About the Conference

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This conference aims to educate and provide support for professionals who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, including educators, psychologists, speech/language pathologists, medical professionals, applied behavior analysts, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, service coordinators, and advocates.

The conference strives to provide an atmosphere of hope and discovery, and upholds a commitment to sharing comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of assessment and intervention strategies supported by research. The conference includes vendor and agency booths, a student/trainee research poster session, and sessions presented by regionally and nationally recognized researchers and practitioners in the field of autism.

For the first time ever, the Thompson Center Autism Conference will be offering a hybrid mix of in-person and online attendance. For those who will be attending in person, conference and hotel staff have developed safety protocols and measures which follow state and federal guidelines for social distancing. As things continue to evolve over the next several months, conference staff will make updates and changes as necessary.


Conference Learning Objectives

  • Describe recent advances in the causes of autism and other developmental disorders.
  • Describe recent advances in the treatments for autism and other developmental disorders.
  • Show an increase in knowledge about specific assessments and treatments for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Demonstrate a change in the use of current best practices or to report an intent to change practice.
  • Increase knowledge about the practices of other disciplines involved in the care of children with autism and other developmental disorders.
  • Report an intent to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and practices that promote positive patient outcomes.

Conference Facilities

All sessions of the conference will be held in Chesterfield, Missouri at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Virtual speakers and those attending online will utilize the Zoom platform. Zoom is an easy to use on-line meeting space and can be accessed from any computer, smart phone, or tablet using high-speed internet.

DoubleTree Hotel Chesterfield-St. Louis

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis-Chesterfield
16625 Swingley Ridge Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017, USA
Phone: +1-636-532-5000
Fax: +1-636-530-1149

Making a reservation in the conference room block offers attendees the utmost convenience as well as a special room rate of $129 per night. Reservations must be made with the DoubleTree by September 2, 2020 in order to guarantee this rate. To make a reservation online and receive the special conference rate, click here. Space is limited.

Overflow Hotel Information:
For attendees who are unable to secure lodging at the DoubleTree, rooms are also available at The Hilton Garden Inn-Chesterfield. The reduced rate is $129 per night and reservations must be made by September 4, 2020 in order to guarantee this rate. When making a reservation by phone, please refer to the Thompson Center Autism Conference block. To make a reservation online and receive the special conference rate, click here.

Parking is FREE to all attendees at both hotels.


Conference Committee

Stephen Kanne, PhD, Executive Director
David Beversdorf, MD
Cameron Burton
Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA
Marie Heuer, MBA
Nathan Hurst, MA
Louis Nevins
Abby Powell, MBA
Jena Randolph, PhD
Brett Slaughter
Artesha Strong

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