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2nd Annual Alaska Autism Conference

October 5th & 6th
Fairbanks, Alaska Pioneer Park

Michelle Garcia Winner
Keynote Speaker

Download the speaking abstracts for an overview of the keynote presentations. 

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social thinking challenges, including diagnoses of autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, PDD and non-verbal learning disorder.

Winner's pioneering practical assessment and treatment strategies can easily be used by parents, paraprofessionals and professionals. Her work regarding social thinking is becoming the base from which instructional programs are developed across the U.S. and internationally, influencing a range of professions: education, counseling, speech and language therapy and behavioral teachings. Download our conference flyer to help us spread the word.


Thursday October 5th 

Doors open 7:30 am close 4:00 pm

Michelle Garcia Winner 

8:30 am – 3:00 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
Doors open 7:30 am close 5:00 pm

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.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 

10:15 - 11:30  Unlock the Door to Healthy Living and Leisure

10:15 - 11:30  Medicaid Changes and Information about BCBA's and the CBAI 

Session 2

11:45 - 1:00 An Introduction to Micro Enterprise and Grants Available 

11:45 - 1:00 Functional Neurology and Chiropractic Medicine 

1:00 - 1:45 Food Trucks TBA**

Session 3
1:45 - 3:00 Occupational Therapy: Common Equipment and Home Products: The good and the Bad, What can you use on your own and what requires a prescription or monitoring of a therapist?

1;45 - 3:00 Project ECHO Tele Health Clinic, Help Me Grow Program, New Doctor for Dr. Brennan's Role in Alaska

Session 4
3:15 - 4:30 Life Animated - Showing of a Brilliant Documentary 

3:15 - 4:30 topic TBA**

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. 

Conference Breakout Session Presentations

 Call for Papers 

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.

$5,000  Diamond Sponsor

$2500-$4999 Platinum

 $1000-$2499 Gold

 $500-$999 Silver

 $250-$499 Bronze