09feb8:30 pm2:30 pmA Look Ahead ConferenceTransition Starts at Diagnosis Qtrly Conference




Classroom and Home Strategies
Social Skills
Behavioral Intervention Plans
Transitioning into Adulthood
Transition Programs
Parent Training
Person Centered Planning
Verbal Behavior in the Classroom
Planning for the Future
Self-Advocate Perspectives
Understanding Behaviors
Reading and Inferencing
Visual Supports
Insurance Coverage for ABA
and Much More!

We are excited to bring

new and updated presentations this year!




Registration starts at 7:45am with
Complimentary Coffee and Pastries.


You will not need any paperwork to sign-in.


Handouts will be available online,
a link will be emailed to all attendees registered.



Structure, Routines, and Task Organization

Special Education in Public Schools

Augmentative Communication

Bridging the Gap: Post-Secondary Employment; Education Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Essential Components of Functional Vocational Evaluation for Students with Disabilities;
Employable Goals, Environmental Adjustment, Expert Interpretation

Healthcare Landscape for Autism in Texas

Navigating Special Education: Developing and Writing IEP Goals

Verbal Behavior 101

Beyond Survival: Essential Skills to Maximize Quality of Life

Successfully Parenting a Special Needs Child: Practical Applications for Teaching Appropriate Behavior and Skills Necessary for Quality of Life Enjoyment

Keeping Children Engaged and Appropriate Outside 1:1 Supervision Treatment

Let’s Communicate!: Communication in the Home


Understanding Why and How Behavior Changes
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is founded on over 500 studies supporting the effectiveness of working with children with Autism and related disabilities. Changing behavior is the first step to teaching new skills and motivation is key!Learn functions of behavior and how to address problem behaviors effectively by learning to create an effective Behavior Intervention Plan based on the evidence based strategies through the science of ABA.


Functional Behavior Assessments
Presented by: Dr. Gordon Bourland, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Development of Behavior Intervention plans (BIPS) requires individualization of the intervention procedures. This individualization is based upon determination of the basic motivation, or function, of the specific behaviors of concern for the person for whom the plan is needed. Assessing the function of a behavior is called a functional behavior analysis (FBA). The outcome of the FBA guides the selection of evidence based interventions derived from applied behavior analysis (ABA), focusing upon objective, replicable procedures that promote development of safe, functional, and socially valued behaviors.

This presentation will clarify approaches to conducting FBA’s and then selecting interventions for problematic behaviors, distinguished topography based and function based approaches. The rationale for preferring function based methodologies will be stated and illustrated. Direct methods (involving systematic manipulations of variables) and indirect methods (not involving systematic manipulations of variables) of analyzing possible functions of behavior will be discussed. Typical procedures for conducting direct functional analysis will be described and illustrated. Methods for conducting brief “direct” functional analysis will be described and illustrated. Advantages and disadvantages of brief functional analysis will be discussed. Additionally, steps to follow in developing  BIP from an FBA will be covered. Incorporating evidence based ABA interventions, based on the FBA, will be illustrated.


Teaching Inference to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Presented by, Michael Tucker, M.Ed., Autism Consultant, Region 11

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

It is frequently observed that children on the autism spectrum tend to be concrete, literal thinkers. These students have difficulty with abstract concepts such as inferring a character’s unstated motive. When reading, the concrete thinkers often focus on minute physical details and miss the big picture. Participants will explore research-based strategies for teaching inference and moving the students from concrete to abstract thinking.


Navigating Through the Insurance World with Autism
Presented by Wendy Robinson, CPC

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

Wendy will help answer common insurance questions thru her professional & personal experience with autism and medical insurance:
– My child has not been medically diagnosed and we are on a waiting list, what can I do now to get them help?
– How do I find out what my benefits are?
– How do I appeal a denial or request additional benefits?
– How do I bill my insurance if the provider won’t?
– What laws apply to me?

And many other common questions…

This will be an open-discussion workshop so bring your questions so we can get the ball moving in your favor!


