2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS… More Coming!
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone
Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D, BCBA
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst. He received his graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University and is a professor in the academic training programs in Behavior Analysis offered by The European Institute for the Study of Human Behavior, Parma, Italy, and the medical school at the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy. His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Modification, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior Analysis in Practice and others. He has served on the editorial board of several behavior analytic journals and regularly acts as an editorial reviewer of scientific research papers submitted for publication to major behavior analytic journals. He is frequently invited to speak at behavior analytic conferences on autism treatment throughout the US and abroad. He has provided the requisite university training and supervision to hundreds of board certified behavior analysts in the U.S. and overseas. He is the director of autism treatment clinics in New York, Boston and Dubai, UAE.
Dr. Vince Carbone Topics:
Implementing the “Essential For Living” Curriculum and Treatment Methods with Adolescents and Adults with Autism
Children with autism and other developmental disabilities have benefited from treatment programs that emphasize the application of behavior analytic principles. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) research and reports within clinical practice have demonstrated the effectiveness of this form of treatment to address challenges in the areas of language, social skills, self-care, problem behavior, academics and others. Many of these programs are now informed by B.F.Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior (1957). The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of Skinner’s analysis of language and to describe the benefits of this approach for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. The methods included in the Essential for Living by McGreevy and colleagues will be highlighted along with many video illustrations of clinical applications.
Teaching Intraverbal Behavior
Many children with autism acquire mand and tact repertoires but fail to develop intraverbal responding. Failure to acquire intraverbal behavior leads to difficulties in academic, social and over all communication. In the past few years the behavior analytic literature has included reports of methods to teach the intraverbal. The purpose of this workshop is to present the current research on teaching intraverbal responding which extends Skinner’s 1957, analysis of this verbal operant. A sequence for teaching intraverbal responding from simple to complex will be offered with many video illustrations of teaching methods within applied settings.
OTHER CONFERENCE TOPICS INCLUDE:
Classroom and Home Strategies
Behavioral Intervention Plans
Transitioning into Adulthood
Ethics in Behavior Analysis
Person Centered Planning
Puberty & Sexuality
Verbal Behavior in the Classroom
Functional Behavior Assessments
Executive Function Skills
Reading and Inferencing
Embedding Learning Within Play
and Much More!
Additional details will be posted soon!
Heather Hughes, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LSSP
Dr. Hughes has more than 20 years of experience serving inside schools and within various communities. She has extensive experience working with individuals and families of individuals with autism, developmental delays, and learning differences. Dr. Hughes’ areas of specialization include assessment and social skills intervention. She has served as a presenter at multiple state, national, and international conferences on varying topics such as program evaluation, building effective school teams, behavior intervention, social skills development, and effective instructional strategies. She serves on multiple advisory boards, is a member of a variety of professional organizations, and teaches college courses on topics including special education, assessment, and autism.
Dr. Hughes received her Ph.D. from UNT’s Department of Educational Psychology in 2011. She also earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Special Education, also from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is also a proud veteran of the United States Army.
Dr. Hughes grew up overseas and has lived as well as traveled abroad. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, running, yoga, and traveling with her husband, Todd. They enjoy hiking and fishing with their two Great Pyrenees dogs, Sacha and Sadie. Hughes and her husband have six adult children who live throughout Texas, Chicago, and Hawaii.
Wesley Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA
Wesley Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA is the Director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research and an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Texas Tech University. He earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology in 2010 from the University of Kansas. He has spent over 17 years in special education, working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages. He has worked as a high school special education teacher, a behavioral consultant, and an in-home therapist for individuals with severe disabilities before moving into higher education. His primary areas of research are social skills, relationship development, and successful life outcomes for adolescents and young adults with autism, as well as the preparation of teachers and other professionals to work successfully with students with autism.
Dr. Gordon Bourland, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Trinity Behavioral Associates
Gordon Bourland completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Texas Arlington. Subsequently he was a postdoctoral fellow in behavioral psychology at the John F. Kennedy Institute (now Kennedy-Krieger Institute) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For over 40 years he has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions involving services for persons with a variety of special needs in various settings.
