Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference

 

What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?

 

Thank you to the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and volunteers who made the 10th annual conference a huge success! We appreciate all of you! 

Certificates of attendance will be sent by December 21, 2018.

 

Oklahoma’s 10th annual conference on Autism Spectrum Disorder 

For Families, Health Professionals, Educators, and Advocates

Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center
November 13-14, 2018 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda

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Keynote Presentations

Promoting family wellness: Conceptual and evidence-based approaches

Jonathan Weiss, PhD, C.Psych.

Family wellness is an important area of focus for supporting people on the autism spectrum and their parents / caregivers. The current presentation highlights common ways of conceptualizing family stress and resilience in the context of autism, and the state of the literature on ways of providing psychosocial support to parents.

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Expect More - An Autism Adventure

Hon. Mike Lake

Mike Lake is a Canadian Member of Parliament who has travelled around the world working to raise autism awareness and drive meaningful action to improve the lives of people with autism. His presentation uses video clips from interviews and news stories centered around his son, Jaden, who has autism. His goal is to use Jaden’s personal story to change the way we think about the people around us – their abilities, their challenges, and the unique contributions that they can make to the great benefit of all of us.

 

Adaptive Behavior and Programming in Support of a Positive Quality of Life

Peter Gerhardt, EdD

Adaptive behavior skills play an important role in promoting a positive Quality of Life (QoL) for young adults with autism post-graduation.  In this presentation Dr. Gerhardt will address effective interventions and support, community-based instruction, and the risk/benefit assessment of independence in the community.  In addition, parameters often associated with a positive QoL will be discussed.

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Concurrent Sessions

2 Mistakes and 1 Solution: Taking the Mystery Out of Special Needs Planning

Riley Carbone Kern, Attorney
Founder and Partner of Tallgrass Estate Planning, LLP

Laurel Ann Carbone Kern, Attorney
Founder and Partner of Tallgrass Estate Planning, LLP

Tim Powell, Attorney
Partner of Tallgrass Estate Planning, LLP

Angela Jennings, Attorney
Partner of Tallgrass Estate Planning, LLP

You have a loved one with a special need. Now what? Let's discuss the worst and best ways to promote their independence, protect their benefits, and preserve assets.

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AAC: Clinic, Classroom, Collaboration

Camber Moulton, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP and Emily Boyett, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP

In this session, we will compare and contrast AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) assessment and implementation in a clinical setting and an educational classroom. Speech language pathologists have different qualifying criteria and therapy styles based on the environments they work. Yet, communication for their patients and students is always the end goal. We will discuss how speech language pathologists can collaborate to include a cohesive team including the AAC user and their family.

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Accept, Identify, Move: Increasing Adaptive, Flexible Behavior among Children with Social-Emotional Needs Using Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Functional Behavior Management

Dana Paliliunas, PhD, BCBA

In this presentation Dr. Paliliunas will introduce attendees to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and how to utilize in the context of interventions for children with various social-emotional and psychological needs. ACT incorporates mindfulness and behavior changes processes to increase adaptive, flexible with individuals from various populations who struggle with psychological or social-emotional challenges.  The presentation will provide an introduction to ACT, a summary of related research, and an overview of AIM: A Behavior Analytic Curriculum for Social-Emotional Development in Children.

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Addressing mental health problems in youth on the spectrum: Individual and contextual solutions

Jonathan Weiss, PhD, C.Psych

It is well known that youth with autism often struggle with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The current presentation describes the kinds of mental health problems common in youth on the spectrum, and ways of addressing them when they arise.

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Apraxia and Autism:  Understanding the diagnoses for optimal treatment outcomes

Sarah Baker, MS, CCC-SLP and Allie Bartlett, MS, CCC-SLP

Children diagnosed with autism often have a co-occurrence of apraxia of speech higher than the typical population.  While early intervention is necessary for each diagnoses, apraxia treatment looks very different from other types of autism intervention programs.  This session will help the participant differentiate between the two diagnoses and understand the treatment principles for apraxia of speech.

 

Autism and Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Emerging Best Practices

Jennifer Hines, MEd, BCBA, LBA

Learn how Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, specialized counselors and employment providers, new assessments, focused intervention are just a few examples of emerging best practices and how this is changing how customers with autism are served through Vocational Rehabilitation.

