Conference Program

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the 5th World Autism Organisation (WAO) Congress that will be hosted in Houston, Texas, 12 – 15 November 2018.



The 5th World Autism Organization International Congress (WAO2018) has been approved as a continuing professional education (CPE) provider for the State of Texas!

Conference Program

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 *Program is subject to change






11:00 - 18:00 Registration Open    2F
13:45 - 14:45 Opening Ceremony   Salon E
14:45 - 15:45 PL.01 "Autism - The Reality Today"
Chairperson: Stephen Shore (USA)
[14:45 - 15:00]  Dena Gassner (USA)
[15:00 - 15:15]  Grant Manier (USA)
[15:15 - 15:30]  Peter Schmidt (Germany)
[15:30 - 15:45]  Stephen Shore (USA)

Salon E
15:45 - 16:45 PL.02 "Autism Around the World" 
Chairperson: Jill Stacey (South Africa) 
[15:45 - 16:00]  Charlotte Nyatanga (Swaziland)
[16:00 - 16:15]  Saima Hossein (Bangla Desh)
[16:15 - 16:30]  Samira Al Saad (Kuwait)
[16:30 - 16:45]  TBD (USA)
  Salon E
17:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception  Parkview Terrace - 6F



07:00 - 18:15 Registration Open 2F
08:00 - 18:00 Exhibit & Poster Areas Open Salon D
08:00 - 08:45 Concurrent Sessions CS.01-CS.04
  CS 01 Behavior Mapping: a Visual Strategy for Teaching Appropriate Behavior to Children with Autism
Buie, Amy (USA)
Salon E
  CS 02 Excelling With Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice
Dr. Aspy, Grace R (USA)
Salon A
  CS 03 Self-Directed Learning, Platform Building & Intrinsic Motivation Lead to "In The Flow" of
Learning (& Better Memory Retention)
Fisher, Gayle (USA)
Salon B
  CS 04 Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View to Recognizing and Accommodating for Sensory
Shore, Stephen (USA)
Salon C
08:45 - 09:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.05-CS.08
  CS 05 Failing Internalizing Autistics: A Discussion of Health Care Disparities in ASD
Gassner, Dena (USA)
Salon E
  CS 06 The Re-Builiding of the Guided Relationship in Order to Promote Development of Thinking
and Relating in Children with ASC (A Presentation in Spanish)
Perez Andreessen, Claudia (USA)
Salon A
  CS 07 A Practical, Step-Up Approach: Integrated Treatment and Robotic Therapy for Children with
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Dr. Margow, Shelley (USA)
Salon B
  CS 08 Inside Autism: Our Beautiful World
Clairy, Kim (USA) + Miller, William (USA)
Salon C
09:30 - 10:15  Concurrent Sessions CS.09-CS.12
  CS 09 Multiple Microbial Infections, and Biotoxin Illness in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective
treatment Strategies to Enhance Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Recovery

