/L
* Strategies to Strengthen Cognitive Development in Learning Challenges
-- by Dr. Fabian Redler, Psy.D.
* Strategies for Effective IEP, including ADVOCACY
Understanding the effective tools to use in IEP meetings,
including utilizing your procedural safeguards for effectiveness
-- by a Parent Advocate
* When Medical Meets Behavioral Changes...
Understanding PANDAS/PANS in AUTISM
Learning about Unexplained Changes in Behavior that's Medically Connected: PANS/PANDAS and Autism...or with any kids, especially siblings! Understanding how to identify if PANDAS has hit your child and how it impacts behavior and mental health and treatment options.
-- by Scott Smith, PA, Autism Specialist and Integrative Practitioner
* When your Child turns 18... What rights do you KEEP what rights does your child keep?
Your child will become an adult, whether you plan or not! Understanding your options to protect your (parent's) legal rights and understanding the differences between Power of Attorney,
Guardianship and Guardian Advocacy to help you determine what's best for you
-- by Michelle Kenney, Attorney
Autism Notebook Magazine Tidbits, SPECIAL Awards and Raffles
-- Lori Swetoha Ortiz, Owner of Autism Notebook Magazine
KEYNOTE 11:40 AM
-- by Robert Anderson, MS, Social Work, Wesley Spectrum, Pittsburgh, PA
LUNCH 12:30 PM (for attendees)
SESSION #3 1:20 PM -2:20
* Q&A with Social Security (for approval, denials, income etc)
-- with TWO Social Security Representatives (One has a child on the spectrum)
* ANXIETY, ANXIETY, ANXIETY!!!
Strategies for your child/teen/adult to reduce and overcome their
ANXIETY in easy and supportive ways!
-- by Sue Wardy, Autism Consultant
* Raising the TWICE EXCEPTIONAL (2E) Child!
Identifying strengths and weaknesses within 2E, and going through the challenges your student faces. Offering tips and ideas on how to help your child with homework strategies, be redirected and how to communicate with his/her teachers to be a winning team.
-- by Wendy Hirsch Weiner, Ed.D.
* What Instructions Do You Have In Place if something were to happen to you?
A MINI-Workshop on
Understanding what a Letter of Intent is and its importance to your planning
(so anyone could take over and help your child/adult)
and what Special Needs/Estate Planning looks like.
-- by Alexandra V. Rieman, Attorney
* Girls on the Spectrum...
Discussing topics that impact girls on the spectrum uniquely to offer a better understanding of sensitive subjects, offer strategies on preparing a gal with body changes (including the cycle) and personal growth. The many life changes that impact girls on the spectrum that no one talks about!
-- By Mona Alli-Nasser, Parent Advocate
* HOT TOPICS with BCBAs....Q&A with BCBAs!
-- lead by David Garcia, BCBA-D, Ed.D., Ph.D.
SESSION #4 2:45- 3:45 PM
* Building Healthy Relationships
-- by Robert Anderson, MS, Social Work and Autism Specialist
* Community Inclusion...
Breaking Boundaries to Create an Inclusive World for my Child, Teen or Adult!
Learn how to prepare your child to actively engage and participate in an inclusive community environment. Identity challenges and limitations of inclusive opportunities and then explore strategies and resources to access and create a successful LIFE, COMMUNITY and
even FAMILY INCLUSION!
Taking inclusion to a whole new level in mindset and action!
-- by Silvia Gil, M.S.Ed.
* Aging out of services...Invaluable Skills For The Working World:
What One Mom Learned as the Owner of an Autism-Focused Business.
-- by Valerie Herskowitz, MA CCC
* Understanding Social Behaviors and Creating Strategies for Success
* Parental Self-Care--exploring ways to reduce the stress of the autism parenting
-- Christina Sullivan, LCSW, ADHD-CCSP
Final Raffles at
FOLLOWING LAST SESSION and Move to
Parent Networking Area --OUTSIDE PATIO (cash bar)
** Just a reminder, a change may occur due to session placement.
* Gaming Addiction! CHANGE Presenter canceled on Feb 25th.