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Classroom Management and Problem Behavior:  Strategies for Success

Rene' Daman, PT, MS, BCBA, LBA & Joshua Pulos, MEd

Effective classroom management strategies are important for all students, particularly students who need additional supports and structure to be effective learners.  Participants in this session will gain knowledge about effective classroom management strategies for all students, and how to individualize behavioral supports to address more significant problem behaviors that interfere with student success in the classroom.  Content shared in this session is relevant for general education and special education teachers. 

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Effective Reading Instruction for ALL Students

Tiffany Peltier, MEd

In this interactive breakout session, teachers will learn about the underlying causes of reading difficulties for elementary students and the research-based strategies to support reading skill development.  Attendees will go on to explore best practices in phonics instruction along with strategies for improving student inferencing.

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How to Avoid the “Black-Hole” Between Transition and Adulthood: A Parent and Professional’s Successful Journey

Jennifer Hines, MEd, BCBA, LBA

Transitioning from school to adulthood is one of a parent’s greatest unknowns and therefore, fears. What does that look like? How do I get my child there? What if I don’t? Learn how to do this through an honest conversation of what it takes through realistic and simple steps.

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It is More Than Just “Picky Eating”?

Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD

Over 80% of parents of children on the autism spectrum report their child is a “picky eater” … but is it merely pickiness? During this presentation, we will explore the difference between picky eating and problem feeding and elaborate on the issues these can cause, including chronic gastrointestinal issues and nutrient deficiencies, both of which can affect a child’s behavior, cognition, and well-being.

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Parent/caregiver Participation in Therapy: Improving Outcomes for Children & Their Families

Maria Jones, PT, PhD; Cynthia Barger-Fenton, MA, CCC-SLP; Tai Allen, OTR/L

Through interactive discussions, this presentation will underscore the importance of parent/caregiver participation in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology.   Participants will reflect on current practices and strategies they use to foster parent/caregiver participation.  The presentation will encourage partnerships that can improve results for children and their families.

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Programmatic Approaches - Seeing the Forest through the Trees

Donna Goodman, MS, BCBA, LBA

To date, 1 in 59 individuals have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through years of empirically-based research, we know Applied Behav ior Analysis (ABA) is a scientifically-validated, effective treatment for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, in clinical application, many times we get "stuck" trying to teach one specific skill using one specific technique. This presentation will explore how to utilize a variety of evidence-based techniques to develop and enhance socially meaningful changes in children with autism.

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Responding to Challenging Behavior-A Closer Look at the Trees within the Forest

Donna Goodman, MS, BCBA, LBA

As early interventionists, many times we see children engaging in challenging behavior. It is important as providers to not only utilize consequence-based techniques, but identify and implement antecedent-based strategies as well. This includes assessing what other skills we need to teach the learner in order to help keep them successful. This presentation will explore antecedent-based techniques and strategies to decrease the likelihood of challenging behavior.

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Sexuality and Sexual Education with Individuals with ASD

Peter Gerhardt, EdD

Persons with ASD are sexual beings.  Unfortunately, despite much discussion about decision making skills in the self-determination literature, there continues to be lack of evidence supporting the effectiveness of sex education and training for persons with autism spectrum disorders, which behavior analysis can provide.  Dr. Gerhardt will provide an overview of the issues related to sexuality education in ASD with an emphasis on the application of evidence-based interventions to teach sexual safety skills, social competence, and basic sexuality information.

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So My Child is a Problem Feeder….What Next?

Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD

Managing the diet of a picky eater or problem feeder is a difficult task – even knowing where to begin can be overwhelming.  During this presentation, Brittyn Coleman, RD, will explore practical strategies to implement, such as feeding therapy and nutritional supplements, as well as most important foods to focus on when addressing your child’s diet as a picky eater or problem feeder.

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The ABCs of Medication Management
Peter Stanbro, MD, MPH

On average, a patient and their family with see their psychiatrist for less than 20 minutes a month.  Many leave the doctor's office with more questions than answers.  Today, I hope to provide an overview of what doctor's prescribe, why they prescribe, a review of medication classes, and what medication management is meant to accomplish.  Time permitting, families will have a chance to ask questions regarding medication management. 

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Understanding Public and Private Insurance Coverage

Judith Ursitti

Navigating the world of health insurance is complicated.  Add an autism diagnosis and it becomes even moreso.  This session will discuss coverage for autism spectrum disorder in both private and public (Medicaid/Sonnercare) plans. 

