Providing a place for parents to learn, connect with other parents to network 

and to be inspired and empowered, presented by: Autism Notebook Magazine, South Florida

at the Renaissance Hotel, 1230 Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL 33324, Main floor conference rooms.

About Us

Parent Registration

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 THREE ticket options are available for you to participate!  Half day AM, Half day PM or the FULL CONFERENCE experience

The FULL conference that offers a National Keynote Speaker, 4 breakout sessions (16 to select from), morning beverage, Lunch/Beverage, afternoon snack and 2 Raffle Tickets to WIN prizes!


Half DAY Options, see below

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

Speakers

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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. 


For the 18  breakout session topics, click below 

FOR BREAKOUT TOPICS

Sponsors / Exhibitors

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If you offer a product or service to individuals with autism in South Florida, then you should be represented here! We will have approximately 300-350 parents attending the full conference, and up to another 100-200 with the EXPO only option  

REQUEST SPONSOR/EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

Ticket Options / Full DAY with NO LUNC

 

1)  FULL CONFERENCE TICKET $35.00   (FULL DAY W NO LUNCH available on ticket page CLICK on ticket page to view)
 The FULL CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE TICKET will offer you:

- National Keynote Presentation Kerry Magro
- 4 breakout sessions (18 to select from)
- EXPO Area
- Lunch/Beverage
- Morning beverage
- Afternoon snack 
- Raffle tickets (2)  


2) HALF DAY AM (morning) TICKET  $20.00  ON SALE FOR $15  for 2 days!
-  Includes TWO morning sessions
-  Expo
-  Keynote Speaker Session
-  Coffee
-  1 Raffle Ticket ....morning Raffles at 8:45 am
(no lunch), no outside food allowed.
Expo opens at 7:30am
8:45 Opening Remarks/Sessions until 12:30 NOON 
$2 of ticket will be donated to the Autism Acts of Kindness nonprofit organization
 

3) HALF DAY PM (afternoon) TICKET  $15.00    ON SALE FOR $10 for 2 Days
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM  (session starts at 1:30 pm and 2:50 pm)
- Includes TWO afternoon Breakout Sessions
- Expo
- Afternoon snack
- 1 Raffle ticket....afternoon raffles at 4:00 pm
$2 of ticket will be donated to Autism Acts of Kindness nonprofit organization

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET

Our Speakers

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NATIONAL KEYNOTE: Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro, national speaker and best selling author, is an adult with autism who will share his journey going from a nonverbal, struggling child to a successful adult-working and making a difference in the community. 


Kerry has been featured in major media such as CBS national news, Inside Edition, Upworthy and Huffinton Post. He will also be providing a 60-minute breakout session, offer a book signing after his keynote presentation.

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BREAKOUT SESSION PRESENTERS

We will have 16 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. 

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BREAKOUT ROOMS

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!

A DAY AT A GLANCE

REGISTRATION

Registration / Checkin

7:30 am - 2:45 PM

ENTRANCE HALL WAY

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REGISTRATION

Registration / Checkin

Registration opens at 7:30 am so you have plenty of time to visit all our vendors/exhibitors before the conference kicks off 

7:30 am - 2:45 PM

ENTRANCE HALL WAY

OPENING

Welcome

8:30 am

MAIN BALLROOM

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OPENING

Welcome

The Conference Welcome and opening remarks, along with the 1st raffle prizes will be giving at this time

8:30 am

MAIN BALLROOM

SPEAKERS

Keynote Speaker and Breakout Sessions

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

All ROOMS

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SPEAKERS

Keynote Speaker and Breakout Sessions

Keynote and Breakout sessions will be scheduled between 9am - 4:30 pm. Raffle/door prizes will be given out at the welcome, during lunch and following the last session of the day.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

All ROOMS

Our Sponsors / Partners

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BREAKOUT TOPICS (Full conference ticket will select 4 from the list)