Dr. Bourland has served as the Director of Behavioral Services for the Fort Worth State School; as Chief Psychologist for the Dallas County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, Director of Psychology for the Colin Anderson Center in St. Mary’s West Virginia, and twice has been president of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Through Trinity Behavioral Associates he currently provides behavior analytic consultation services for persons across the age-span with various needs in a variety of service settings.He currently is President of the TxABA Public Policy Group and also the Presiding Officer of the Behavior Analysis Advisory Board of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Dr. Bourland has worked in classroom settings, provided behavioral consultation, consulted with teachers and administrators, taught graduate courses in education and psychology, and provided training to many teachers and other educational personnel. He has conducted and published research in a number of leading journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Behavior Modification on topics including behavioral assessment and intervention, classroom instruction, intervention procedures for challenging behaviors, and basic learning procedures.
Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Regina Crone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctorate (BCBA-D), and received her Ph. D. from the University of North Texas, a M.Ed. in Special Education and a certificate in Autism Intervention from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She is the Founder of Therapy and Beyond, Teach Me Academy and Camden Hill Montessori. She has over a decade of experience providing services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities as an ABA provider and classroom special education teacher. She leads a strong team of professionals delivering ABA therapy, Speech and Counseling across Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado.
As an invited speaker at state, national and international conferences, she has presented on topics related to behavior management, self-help skills, social skills, academic strategies for reading and research findings. In addition, she has taught graduate level coursework, continues to be an invited speaker at events and school districts and has published research on effective parent training in the Journal of Education and Treatment of Children. She is also currently active in working with legislators to better understand Autism and Behavior Analysis in her current role on the Council of TxABA & TxABA Public Policy Group.
Dr. Crone is committed to providing quality services. She enjoys working closely with families and educating others.
Tashenna Gillmore, M.Ed, BCBA
Tashenna Gillmore is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and the founder of The Heart of Behavior LLC. located in Denton Texas. She received her Master’s of Education in Special Education with a Graduate Academic Certificate in Autism Intervention from the University of North Texas. Tashenna has gained over twenty years of experience creating and implementing ABA programs for individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities in home, clinical, and school settings throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and California. She also teaches a variety of enrichment classes to typically developing children and adults, including; dance, creative movement, theater improve, social and emotional skills classes, even professional conduct training to help young adults attain employment. In addition, Tashenna has gained experience as a treatment director for clinical services, parent, and therapist trainer, and has been a requested presenter and trainer for many organizations in the areas of education, autism and applied behavior analysis. Her passion is in providing truly individualized services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities; as well as working with their families and communities.
Christina Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Christina is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist practicing in Texas. She has a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Christina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Speech Language Pathology and a M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Christina has over thirteen years of experience working with individuals with autism within both the home and clinical settings. She has been an invited speaker at local universities and organizations presenting on topics related to the integration of speech and language and applied behavior analysis.
Karen Markle, MA, BCBA
Karen Markle is the Executive Vice President of the Education and Autism Division of Merakey. In 1996, Markle began as a direct care service worker with Merakey and moved up the corporate ladder holding progressive leadership positions. She and her management team pioneered an innovative way to create a continuum of services and discover funding opportunities when there seemed to be none available to fill the needs of the autism community. From a therapeutic support staff to BCBA, Karen’s experiences have involved people of all ages with all abilities. With her continual leadership and advocacy, the division has been able to open autism centers in 6 states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana, Delaware, Maryland, and Texas. With this expansion, Merakey continues to adapt and grow to help better serve those who cannot help themselves. With her advanced craftsmanship of programs, Markle manages to lead the industry to heights allowing all ages and abilities to live as independently as desired.
Jenny Keese, BCBA
Jennifer Keese is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst, and Certified Autism Specialist who has gained eighteen years of experience providing services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Brazil and China. She is the owner and executive director of Concept Connections LTD, a clinical practice dedicated to the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Jennifer is also the owner and head of school for Wind Rose Academy, a nonprofit school designed for children and teens with Autism. Jennifer has provided services in home, clinical, classroom, residential and hospital settings. She has also provided classroom consultation and professional trainings for school districts as well as individual educational evaluations. Jennifer is frequently invited to speak at the Autism One conference and is on the expert planning committee for the Autism Education Summit. Jennifer received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston, and her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of North Texas. She also holds an Autism Specialist Certificate, Safety Care Trainer certification, and Certification in Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Bettag, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Bettag is a Developmental Psychologist with a MS in Childhood Disorders. He has 17 yrs experience working with kids/families in many settings & cultures. He has taught nearly 40 university courses in both Psy & Educ. His courses, presentations, & trainings are designed to help teachers, professionals, & families use educational & developmental principles functionally. He also specializes in cultural/family contexts & has presented/consulted internationally. Dr. Bettag has worked as a therapist & educator for children with ASD in Texas, Hawai’i, Switzerland, & France. He currently works with Concept Connections & Windrose Academy in Plano.