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To view the presenters, visit our past conferences pages

Continuing Education

Continuing education approval will be applied for with the following boards for up to 11.75 hours of CEU credit.  All attendees will need to retain a copy of their certificate of attendance in the event of an audit.  Certificates of Attendance are available to Professional / Educator registrants only.
 

APPROVED

Certified Behavior Analysts:  The Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been authorized as a provider of Type II continuing education by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.  ACE Provider Number OP-18-2901.   9.0 hours, Approved Courses

Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marital and Family Therapists: State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure. 

OKDHS-DDS: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services. 11.75 hours

Psychologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists, The University of Oklahoma is an approved provider.  11.75 hours

Social Workers:  Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers, CE Provider number: 20180027.  11.75 hours

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.   11.75 hours

 

PENDING

Occupational Therapists: Occupational Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. 

Physical Therapists: Physical Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

Excellence in Autism Award

Jan Moss2014 
Jan Moss

Private Consultant
Freelance Consultancy & Training

Former Director of Leadership and Advocacy
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Best Practices
OU Health Sciences Center


 

 

Gary Albright2013
Gary Albright

Employment Specialist II
Autism Spectrum Disorder Transition Services Pilot & Transitional Work Adjustment Instructor
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

 

 

Jim Nicholson2012
Jim Nicholson

Director
Developmental Disabilities Services
Oklahoma Department of Human Services

 

 

 

 

Mansur Choudry2011
Mansur Choudry, BSc Engg, MBA, Med, BCBA

Director of Autism Behavioral Education Lab (ABEL)
Special Care

 

 

 

 

2010
Jill Scott, MEd 
Special Ed teacher
Putnam City North High School

 

Diana Mobley2009
Diana Mobley, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Private Practice

Family Scholarship Application

Who Is Eligible

  • Applicants must be an individual with autism or a parent, legal guardian or grandparent of individual with autism.

 

Application Process

  • Applicants must complete both pages of the scholarship application.
  • Applicants are responsible for their transportation and lodging.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified upon receipt of their application if they have been selected to receive a scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients should not complete the conference registration form.  Scholarship recipients will be registered by the Oklahoma Autism Network.

 

How to Apply

  1. Mail completed form to: Oklahoma Autism Network, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1200 North Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
  2. Fax completed form to: 405.271.2630
  3. Email completed form to: okautism@ouhsc.edu

 

Print the family scholarship application

Location and Reservations

Conference Location

Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center
5750 Will Rogers Road
Midwest City, OK  73110

A room block has been secured. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The guest rate is $95 plus tax (single rate).

 

Reservation Deadline

The special room rate will be available until 5:00 pm on October 26, 2018 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Group Name:

2018 Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference

Hotel Name:

Sheraton Midwest City Hotel

Hotel Address:

5750 Will Rogers Road

 

Midwest City, Oklahoma

 

73110

Registration by Phone:

1-800-325-3535

 Registration On-line:

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1808086143&key=34C9DA8

 

Directions

http://www.sheratonmidwestcity.com/things-to-do-in-oklahoma-city

Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Weiss, PhD, C. Psych.
Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, York University, Toronto, ON

Dr. Jonathan Weiss, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University and Clinical Psychologist. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry, and held the federal Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research. He currently holds a York Research Chair in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disability Mental Health. His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with autism or intellectual disabilities across the lifespan. He conducts studies into how people with developmental disabilities access mental health care, and is interested in their health service needs, their emergency service use, and their experiences of psychiatric crisis. He is interested in program development and evaluation, and in particular on the impact of Special Olympics on the psychological well-being of participants, and of cognitive-behavioural and social skill interventions to promote resilience and improve the mental health of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Hon. Mike Lake
Member of Parliament, Ottawa, ON

Mike is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, and was first elected in 2006. After his re-election in October, 2008, Mike was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, a position to which he was re-appointed after the May 2011 election. 

On September 13, 2012 Mike was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council, after being asked by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to serve on a Cabinet Committee tasked with efforts to balance the federal budget. On October 19, 2015, he was re-elected to a fourth term, receiving the 5th highest vote total out of 1,800 candidates, from all parties, across the country. He currently serves as the Conservative Party Deputy Shadow Minister for International Development.

