Parents, grandparents, and caregivers of individuals with autism are invited to attend a special one-day conference on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
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
We are excited to welcome everyone in person for this year’s conference. Based on recent trends and guidance from the CDC and local health department officials, we continue to make changes to health and safety measures. Fully vaccinated attendees will no longer be required to wear a mask although individuals may still wear one if they choose. We ask that attendees who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask.
Cost & Registration
Cost to attend this all day conference is $20. Lunch is provided.
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 - |
|STRAND 1||STRAND 2|
|Supporting Mental Health & Anxiety |
Garima Singh, MD
|Functional Communication Training: Replacing Problem Behaviors at Home |
Brooke Barnes, MA
Kyle Hamilton, MS, BCBA, LBA
|11:10 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 - |
|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 - |
|Emotion Regulation for Older Individuals with Autism |
Jena Randolph, PhD
|Supporting the Development of Emotional Regulation in Younger Children with Autism |
Jennifer Sykes, PhD
Download a copy of the parent conference flyer.
Speaker PowerPoint & Handouts
Handouts will be posted here prior to the conference.