Judith Ursitti is director of state government affairs for Autism Speaks. A CPA by training, she became immersed in the world of autism advocacy when her son, Jack, was diagnosed at age 2. Since then she has worked on the passage, implementation and enforcement of autism related legislation in more than a dozen states.
She is the recipient of the Margaret Bauman, MD Award for Excellence within the Autism Community, the Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts Commitment to Advocacy Award, the Autism Advocacy in Action Award from the Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference and the Oklahoma Autism Network’s Excellence in Autism Award. She has also run ten marathons, frequently fundraising for various autism-related charities.
A native of Seguin, Texas, Judith now lives in Dover, MA with her husband, Andy, and two children.
Mika Bradford, CN
Mika Bradford is a Certified Nutritionist and licensed Pharmacy Technician who has worked with leading nutraceutical companies and pharmacies like Kirkman Laboratories and Dougherty’s Pharmacy, identifying and developing treatment plans with healthcare providers for patients, while working directly with sales and technical support. She has worked as Director of Sales and Marketing at Aperture Bio (then Vivione Biosciences) and VP Clinical Operations/Business Development at MeDoc Health Services, combining her expertise as a clinician with her exceptional skills in market and trend analysis. Currently, Mika is the owner and President of MedWell Therapeutic Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm working with businesses within the healthcare, wellness and behavioral health industries from analysis and strategy to implementation. In February of 2018 she was assigned to HHSC’s Texas Council on Consumer Direction where she now resides as Chairwoman. Mika is also a dedicated parent who was thrust into the world of healthcare and effective patient treatment through her son’s diagnosis of autism in 1997. Since then, Mika’s knowledge and experience have allowed her to be involved in groundbreaking research, working with some of healthcare’s leading minds; given her the opportunity to speak and work within the community and organizations to bring about significant change; and has earned her recognition and respect on a national, state and local level.
Kimberlee Flatt, M.A., LPC, BCBA
Kimberlee Flatt is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds both General and Special Education Teacher and School Counseling Certifications. She is also a Doctoral Candidate at the University of North Texas.
Kimberlee is a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and two master’s degrees from Amberton University in School and Professional Counseling.
She has spent the past 15 years directly serving individuals with disabilities in classrooms, in a clinical setting, and in home programs as well as providing training to educators at both state and national levels. Her favorite components of her job are working with families including sibling groups to navigate their world and support their emotional needs.
DeAnn Lechtenberger, Ph.D.
DeAnn Lechtenberger, Ph.D. is the Director of Technical Assistance and Community Outreach for the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University. She is the Program Director for the CASE Program (Connections for Academic Success and Employment).
She has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years as a public school teacher, behavior consultant as well as a program director for federal and state funded programs for children with learning and behavioral challenges before becoming higher education faculty. Her primary areas of research are interagency collaboration, children’s mental health, wraparound, positive behavior supports, and postsecondary educational outcomes for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Stacey Callaway, Ph.D.
Dr. Stacey Callaway has over 20 years of experience working with students with autism. She is currently a Behavior Specialist for Wylie ISD. Within the school system, she’s served as an In-home/Parent trainer, Autism Specialist, and PPCD teacher. Additionally, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and Lamar University, teaching classes on educational programming for students with autism and other special education courses. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in Special Education, with an emphasis on teacher preparation and students with autism spectrum disorders. She has presented internationally, nationally, and locally on topics related to teaching and supporting students with autism spectrum disorders.
Ashley Moore, Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Moore is a Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Department Manager for Texas Vascular Associates, P.A – in Dallas, TX. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice and has her Master of Science in Nursing in Adult/Gerontology Acute Care and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is also a part of the Clinical Faculty in the Masters of Nursing program at the University of Texas at Arlington. For over ten years Ashley has been providing medical care to individuals with heart and vascular conditions. Early on she realized her passion for being able to positively impact patient’s lives in a meaningful way with an individualized and holistic approach to their health conditions. As a wife, mother and professional who is responsible for caring for many people, she knows how important it is to maintain self-care as a priority when many individuals depend on you. In her personal journey, Ashley herself has seen the tremendous impact diet and the identification of food allergens can have on your overall health. She now takes her message of hope to health practitioners, educators, caregivers, and parents to encourage them in how a holistic approach to treating the whole person through dietary changes can significantly improve the quality of life for them and the individuals they care for.
