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2011 Autism West Brochure

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Autism West
Long Beach, CA
December 2–3, 2011
8:00 am–9:00 pm: PLENARY I
Understanding the Hidden Curriculum:Occupational Therapists Helping to Create LieSuccess or Students With Autism and RelatedExceptionalities
Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, Ziggurat Group, Plano, Texas
The hidden curriculum is assumed knowledge—theexpectations, rules or guidelines that are not directly taught because they are universally known. The absenceo instruction, however, does not belie their importance.The hidden curriculum is signifcant and can impact so-cial interactions, school perormance, and saety. Despiteits considerable value, little inormation on hidden cur-riculum has been published because it has been largely considered ‘common sense’ and is oten only recognizedater a hidden curriculum error has occurred.
9:15 am–11:15 am
Social Participation and CommunicationStrategies or Individuals with Autism Acrossthe Liespan
Lisa Crabtree, PhD, OTR/L, Towson University, Towson, Maryland
With the rise in the incidence o autism, there is a criticalneed or occupational therapy practitioners to addresssocial participation, communication, and community integration or these individuals across the liespan. Thispresentation describes adaptive strategies and environ-mental modifcations to support health and participa-tion in lie or all individuals on the autism spectrumthrough engagement in occupation. Participants willexplore the components o optimal programming orchildren, youth, and adults on the autism spectrum, andbe ready to implement strategies in a variety o settings.
11:30 am–12:15 pm
Occupational Therapy Practice Opportunities:Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sandra Schefkind, MS, OTR/L, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, Maryland
This session will review the power o our words indescribing occupational therapy practices in servingindividuals with an autism spectrum disorder. A brie overview o a study with Centers or Disease Control andPrevention (CDC), American Physical Therapy Associa-tion (APTA), and American Speech-Language-HearingAssociation (ASHA) that is ocused on early identifca-tion o signs o autism will be discussed. National initia-tives and implications or occupational therapy will alsobe discussed. Emphasis placed on advocating by adopt-ing user-riendly, occupation-based language individual-ized to needs o the client. AOTA resources and activitieswill be reviewed and the audience will be provided withopportunities or collaboration and engagement.
1:45 pm–3:45 pm
Addressing the Sensory Needs o Children WithAutism Spectrum Disorders in Clinics and Schools
Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington; and Diana A. Henry, MS,OTR/L, FAOTA, Henry OT Services, Glendale, Arizona
Children with autism spectrum disorders oten experi-ence challenges in processing and integrating sensory in-ormation. These challenges can interere with daily lieactivities including sel-care, behavior regulation, socialinteraction, participation in individual and interactiveactivities, ulflling roles, and more. Research examiningthe sensory challenges commonly exhibited by childrenwith autism spectrum disorders will be discussed as aoundation or this session. This will be ollowed by dis-cussion o occupational theapy strategies or addressingsensory processing and integration challenges in bothclinical and school-based practice. The Ayres Sensory Integration® approach and sensory-based strategies willbe addressed specifcally using case examples and videodemonstration.
4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Evidence-Based Review o Interventions orChildren With Autism Spectrum Disorders
 Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, The Ohio StateUniversity, Columbus, Ohio
This presentation summarizes the up-to-date researchevidence or interventions used by occupational therapy practitioners with children with ASD. The currentresearch evidence or sensory integration, sensory-based,social skills, intensive behavioral, relationship-based,and comprehensive interventions is explained, includ-ing what we know about eectiveness or dierent levelso severity and age groups. Themes that emerge acrossintervention trials are identifed and described. Thesethemes defne elements that are central to eectiveintervention, including: intensity and context o ser-vices, amily supports, and strategies or increasing childengagement and social competence.
Session Descriptions
Back by Popular Demand
Occupational therapy practitioners are a key role in working with individuals on the autism spectrumto help them participate in daily routines and integrate into communities. The prevalence and earlierdetection of ASD diagnoses continues to rise, along with the greater necessity to understand lifetransition challenges. It is urgent for our profession to be fully prepared to meet these needs.The
AOTA Specialty Conerence Autism West
is an excellent opportunity to learn from leadingexperts in the ASD spectrum eld and go home with top-level education and networking connec-tions. Right after AOTA held its rst autism specialty conference in Baltimore in 2010, hundreds ofattendees let us know that we should offer it again, this time on the West Coast!We listened. If you missed this exceptional conference the rst time, or want to attend again, regis-ter today and join us in Long Beach, California, December 2–3, 2011!
Now is the time to register online and save!@ www.aota.org/autismwest
Early Registration Ends: November 4
AOTA Members: $325; Nonmembers: $490
Regular Registration Ends: November 25
AOTA Members: $370; Nonmembers: $550 
 After November 25, contact AOTA at SpecialtyConference@aota.org forspace availability. 
 VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Checks made payable to AOTA. 
 Visit www.aota.org/autismwest for program information, cancellation andrefund policy, and hotel information.
 Are you not yet a member of AOTA? Join today and save on AOTA Specialty Conference Autism West registration fees!
Questions? Contact AOTA at SpecialtyConerence@aota.org
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Brenda Smith Myles, PhD
 Ziggurat Group, Plano, Texas
Understanding the Hidden Curriculum: Occupational Therapists Helping to Create Lie Successor Students With Autism and Related Exceptionalities
Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
You Say “Defcit” I Say “Defnes Me”: Daring to Celebrate the Unique Contributions o People onthe Autism Spectrum
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 inormation, questionsand answers, and real-time experiences can be sharedand networking with others will build utureopportunities.
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 perect synchrony o a reaction thatreects the experience exactly as it happened, provid-ing you with an opportunity to live completely in themoment. These experiences reect 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 proessionalswho 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 eective and useul 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 andamily 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 theShit 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 inorm practice andcreate partnerships with individuals with ASD and use astrength-based approach in order to impact their chosenparticipation and quality o lie. For example, by view-ing interests solely as restricted and defcit-based, theoccupational therapy practitioner will miss an avenueor utilizing interests to acilitate improved outcomes oradolescents and adults. This presentation will present aconceptual model o intervention that oers a strength-based perspective with the voice o the individual withASD as central. In addition, strategies and methods toengage interests, identiy 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 proessionalsand parents o children with autism spectrum disorder.Yet, the value o occupational therapy services or thispopulation oten goes unrecognized and is devalued,under-unded, and under-utilized. This presentation willurge the proession 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 needor 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 eorts at ThomasJeerson University in Philadelphia will be presented asexamples o such eorts.
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
A Family Aair: 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 lie realities.The supports that positively contribute to their quality o lie will be emphasized as well as the difculties they ace. Panelists will ocus on an analysis o needed servicesor ull inclusion in the community throughout the liecourse.
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 Conerence 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 reect on the topics discussed throughoutthe conerence and ask questions, engage in a dialogue,fnd out how to stay connected, and decide your nextsteps in proessional practice.
Session Descriptions (cont.)
Bestseller rom AOTA Press
Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach,3rd Edition
By Heather Miller Kuhaneck, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L
Recognizing that young children grow into adolescents, who in turn grow into adults,this updated book includes additional content applicable to adults as well as incorpo-rates the fndings rom the explosion o recent research in the autism practice area.Using the
Occupational Therapy Practice Framework
as a guide, the chapters providethe inormation occupational therapy practitioners need to work with individuals withan autism spectrum disorder in client-centered and occupation-based practice.
Order #1213B. AOTA Members: $69, Nonmembers: $98
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