This presentation will be videotaped and offered to every attendee through
email between 1 day-7 days following the conference. We apologize for this change; however we know the importance of the topic and will bring it to you in a different way.
To assist parents with their budgets, this year we have 4 ticket options to select from (it's all related to the lunch option). All tickets include ACCESS to Breakout Sessions, Keynote Speaker, Morning Coffee/Tea, Afternoon Snack and the Parent Social area (cash bar)
ONE TICKET PER FORM. If you are purchasing more than one, please complete a second form with the correct NAME and their EMAIL (for name tag and lunch ticket purpose).
SCROLL DOWN TO SEE ALL FOUR OPTIONS and their DETAILS
1) Chicken Cesar Entree Salad $35 SOLD OUT
($60 value for conference/lunch)
2) Avocado Carpaccio (Shrimp/Beet) Entree Salad $39 SOLD OUT
3) Italian Pasta Bar (it's SUPER GOOD) $42
TICKET OPTION CLOSED at 5pm on FRIDAY, please inquire at check if we have any lunches you can upgrade to. (adjusted price of course)
4) NO LUNCH OPTION $25 STILL AVAILABLE ($35 value/ conference)
ALL SCHOLARSHIPS Have been granted
Through our sponsors and community partnerships, we were able to lower the price of tickets to what you see above. Without this support, the tickets would be much more. Please take a moment to thank the sponsors, partners and exhibitors at the conference for their support!
PLEASE CLICK ON THE TICKET YOU WANT and it will direct you to the order form.
This ENTREE LUNCH OPTION includes Grilled Chicken, Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan Cheese, Traditional Cesar Dressing, Dinner Roll, with Dessert and Beverage.
SOLD OUT, CHECK AT THE TABLE TO SEE IF WE HAVE ANY available
This ENTREE LUNCH OPTION includes Greens, Shrimp, Crisp Beets, Avocado, Mango Poppy Seed Dressing, with a Dinner Roll, Dessert and Beverage.
THIS SELECTION HAS SOLD OUT
This lunch includes your selection of Penne Pasta, Fettuccini, Three Cheese Tortellini, Grilled Shrimp, Marinara Sauce, Bolognese, Herb Pesto, Garlic Bread and a Beverage.
CLOSED on FRIDAY at 5pm. CHECK upon registration to see if we have any available.
Includes Breakout Sessions, Keynote Speaker, Morning Coffee/Tea, Afternoon Snack (as long as it lasts) and Parent Social Time (with cash bar)
THIS TICKET OPTION IS NOW ONLY Available at the door/ registration table.
Robert Anderson, Wesley Spectrum
We will have 20 breakout sessions available to select from (4 sessions) in addition to the Keynote Address. This schedule with presenter information will be offered in January. We plan our breakouts to cover all areas of autism, from early intervention to transition, from medical to health/wellness, etc., therefore, feel confident that we will bring you a great day of education and parent networking so that you can be inspired to be empowered following the conference.
Each of our breakout rooms will have a sponsor...so take a moment to appreciate the coffee that's supplied in the room, as well as the 2 minute video about the services they offer to help enrich the life of a child or adult with autism. We have ONE ROOM sponsorship remaining, if you are a business who would like to snag this opportunity, contact us!
ENTRANCE HALL WAY
Registration opens at 7:15 am so you have plenty of time to visit all our vendors/exhibitors before the conference kicks off
ENTRANCE HALL WAY
The Conference Welcome and opening remarks, along with the 1st raffle prizes will be giving at this time
Keynote and Breakout sessions will be scheduled between 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Raffle/door prizes will be given out at the welcome, during lunch...
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For more information or sponsor/exhibitor information, send us a message (if after 3pm, we will respond the next business day)
For press passes or other special requests, please call.