Parent Conference

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers of individuals with autism are invited to attend a special one-day conference on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Diverse family, mom, dad, and child smiling at camera

Event Details

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

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

We are hopeful for a return to a new “normal” and excited to welcome everyone in person for this year’s conference. As always, the health and safety of all attendees and speakers is our number one priority. We are currently planning to host the conference in person with the understanding that should the situation with Covid-19 not improve or get worse, the conference will be moved online. All attendees are required to wear a mask and socially distance. Chairs and tables will be spaced 6 feet apart.

Cost & Registration

Cost to attend this all day conference is $20. Lunch is provided.

To register, please click here. For questions, email benignoj@health.missouri.edu or call 573-882-2077.

The deadline to register is Monday, October 11th 2021 by 5:00pm CST.

Schedule and Sessions

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration  
9:00 - 9:35 a.m.Keynote Presentation: The Power of Being Heard and How to Use It to Increase Engagement and Inclusiveness
Wes Dotson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
9:35 - 9:45 a.m.Break
9:45 -
11:00 a.m.
STRAND 1STRAND 2
Supporting Mental Health & Anxiety
Garima Singh, MD
Functional Communication Training: Replacing Problem Behaviors at Home
Brooke Barnes, MA
Kyle Hamilton, MS, BCBA, LBA
11:00 -
11:10 a.m.
Break
11:10 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.Bully prevention among youth with ASD: Considerations for Parents and Caregivers
Jena Randolph, PhD
Chad Rose, PhD
Next Steps: What to Do After Your Child Receives a Diagnosis
Cortney Fish, MSW, BCBA, LBA
12:35 -
1:35 p.m.
Lunch
1:35 -
2:50 p.m.
Preparing for Adulthood Panel
Jaclyn Benigno, MEd, Moderator
Luke Daily, Vocational Rehabilitation
Melissa Herzog, PhD, Human Environmental Sciences Faculty
Jonathan Lidgus, UMSL Succeed Program
Supporting Eating, Toileting & Sleeping Panel
Emma Keicher, MEd, BCBA, LBA
Shawna Shelton, BSN, RN
Brittney Stevenson, MOT, OTR/L
2:50 -
3:00 p.m.
Break
3:00 -
4:15 p.m.
Emotion Regulation for Older Individuals with Autism
Jena Randolph, PhD
Supporting the Development of Emotional Regulation in Younger Children with Autism
Jennifer Sykes, PhD

Don’t forget to join us at the Ask the Experts Panel at 4:15 p.m. Although this event is FREE, we do ask that you register. For more information or to reserve your spot, click here.

Download a copy of the parent conference flyer.

Speaker PowerPoint & Handouts

Handouts will be posted here prior to the conference.

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