Prior to entering federal politics, Mike worked for 10 years with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club where he served as National Accounts Manager, Director of Ticket Sales and Group Sales Manager.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Alberta.

Mike has two children, a son Jaden, 22, and daughter Jenae, 19.  The Lakes have been active supporters of autism organizations, families and individuals across the country, and around the world, while sharing their story of life with Jaden, who has autism. 

Peter Gerhardt, EdD
Executive Director, EPIC School, Paramus, NJ
http://www.epicschool.org/

Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 year’s experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.  Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

 

Other National Speakers

Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD
Autism Dietitian
Owner

Brittyn Coleman, MS, RDN/LD is a dietitian specializing in autism spectrum disorders and is also a sibling
of an individual on the autism spectrum. Through her life and her studies, she realized how much
overlap there is between nutrition and autism. During graduate school at the University of Oklahoma
Health Sciences Center, she specialized in autism spectrum disorders and led her thesis research in food
aversions and nutrient intake in children with ASD. There are very few dietitians specializing in ASD
across the country, which makes accessibility extremely low. Because of this, she offers video and phone
consults to parents and individuals all over the nation to increase the reach of nutrition therapy and
nutrition education for families and individuals affected by ASD. She is extremely knowledgeable about
autism in relations to diet, biomedical interventions, food selectivity, and even nutrigenetics.

Donna Goodman, MS, BCBA, LBA
Autism Treatment Center of Texas
Lead Clinical Supervisor

Donna Goodman, MS, BCBA, LBA (formerly Donna Townley -Cochran), attended the University of North Texas.  She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a double minor in Psychology and Child Development and Family Studies. She received her Masters of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas as well.

Donna has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2014, but has provided ABA services to individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, and/or those at-risk for a diagnosis of an emotional/ behavioral disorder for 10 years. She has been actively involved in research to enhance the behavior analytic field’s understanding of the most effective and efficient techniques used to develop and enhance children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder’s language and social communicative repertoires. She has also participated in research projects to develop parent and staff training models.

Donna currently oversees the Applied Behavior Analytic services provided at the Autism Treatment Center’s Fort Worth site. Donna's current interests lie in merging her research and clinical experience, utilizing best-practice techniques and strategies to provide the most meaningful learning opportunities for individuals with autism of all ages and their families.

Jennifer Kaut-Hines, MEd, BCBA
Texas Workforce Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation Division
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Neurodevelopmental Specialist

Jennifer Hines has worked in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders for 25 years in public schools, state agencies and in private practice. Currently, Jennifer is the State Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Specialist for The Texas Workforce Commission, Division of Rehabilitation Services. She provides staff consultation and training and collaborates with stakeholders (employers, school districts, public universities, legislative staff and other state agencies). In the past seven years, Jennifer has developed many state policies to enhance vocational rehabilitation services for autism such as Applied Behavior Analysis, wrap around ASD supports, an autism endorsement earned through the University of North Texas and established an autism premium for employment providers as well as created an interactive environmental work assessment used throughout the state.  Jennifer has a personal knowledge of what it is like to transition a child with Autism to adulthood. Her son is successfully living on his own with a full-time job as a mail clerk. His journey, among many other customers, helped her identify and then create best practices.

Lance McLemore
The Center for AAC and Autism
Ambassador

Lance McLemore is an ambassador for The Center for AAC and Autism.  He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a BA in Art and Philosophy. When not working as an ambassador, he enjoys making art in various mediums, with a current focus on fiber arts.  He frequently Skypes into LAMP workshops to engage with participants and answer questions.  He also travels to speak at conferences.

Dana Paliliunas, PhD, BCBA
Co-Author AIM:  A Behavior Analytic Curriculum for Social-Emotional Development in Children

Dana Paliliunas, Ph.D. is a professor and a board certified behavior analyst.  She has spent over a decade as an educator and behavior therapist working with children with disabilities in a variety of school and clinic settings.  Her primary interest is to examine how behavior analytic and therapeutic techniques can improve outcomes for children and adults with psychological needs, and to disseminate these techniques to the individuals who will benefit from them.  Dr. Paliliunas and Dr. Mark R. Dixon are the authors of AIM: A Behavior Analytic Curriculum for Social-Emotional Development in Children.

