UNT hosts 10th annual autism conference

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 16:04

What: The University of North Texas’ Kristin Farmer Autism Center’s 10th annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference.

When: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. July 28 (Saturday)

Where: UNT Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd., in Denton

Free registration: A grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities will provide free registration to more than 100 families. The registrations will be on a first come, first served basis. Lunch is provided with registration. To complete an application for free registration visit https://autism.unt.edu/conference and click on the TCDD Registration link. There is no on-site registration.

Paid registration: Registration for professionals and the general public is $75 per person. Military personnel, senior citizens, students and UNT alumni are $65 per person. BDBA and SLP CEU credits are available for an additional $25 fee. Click here to register. There is no on-site registration.

Media: Media are invited to attend, photograph, video and interview speakers and attendees. The schedule of topics and speakers is attached as a PDF. Please contact Kris Muller to arrange media attendance.

Background: Conference attendees will learn about the latest in autism research, intervention and therapies from renowned experts during keynote presentations. Attendees can network with hundreds of parents and professionals from the autism community during breakout sessions.

Featured keynote speakers:

  • Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. – Volkmar is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Yale University, Child Study Center and recently served for eight years as director of the center. He is editor of the Journal of Autism, and considered a gifted clinician and teacher whose contributions have greatly improved the lives of children suffering from developmental disorders, as well as their families.
  • Mark F. O’Reilly, Ph.D. – O'Reilly is the Audrey Rogers Myers Centennial Professor in Education, Professor of Special Education, and Chair of the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Keynote Presentations:

  • Autism in 2018 – What we do and don’t know
  • Autism as a Social Learning Disorder
  • Teaching communication skills to persons with ASD using augmentative and alternative communication
  • Behavior Analysts Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families: A Conversation

Highlighted Breakout Sessions:

  • The traits of highly effective service providers in autism: A Research Update of “Behavioral Artists” and Their Potential Impact on ABA Outcomes.
  • Meditation as an Intervention for Students with Autism: Relaxing Body and Mind for Downstream Benefits to Behavior and Social Skills.
  • There's an App for That! Using Technology to Support Executive Functioning & Coping Skills
  • Build it and they will Come: Teaching Adults with ASD to Design Video Games
  • Coping Strategies for Individuals with Autism to Deal with Bullying
  • Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During IEP Meetings
  • Assessing Gaps In Success for Adults with Autism: Novel Solutions Integrating Research, Intervention Training, and Community Supports
  • Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Higher Education


About the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center

The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, housed in UNT’s College of Education, conducts evidence-based direct services, research, and training to positively impact individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and the community. The KFAC allows UNT to bring together its long history of interdisciplinary autism services and research under one roof, ensuring families in the North Texas region and beyond have access to services designed and implemented by a collaborative team of highly qualified researchers, professors, and professionals in the fields of special education, applied behavior analysis, vocational rehabilitation, early childhood intervention, speech and language pathology, counseling and other fields in autism intervention. The center also provides comprehensive assessments, and conducts training for UNT students, parents, families, and professionals, including the annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research conference on the UNT campus. The KFAC serves as a site for ongoing basic and applied research, and its staff disseminates important research results in leading autism journals and at top conferences around the world.



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