Friday, February 19, 2021
8:00am - 12:00pm
Dr. Erik Carter
A Future of Flourishing: The Postures, Practices, and People that Can Change Trajectories
Like anyone else, individuals with ASD want to experience an enviable life—during childhood and throughout adulthood. Professionals, families, and community members can each play a powerful role in supporting these aspirations to become a reality in every corner of Oklahoma. This presentation will highlight what we know about what works best for supporting inclusion, relationships, and belonging across the lifespan. Moreover, it will emphasize how the perspectives we hold, the postures we adopt, and the practices we prioritize can bend the trajectories of individuals with ASD toward a future of flourishing.
• Attendees will be able to identify relevant indicators of flourishing for the individuals with ASD whom they support
• Attendees will be able to explain the role that aspirations and expectations can play in shaping employment and other outcomes
• Attendees will be able to relate key values and principles that should inform how we approach service delivery and intervention
• Attendees will be able to describe research-based practices known to improve individual outcomes
• Attendees will be able to identify partnerships in their community and region that can be drawn upon to enhance their work
Saturday, February 20, 2021
8:00am - 12:00pm
Dr. Shahla Ala'i
Nurturing Contingencies of Joy
The purpose of this seminar is to provide an overview of practices that nurture joy in the lives of children with autism, their families and their supporting professionals. The talk is divided into three sections. The first section explores the concept of joy and discusses the role of contingencies in understanding and changing behavior for the better. The second section focuses on the role of evidence-based practice, the need to go beyond reducing problems, and the importance of striving to preventatively and proactively foster healthy relationships at all levels. The final section provides a framework for continued progress by establishing intentional communities of practice. Communities of practice with a mission of increasing joy are likely to encourage ongoing learning, human connections and loving approaches to intervention.
This presentation is based, in part, on Alai & Zueg (2010), Three Considerations, Alai, Toussaint & McGee (2018) Incidental Teaching: Happy Progress, Miller, ReCruz & Alai (2019) Inherent Tensions and Possibilities: Behavior Analysis and Cultural Responsiveness, Alai-Rosales, et al, (2019) The Big Four, and Alai & Heinkle-Wolfe (coming in Winter 2020) Love, Science & Autism.
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. To describe the conceptualizations and rationales for nurturing joyful interventions
2. To identify practices that contribute to joyful interventions for children with autism, their families and their supporting professionals.
3. To identify ways to continue progress and encourage ongoing learning, human connections and loving approaches to intervention.
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. - 6.0 CEU credits
Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marital and Family Therapists: State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure. – 6.0 CEU credits
Psychologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists, The University of Oklahoma is an approved provider. – 6.0 CEU credits
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology – 6.0 CEU credits
Continuing education approval has been submitted the following boards for up to 6.0 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.
Occupational Therapists: Occupational Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. - 6.0 CEU credits
OKDHS-DDS: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services. – 6.0 CEU credits
Physical Therapists: Physical Therapy Committee, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. – 6.0 CEU credits
Social Workers: Oklahoma Board of Licensed Social Workers, – 6.0 CEU credits
The purpose of the family scholarship is to support family members to attend the conference.
Who Is Eligible
• Applicants must be an individual with autism or a parent, legal guardian or grandparent of individual with autism.
• Applicants must complete both pages of the scholarship application.
• A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-come, first served basis.
• Applications will be accepted through February 5, 2021.
• 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.
Family Scholarship application
The conference will be virtual and hosted through Zoom. Registrants will receive details about accessing the conference one week prior to the conference date.
Dr. Erik Carter
Erik Carter is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting inclusion and valued roles in work, community, school, and congregational settings for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He has published more than 200 articles and chapters, along with 6 books. Learn more about his work at www.erikwcarter.com.
Dr. Shahla Alai
Shahla Alai received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Shahla and her students collaborate with community partners to serve people who are under resourced and marginalized within current societal structures. Shahla teaches courses on technology transfer, ethics, autism intervention, parent training, behavioral systems, applied research methods, behavior change techniques, and assessment. She has published and presented research on social justice, ethics in early intervention, play and social skills, family harmony, change agent training, supervision and the relationship between love and science in the treatment of autism. She coauthored a book on supervision and mentoring and another on love and science in the treatment of autism. Shahla has over four decades of experience working with families and has trained hundreds of behavior analysts.
Registration is open!
||Family Member/Individual with ASD
|Certificate of Attendance and CEUs
* 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: Registration ends February 8, 2021 at 5pm CST.
• 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 1141, 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 1141
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Registration is not complete until payment is received.
Project 613 Funds Available
Registration for this event is available with Project 613 funds through the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Special Education Services (SES). In order to take advantage of this opportunity, districts will need to submit an application through the Grants Management System (GMS) for Project 613 funding. Please select the name of the event on the Project 613 application and provide the following details: Names and title of staff members attending, date of attendance, and estimated total cost. For questions, please contact: Nathan Goad, Nathan.Goad@sde.ok.gov, 405-521-4857 or Felica Denton, Felica.Denton@sde.ok.gov, 405-522-9562.
Our virtual format this year does not afford the opportunity for conference volunteers. We greatly appreciate the support of our volunteers who have made this conference possible for the past eleven years. We look forward to future opportunities for volunteers to participate when we host our next in-person conference event.