2014 Southeastern “Across the Spectrum” Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo

We are so excited to share with you::
Above All Else will be one of the featured speakers at this conference!

“AUTISM: It’s More Than Just a Statistic!”
By: Brandi Shinn, BSE Elementary/Special Education;MSE Educational Leadership/ Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate, Above All Else Inc., Greenbrier, AR

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2014 Southeastern
“Across the Spectrum”
Autism/Asperger Conference and Expo
Thursday & Friday, March 13-14, 2014
Brought to you by Autism Avenue
Sponsored by Algonot.com
New Larger Location!
Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, Georgia

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Who Should Attend?
Special and Regular Education Teachers, Administrators, Paraprofessionals, Parents,
Family Members, Caregivers, Counselors, Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists,
Professors and Students, Occupational Therapists, 
Physical Therapists, Community Therapists,
Social Workers, Medical Professionals, Special Needs Ministry Staff, Self-Advocates,  Child Care Providers and ANYONE Interested in Learning More!

Continuing Education Credits Available
Continuing Education Credit for up to 10.5 Direct Contact Hours Available

Exclusive Conference Sponsor
Break Sponsor – Social Skills Today 
Conference Manual Sponsor – 
Brain Balance
Tote Bag Sponsor – Children’s Therapy Works
Badge Holder Sponsor – Music Therapy Services of Greater Atlanta

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Keynote Presenter –
Dr. Glenis Benson
Glenis Benson obtained her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she minored in Communication Disorders. Glenis has supported persons with ASDs for 35 years. She has been Senior Advisor to the Middle East for the United Nations, Director of the Autism Program for USD, and she currently teaches at both UW-Madison and UW-Oshkosh. Glenis presents nationally and internationally. Her published works include peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and a DVD. She consults to school districts, agencies and families. She is a founding board member of Camp AweSum, a non-profit organization that operates both youth and family camps for persons with ASDs. Glenis’ private practice is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Keynote Presenter –
Alexis Wineman

Alexis Wineman’s journey started long before being crowned Miss Montana 2012, and ultimately the “America’s Choice” contestant in the 2012 Miss America competition. Prior to the Miss America 2012 competition, Alexis rarely wore high heels and makeup. The competition for her was an opportunity to challenge herself and prove wrong her naysayers who never thought the shy, quiet girl in a hoodie could actually compete on one of the biggest stages in America. That opportunity turned out to be so much more, Alexis was also representing a community, a community of 1 in 88 children in the United States who are diagnosed with autism.

Her unique personal story as the first Miss America contestant diagnosed with autism and the third contestant with a disability since the competition’s inception in 1921 made headlines around the world. She was named by Diane Sawyer as the “Person of the Week” on World News Tonight, and was profiled in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s series “Human Factors: Overcoming Obstacles” on CNN. She also made appearances on Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, The Jeff Probst Show and was interviewed online for the Today Show, E!New, People, Time, USA Today, and the Huffington Post. Glamour magazine featured Alexis in its April 2013 issue as the “Most Popular Girl in America”. Alexis was recently recognized as a titleholder who has had a significant impact on pageantry.

At the age of 11, Alexis was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified), an autism spectrum disorder. She was in middle school when officially diagnosed but felt different from an early age. As she got older, she struggled with some of the aspects that come with an autism diagnosis, like a speech impediment, communication challenges, sensitivity to sounds and other sensory sensitivities. Part of her struggle was the bullying that resulted because of her differences. Fortunately, her family was and continues to be a source of strength and inspiration for her.

Her twin and two other siblings helped Alexis get involved more with school life—she joined cheerleading, drama and cross country. Her confidence in herself began to grow, which helped her improve her speech and cope with other challenges. Alexis still faces some of the same challenges but strongly believes that anyone, with autism or without, should never stop trying to improve themselves.