Judith Ursitti
Autism Speaks
Director State Government Affairs

Judith became heavily involved in autism advocacy when her son Jack was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Since that time, she has participated in the passage of autism insurance reform legislation in more than a dozen states, testifying at numerous hearings and working with stakeholders and legislators across the country.  Before joining the Autism Speaks government relations team, she volunteered as advocacy chair for the organization’s New England and North Texas chapters, chaired the inaugural Dallas Fort Worth Walk for Autism Speaks and served as a member of the Parent Advisory Council for Autism Speaks 100-Day Kit. Judith was awarded the Margaret L. Bauman, M.D. Award for Excellence within the Autism Community in 2009.  Judith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia College and State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  

 

Local Speakers

Tai Allen, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Tai Allen, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist who holds a Master degree of Occupational Therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She has 12 years of experience working with patients in a variety of clinic and home based settings. She has worked in outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, NICU/PICU, school systems, & private practice. She serves as a consultant for state agencies.  Her passion has always been focused on educating families and empowering the family unit through occupational therapy.

Sarah Baker, MS, CCC-SLP
Baker Speech Clinic
Owner

Sarah is owner of Baker Speech Clinic, a private practice in south Oklahoma City.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with her Masters of Speech-Language Pathology in 2000.    She is an active member of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association having served as vice-president, president, and private practice chairperson.  Specializing in pediatric communication disorders, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including the public school system, SoonerStart early intervention, university clinics, and private practice.  She specializes in Childhood Apraxia of Speech and autism spectrum disorders.  Sarah is recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  She is also program director for the Oklahoma City Community College Speech-language pathology assistance program.  She lives in the Bridge Creek area with her husband and 16 year old son, Ian.  She has two grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. 

Cynthia Barger-Fenton, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Cynthia Barger-Fenton, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a speech-language pathologist for over 35 years and recently retired from private practice.  Over the years, she has provided services for both children and adults privately and as a service provider and consultant for various state agencies, including the Sooner Start Early Intervention Program and Department of Developmental Disabilities.  She is a member of the Oklahoma Speech Language and Hearing Association (OSHLA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the ASHA Special Interest Group 12 for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Allie Bartlett, MS CCC-SLP
Baker Speech Clinic
Lead Speech-language Pathologist

Allie is lead speech-language pathologist (SLP) at Baker Speech Clinic, a private practice in south Oklahoma City, specializing in pediatric communication and feeding disorders. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with her Masters of Speech-Language Pathology in 2010 and began her career as an SLP in Norman Public Schools before deciding to move full time to private practice. She is involved with Project Piece of Mind through Autism Oklahoma.  Allie currently serves as Treasurer of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She lives in Newcastle with her husband of 10 years and 4-year-old daughter, Ivy. She loves Disney movies and can sing almost any Disney or other kids show songs!

Emily Boyett, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP
Edmond Public Schools
Speech-language Pathologist


Emily has worked for 18 years providing assistive technology (AT) and augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) evaluation and intervention services in educational, vocational and residential settings for individuals across the life span. Emily currently works for Edmond Public Schools as a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology consultant.  Prior to returning to the public-school environment in 2013, she worked at the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center providing training, consultation and assessment services to public schools throughout Oklahoma. Emily began her career as a school bases SLP and AT consultant for Sand Springs Public Schools. Emily has also taught the graduate level Augmentative and Alternative Communications class at Oklahoma State University in the past and has served individuals with special needs for 25 years through the recreational camping program, Make Promises Happen.

Rene’ Daman, PT, MS, BCBA, LBA
Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Co-Director

Rene' is the co-director of the Oklahoma Autism Network in the Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism.  Rene' has worked with families and their children with disabilities, including autism since 1993.  She is the co-principal investigator for the ConnectedKids program, a parent training program for parents of young children with autism.  She chairs the Oklahoma Family and Interagency Autism Council, is a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel for Developmental Disabilities, and serves on the Developmental Disabilities Services Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  She provides services to children and their families through the ConnectedKids program and supports educators in implementing evidence-based practices for students with autism.   

Maria Jones, PT, PhD
Oklahoma City University
Program Director, Clinical Professor

Maria Jones, PT, PhD, is program director and clinical professor at Oklahoma City University (OCU). She consults or has consulted with many state agencies in Oklahoma in the areas of assistive technology, durable medical equipment, and service provision for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Jones is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Oklahoma Chapter.  She currently serves as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of APTA.

