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21st Annual Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Regional Autism Conference

Whole Individuals, Whole Families, Whole Communities

Featured Speakers

Saturday, September 11
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP

"A New View of Executive Functioning Skills"

Saturday, September 12
Jessica Minahan, BCBA, Speaker, & Author

"Anxiety & Autism"

Saturday, September 12
Kerry Magro, Speaker& Author

"Autism can't define me. I define autism."

September 11th & 12th, 2020

Ray & Joan KROC Community Center
1375 E Broadway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Directions

Summary

FRIDAY 

  • Track A Speech Track – Sarah Ward – National and International speaker on executive function and how to improve these important skills. She will be speaking all day. Speech CEU’s available. 
  • Track B –  Girls & Autism & more coming soon!
  • Track C – Coming soon!
  • Track D – Coming soon! 

SATURDAY

  • Track A – Jessica Minahan – National and International speaker on behavior and anxiety.  This talk will be given twice – once in the morning, and once in the afternoon 
  • Track B – Medical – Treatments with Dr. James Adams, GI with Dr. Daniel Rossignol, Diagnosis & Treatments with Dr. Richard Frye, & Microbiome & Mitochondria with Dr. Sri Ganeshan
  • Track C – Individuals with Autism – Kerry Magro on autism and relationships all morning, Sue Golubock on Neurodiversity, and Self-Advocacy
  • Track D –  Trauma & Autism with Jennifer Montgomery, Caregiver Burnout with Paul & Kim, Alternative Behavioral Strategies

Sponsors

We currently have sponsor and exhibitor space available for this upcoming conference. We do expect to sell out, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Sponsorship opportunities opening soon!

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Scholarship

Conference speakers are for professionals, parents, and individuals with autism

  • Professional Certificates Available – 5.5 Contact Hours Per Day
  • Speech CEU’s – .55 Friday and .55 Saturday 

Questions?

Phone: 480-940-1093
Email: Stacy Strombeck-Goodrich

 

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Looking for an opportunity to give back or attend the conference for free? Parents are invited to volunteer for a day and then attend the second day of the conference for free. We are needing help in a variety of tasks to be able to put on this large conference. Please see below for more information and to sign up to volunteer.

Agenda - Friday, September 11

Keynote Speaker - Sarah Ward - Auditorium

9:00-10:00

Executive Function (EF) Skills Defined, Executive Dysfunction and the Development of Executive Function Skills Treatment interventions to improve Forethought and Self Talk

Presenter: Sarah Ward
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
10:00-10:30
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair
10:30-12:00

Task Initiation, Self-regulation, Making timely Transitions, Following routines, & Improving Situational Intelligence

Presenter: Sarah Ward
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhibitor Fair
1:00-2:30
Presenter: Sarah Ward
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
2:30-3:00
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair - Closes at 3
3:00-4:30
Presenter: Sarah Ward
Audience: Parents, Professionals

Track B

12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhibitor Fair
1:00-2:30
Presenters:
Audience: Parents, Professionals
2:30-3:00
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair - Closes at 3
3:00-4:30
Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals

Track C

12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhibitor Fair
1:00-2:30
Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals
2:30-3:00
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair - Closes at 3
3:00-4:30
Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism

Track D

12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhibitor Fair
1:00-2:30
Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
2:30-3:00
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair - Closes at 3
3:00-3:45
Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
3:45-4:30
Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism

Agenda - Saturday, SEPTEMBER 12

Track A - Jessica Minahan, BCBA - Auditorium

9:00-10:00

Anxiety & Autism Part 1

Presenter: Jessica Minahan
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
10:00-10:30
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair
10:30-12:15

Anxiety & Autism Part 2

Presenter: Jessica Minahan
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhbitor Fair - closes at 1 PM
1:00-2:45

Anxiety & Autism Part 1 (This is a repeat of the AM presentation)

Presenter: Jessica Minahan
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
2:30-3:00
Break
3:00-4:30

Anxiety & Autism Part 2 (This is a repeat of the AM presentation)

Presenter: Jessica Minahan
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism

Track B - Medical

9:00-10:00

G.I. Treatments and Research

Presenter: Dr. Jim Adams
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
10:00-10:30
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair
10:30-12:00

What Are the Most Effective Treatments for Autism?

