Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Programs Division

Imagine Conference Agenda

Autism Imagine Conference…Embracing Change – Transitions through the Lifespan

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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7:15-8:00 am Registration/Breakfast
7:30-7:50 am Seminar Room
Wellness Activity
8:00-10:00 am Ballroom B & C
Keynote Speaker – Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA
10:15-11:30 am Sunrise

Transition Plans that Deliver Results: Evidence-based Predictors of Success - Emily Iland, MA, ET; Thomas Iland, BS, CPA, DTM

Changing Constructions, Changing Paradigms: Access to Community Across the Lifespan - Elisheva Levin, PhD

Using Early Childhood Design Principles to Improve Learning and Instruction: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration - Emily Aragon, BA; Richard Cottrell, BS

Ballroom A
Medications for Behavioral Health Concerns in the Context of an Individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Cynthia King, MD

Ballroom B
Parent-Mediated Intervention to Reduce Challenging Behavior: An Innovative Treatment Option for Families Residing in Rural Communities – Scott Hall, PhD,
BCBA; Katerina Monlux, MS; Joy Pollard, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA; Arlette Bujanda Rodriguez, BS, BCaBA

1:00-2:15 pm Sunrise

Drinking, Drug Use and Addiction in the Autism Community - Elizabeth Kunreuther, MSW

How to Move Towards Success as a Young Adult with a Disability - Sean King, Student; Kathleen “Mo” Taylor, OTR/L

Understanding the Intersection of Autism and Anxiety - Ellen Geib, MS; Tiffany Otero, PhD, BCBA

Ballroom A
Advocating for Services in Early Childhood - Zoe Migel, MS, LCSW

Ballroom B
Mindfulness for Health and Wellness - Michele DuVal, MA

2:30-3:45 pm Sunrise
Exploring How Research Can Guide Practices from Systems to the Classroom and Community

Abdullah Alatawi; Heather DiLuzio, MA, BCBA; Peggy Duffie; Sharon Head; Juliana Michelle Montoya, MA; Jorden Morales, MA; Monica Asencio Pimental

Transitions to CNM - Shannon O’Keefe

ABA – Love It or Hate It but First Understand It! - Michele Iemolo, PsyD, BCBA; Maryann Trott, MA, BCBA

Ballroom A
Emergency Preparedness for People with Autism - Lisa McNiven, BA, MPA

Ballroom B
Telepractice to Increase and Improve Access to Diagnostic and Early Intervention Services for
Children in Rural, Underserved, and Low Resource Communities - Pablo Juarez, MEd, BCBA

Friday, April 13, 2018

8:00-9:15 am Sunrise

Mindfulness: A Treatment Approach for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families - Michele Iemolo, PsyD, BCBA; Kristen Red-Horse, MOT, OTR/L

After Diagnosis: Top 12 Things Families and Providers Need to Know - Debra Sugar, LCSW

Seminar Room
Lessons from Miami and Buckeye: How to Improve Safety in Police Encounters for Individuals with ASD - Emily Iland, MA, ET; Thomas Iland, BS, CPA, DTM

Ballroom A
Supporting Families in Identifying High Quality ABA Treatment Options - Brian Lopez, PhD, BCBA; Joy Pollard, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Harnessing the Gift of Water with Pool Therapy - Hannah Bloom, MOTR/L; Kathleen “Mo” Taylor, OTR/L

9:30-10:45 am Sunrise

Essentials for Teachers of Students with ASD - Maryann Trott, MA, BCBA

Using Technology for Academic and Vocational Support - Jesse Armijo, BA; Erin Gallegos, BA

Accessing Treatment at Every Stage of Life: Navigating the Complex Web of Healthcare,
Schools, and Social Systems - Kathleen Karimi, MHA; Zoe Migel, MS, LCSW

A Parent Forum: Positive Parenting for a Child Diagnosed with Autism - Stacy Ertle, MS, LPCC

Ballroom A
Sexuality and Sexuality Education with Individuals with ASD - Peter Gerhardt, EdD

11:00am-12:15 pm Sunrise

Everyday Strategies Families Can Use to Manage Stress - Ellen Geib, MS; Jayme Swalby, MA

Implementing Adaptive Kayaking Programs for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities - Crystal Aragon, MA; Jane Bales, MAS

Using Contextual Fit to Create Effective Interventions for Families - Maria Merino Gomez, BA; Megan Martins, PhD, BCBA-D

Your BEST Life Program: Behavioral and Educational Support for Transitioning to Adulthood – Angela Montes, MS, BCBA; Jocelyn Thompson, LCSW, BCBA

Ballroom A
Leveraging Technology to Create Access to High-Quality ABA Treatment Options for Families Living in Rural or Underserved Communities - Joy Pollard, PhD, BCBA, LBA

12:30pm-3:30 pm

Ballroom B & C

Identifying and Developing the Skills Necessary for Life in the Community:  The Intersection of Evidence-based practice and Creative Thinking