Bridging the Gap: Post-Secondary Employment & Education Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presented by James Williams, MRC, CRC

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

The attendees will leave the session with practical, research-based strategies, tools, and resources which they can use to support students with ASD and their post-secondary employment and educational needs.

Using an engaging and honest style, the presenter will discuss post-secondary employment and education strategies for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This information will be infused with the presenter’s unique personal and professional knowledge as a Vocational Expert and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The presenter will also include information about current successful program models throughout the United States and the relevance of his current dissertation in progress, which is focused on understanding the relationship between successful employment outcomes and parent behaviors and expectations.


Love is Universal: Tips and Resources for Teaching Relationships and Social Skills to Individuals with ASD
Presented by James Williams, MRC, CRC

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

Relationships form in the most-interesting ways and they don’t always make sense, but having autism spectrum disorder makes them even more of a puzzle. Join the presenters as they discuss how their lives and experiences brought them together. They will discuss how their relationship and daily lives are challenged, yet strengthened by James’ diagnosis of autism. In addition, they will present tips and resources for teaching relationship social skills to high-functioning individuals with ASD. Lastly, this session will further prove, that no matter what, no disability is stronger than love.


Participants will leave with tips and resources they can use to teach relationships and social skills to individuals with disabilities, provided through the interesting real life experiences of the presenters.

Articulate specific social skills that are necessary for individuals with ASD to build and maintain relationships with others.

Understand the importance of providing basic information to individuals with ASD about romantic relationships including the reproductive, social, emotional, and healthy living aspects.


The Sellinger Family, Our Aspergers Journey
Presented by Art and Chelly Sellinger

Program Description: (Relevant for all parents and professionals)

Art Sellinger is a two time national long drive golf champion with more than 20 years of experience competing in the world long drive championship share his family’s autism journey, he is well known for traveling the country and performing his entertaining golf shows and clinics, and is the founder of Long Drivers of America.

Autism has been a big part of The Sellinger’s life for many years. Their son was diagnosed at the age of 2 and has been through many years with various supports and I now attending his first year in college. Come hear the Sellinger’s share their story of trials and accomplishments and updates on their most recent year and experiences of High School graduation and the search for a college.


Filling Your Cup With Light
Presented by: Marta DeBerard, BA, QLEC

Shining harmonic light into the body has been a successful tool for supporting wellness for those on the spectrum and their caregivers and families. Understand the biochemistry behind key spectrums of light that research is showing have a key impact on cell metabolism, ATP production, alkalinity, oxygenation, detoxification, circulation, nutrient delivery, cell regeneration and DNA expression. Learn the important ways that light impacts mood, sleep and circadian rhythm as well nervous system response. Realize the power of delivering harmonic frequencies with light to create specific environments in the body to easily and safely support balance in immunity, digestion, and stress response. We cannot serve from an empty cup. Learn powerful ways to fill your cup and those of your students and family with light.


Visual Supports for Individuals with Autism
Presented by, Michael Tucker, M.Ed., Autism Consultant, Region 11

Research has shown that concrete visual teaching methods are recommended for individuals with Autism in order for them to be successful in the educational and home settings . Visual supports are tools that are used to increase the understanding of language, environmental expectations, and to provide structure and support for individuals with ASD. Visual supports can be provided in a variety of ways across multiple settings.


LOOK AT ME! It’s More than Just Eye Contact
Presented by: Katherine (Kat) Lee, B.A., RDI Program Consultant

Explore the different reasons children and adults make eye contact . Learn about the developmental steps children go through as they start gazing and looking as they age, the obstacles that interfere with eye contact in children affected by ASD. Learn how eye contact can be a pre-requisite for other key skills in development. Audience participation and discussion on how to reduce this deficit in the children will prove both fun and educational.


Using Phonics to Teach Language
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Program Description:
(SLPs, Educators and Parents)

Come learn strategies for teaching reading to individuals with limited language or who communicate non-vocally. This presentation includes strategies for teaching phonics, vocabulary building and testing for comprehension in a meaningful way. Video demonstrations and case studies are reviewed during this session

Educational Objectives:
• Explain the barriers to teaching non-verbal children reading
• Explain the importance of phonics and how to assess reading skills
• Describe problem solving techniques to improve effectiveness of
teaching phonics to non-verbal children, specifically Autism.


