April 28 & 29, 2017

Join the conversation with global leaders in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as we discuss the state of the science with a unique emphasis on innovation and impact!  Register for this two-day conference to receive a unique professional development opportunity with full meals provided each day.  We will not be able to accommodate on-site registrations on April 28th or 29th.  Please book your registration in advance of these dates.

This conference is beneficial for a variety of professionals seeking continuing education credits such as psychologists, psychiatrists, behavior analysts, counselors, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists as well as students in related fields. Students, parents of individuals with ASD, and CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) staff receive 20% off admission. Full details, below. 

The featured presentations at this historic event reflect the global mission of the Els for Autism Foundation which has offices in the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Presenters

Renowned leaders in autism research, government, and service provision.

Program

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30

Registration and Continuing Education Credits (CE) Sign-In

8:30 – 9:00

Welcome – Dr. Marlene Sotelo (Director of Programs & Operations, Els for Autism Foundation), Dr. Michael Alessandri (Conference Chair) and Alex Plank, Creator, WrongPlanet.net

9:00 – 10:15

Dr. Andy Shih:  Community Engagement and Innovation: Lessons from Global Autism Research

Overview of implementation science and community-based participatory research (CBPR) and its importance in developing solutions for the global community.

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:45

Dr. Roy Richard Grinker: Culture and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Current Challenges and Opportunities in Diagnosis and Care

Theories regarding prevalence of ASD as they relate to poverty, access to service, racial discrimination, stigma, cultural beliefs about what kinds of behaviors are “normal” and “abnormal,” and a nation’s health and public health infrastructure.

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch presented by Foodies4Autism Food Truck 

1:00 – 2:15

Dr. Adriana DiMartino: Open Science and Large-Scale Evaluations of the Intrinsic Brain Architecture in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The brain and autism. Review of functional MRI studies and their implications for diagnostics and intervention.

2:15 – 2:30

Coffee Break

2:30 – 3:45

Dr. Petrus de Vries:  Autism in Africa and Other Low Resource Environments

3:45 – 4:45

Panel Discussion with Moderated Q&A by Dr. Michael Alessandri

4:45 – 5:00

Closing Remarks

7:00

VIP Dinner – Together United for Global Impact & Reach

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30

Continuing Education Credits Sign-In

8:30 – 9:00

Opening remarks

9:00 – 10:15

Hon. Michael Lake: Expect More – An Autism Adventure

A father’s journey through autism and a government official’s journey through change in policies and funding structures.

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:45

Dr. Catherine Lord: What Can We Learn from Longitudinal Studies about Intervention and Progress?

Information about individual differences in developmental trajectories in ASD and the factors that contribute to positive and negative aspects of outcomes in adolescents and young adults.

11:45 – 1:00

Buffet lunch & optional tours by Els for Autism Foundation’s staff through the Lower School building.

1:00 – 2:15

Dr. Ami Klin: Developmental Social Neuroscience meets Public Health Challenge: A New System of Healthcare Delivery for Infants and Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presentation of data on early diagnostic indicators obtained through eye-tracking-based behavioral assays that quantify the social disabilities in autism.

2:15 – 2:30

Coffee Break

2:30 – 3:45

Dr. Roberto Tuchman: Google, Facebook, FaceTime and the Electric Developing Social Brain

Understanding the neural networks involved in social cognition and the shared mechanisms accounting for clinical overlap between autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, and other neurodevelopmental disorders with atypical social cognitive function.

3:45 – 4:45

Panel Discussion with Moderated Q&A by Dr. Michael Alessandri

4:45 – 5:00

Closing remarks and introduction of the piano performance by James Williams – Mr. Marvin R. Shanken, Chairman and Founder, Els for Autism Foundation

Continuing Education

The conference sponsor, Shanken Family Foundation, has underwritten the cost of all continuing education credits (CE’s) offered.  Attendees must attend both days of the conference to earn credits. The following listed organizations have approved to participate as listed below:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) conference total continuing education credits = 1.2
(12 hours – Intermediate Level, Professional Area)
Course number: ACCL1003
Provider name: Seminole County Public Schools

Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB) general continuing education credits = 4

Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA): This course has been sanctioned by the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) for 8.5 contact hours.
Sanctioning of this course does not imply endorsement of specific content, products or clinical procedures by FOTA.
FOTA has created this course with CE Broker.
The CE Broker Course Tracking number 20-566429

Florida Psychological Association (FPA) conference total continuing education credits = 8.75

National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) approved presentations: 2017 Autism Innovations & Global Impact Conference: The State of the Science has been approved by NBCC for NBCC Credit. Els for Autism Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
NBCC Approval No. SP 2799.

Learning Objectives from ASHA:

  • The participant will summarize implementation science and community-based participatory research and its importance in developing solutions in treating patients with autism in the global community.
  • The participant will describe theories regarding prevalence in Autism Spectrum Disorder as they relate to poverty, access to service, racial discrimination, stigma, cultural beliefs, and public health infrastructure.
  • The participant will explain the use of functional MRI studies and their role in diagnostics and intervention as it relates to the brain and autism.
  • The participant will describe the role of parents of children with autism as advocates, parents, and policy-makers.
  • The participant will analyze factors that contribute to positive and negative outcomes for people with autism based on developmental trajectory data from longitudinal studies.
  • The participant will describe the use of early diagnostic indicators through eye-tracking-based behavioral data quantifying social disabilities in autism spectrum disorder.
  • The participant will summarize the role of neural networks in social cognition and overlap between autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.

For more information contact:
Erin Brooker Lozott
Director of Clinical Services
Els for Autism Foundation
Email: Erin.Lozott@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9521

Registration

Registration

Join the conference by registering today.
(We will not be able to accommodate on-site registrations on April 28th or 29th.  Please book your registration in advance of these dates.)

20% Student Discount $340.00 

20% CARD Faculty Discount $340.00

20% Parent Discount $340.00

(Use respective codes at registration:  STUDENT, CARDSTAFF, PARENT)

Must bring Student or Employee ID to present at registration the day of the conference check-in.

The Els Center of Excellence

18370 Limestone Creek Road
Jupiter, Florida 33458
561-598-6200

Conference Contact:

Dr. Marlene Sotelo
Director of Programs and Operations
marlene.sotelo@elsforautism.org
561-625-8269

Media Contact:

Mariann Coleman
Marketing and Development Manager
mariann.coleman@elsforautism.org
561-309-4248