MORNING SESSIONS:                                     SESSIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE (until you receive the preferred session listing in email after March 20th)



9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 1st BREAKOUT SESSION 

  • Primitive Reflexes...Looking at an Unbalanced Neurological System
    The role retained-reflexes play in delaying development in sensory, fine motor skills, visual processing, balance and beyond. (by Dr. Leah Light)
  • How to apply, get approved and navigate Social Security (especially great for Transition parents b/c you have to REAPPLY)  (by Social Security Officer)
  • "Ins and Outs" of the Florida McKay Scholarship...how the MATRIX comes to be and plays it role (by Krista Barth)
  • Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes when teaching your child and working on behavior (by  Krystine Cardenas, M.S., BCBA)



10:20 AM - 11:20 AM  2nd BREAKOUT SESSION 

 

  • Treating behavior through a biomedical approach  (Dr. Brian Udell)
  • Teaching your child how to care for him/herself. Hygiene focused for all ages and stages  (by Christina Rodriguez, Miami-CARD)
  • My child is in (or approaching) High School, now what?  How to effectively use your TIEP to prepare for adulthood AND who are the key players at the school who should be a part of the overall process (beyond the IEP)    (By Wendy Bellack, Advocate)
  • Expanding Language - I know my child wants to talk or say more!  (by  Alana Fichtelberg, M.A., CCC-SLP)
  • Defining and Identifying Executive Functioning Skills that Your Child Needs...  
    Strengthening your child's attention, thinking flexibility and working memory for academic success   (By Christina Sullivan, LCSW, Behavior Analyst) 



          11:30-12:30  MORNING RAFFLES, KEYNOTE SPEAKER  


12:30- 1:30 PM  LUNCH and EXPO



AFTERNOON SESSIONS:                                    SESSIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE (until you receive the preferred session listing in email after March 20th)


1:30- 2:30 PM 3rd BREAKOUT SESSION

  • Crash Course on IEP's..."Stuff you gotta know". Treating Your Child's IEP as if it's his/her life jacket!  (by Stacey Hoaglund)
  • Developing Healthy Relationships;  Encountering, Personal Space, Small Talk/ Private Talk, Using Social Media/Gaming Safely, and Social Boundaries to be aware of and likely Consequences  (by Rob Anderson, MS, Relationship Specialist)
  • Knowing what Rights Your Child will KEEP or NOT when he/she turns 18: Knowing the difference between Guardianship and Guardianship Advocacy, when it's time to act and how to determine rights of transfer (or not). If you do nothing, all rights transfer to your child as at 18.  (by Michelle Kenney)
  • Preparing YOU for a CRISIS situation, including at home and how to engage with law enforcement to protect your child and prevent an unnecessary use of aggression(By Teresa Becerra)
  • Taking a GUT approach to strengthening overall health conditions...Knowing what's going on in the gut can and will explain what to do next!  (by Dr. Rebecca Sherry Esharghi)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM BREAKOUT SESSION

  • Behavior Focused...How to transition from a most preferred task (like playing) to a less preferred task (like homework) more successfully and ideas and strategies for incentives and motivators, including those that are not tangible (by Nicole Conroy, BCBA)
  • When BULLYING stopped for me! Keynote Speaker will present ways he stopped the bullying!  (By Kerry Magro)
  • Understanding Visual Processing and it's impact the way your child learns (helping or delaying development)!  Making sense of the information taken in through their eyes, identifying if a processing challenge exists and what can you do about it?  (Dr. Annette Bade, Associate Professor of Optometry at NSU College of Optometry)
  • Teaching your prepuberty, in puberty and post about Human Sexuality!  Preparing YOU (the parent), and your children (both males and females) about their bodies, handling inappropriate situations (what to know) and SOOO much more!  (by Rob Anderson, MS, Healthy Relationship Specialist, Wesley Spectrum, Pittsburgh, PA)


AFTERNOON RAFFLES AT 4:00 PM, Main Ballroom  

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