Presenter: Dr. Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhibitor Fair - Closes at 1 LUNCH BREAKOUT SESSION: Dr Boles: Mitochondria Medicine
1:00-2:30

Science Behind Autism: Future of Diagnosis and Treatment

Presenter: Dr. Richard Frye, MD, Ph.D
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
2:30-3:00
Break
3:00-4:30

Discovering the Mircobiome and Mitochondria

Presenter: Dr. Sri Ganeshan, MD
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism

Track C - Individuals with Autism Adult Track

9:00-10:00

My Life on the Autism Spectrum

Presenter: Kerry Magro
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
10:00-10:30
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair
10:30-11:45

My Life on the Autism Spectrum Part 2

Presenter: Kerry Magro
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhibitor Fair - Closes at 1
1:00-2:30

Neurodiversity

Presenter: Sue Golubock & Friends
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
2:30-3:00
Break
3:00-4:30

Self-Advocacy is Key for Everyone's Success

Presenters:
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism

Track D

9:00-10:00
Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
10:00-10:30
Break - Visit Exhibitor Fair
10:30-12:00

Trauma and Autism

Presenters: Jennifer Montgomery
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
12:00-1:00
Lunch - Catered - Visit Exhibitor Fair - Closes at 1
1:00-2:30

Caregiver Burnout

Presenters: Paul Carollo & Kim Dione
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism
3:00-4:30

Alternative Behavioral Strategies

Presenter:
Audience: Parents, Professionals, & Individuals with Autism

Featured Speakers

Sarah Ward

MS, CCC-SLP

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, has over 24 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction. She holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, where she provides instruction to graduate-level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with Cognitive Connections co-director Kristen Jacobsen.

Jessica Minahan

BCBA, Speaker, & Author

Kerry Magro

Speaker & Author

Speakers

James B. Adams, Ph.D.

Director of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University

James’ research focuses on the medical causes of autism and how to treat and prevent it including the areas of nutrition (vitamins/minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine, digestive enzymes, special diets), oxidative stress, gut problems, gut bacteria, toxic metals, and seizures. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including 35 related to autism. He is also the President of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the President of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, the co-leader of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Autism Research Institute, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Neurological Health Foundation. He has an adult daughter with autism. www.adamsautismresearch.com

Paul Carollo

Program Manager of the Relationship Based Autism Center at Child Family Support Services

Prior to CFSS, Paul worked for Touchstone Behavioral Health for seventeen years where he was the creator and program manager of the Family Centered Autism Program. Paul holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s of Community Counseling. He has completed his coursework at Northern Arizona University to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He currently holds a certification as a National Certified Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Paul has experience working with individual and families with the following challenges: ADHD, OCD, ODD, Autism, and Asperger’s syndrome. Paul is an experienced Functional Family Therapist receiving eight years of training in this area. Additionally, he has experience leading social skills and parent education groups specific to the Autism spectrum. Paul has presented at various conferences on Autism as well as provided consultation to various schools in the valley. Paul has received training to administer the ADIR test. He has completed training to administer the ADOS-2. Furthermore, Paul is trained as a Level I and II trauma therapist. He receives continuing education in the field of Autism.

Dr. Richard Frye, MD, Ph.D

Child Neurologist with expertise in neurodevelopmental and neurometabolic disorders

Richard received an MD and PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Miami, Residency in Child Neurology and Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Learning Disabilities at Harvard University/Children’s Hospital Boston and Fellowship in Psychology at Boston University. He also received a Masters in Biomedical Science and Biostatistics from Drexel University. He holds board certifications in Pediatrics, and in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. Dr. Frye is a national leader in autism research. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and serves on several editorial boards.

He has lead several clinical studies on children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including studies focusing on defining the clinical, behavioral, cognitive, genetic and metabolic characteristics of children with ASD and mitochondrial disease. He has conducted several clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of safe and novel treatments that target underlying physiological abnormalities in children with ASD. He is the new Chief of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital with the goal of developing a center to evaluation and treat children with neurodevelopmental disorders in order to attain optimal outcomes by integrating cutting-edge precision medicine and research.

Sri Ganeshan, MD

Chief Medical Officer Iliad Neurosciences

Dr. Sri Venkatesh Ganeshan MD serves as Chief Medical Officer to Iliad. A graduate of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, Dr. Ganeshan’s expertise resides in the therapeutic areas of Oncology, Urology, Transplant, Immunology, Dermatology, Hepatology, Virology and Neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Geneshan has vast experience in delivering organizational goals through project leadership, extensive clinical and administrative experience, and thorough knowledge of multiple therapeutic areas. As a former executive at Astellas Pharma US, Dr. Ganeshan launched two first in class compounds with great success. Successful in recognition of opportunities and facilitation of efforts to improve process, product knowledge and clinical outcome, Sri has proven ability in building productive associations with clinicians, researchers and administrators in pursuit of expanded understanding of disease and treatment options. Dr. Ganeshan brings extensive Clinical trial study management and regulatory affairs experience to Iliad, including clinical trial design, study medical monitoring, pharmacovigilance, and vendor management.

Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP, FMAPS

Dr. Rossignol, MD FAAFP is a board-certified family physician. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia. Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism. He has made it his mission to research and publish in autism. Since 2006, he has 55 papers, abstracts, editorials, and book chapters (including those in press) concerning autism and related conditions. Dr. Rossignol has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders, PANS/PANDAS, cerebral palsy, and related neurological and developmental disorders as well as medically complex children and adults. Dr. Rossignol is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) and a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (FMAPS). Dr. Rossignol sees patients in all three offices in California and Florida.