Alexis remains grateful for the Miss America experience. Through it, she found her voice and has become a sought after speaker who is dedicated to building acceptance and awareness about autism and encouraging others to reach and aim high, because anything is possible.

Alexis’ hometown is Cut Bank, Montana, she is currently a freshman at Huntingdon College, in Montgomery, AL. Alexis was the lead in a recent school play and enjoys art, drama, video games, comedy and is a WWE fan. Her talent at Miss America was performance of a comedic monologue; she gets great joy in making people laugh. Alexis wants more people to understand that autism does not define her, she defines her autism.

Special Presentation by – Megan Bomgaars
Energetic, involved, friendly, healthy, cheerful. Many times these words are used to describe students in today’s classrooms. Megan Bomgaars is no exception. Although she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at a young age, Megan was just as involved as her other classmates while in school, participating in cheerleading, striving for good grades, and making friends. Her accomplishments include being the first cheerleader with Down Syndrome in her state of Colorado, winning a sportsmanship award at a national cheerleading competition in Washington, D.C., modeling in a Global Down Syndrome Foundation fashion show, working for the Mile High Down Syndrome Association, and participating in the Bridge Program in Highland Ranch, where she is training to become a public speaker.
“Don’t limit me” is Megan’s emphatic cry to educators everywhere. She recently created a YouTube video with the goal of creating teacher awareness about setting high expectations for students – regardless of their abilities. Megan wants teachers to see that she is a person with goals, dreams, and skills, just like everyone else. She wants educators to know that they should raise the bar for their students, teaching them to be independent and fostering life skills they will need once they leave the classroom.

Daily Schedule:
6:30am-8:00am –
    Check-in and On-site       Registration Open
    (Friday Registration        will open at 7:00am)
7:00am-5:00pm (Thurs.)
7:30am-3:30pm (Fri.) –
    Exhibit Area and
    Bookstore Open
8:00am-8:30am – 
    Opening Performance       and Announcements
8:30am-10:00am – 
    Keynote Session
10:00am-11:00am –
11:00am-12:15pm –
    Breakout Cycle I
12:15pm-1:30pm – 
    Lunch – On Your Own
1:30pm-2:45pm – 
    Breakout Cycle II
    Breakout Cycle III
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Previously Georgia Autism Conferences, Autism Avenue is our new name as we expand into other markets. Same GREAT conference, just a new name and larger venue to bring even more resources to you!
Don’t Miss It!
Special Group Rate Available –
Register 4, 5th Registration is FREE!
Attendee Rates:
Pre-Registration                                    $175
On-Site                                                  $190
Student (age 18+)                                  $ 99
Individual with ASD (age 18+)               $ 79
Certificate of Attendance                       $  5
School Purchase Orders Welcome
Single 10’X10′ Booth    $395
  • Pipe and Drape
  • Two 6′ Draped Tables
  • Two Chairs
  • Booth ID Sign
  • Wastebasket
  • Nametag(s)
  • Listing in Conference Manual
  • One Complimentary Conference Session Pass
Double 20’X10′ Booth  $595
  • Pipe and Drape
  • Four 6′ Draped Tables
  • Four Chairs
  • Booth ID Sign
  • Wastebasket
  • Nametag(s)
  • Listing in Conference Manual
  • One Complimentary Conference Session Pass
($75 discount  offered to non-profit organizations)
Take-One Table $ 50
For those that cannot attend or send a representative, a “take-one” table will be located in the Exhibit Area. Any organizational “take-one” information or catalogs will be placed on draped tables, which will be shared with other organizations providing take-one materials.
Electricity needs will be contracted directly with convention center.