Introduction to Special Education
Presented by Sarah McCroan, M.Ed, BCBA

Program Description:

One hour presentation on what is special education, and how is it different from RtI, and 504. In this session parents and educators will learn about the 13 qualifying categories of disabilities, why some students do not qualify when people think they will, accommodations/modifications and other paperwork relevant to general educators, types of instructional settings and FBAs/BIPs


ABA & Classroom Management
Presented by Sarah McCroan, M.Ed, BCBA

Program Description:

In this session the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis are applied to the broader category of challenging behavior in schools (and in home settings). Environmental and societal contributors are also explored. Basic principles of ABA are introduced in a fun and relatable way so that everyone (parents and educators) can use them to prevent unwanted behaviors and to appropriately intervene during/after unwanted behaviors in a variety of situations, settings, ages and ability levels.


Breaking Down the Barriers to Effective Social Skills
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Program Description:

Let’s teach social skills that lead to meaningful relationships! Social skills are dynamic and complex. Social skills not only require a learner to actively interpret cues from their environment and respond fluently based on the unique context of the social moment, but to be effective require one to navigate and understand others perspectives all while processing and organizing abstract information. This training will provide information about 4 common theories of social understanding, and provides practical strategies targeting a breaking down of social barriers that are common in verbal learners with Autism and Aspergers.


The Four Commitments of Ethical Practice
Presented by: Shahla Alai-Rosales, Ph.D., BCBA-D University of North Texas, Department of Behavior Analysis & Behavior Analysis Online

Program Description: Early intervention has the power to dramatically change the course of child’s life. In the past thirty years, applied behavior analytic (ABA) researchers have studied the effects of early and intensive behavioral interventions on the outcomes of children with autism. At the same time, a professional practice has been developing to support the implementation of evidence-based practices in autism. As both the research and practice progress, a clearer understanding of ethical issues emerges. The purpose of this presentation is to explore some of those areas with a focus on the social validity of the research and the practice. With that aim, four commitments are required of practicing behavior analysts: to learn, to collaborate, to improve, and to love.

1) Participants will identify areas of ethical concern in the practice of early behavioral interventions in autism.

2) Participants will identify the importance of ethical responding and how it influences the lives of interventionists, children and families.

3) Participants will identify four commitments required of practicing behavior analysts: to learn, to collaborate, to improve, and to love.


Creating Visual Structure and Routines in the Home and Classroom Environment
Presented by, Stacey Callaway, Ph.D.

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

We know that students with autism spectrum disorders thrive on structure. Structure and routines in the home promotes independence, expands your child’s ability to use already learned skills in the home setting, encourages our children to learn new skills, and broaden their interests. Set-up and maintenance of structure and routines in the home can be challenging. The strategies presented today will prepare provide parents with ideas to start and maintain structure and routines in the home setting.


Asperger’s… Our Journey
Presented by Daniel Durany, Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies & Shahla Durany, Daniels Mother

(for all parents and professionals)

Our journey is a mother who raised a son with Asperger’s. During the journey, the mother worked a full-time job while raising three kids. The son went through many challenges in school, job world, and developing relationships to be a college graduate, married and supporting himself. With each and every success, they embraced another set of challenges coming their way. They will share what was successful, what they learned through the journey and how they would teach someone else on the autism spectrum.


Person-Centered Planning: Creating a Positive Life Trajectory for Individuals with Disabilities
Presented by Cindi Paschall, President of Arc Greater Mid Cities

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

Are you overwhelmed thinking about what the future holds for your child? Wish you had a plan? If you answered yes to these questions, this session is for you! Join Cindi as she reviews strategies to help you (and your child) move from fear of the unknown to an action oriented plan – a vision with hopes and dreams for the future. Stories of success will also be shared.


The Future Is Coming: Why Transition Begins at Diagnosis!
Presented by Cindi Paschall, President of Arc Greater Mid Cities

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

Do you struggle just to get through the day? Think you have time to think about your child’s future tomorrow, next week or next year? You are not alone! But you should know this: The future is COMING and it will be here before you know it!