Carin Renee Shearer M.Ed., BCBA
Carin Renee Shearer M.Ed., BCBA is a Director of Special Education in Lewisville ISD and a doctoral candidate for Special Education Leadership in Autism Interventions at the University of North Texas. Carin has spent over 19 years working in public schools serving the needs of students in special education, as well as provided consultation and direct services to individuals with autism and their families. Carin’s focused areas of research include teaching language to individuals with autism, treatment of severe behavior problems, and effective and efficient methods to provide quality staff training in ABA in the public school setting. Carin has presented many trainings and workshops at local , state, and national conferences including FEAT-NT, FEAT- Houston, Texas Association of Behavior Analysis (TxABA), Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Texas Council for Exceptional Children, and the International Conference for Children with Behavior Disorders.
Carin is a founding member and has served on the board of the Behavior Analyst in Public Education SIG with TxABA for the past four years.
Carin currently resides in Addison, Tx with her husband and 4 year old daughter. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and is committed to providing quality education and advocating for students with special needs in the public school setting.
Michael J. Tucker, M.Ed., Autism Consultant, ESC Region 11
Michael J. Tucker received his Master of Education from University of North Texas in Special Education and Autism Intervention in 2005. Michael has been working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for over 18 years. He began working with children with autism in a private setting and then at the Autism Treatment Center. His teacher career has included working as an elementary life skills teacher, Lead In-Home/Parent Trainer, a Behavior Specialist and now serves as the ESC Region 11 Autism Consultant.
Ben Salicco, LPC
Ben Salicco is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He works out of North Texas Mind-Body Counseling, based in Flower Mound, Texas. North Texas Mind-Body Counseling is a counseling practice that seeks to assist individuals, families, and couples with reducing unwanted mental and physical problems that are often caused by being disconnected from one’s self. Specific attention has been given to individuals and families that have experienced trauma, conflict, concerns regarding children and teens. Ben has in-depth experience working with individuals and couples who suffer from problems with depression, anxiety, and trauma caused by emotional, sexual or physical abuse. He also has experience working with adolescents and adults with an autism diagnosis and individuals diagnosed with personality disorders, with a special emphasis on borderline personality disorder. Ben received his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology/Theological Studies from Lee University.
Sarah McCroan, M.Ed, BCBA
Sarah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working in the field of special education for 10 years. Thinking she wanted to go on to law school to work in child advocacy, Sarah obtained her B.A. in History (Minor: Political Science) from Texas A&M University, College Station. While working as a substitute teacher in a classroom for students with autism she found a new passion. Upon graduation, Sarah began her career working in Community ISD as a special education teacher and shortly thereafter earned her M.Ed in Special Education at Texas A&M University, Commerce. There she was first exposed to applied behavior analysis and Sarah found her calling. Sarah worked as a self-contained behavior intervention teacher for 5 years while completing her Graduate Academic Certification in applied behavior analysis from University of North Texas, and was awarded her BCBA license in 2013.
After working in a private therapy center for a year, Sarah returned to public education to work as BCBA – Behavior Specialist for International Leadership of Texas and for the past three years has dedicated her time and effort to advancing the principles of ABA to broader and broader ranges of settings and students. Whether in a large group setting through professional development for district and campus level administration and staff, or through one on one relationships with teachers, parents and students, Sarah uses her skills to help general education and special education students who struggle with behavior.
Kecia R Adams-Wright, M.Ed., BCBA
Kecia Adams-Wright has more than 20 years of experience supporting individuals with autism and their families. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas and Master of Education degree in Special Education and a Graduate Academic Certificate in Autism Intervention from the University of North Texas. As a graduate student at the University of North Texas, Ms. Adams-Wright was
nominated to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Kecia is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a holds a teaching certification in Special Education for Pre-K through grades 12 and General Education grades 1 through 6. She has sixteen years of experience in autism intervention. Ms. Adams-Wright has worked as an ABA therapist and consultant in home programs and shadowing students in private school settings.
She later joined public education and worked in Texas schools serving as a teacher of students with special needs and autism in particular, a parent trainer, teacher trainer and mentor, and behavior specialist. Kecia’s areas of expertise include functional assessment, reduction of problem behavior and increase of socially significant skills, parent training, Verbal Behavior and the use of Incidental Teaching strategies. She has more than 9 years of experience as a Clinical Supervisor and Director including a certified replication of the only nationally recognized Incidental Teaching and National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited model, the Walden Early Childhood Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Adams-Wright has been an invited presenter at numerous regional workshops and conferences on various topics in behavior analysis and autism.
