Autism Conference

Lessons from the Neurodiverse: Helping Individuals with Autism Help Themselves 

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Autism Services, Inc. and the Autism Society Western New York Chapter are pleased to present “Lessons from the Neurodiverse: Helping Individuals with Autism Help Themselves.”  The presenter is Dr. Laurence Sugarman, a research Professor and Director, Center for Applied  Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation (CAPS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  He serves as a behavioral  pediatrician at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center and is Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of  Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

This evidence-based workshop will explore recent discoveries about the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and early brain development that provide compelling clues about why individuals with ASD use repetitive and/or restrictive  behaviors as calming and coping  mechanisms.  During this interactive half-day workshop, participants will learn to view  individuals with ASD through a psycho-biological lens that provides new insight into how to help these individuals help themselves.  Compromised autonomic and social engagement nervous systems not only effect communication, social skills and behaviors, but heighten the affected individual’s fight-or-flight response.  Breathing techniques, meditative exercises, autonomic biofeedback, and even  hypnosis can help individuals with ASD self-regulate stress, emotions, and behavior.  Those who live and work with individuals with ASD can teach and model these skills. When they do, affected  individuals learn to turn down the inner  turmoil and  respond to life’s challenges with increased focus, less anxiety and rigidity, increased social skills, a better self-concept, and greater confidence.  This workshop is geared for individuals with ASD, parents, and professionals.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering ASHA CEU credit through the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY), and IACET as well as AOTA CEUs for OTs/COTAs/PTs/PTAs through Learning Partners!  Both SHAWNY and Learning Partners are co-sponsors of this workshop.  The cost and CEU credit information are listed below:

Registration Category Price

(Prior to 10/9/17)

Continuing Education Credits Available Price with Late Registration Fees Added (After 10/9/17)
Parent/Individual with ASD $12.00 per person n/a $22.00 per person
Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists $38.00 per person .35 ASHA CEUs $48.00 per person
OTs and COTAs $38.00 per person 3 IACET CEUs; .3 AOTA CEUs- Category 2:  Occupational Therapy Process; 3.75 NBCOT PDUs, 3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Units for OTs/OTAs $48.00 per person
PTs and PTAs $38.00 per person .3 NYS Approved PT Board CEUs $48.00 per person
Other Professionals/ Paraprofessionals/Students $28.00 per person No CEUs awarded $38.00 per person


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