Dr. Dashore, Jodie A (USA)
Salon E
  CS 10 Closing the Gap – in a School for Students with ASD
Dr. Thomson, Mary (Australia)
Salon A
  CS 11 Stand by Me: Empowering Bystanders to End Bullying in Schools
Dr. Cohen, Christine (USA)
Salon B
  CS 12 Using a Sensory Enriched Environment to Support Learning at Home
Badon, Stacy (USA)
Salon C
10:15 - 10:45 - AM Refreshment Break - Salon D
10:45 - 11:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.13-CS.16
  CS 13 Biological Markers for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Scientific, Ethical and Social Challenges
in a Global Research Environment
Hewitson, Laura (USA)
Salon E
  CS 14 Effective Strategies for Addressing the Diversified Learning Needs of Students in Mainstream
Classrooms: A Training Manual for Preparing Teachers for Inclusive Education
Hossain, Saima Wazed (Bangladesh)
Salon A
  CS 15 Nature Hippotherapy Horticulture: Three Powerful Catalysts for Treatment of Autism
Payne, Becky (USA)
Salon B
  CS 16 A Video Parent-Training Program for Families of Children with ASD in Southeastern Europe
Dr. Hughes-Lika, Jamie (USA)
Salon C
11:30 - 12:15  Concurrent Sessions CS.17-CS.20
  CS 17 The Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder With Auditory Neurofeedback: A Randomized
Placebo Controlled Trial Using the Mente Autism Device
Carrick, Frederick (USA)
Salon E
  CS 18 Supporting Social Participation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Observations
in the Natural Context of an Interest-Based School Club
Chen, Yu-Lun, (USA)
Salon A
  CS 19 The ASPECTSS™ of An Architecture for Autism: Origins, Examples and the Future of Expanding Presumptions
Dr. Mostafa, Magda (Egypt)
Salon B
  CS 20 The impact of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) co-designed with autism lived
experiences to increase community understanding about the condition
Donaldson, Emma (Australia)
Salon C
12:15 - 13:00  Concurrent Sessions CS.21-CS.24
  CS 21 Can Proactive Management of Risk Factors and Environmental Factors in Early Childhood
Change the Trajectory of Autism for Individual Patients?
Dr. Mumper, Elizabeth (USA)
Salon E
  CS 22 To Tell, when to Tell, and How - when is the Appropriate Moment to Share the Autism
Diagnosis with Your Child/Teen, and How
Santomauro, Josie (Australia)
Salon A
  CS 23 Sos: Social Skills in Our Schools: Envisioning a Center Without Walls to Serve the Needs
of High-functioning People with Autism in All Communities
Dr. Dunn, Michelle (USA)
Salon B
  CS 24 Parents Taking Action: An Educational Program for Latino Parents of Children with ASC
Dr. Magana, Sandy (USA)
Salon C
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch Break - Salon D
14:00 - 14:45 Concurrent Sessions CS.25-CS.28
  CS 25 The One Big Thing No One is Talking About: Interoception, The Eighth Sensory System
Mahler, Kelly (USA)
Salon E
  CS 26 Ain't Just Misbehavin'
Buron, Kari (USA)
Salon A
  CS 27 Peer Socialization, Play and Imagination: Guiding Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the
Culture of Childhood and Beyond
Dr. Wolfberg, Pamela (USA)
Salon B
  CS 28 Gut Feelings: Linking the Gut Microbiome and Metabolome with Behavior and Gastrointestinal
Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Luna, Ruth Ann (USA)
Salon C
14:45 - 15:30  Concurrent Sessions CS.29-CS.32
  CS 29 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: The Why and How of Use in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Casanova, Manuel (USA)
Salon E
  CS 30 Staying on the Path
Lee, Katherine (USA)
Salon A
  CS 31 Closing The Socialization Gap
Dr. Lane, William (USA)
Salon B
  CS 32 Autism in Syria
Aldawodi, Rasha (Syria)
Salon C
15:30 - 16:15  Concurrent Sessions CS.33-CS.36
  CS 33 New Brain Findings in Autism and Treatment Implications
Dr. Rossignol, Daniel (USA)
Salon E
  CS 34 The Language of Learning to Behave: Strategies and Intervention
Dr. Arwood, Ellyn (USA) + Kaulitz, Carole (USA)
Salon A
  CS 35 Learning the Dance of Life
Mastronardi, Kristine (USA) + Mastronardi, Jake (USA)
Salon B
  CS 36 Challenges Faced by Parents and People with Autism in Sub Saharan Africa
Nyatanga, Charlotte (Swailand)
Salon C
16:15 - 16:45 - PM Refreshment Break - Salon D
16:45 - 17:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.37-CS.40
  CS 37 How Can We Encourage Kids to Think Critically? Exploring Mindful Use of Language by
Parents and Professionals
Murphy, Linda (USA)
Salon E
  CS 38 For the Love of Autism - Joseph's Journey
Winfrey, LaTonya (USA)
Salon A
  CS 39 Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.: Prioritizing What Matters Most in LIFE
Iland, Thomas (USA)
Salon B
  CS 40 Restore Your Relationships for Better Outcomes
Dr. Wayland, Sarah (USA)
Salon C
17:30 - 18:15  Concurrent Sessions CS.41-CS.44
  CS 41 Navigating The Special Education Maze
Geigerman, Louis (USA)
Salon E
  CS 42 The Effects of an Exercise Programme on Children with Autism” – It’s Impact on Fitness Levels
Coffey,  Craig (Ireland)
Salon A
  CS 43 Recognizing the Extroverted Artistic Aspie
Carr, Joe (USA)
Salon B
  CS 44 Werkwijzer a Methodology for Supporting People with Visual Impairment in Combination
with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASS)
Verstappen, Ellie (Netherlands)
Salon C
18:15 - 19:00  Concurrent Sessions CS.45-CS.48
  CS 45 Autism and Sex Education: Why It Matters, Thoughts to Consider, and Tips for Teaching
Tami, Amanda (USA)
Salon E
  CS 46 Challenging Autism with Exercise
Geslak, David (USA)
Salon A
  CS 47 My Story of Successful Inclusion is Based on Exceptions to the Rule - Helpful Hints on the How
Dr. Schmidt, Peter (Germany)
Salon B
  CS 48 Recognising, assessing and treating some of the most significant symptoms of ASD using
visual processing modification
Jordan, Ian (United Kingdom) + MaGuire, Grianne (Ireland)
Salon C