Gail Wayman, M.Ed., BCBA
Gail Wayman has been working with children with autism and other special needs for over 20 years. She is the owner and Executive Director of The Wayman Center in Plano, Texas, which has been providing early intensive behavioral intervention to children with autism and other special needs since 2004. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a certified Special Education teacher. Gail has worked in public schools as a Special Education Teacher, Behavior Specialist, and In-Home Trainer. She has also provided consultation services for school districts, private and public service providers, and families implementing in-home ABA programs. Gail has presented workshops and training for various organizations such as the North Texas Autism Education Center, Texas Autism Conference, and the FEAT North Texas Autism Conference. She has also presented her research at the annual conference of both The Association for Behavior Analysis International
(ABAI) and the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TXABA). Gail resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, dogs and cat, and enjoys spending free time getting together with family, camping and playing the cello.
Kate Lundgren, OTR, MBA, SIPT
Kate Lundgren graduated from San Jose State University and has been a registered Occupational Therapist since 1989. She received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1992. Kate specialized in the treatment for neurological disorders and traumas for the first 10 years of her career and completed her Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) certification in 1995. Kate completed her specialization in Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing in 2008.
Since 2004, Kate has had the unique privilege of teaching as an adjunct professor for the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Women’s University training students in the area of pediatrics. At TWU, she was provided the opportunity of developing the first special interest course for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kate continues to speak publicly and share her passion for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Most recently, Kate was invited to speak internationally in southern China regarding training for Sensory Integration treatment in conjunction with ASDs.
Kate is also the mother of two autistic children and the owner and Clinical Director of Cutting Edge Pediatric and Adult Therapy.
Sydney Perricone, MS, CCC-SLP
Sydney Perricone is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked in both public schools and outpatient therapy clinics since 2010. Sydney has experience evaluating and working with children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of communication disorders. In 2008, Sydney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of North Texas, also minoring in Development and Family Studies. In 2010, Sydney completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. Sydney has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2011. She is also an actively involved member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, serving on a committee that helps plan the Association’s annual convention. Sydney has training in the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills. She is certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) modality for resolving dysphagia and oral motor disorders related to feeding and swallowing. She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and Talk Tools Oral-Placement Therapy.
Meena Karthick, MSPT, C/NDT
Meena Karthik graduated first with a Bachelor of Physical Therapy from KMCH College of Allied Health Sciences, India. She then graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy with specialization in Pediatric Neurosciences from Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, India. She has worked in a multi-specialty pediatric inpatient and outpatient facility in Mumbai (India) for 2 years prior to coming to the US in 2013. In the US, she has worked in both home health and outpatient therapy settings. She has experience evaluating and treating infants, children and young adults with a variety of Neuro-motor disorders. Meena is certified as an NDT (Neuro-Developmental) therapist. She has training and certifications in Kinesio-Taping (Level 1 and 2), Astronaut Protocol, Interactive Metronome and Listening program.
Daniel Durany, BA, Self Advocate
Daniel Durany is a 2006 graduate from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies. Durany is a speaker, author, and advocate for persons with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and people who deal with it in others. He pioneered an adult support group with FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment). In 2013, Durany was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and became the Keynote Speaker for the Texas State Autism Conference in Corpus Christi. Last year Durany spoke at the Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference.
He brings an enthusiastic perspective about Aspergers during his time in school, job world, and dating/relationships to share with parents, professionals, and others with his condition. Daniel’s presentation discusses his childhood struggles in school, transitioning experience from high school-to-college, and approaches to help others similar with his condition.
Following his presentations, audience members have clearer understanding about breakdowns in communication with people with Asperger’s, transitions from high school-to-college, sensory issues, and psychological difficulties that AS typically causes. With this knowledge educators and parents will be enabled to design solid support systems and strategies for academic, emotional and physical success.
Denise lives in Austin with her husband Steve, and has two adult children, Ava and Maverick. Maverick, who is 22 years old, has multiple disabilities associated with Angelman Syndrome. In early 2010, with the support of friends and family, Denise set up a personal network for Maverick, known as ‘MavMen.’ Denise loves talking to other parents (and anyone else who will listen!) about personal networks and how this powerful tool can help families raising a son or daughter who has a disability. Presently, Denise is facilitating personal networks with families in the Austin area. Over the last several years, Denise helped Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) develop the Texas Network Connections (TxNC) network facilitation program, which was launched in Austin in 2016 and is now expanding to other areas of the state.
Adults with Aspergers Panel
Presented by Adults from the FEAT-NT Asperger/Autism Group
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.