Thursday October 5th
7:30 am - Registration Opens
8:30 am - Michelle Garcia Winner Keynote Presentation
10:15 am - Break
12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch
2:15 pm - Break
3:30 pm - Michelle Garcia Winner day one Keynote Ends
4:30 pm Exhibit Booth Exploration
Michelle Garcia Winner
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Topic: Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Collaboration ( 5 - young adult )
Learn over 20 unique Social Thinking Strategies and three core Treatment Frameworks! Help individuals advance their ability to understand the social context and tailor their behaviors accordingly. Help individuals improve their social observational skills, learn core Social Thinking Vocabulary concepts to encourage social communicative competence to work better in groups, and share an imagination to better understand and respond to others. Discover tools for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in your home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging workshop!
**Michelle Garcia Winner will join us at the Roundup Steakhouse
from 7-9 for a ticketed beer & wine tasting**
Friday October 6th
7:30 am Registration opens
8:30 am - 10:00 am Michelle Garcia Winner Keynote Presentation
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:30 Session 1
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 1 Session 2
1:00 - 1:45 Lunch
1:45 - 3:00 Session 3
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:30 Session 4
4:30 - 5:00 Exhibit Booth Exploration
Michelle Garcia Winner
8:30 am to 10:00 am
Topic: Focusing on Teens and Adults with Subtle but Significant Social Learning Needs
Explore how to help teens and adults with diagnosis such as ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Twice Exceptional, etc. who have more “subtle but significant” social learning challenges learn to establish and manage their own public relations and self-management campaigns. We will also discuss related mental health challenges such as social anxiety. Strategies to encourage motivation and guide learning about one’s own executive functioning, perspective of self and others, friendship and the subtleties of social communication will be reviewed with case studies, related video, and hands-on lessons.
10:15 - 11:30
Feel at Home: Unlock the Door to Healthy Living and Leisure
Amiee C. Smith, M.A: Alaska Autism Resource Center
Alphabet Soup: ABA, BCBA, RBT and EPSDT (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Behavior Analysis and How Medicaid is Going to Cover It.)
Christie Reinhardt, Program Coordinator II: The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education
11:45 - 1:00
Microenterprise Grant Application Process
Larrisa Cummings, Microenterprise Grant Fund Administrator: UAA Center for Human Development
Functional Neurological Interventions for Autism
Dr. Daniel Costello, DC: Alaska Brain and Spine
1:00 - 1:45
Food Truck available for onsite purchase: Spice it up
Life Animated - Showing of a Brilliant Documentary both days during lunch
1:45 - 3:00
What Can I Choose? Exploring Devices and Equipment Commonly Used to Influence Sensory Needs
Derrick Cannon, PT, DPT & Traci Roon, PT: Building Blocks
Living Puzzled: How Being Autistic has Shaped My Purpose in Life
Heidi Lieb-Wiliams: Speaker/Self Advocate, Mom, Self Employed Entrepreneur, Actress & Aspiring Filmmaker
3:15 - 4:30
Building Emotional Awareness and Regulation Skills for Children who Experience Autism
Matthew Sena, MS LPC. & Bill Couthran, Psy.D.: Hope Counseling
The New Dr. Brennan is a Woman and ECHO is a Community? What in the World is Going on in Public Health and What Does This Have to do With Me?
Christie Reinhardt, Coordinator II: The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education
CEU & ASHA Credit Approved Conference
We are excited to announce this conference is offering CEUs & ASHA credit.
Download the CEUs & ASHA details to learn how to apply.
Exhibit Booth Applications
The Alaska Autism Conference hosted by the Autism Society of Alaska offers an unique opportunity for individuals with autism, professionals, educators, family members, and caregivers to network. As an exhibitor, you will interact with attendees that work with individuals of all ages along the full spectrum of autism. Exhibitors will gain from making face-to- face connections with those enthusiastically interested in networking and learning about products, resources, and services that address the needs and enhance the lives of individuals that experience autism.
Download our exhibit booth application to join our conference today.
Scholarship: Status Closed
Autism Society of Alaska sponsored 10 people affected by autism to attend the conference.
Alaska Governors Council sponsored three people to attend the conference.
13 people affected by autism are able to attend the conference without a registration cost!
Conference Breakout Session Presentations
Call for Papers: Status Closed
The Autism Society of Alaska is seeking high quality proposals addressing a full range of issues facing individuals living with autism and their families.
Download our call for papers document for more details on how to apply.
Sponsorship provides you with an opportunity to align your organization with a premier autism conference for parents and professionals and show your support of Autism in Alaska. We offer a variety of categories to meet your budget and outreach needs. We will be happy to work with you to tailor a customized sponsorship plan for your company.
Download our sponsorship document for more details on how to partner with us.
Total Sponsorship Income: $18,100