07:00 - 16:45 Registration Open 2F
07:15 - 08:00 Morning Sessions A-D
  CS.A Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in PAtients with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Bogner, Christian (USA)
Salon E
  CS.B The Effectiveness of the Therapeutic Vaulting as a Tool for the Development of Social Skills
in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Alarcon, Angela (Mexico)
Salon A
  CS.C Overcoming Motivational Barriers to Including Children with Special Needs in Early
Childhood Education Settings 
Silvanatha, Anne (Malaysia)
Salon B
  CS.D Child Characteristics and Parental Stress of Raising Children with Autism in Pakistan 
Dr. Rauf, Nelofar (Pakistan)
Salon C
08:00 - 16:45 Exhibit & Poster Areas Open Salon D
08:00 - 08:45 Concurrent Sessions CS.49-CS.52

  CS 49 Effectiveness of Project FUSE :Fostering Unlimited Success and Empowerment
Dr. Schoen, Sarah (USA)
Salon E
  CS 50 The Syntactical Profile of Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sarris, Katia (Aouth Africa)
Salon A
  CS 51 Teaching Social Skills in Natural Settings
Bahme, Deborah (USA)
Salon B
  CS 52 A Digital Tool for Personal Development
Faaborg, Matias (Denmark)
Salon C
08:45 - 09:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.53-CS.56
  CS 53 Oral health of people with autism. Educational support in oral health and access to adapted care.
The example of the SBDH-RA Network, France
Dr. Miranda, Sandra (France)
Salon E
  CS 54 Interdisciplinary Preparation of Speech-Language-Pathologists and Special Educators to
Support Diverse Learners on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Settings
Dr. Wolfberg, Pamela (USA)
Salon A
  CS 55 Introducing “The Social Diet®: why Every Child Needs One and What it Is"
Dr. Goresko, Stacy (USA)
Salon B
  CS 56 A Comprehensive Clinic-Based Education Model for Families of Children with Autism and
Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Smith, Jessica (USA) + Godwin, Dinah (USA) + Cervantes, Jennifer (USA)
Salon C
09:30 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.57-CS.60