Camber Moulton, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP
The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital

Camber obtained her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1998. She has provided assistive technology, augmentative-alternative communication, and speech-language pathology services in a variety of settings including early intervention, public schools, clinics, homes, and hospital settings. She previously worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools and Edmond Public Schools as a school speech language pathologist and assistive technology consultant. Camber was an Assistive Technology Curriculum Specialist at the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center from 2008-2013. She then joined The Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center at the Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities at the Oklahoma Autism Network as the Training and Outreach Coordinator. She also was Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at OUHSC and taught Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Autism. Camber currently works for the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany.

Tiffany Peltier, MEd
Reading Specialist, Master Reading Specialist

Tiffany Peltier’s passion for reading instruction began at Texas A&M University where she received a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies and went on to earn her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading and language arts.  While at A&M, Tiffany led courses for pre-service teachers on effective elementary reading instruction.  She has also taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade in public and private school settings in both Texas and Maryland, as well as third through seventh grade reading classes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Driven by her interest to improve student reading achievement and understand best practices in pre- and in-service teacher instruction, Tiffany is presently pursuing her doctorate in Special Education at the University of Oklahoma.

Joshua Pulos
University of Oklahoma
Doctoral Student

Joshua M. Pulos is a Sooner Scholar, pursuing his doctorate in special education with an emphasis in secondary transition education and applied behavior analysis at the University of Oklahoma’s Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment. In October 2015, the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition awarded Mr. Pulos the Andrew Halpern Early Career Practitioner Award. His research focuses on behavior-analytic interventions to promote positive postsecondary outcomes of students with disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, self-determination, sexuality and disability, and transition assessment. He resides in Norman, Oklahoma.

Peter Stanbro, MD, MPH

Psychiatrist Peter B. Stanbro, MD, MPH, established Stanbro Healthcare Group in 2011, a psychiatric practice dedicated to children, adolescents and adults. The specific interest of his practice is diagnosing and treating patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder among other diagnoses.

Dr. Stanbro formed Stanbro Healthcare Group after being on faculty with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and was a member of OU Physicians, and served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Prior to his experience at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Stanbro was in private practice in Massachusetts and also served as a staff psychiatrist and consultant with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Medical School (UMASS). While in Massachusetts, he earned a Master's Degree in Public Health, Health Administration and Health Policy from Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Stanbro completed a child and adolescent fellowship from UMASS and his psychiatry residency at Boston University Medical Center after earning a medical degree from State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dr. Stanbro is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Medical Association, Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association, Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma County Medical Association. 

Dr. Stanbro has been keynote speaker for PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day and for National Autism Awareness Day at the Oklahoma State Capital. He has also been a both a participant and a sponsor for Autism Oklahoma Piece Walk and Drive For Autism, and has recently joined the Oklahoma Autism Center Foundation as a member of the Board of Directors.

 

 

Registration

Registration Opens August 2018

 

Registration Fees

 

Family Member /
Individual with ASD*

Professional/
Educator

Student
(Student ID Required)

Early Registration (Aug 8 - Sept 12, 2018)

$109 or $168/couple

$169

$109

Standard Registration (Sept 13 - Oct 31, 2018)

$139 or $228/couple

$199

$139

Late/On-Site Registration (Nov 1 - 14, 2018)

$169 or $288/couple

$229

$169

* Family Members / Individuals with Autism are family members of individuals with ASD or individuals with autism.  Those who register as Family Members / Individuals with Autism are not eligible for continuing education credit.  To receive continuing education credit, participants must register as a Professional/Educator.

 

How to Register

  • Mail completed form and payment to: OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,
    College of Allied Health, 1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140, Oklahoma City, OK, 73117, or
  • Fax or mail completed registration form with copy of Purchase Order to 405.271.2630, or
  • To pay with a credit card visit our MarketPlace site.

Print a registration form

 

Terms and Conditions

Check:   Make check payable to OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network and mail registration fees by  to:

Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

To receive the early registration rate, payment must be postmarked by September 12, 2018.
To receive the standard registration rate, payment must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.
All other registrations will be at the late/onsite registration rate .

Registration is not complete until payment is received.

 

Purchase Order:  Make purchase order payable to OUHSC-Oklahoma Autism Network.  Fax or mail completed registration form with copy of Purchase Order to:

Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Fax:  405.271.2630

To receive the early registration rate, payment must be postmarked by September 12, 2018.
To receive the standard registration rate, payment must be postmarked by October 31, 2018
All other registrations will be at the late/onsite registration rate.