60+ Fabulous Presentations by Expert, Dynamic Presenters

36,000 square foot Exhibition Hall to bring you even more Valuable Resources by Vendors from Around the Country

On-site Bookstore

Free Tote and T-shirt

Cobb Galleria Centre

Cobb Galleria Centre

2 Galleria Parkway, SE
Atlanta, GA  30339
Ten minutes from downtown Atlanta and from the city’s fashionable Buckhead community, and 20 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Cobb Galleria Centre’s Northwest Atlanta location puts you within striking distance of many Atlanta destinations, from world-class museums and sports venues to popular entertainment spots and fascinating historic landmarks.
“Communicative Intent of Challenging Behaviors”
By: Glenis Benson, Ph.D., Glenis Benson, PhD Autism Spectrum Disorders: Consultation and Personnel Preparation, Madison, WI
“A Framework for Shaping the Social ‘EYE’”
By: Chris Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, NCC and Linda Grimm, M.S, The Social Learning Center,
Wallingford, CT
“The Role Invisible Deficits Play in Kids (and Adults) with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism”
By: Chris Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, NCC, The Social Learning Center, Wallingford, CT
“Comprehensive Behavior Intervention Planning in the Schools: Using the Ziggurat Model”
By:Ruth Aspy, Ph.D. and Barry Grossman, Ph.D., Ziggurat Group, Plano, TX
“Is This Typical or is It Spectrum: 
Changes across the Stages”
By: Letitia Barnes, M.S., LPC, Preserve Counseling Center, Alpharetta, GA
“Shhhhhhhh…Silent Strategies for De-escalation”
By: Glenis Benson, Ph.D., Glenis Benson, PhD Autism Spectrum Disorders: Consultation and Personnel Preparation, Madison, WI
“Planning for Children with Special Needs”
By: Mark Biernath, B.S. Mgt., Th.M., J.D, The Law Offices of Mark E. Biernath, Atlanta, GA
“Looking at the Brain of Autism with Transcranial Ultrasound: Implications for Immune Treatments”
By: Jeff Bradstreet, MD, MD(H), FAAFP, FMAPS, Director, Brain Treatment Center of Atlanta,
 Cumming, GA
“The Use of Transcranial Magnetic Therapy for the Treatment of Autism ”
By: Jeff Bradstreet, MD, MD(H), FAAFP, FMAPS, Director, Brain Treatment Center of Atlanta,
Cumming, GA
“I’m Ready to Work: Strategies for Finding A Job”
By: Stephanie Brown, BA, Working on Master’s Degree in Public Administration, College Internship Program, Melbourne, FL
“AAC Training For Those on the Spectrum”
By:RJ Cooper, B.A. Dev. Psych/Masters candidate in Autism, RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc.,
Lake Forest, CA
“Why Consider Sound Therapy as a Supplemental Therapy for those with ASD”
By: Dorinne Davis, MA, CCC-A, FAAA, RCTC, BARA, The Davis Center, Succasunna, NJ
“Video Modeling: An Engaging and Effective Means to Teach Children with Autism”
By: Susan Ellis, BSAC, Co-owner; Director of Operations, The TV Teacher, Marietta, GA
“Visual Strategies 101: From Picture Cards to Video Modeling – A Broad Spectrum of Techniques to Help your Child with “Autism Succeed!”
By: Susan Ellis, BSAC, Co-owner; Director of Operations, The TV Teacher, Marietta, GA
“Physical Fitness for Children 
with Autism Spectrum Disorders ©”
By: David S. Geslak, BS, CSCS, ACSM-HFS and Rachel Spidalette, Chicago, IL
“Introduction to Sensory Integration Theory and Sensory Approaches in Treatment”
By: Sarah Gewanter, MSW, LCSW, Leicester, NC
“Myths and Realities of Evaluation, Identification, and Diagnosis of ASD in the Schools”
By: Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D., and Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., Ziggurat Group, Plano, TX