  CS 57 Tribute to Dr. Bernard Rimland - Autism Pioneer and Parent Advocate
Dr. Edelson, Stephen (USA)
Salon E
  CS 58 Revisiting The Incredible 5 Point Scale
Curtis, Mitzi (USA)
Salon A
  CS 59 Learning to Dance on a Moving Floor: More Than Just Social Skills
Dela Cruz, Renee (Australia)
Salon B
  CS 60 AutPlay and The Virtual Sandtray App: Integrating Methods to Help Children with Autism
Improve Social and Emotional Deficits
Dr. Stone, Jessica (USA)
Salon C
10:15 - 10:45 AM Refreshment Break - Salon D
10:45 - 11:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.61-CS.64
  CS 61 Autism and Milk
Trivedi, Malav
Salon E
  CS 62 Extending Parents Network Group in Different Districts of Nepal to Raise Autism Awareness
and Decentralize Services in LMIC Like Nepal
Dr. Amatya, Sunita (Nepal)
Salon A
  CS 63 Support Group for Students with Asperger Syndrome
Saur, Anna (Norway) 
Salon B
  CS 64 Needing More, Needing Less: Communication Within the Close Relationships of Adults with
an Autism Spectrum Condition
Wilson, Bronwyn (Australia)
Salon C
11:30 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.65-CS.68
  CS 65 Clinical features not in dsm5
Fitzgerald, Michael (Ireland)
Salon E
  CS 66 Early Identification of the Prodrome of Autism: Clinical and Research Perspectives
Alonim, A.H (Israel)A
Salon A
  CS 67 Inclusive Practices for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder that
Reduce the Likelihood of Challenging Behavior
Dr. Adreon, Diane (USA)
Salon B
  CS 68 From Autism Awareness to Acceptance: to Appreciation: Fulfilling and Productive Lives as
the Rule Rather Than the Exception
Shore, Stephen (USA)
Salon C
12:15 - 13:00 Concurrent Sessions CS.69-CS.72

  CS 69 Neuroimaging and molecular correlates of idiopathic autism: a pathway toward personalized
Dr. Maletic-Savatic, Mirjana (USA)
Salon E
  CS 70 Training Workshop on Early Social Markers and Early Childhood Stimulation
Dr. Ahmed, Nusrat (Bangladesh)
Salon A
  CS 71 From This Day Forward - How to Navigate Intimate Relationships that Involve ASD
McLachlan, Robert (Australia)
Salon B
  CS 72 Sibling Support: A Phenomenological Study of Sibling Relationships in Families with High
Functioning Autism
Jaggers, Karen (USA)
Salon C
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch Break - Salon D
14:00 - 14:45 Concurrent Sessions CS.73-CS.76 Salon E
  CS 73 Molecular Characterization of Right-Sided Colonic Hypomotility in GI Symptomatic Children
with ASD
Dr. Krigsman, A (USA)
Salon E
  CS 74 A dream-match in Danish retail industry
Bak, Britta (Denmark)
Salon A
  CS 75 Teaching Self-Determination Skills to Individuals with Autism
Hammer, Deborah (USA)
Salon B
  CS 76 Effective Research-based Approaches That Support Employment Stability
Rettie, Robin (USA)
Salon C
14:45 - 15:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.77-CS.80

  CS 77 Development of a Blood-Based Biomarker to Identify Gastrointestinal Inflammation in Children with ASD
Dr. Walker, SJ (USA)
Salon E
  CS 78 “Autism at Work”. Autism, Work and Labor Insertion: APAdeA and SAP Mark a Milestone in
 Labor Insertion in Argentina
Dr. Galibert, Horacio Joffre (Argentina)
Salon A
  CS 79 Creating Independence: Exploring a Pathway for Success in the Workplace
Dr. Sheely, Rachelle (USA)
Salon B
  CS 80 Employment of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Bangladesh
Dr. Arman, Nazish (Bangladesh) + Hossain, Saima Wazed (Bangladesh)
Salon C
15:30 - 16:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.81-CS.84

  CS 81 The Ketogenic Diet: The Latest Autism Diet Trend
Barnhill, Kelly (USA)
Salon E
  CS 82 Career Trajectory: Techniques for ASD Candidates to Find, Secure, and Retain a Fortune
500 Corporate Job
Santillan, Ramon (USA)
Salon A
  CS 83 Enhancing Quality of Life Outcomes for Individuals Across a Lifespan
Cessna, Tahra (USA) + Smith-Kong, Tracy (USA)
Salon B
  CS 84 Stem Cell Research & Autism
Mondragon-Teran, Paul (Mexico)
Salon C
16:15 - 16:45 PM Refreshment Break Salon D
16:45 - 17:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.85-CS.88

