No-Cost Virtual conference and new book highlight Autism Awareness month.
In honor of Autism Awareness month, momsfightingautism.com is offering a free virtual conference with 17 different presenters over two days on Saturday, April 10th and Sunday 11th from 8:00 to 5:00 PST.
Temple Grandin, PH.D., subject of the recent HBO movie: Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday April 10 at 8:00 am PST. Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a bestselling author (Thinking in Pictures). Dr. Gandin will be discussing Teaching Through Specific Examples, and will also discuss the Importance of Sensory Processing Disorder and it’s place in the DSM V which is currently being updated.
Acknowledging that autism is a spectrum with different abilities and challenges, the keynote on Sunday April 11 at 8:00 am PST will be given by Jeremy Sicile-Kira who was highlighted in the MTV award-winning True Life episode, “I Have Autism.” Jeremy will present on Learning With Autism: A Personal Viewpoint using power point with voice output. “Jeremy has experienced home schooling, special education and inclusion, and many types of therapies in California, France and the UK. It’s not often we get to hear from someone as impacted as Jeremy about what it is like to be on the receiving end of therapies and treatments,” explained Chantal Sicile-Kira, autism advocate and award-winning author who will be moderating both keynote presentations. Her latest book, 41 Things to Know About Autism, has just been published by Turner Publishing.
Donna Williams, Dip Ed, BA Hons, consultant and author of 9 books (Nobody Nowhere, Somebody Somewhere) will present on Meaning Deafness, Meaning Blindness and Body Disconnectedness. Other presenters include Dr. Joshua Feder on DIR/Floortime; Darlene Hanson MA, CCC on Augmenting and Expanding Communication, Rebecca Estepp on How To Start Biomedical Intervention; Lisa Lieberman, MSW author on Finding Quality One-to-One Providers; Debbie Bialer, on Toilet Training; and Peggy Schaefer on Neurulogic Music Therapy, Andrea Macken on Proactive Tools to Manage Challenging Behaviors of Children with Autism; Shannon Schlotman on The role of Occupational Therapy in improving learning and behavior; and others.
“In honor of Autism Awareness month, I wanted to provide practical information on autism for free to all who needed it,” said Ernest Priestly, Founder of momsfightingautism.com. “Many parents have a hard time leaving their home to attend conferences. A virtual conference is the best way for many people to get information they need without leaving their home. I’m glad I can help make their lives a little easier.”
Moms Fighting Autism is a producer of webinars for moms of children with autism. This website provides the tools and services that allow moms to vent, cope, support and learn from each other. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States. For more information visit www.momsfightingautism.com. For more information on autism topics see the book “41 Things To Know About Autism.”