“Shoring Up the Core Capacities: The Importance of Ongoing Regulation, Engagement and Reciprocity Support for Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum”
By: Elana Himmelfarb, MA, LLC, Elana Himmelfarb, LLC Transition Planning and Support Services,
Decatur, GA
“Help! I Think I am Married to an Aspie!”
By: Stephanie C. Holmes, MA Counseling; Certified Autism Specialist, Calvary Church Atlanta,
Dunwoody, GA
“Spectrum Teens”
By: Stephanie C. Holmes, MA Counseling; Certified Autism Specialist, Calvary Church Atlanta,
Dunwoody, GA
“Planning for a Secure Future for Your
Special Needs Dependent”
By: Pamela J. Hoppe, ChFC, CASL and Jodi L. McMahon, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CPA, MetLife,
Atlanta, GA
“Executive Skills – Strategies for Success”
By: Susan Hutaff, MS, CCC-SLP, and Bonnie Henry, MA, CCC-SLP, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC
“Give Your Children the Key to Their Personal & Professional Success”
By:Monica Irvine, Certified Etiquette/Social Skills Educator, Author of 3 Published Books on Social Skills/Owner of The Etiquette Factory, LLC, 
The Etiquette Factory, Knoxville, TN
“Video Technology Reinventing Social Skills Intervention: Innovate and Implement 
Proven Strategies”
By: Jennifer Jacobs, MS CCC-SLP, Social Skill Builder, Leesburg, VA
“Together We Can: Collaborative Teaching for Successful Inclusive Education for Students 
with Autism”
By: Elizabeth Jekanowski, M.Ed., Martin County School District, Jensen Beach, FL
“Introduction to LAMP Strategies”
By: Christine Kramlich, M.Ed., Prentke Romich Company, Wooster, OH
“Helping Your Church Include Children with Autism and Other Special Needs”
By: Amy Fenton Lee, Author, Director of Special Needs Initiatives for Orange,Former Special Needs Columnist for Children’s Ministry Magazine, 
The reThink Group (www.WhatisOrange.org); TheInclusiveChurch.com, Cumming, GA
“Autism in Your House of Worship: Believe in the Beautiful Possibilities”
By: Jeanne Lyons, BSEd, St. Peter Chanel Church, Roswell, GA
“A Hands-On Experience to Understanding Food Aversions”
By: Marla Mann, M.Ed, CCC-SLP, and Cadie Denbow, MHS, OTR/L, Building Bridges Therapy, Cumming, GA
“Making Sense of SI/Oral Motor Therapy”
By: Shelley Margow, MS, OTR/L, Children’s Therapy Works and Academy at North Fulton, Roswell, GA and Sharon Wexler, BS, MMS, CCC-SLP, The Institute of Myofunctional Studies, Roswell, GA
“Moving from a Developmental to a Functional 
Skills Curriculum”
By: Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., and Troy Fry, M.S., BCBA, Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A., Orlando, FL
“38 Rules of Social Engagement: A Humorous Retelling of How Life Taught Me Social Skills”
By: Laura Nadine, Author, Public Speaker, Music Teacher, Filmmaker, Adult with Autism, Lilburn, GA
“Let Me Fall a Legend: How I Fell, How I was Found,
and How My Autism Saved Me”
By: Laura Nadine, Author, Public Speaker, Music Teacher, Filmmaker, Adult with Autism, Lilburn, GA
“Riding the Spectrum Rollercoaster”
By: Elizabeth Newman, MBA/Director Living Mosaic Foundation/Mother of Child on Spectrum, Living Mosaic Foundation, Mableton, GA
“Understanding Behavior Problems”
By: Terry Page, PhD, BCBA-D, AdvoSev, Bear, DE
“Legal, Ethical Competencies, Evaluation and Training for Paraprofessionals”
By: Debra Patterson, Ph.D. and Karen B. Dahle, Ed. D., Associate Professor Program Coordinator Collaborative Special Education Ed.S Concentration: Autism Spectrum Disorders, UAB School of Education, McCalla, AL
“Practical Behavioral Interventions”
By: Meridith Pettigrew, M.Ed., Columbia, TN