  CS 85 Behavior Analysis Telehealth Services Around the Globe: Teaching Parents to Treat Problem
Behavior at Home
Tsami, Loukia (USA)
Salon E
  CS 86 Preparing for the Upcoming Holidays
Dantzler, Jennifer (USA)
Salon A
  CS 87 The Next Generation of Social Stories
Gray, Carol (USA)
Salon B
  CS 88 Emergency Call to Autism Success
Lynn, Jenn (USA) + Edwards, Jake (USA)
Salon C
17:30 - 18:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.89-CS.92

  CS 89 Autism Aspects: Treatment of Symptomatology in a Network Perspective
Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, Paula (Netherlands)
Salon E
  CS 90 Pedals and Paws: Creating Strength Based Supports in Adulthood from Special
Cook, Barb (Australia)
Salon A
  CS 91 "I Don't Know Why He Feels Sad!": Using Narrative Texts to Close the Comprehension Gap
for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Pace, Patti (USA)
Salon B
  CS 92 Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with
Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Pilot Project

Widman, Cheryl (USA)
Salon C
18:30 - 21:30 Texas Western Experience Jackson Street BBQ



07:30 - 12:30 Registration Open 2F
08:00 - 08:45 Concurrent Sessions CS.93-CS.96

  CS 93 Cases study (3 cases) in the Autistic Spectrum and the Possibility of a Syndrome’s Existence
Bochatziar, Evangelos (Greece)
Salon E
  CS 94 What Works when Counselling Lives Affected by Autism?
Nicholson, Elaine (United Kingdom) 
Salon A
  CS 95 Find Your Voice: Empowering Parents to Help Your Children
Iland, Emily (USA)
Salon B
  CS 96 A Spiritual Perspective on Autism: Embracing the Challenge
Boudreau, Melanie (USA)
Salon C
08:45 - 09:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.97-CS.100

  CS 97 Does it Have to Be Hard to Count? Self-defined Living for the Neurodiverse Community
Lory, Becca (USA)
Salon E
  CS 98 Neuropsychotherapy & High Functioning Autism / Asperger's Syndrome
Samson, Jeremy (Australia)
Salon A
  CS 99 Involved Fathers Get Results
Naseef, Robert (USA)
Salon B
  CS 100 Autism and Zen
Davin, Anlor (USA) + Yates, Gregory (USA)
Salon C
09:30 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.101-CS.104

  CS 101 Law Enforcement and the Forensic Interviewing of Autistic Victims and Witnesses
Morris, Philip (United Kingdom)
Salon E
  CS 102 Insider's Guide to the Galaxy of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A personal account of cycling through the healthcare system with ASD and an eating disorder PLUS strategies to help individuals manage co-occurring mental health conditions 
Clairy, Kim (USA)
Salon A
  CS 103 Functional Non-standardized Educational Evaluation of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Look at All We Can Do!
Dr. Sheridan, Susan (USA)
Salon B
  CS 104 Through the Force of Affection
Gudiel, Kareen (Guatemala) 
Salon C
10:15 - 10:30 - AM Refreshment Break - Salon D
10:30 - 11:30 PL.03 "Current Medical Initiatives"
Chairperson: Stephen Edelson (USA)
[10:30 - 10:45]  Paul Mondragon (Mexico) - Stem Cell based interventions
[10:45 - 11:00]  Manuel Casanova (USA) - Electro Magnetic Radiations
[11:00 - 11:15]  Daniel Rossignol (USA) - Evidence of Treatment Effectiveness and Safety?
[11:15 - 11:30]  Liz Mumper (USA) - Optimal Pregnancy and Infancy 
Salon E
11:30 - 12:30 PL.04 "Changing Face of Autism Provision" 
Chairperson: Michael Fitzgerald (Ireland) 
[11:30 - 11:45]  Carol Gray (USA) - Some Advances in Educative 
[11:45 - 12:00]  Britta Bak (Denmark) - Employment Initiatives in Dermark 
[12:00 - 12:15]  Jose Velasco (USA/Mexico) - Job Creation Throughout the Americas 
[12:15 - 12:30]  Guillermo Vela (Mexico) - Real Progress in Mexico 
Salon E
12:30 - 13:00 Closing Remarks Salon E
14:00 - 17:00 Post Congress Workshop Salon E




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