Registration is not complete until purchase order is received.

 

Refund Information:  All cancellations must be submitted in writing and postmarked no later than October 31, 2018.   A $30 administration fee will be applied to all cancellations regardless of payment type.

Send cancellation request by Email to okautism@ouhsc.edu or mail to:

Oklahoma Autism Network, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue Rm 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Substitutions are allowed.  A request must be submitted in writing or on-site at the registration area.  Substitutes must complete a registration form. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Autism Network at (405) 271-7476 or okautism@ouhsc.edu.

 

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

If you would like to reach the largest autism audience ever assembled in the state to share information about your company's products and services, download a Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Packet (all sponsorship levels include exhibit space) and read the many ways to reach conference participants.

Exhibit space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first served basis. To purchase an exhibit space by credit card, visit our MarketPlace site. Sponsors do not need to purchase an exhibit space as it is included in the sponsorship benefits.

For general questions and information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Oklahoma Autism Network at okautism@ouhsc.edu or call toll-free 877.228.8476.

 

SPONSORHIP LEVEL AND EXHIBITOR COMPARISON

Sponsorship Level and Exhibitor Comparison

* Sponsorship link on the conference website for 6 months (3 months before/3 month after)
** Pending approval by conference committee
*** The standard rate for an exhibit booth is $300. The nonprofit rate is $150.

 

CONFERENCE SPONSORS

PLATINUM

Tallgrass Estate Planning, LLP

Riley and Laurel Carbone Kern are spouses, attorneys, and the founders of Tallgrass Estate Planning, LLP, a full-service, home-based, family-oriented law firm that focuses exclusively on estate planning. They have three children, Norah, Bruno, and Prairie, and a fluffy goldendoodle named Luna.

Since founding Tallgrass, they have added attorneys Tim Powell and Angela Jennings to the practice. Tim and his wife, Erin, have one daughter, Gracie. Tim joined Tallgrass' Tulsa team in 2017. His straightforward and educational approach helps make estate planning accessible to everyone. Angela and her husband, Sam, have four sons. Angela joined Tallgrass' Oklahoma City team in 2018. Her compassion and generosity help create a hospitable and approachable estate planning process.

Tallgrass Estate Planning has also expanded to practice in the Seattle area of Washington state as Tallgrass Northwest.

Tallgrass' estate planning practice includes wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, special needs planning, estate tax planning, Medicaid and VA planning, asset protection, business creation and succession, probate, guardianship, name changes, and trust litigation.

Riley and Laurel started Tallgrass as a way to reach out to and work with people who are routinely overlooked by traditional law firms or who are hesitant to work with traditional firms. Tallgrass' goal is to create an estate planning process that prioritizes hospitality, education, and inclusion, and makes estate planning accessible to everyone. 

 

The Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities, College of Allied Health, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

The Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities was founded in 1995 for the purpose of disseminating information, expanding knowledge, and promoting "best practice" service delivery to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Center was named in honor of Lee Mitchener Tolbert, a young man with a developmental disability, and his many accomplishments.

 

GOLD

 

SILVER

CLASS Oklahoma

KB, LLC

Therapy and Beyond

 

BRONZE

Behavioral Innovations

Cornerstone Behavioral Health & Pediatric Therapies

Integrated Brain Health

Moore Autism Center / Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Volunteer Opportunities

Why Volunteer

  • Interact and network with families, professionals, local and national presenters
  • A few hours of service contributes significantly to the success of the conference
  • Receive free registration to attend one day of the conference

 

Who Is Eligible

  • Family members, students, and professionals
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

 

What are the Terms

  • Volunteers will work one day and be able to attend the conference sessions on the other day with no registration fee
  • Volunteers will be assigned to a specific volunteer position
  • Volunteers are responsible for other expenses such as travel / lodging, meals, personal belongings, etc.
  • Volunteers will be selected on the basis of their application as there are a very limited number of volunteer positions available
  • Volunteers are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting the evening of November 12, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Reed Conference Center Midwest City, OK conference site
  • Applications will be accepted until November 5, 2018
  • Volunteer applicants should not complete the conference registration form
  • Applicants will be notified upon receipt of their application if they have been selected for a volunteer position

Print the volunteer application