“Strategies for Supporting Students with Autism through the Use of Social Stories”
By: Meridith Pettigrew, M.Ed., Columbia, TN
“Unleash L.I.F.E: Lasting Independence for Everyone”
By: Ryan F. Platt, MBA, ChFC®, ChSNC™,
A Special Needs Plan, Concord, NC
“Autism? Seizures? Challenging Behavior? 
What is the Cause?”
By: Tricia Polchowski, BS Education, MS Education, BCBA and Caren Haines, RN, Silently Seizing, Fairport, NY
“Beyond Handwriting: Written Expression for Students with Significant Cognitive Impairments”
By: Juanita E. Pritchard, EdS, NBCT, Consultant, Kennesaw, GA
“Supersizing Instruction: Integrating IEP Objectives into Academic Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities”
By: Juanita E. Pritchard, EdS, NBCT, Consultant, Kennesaw, GA
“Marriage and Family- Surviving and Thriving 
Despite Autism”
By: D’Ann Renner, B.S.B.A, M.B.A., Alpharetta, GA
“Reframing Autism Parenting: How We Can Reduce the Stress of Daily Interactions”
By: Brenda Rothman, J.D., Atlanta, GA
“Coordinated Multi-Disciplinary for Young Adults with Autism- Cutting Edge, Data Driven Clinical Interventions”
By:Andrew Rubin, Ph.D., New Directions for Young Adults, Deerfield Beach, FL
“Tablet Accessibility? APPsolutely!”
By: Ben Satterfield, Ed.D. and Martha Rust, CRC, ATP, GA Tools for Life, Atlanta, GA
“Clinician Responsibility for the Early Detection and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders”
By: Celine Saulnier, Ph.D., Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta, GA
“Growing Conversation: Planting the Seeds”
By: Beth Saunders, MS. CCC/SLP/ATP, Saltillo Corp, Spencer, TN
“Setting the Stage for Social Success”
By: Cindy B. Schneider, Special Ed Teaching Cert, Masters in Educ. Leadership, Autism Specialist Certificate , Communication Specialist Cert., Acting Antics Inc., Malvern, PA
“Understanding Special Education Law”
By: Tim Schwarz, J.D., Law Office of Tim Schwarz, Decatur, GA
“Autistic Spectrum Disorders as Functional Disconnection Syndrome”
By: Peter J. Scire, DC, Brain Balance Atlanta, Peachtree City, GA
“How to Assess and Implement Corrective Exercises in Children with ASD Right Hemisphere Delays”
By:Peter J. Scire, DC, Brain Balance Atlanta, Peachtree City, GA
“AUTISM: It’s More Than Just a Statistic!”
By: Brandi Shinn, BSE Elementary/Special Education;MSE Educational Leadership/ Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate, Above All Else Inc., Greenbrier, AR
“Aggressive Students: What can we do or what should we do?”
By: Kris Shinn, BA Business Administration, Above All Else Inc., Greenbrier, AR
“It’s All about Perspective….Empowering Parents to Gain Support, Clarity and Peace of Mind”
By: Sharona Sommer, CPC, Sharona Coaching and Consulting LLC, Melbourne, FL
“Practical Solutions to Develop Social Skills, Address Sensory Needs, and Increase Academic Functioning in Individuals With High Functioning ASD by Using 
Yoga, Visual Supports, and Research-Based 
Social Skills Strategies”
By: Michala Sway, Ed.D in Instructional Leadership and Applied Behavior Analysis; Masters in Special Education, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
By: Theoharis Theoharides, MS, M.Phil., Ph.D., M.D., FAAAAI, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University, Boston, MA
“How to Determine The Least Restrictive Environment For A Child With Autism Under the IDEA”
By: Torin Togut, J.D., Lawrenceville, GA
“Biomedical Issues From an Autistic Perspective: How Do We Experience Them?”
By: James Williams, Author, Musician, Adult with ASD, and Ruth Snyder, RN, Northbrook, IL

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