The Inclusion Solution is a presentation focused on how we can all implement inclusive practices in our daily lives and communities to equip people with empathy and understanding to better ensure people with Autism are able to thrive. This keynote will focus on the speaker’s personal experiences as a woman with Autism and tools and practices that will make our communities truly inclusive for people with Autism and other disabilities. This presentation will also emphasize the small steps each of us can take to empower Autistic people, including listening to their perspectives, empowering them by holding them to a high standard of value and worth and by fostering a community paradigm shift- from seeing Autism as a burden to seeing it as a different perspective.
We’ve designed the conference with three tracks for different audiences (General, Mental Health, and BCBA). During the concurrent breakout sessions, you can choose to stick with a single track for the full day or mix and match sessions of interest.
Breakout Session 11:00am-12:15pm
Session 1A - General Track
AIM for Reading Success: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
Speaker: Nicci Dowd & Cindy George
Session 1B - MH Track
Trauma and Resilience – Bouncing Back Into Success
Speaker: John Richardson Lauve
Session 1C — BCBA Track
Ethical Considerations Facing Behavior Analysts in the Public School Setting
Launching into Adulthood:Supporting Families in the Transition to Independent Living
Speakers: Sarah Sheppard & Craig Simmons
Session 4C — BCBA Track
Systemic Solutions to Common Ethical Violations in Behavior Analytic Practice
Speakers: Shantel Pugliese, BCBA & Adam Warman, BCBA
Breakout Session 10:45am-12:00pm
Session 5A - General Track
Blind Spots in American Education: Empowering Students and Educators through Behavioral Science
Speaker: Kimberly Berens, Ph.D.
Session 5B - MH Track
Independent Housing Resources
Speaker: Marie Fraticelli
Session 5C — BCBA Track
Understanding the Impact of Culture in Behavior Analysis: Ethical Considerations in Treatment
Speaker: Brian Conners, BCBA
12:15pm-1:00pm: Pack-a-Lunch + Pop by Exhibitors & Sponsors
Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Treatment of Individuals with ASD and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders
Speaker: Brian Conners, BCBA
Behavioral challenges and comorbid psychiatric conditions are common among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Belardinelli, Raza, & Taneli, 2016). Often when individuals with ASD have comorbid psychiatric disorders the treatment planning can be more complex and there will be multiple service professionals involved in the plan of care for these clients. Therefore, this workshop will focus on the behavior analyst’s role in serving on an interdisciplinary team along with their ethical, professional, and legal responsibilities to providing behavior analytic treatment. Participants will also develop an understanding of current research literature on ASD and comorbid psychiatric disorders, as well as treatment planning and interventions for these clients.