Are you prepared? Is your child prepared? Do you know everything you need to know?

Parents of children with disabilities need to put more effort into planning for the future than parents of children who do not have a disability. And parents of children with disabilities need to start with that planning earlier than most. As your child approaches adulthood, there are many new things to consider, decisions to be made, and tools available to help you make them. This session will offer an overview of these topics, and point you to where you can learn more.
Whether your child just received a diagnosis, or will transition into adult life next year, the time to educate yourself on what is possible, and begin thinking about and planning for the future is NOW! It’s never too early; or too late to look ahead!


Our Family’s RPM Journey and How to Get Started With RPM
Presented by: Stephanie and Ryan Curry

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

This presentation will walk the audience through how they got started with RPM, the challenges along the way, and what you can do for your child or student to prepare to embark on an RPM Journey.


High Functioning ASD and Social Problem Solving
Presented by: Kimberlee Flatt, M.A., LPC, BCBA

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

When people use the phrase “problem solving” the natural tendency is to assume that there is something wrong if you need to problem solve. The truth, however, is that everyone problem solves on some level continuously throughout their day. We decide what clothes to wear and what food to eat, and we prioritize our tasks and any number of the myriad other problem-solving opportunities that present themselves during the course of daily life. Most of us do these little things so routinely that we don’t even consciously think of “problem solving,” but for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), the process of problem solving can be quite a challenge. In this training we will explore some of the reasons person’s with ASD may struggle in this area along with learning strategies to strengthen this need.


Adults with Asperger’s Panel
Presented by Adults from the FEAT-NT Asperger/Autism Group

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

Come share with our adult group about their experiences growing up facing challenges, their eventual diagnosis and what life is like living on the spectrum. The FEAT Adult group is like a family. The FEAT group has grown substantially over the past 6 years. They are excited to participate again this year at the conference with new members joining in and some familiar faces from previous years. Their insight will provide a wealth of information to teachers, therapists and parents alike on better understanding their students and children.


AAC with ABA for ASD: Easy as 1, 2, 3
Presented by Christina Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA,

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

For children with Autism, natural speech doesn’t always come naturally. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can be used to give these children a voice. This presentation will focus on identifying who can benefit from AAC, when to use AAC, what kind of AAC, and how to begin treatment using a behavioral lense. The interactive presentation will include videos, modeling, and games. The audience will leave with strategies to facilitate functional communication


“All By Myself”: The Importance of Fostering Independent Activities in the Home and Classroom
Presented by Christie Enzinna MS, BCBA

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

The value of teaching an individual to be independent with appropriate leisure or self-directed activities is a crucial life skill that can often be overlooked. Many of individuals with often require close supervision or frequent prompting to stay engaged in activities. This can create a challenge when out of highly structured, often 1:1 treatment. Teaching every child to self-entertain or engage independently in activities safely that can lead to improving quality of life for both he the individual and family. In addition it can assist teachers with classroom management and set the classroom environment to allow teachers individual teaching opportunities. This presentation draws on the 30+ years’ experience of the speaker in how effective this training can be and what a difference it makes for families and teachers. Very practical presentation on why it’s important and how to get started.


“Come Play With Me”: What Is Play and Why Is It Important?
Presented by Kecia Adams-Wright M.Ed., BCBA and Christina Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

All too often play is left out of treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Attendees of this presentation will learn the importance of play in intervention and fostering relationships. They will be introduced to different stages or levels of play, learn how to assess where a child is with acquisition of play skills, as well as how to move a child forward.


Multisensory Instruction: Make Lesson Plans Come To Life
Presented by MariAnn Gattelaro, M.S., CRC, LPC-Intern

Program Description:
(Relevant for all parents and professionals)

Making your lesson plans come to “life” to accommodate learning different students *methods and strategies to differentiate instruction in your lesson plans *tiered instruction for different levels of students *multiple intelligence theory and how using it will automatically differentiate instruction *lesson plan samples and templates *what are reasonable accommodations and how to easily be sure you are utilizing them with your students

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