5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Interactive Session With Colleagues
This session is designed or attendees to actively par-ticipate and be part o the learning experience or oneanother. Attendees will help select topics o mutualinterest. Participants will orm group discussions inwhich emerging issues, practice inormation, questionsand answers, and real-time experiences can be sharedand networking with others will build utureopportunities.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011
8:00 am–9:00 am: PLENARY II
You Say “Defcit” I Say “Defnes Me”: Daring toCelebrate the Unique Contributions o Peopleon the Autism Spectrum
Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
Anyone who has known someone on the autism spec-trum has experienced pure joy when the logic thatunderpins a quirky behavior washes over you. You havealso recognized the perect synchrony o a reaction thatreects the experience exactly as it happened, provid-ing you with an opportunity to live completely in themoment. These experiences reect the growing senti-ment that the characteristics we have labeled as problemsare considered by people with autism to be part o whothey are. In this session we will explore the authenticexperience o autism, and how that experience calls usto change our way o defning ourselves as proessionalswho support them.
9:15 am–11:15 am CHOOSE ONE
Children With An ASD
Barbara Benen Demchick, MS, OTR/L; and Lisa Crabtree,PhD, OTR/L, both of Towson University, Towson, Maryland
This presentation will discuss eective and useul inter-ventions or young children on the autism spectrum.Emphasis will be on interventions that can be incorpo-rated into naturalistic settings, such as preschool andschool-based settings. Focus also will be on interven-tions that include interdisciplinary collaboration andamily centered principles. The discussion will highlightoccupational therapy outcomes o social participation,engagement in childhood occupations such as play andschool-related tasks, and development o pragmaticlanguage.
Partnering With Adolescents and Young AdultsWith Autism Spectrum Disorders: Making theShit to a Strength-Based Approach
Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, New YorkUniversity, New York, New York
Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD are generatinga large volume o personal narratives and sel-advocacy work that highlights the challenges and opportunities intheir lives. These perspectives must inorm practice andcreate partnerships with individuals with ASD and use astrength-based approach in order to impact their chosenparticipation and quality o lie. For example, by view-ing interests solely as restricted and defcit-based, theoccupational therapy practitioner will miss an avenueor utilizing interests to acilitate improved outcomes oradolescents and adults. This presentation will present aconceptual model o intervention that oers a strength-based perspective with the voice o the individual withASD as central. In addition, strategies and methods toengage interests, identiy strengths, problem-solve andadapt the environment or improved outcomes or ado-lescents and young adults with ASD will be highlighted.
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Emerging as Leaders in Autism Researchand Practice
Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupational therapy (OT) is one o the most re-quently requested and utilized services by proessionalsand parents o children with autism spectrum disorder.Yet, the value o occupational therapy services or thispopulation oten goes unrecognized and is devalued,under-unded, and under-utilized. This presentation willurge the proession to take on the challenge o becom-ing leaders in autism practice and research by embracinga data-driven, evidence-based approach. Participantswill be encouraged to advance their knowledge baseto address emerging needs or occupational therapy inautism research and service delivery, including the needor programs to address transitions rom school to work;creating evidence-based, systematic protocols or inter-ventions; and developing clinical trials to evaluate out-comes. Current research and training eorts at ThomasJeerson University in Philadelphia will be presented asexamples o such eorts.
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
A Family Aair: The Voices o Parents andIndividuals With Autism
Joan Surfus, MS, OTR/L, Moderator, Pediatric Therapy Network, Torrance, California
This presentation provides a panel discussion amongparents o children with autism and youth and youngadults with autism that address their actual lie realities.The supports that positively contribute to their quality o lie will be emphasized as well as the difculties they ace. Panelists will ocus on an analysis o needed servicesor ull inclusion in the community throughout the liecourse.
3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Ask the Experts Panel
Sandra Schefkind, MS, OTR/L, Moderator; Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Lisa Crabtree, PhD, OTR/L;Barbara Benen Demchick, MS, OTR/L; Winnie Dunn,PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA;Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Roseann C.Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Joan Surfus, MS, OTR/L;and Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
The fnal Autism West Specialty Conerence session isa unique opportunity or you to ask some o the mostwell-known experts in the ASD feld those burningquestions that arise or you on the job. This will be anexcellent chance as well to interact with speakers and co-attendees and reect on the topics discussed throughoutthe conerence and ask questions, engage in a dialogue,fnd out how to stay connected, and decide your nextsteps in proessional practice.
Session Descriptions (cont.)
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