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.


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Conference Program

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 *Program is subject to change





12:00PM - 6:00PM Registration Open
3:00PM - 4:00PM Opening Ceremony
4:00PM - 5:00PM Plenary 1
5:00PM - 7:00PM Welcome Reception






7:00AM - 5:00PM Registration Open
7:30AM - 4:00PM Exhibit & Poster Areas Open
8:00AM - 9:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.01-CS.07
  CS 01 Multiple Microbial Infections, and Biotoxin Illness in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective treatment Strategies to Enhance Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Recovery
Dashore, Jodie A (USA)
  CS 02 Effectiveness of Counseling Programs for Developing Art Expression for people with Autism
Ahmed, Nadia E (Egypt)
  CS 03 Growing Neurons in the Autistic Brain: A Systemic Approach Integrating Dan Siegel's Interpersonal Neurobiology Model and the Pioneers of Autistic Brain Research
Miller, M Grayson (USA)
  CS 04 Does it Have to Be Hard to Count? Self-defined Living for the Neurodiverse Community
Lory, Becca (USA)
  CS 05 Excelling With Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice
Aspy, Grace R (USA)
  CS 06 Evaluation of the Needs of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Analysis of Treatment Plans While in College 
Wesley H. Dotson (USA), DeAnn Lechtenberger (USA)
  CS 07 Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View to Recognizing and Accommodating for Sensory Differences
Shore, Stephen M. (USA)
9:00AM - 10:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.08-CS.14
  CS 08 Failing Internalizing Autistics: A Discussion of Health Care Disparities in ASD
Gassner, Dena (USA)
  CS 09 Ain't Just Misbehavin'
Buron, Kari D. (USA)
  CS 10 Description of Skills, Characteristics and Support Needs in the Neuropsychological Field for Students with School-age ASD
López Aguiar, Edel (Mexico)
  CS 11 The ASPECTSS™ of An Architecture for Autism: Origins, Examples and the Future of Expanding Presumptions
Mostafa, Magda (Egypt)
  CS 12 Please Don't Make Me Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers
Oehler, Kathy (USA)
  CS 13 The Re-Building of the Guided Relationship in Order to Promote Development of Thinking and Relating in Children with ASC (A Presentation in Spanish)
Perez Andreessen, Claudia A. (USA)
  CS 14 Autism in Syria
Aldawodi, Rasha
1:00AM - 10:30AM - AM Break -
10:30AM - 11:30AM Concurrent Sessions CS.15-CS.21
  CS 15 The Importance of Early Developmental Screening
Mark, Boyd (USA)
  CS 16 Behavior Mapping: a Visual Strategy for Teaching Appropriate Behavior to Children with Autism
Buie, Amy J. (USA)
  CS 17 Self-Directed Learning, Platform Building & Intrinsic Motivation Lead to "In The Flow" of Learning (& Better Memory Retention)
Fisher, Gayle Y. (USA)
  CS 18 Peer Socialization, Play and Imagination: Guiding Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the Culture of Childhood and Beyond
Wolfberg, Pamela (Canada)
  CS 19 Oral health of people with autism. Educational support in oral health and access to adapted care. The example of the SBDH-RA Network, France
Miranda, Sandra (France)
  CS 20 Inside Autism: Our Beautiful World
Clairy, Kim J (USA)
  CS 21 Challenges Faced by Parents and People with Autism in Sub Saharan Africa
Nyatanga, Charlotte (Swaziland)
11:30AM - 12:30PM Concurrent Sessions CS.22-CS.28
  CS 22 Cases study (3 cases) in the Autistic Spectrum and the Possibility of a Syndrome’s Existence
Bochatziar, Evangelos S. (Greece)
  CS 23 Stand by Me: Empowering Bystanders to End Bullying in Schools
Cohen, Christine R. (USA)
  CS 24 Neuropsychotherapy & High Functioning Autism / Asperger's Syndrome
Samson, Jeremy (Australia)
  CS 25 A Practical, Step-Up Approach: Integrated Treatment and Robotic Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions
Margow, Shelley (USA)
  CS 26 Sensory Strategies for Classroom Success
Boucher, Cheryl (USA)
  CS 27 My Autistic Brain
Edwards, Adrian (United Kingdom)
  CS 28 Child Characteristics and Parental Stress of Raising Children with Autism in Pakistan
Rauf, Nelofar K. (Pakistan)
12:30PM - 1:30PM - Lunch Break -
12:30PM - 1:30PM Parent Networking
1:30PM - 2:30PM Concurrent Sessions CS.29-CS.35
  CS 29 Understanding Symptom Presentation in Females with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Paradiz, Valerie (USA)
  CS 30 The Language of Learning to Behave: Strategies and Intervention
Arwood, Ellyn L. (USA)
  CS 31 The Next Generation of Social Stories
Gray, Carol (USA)
  CS 32 Werkwijzer a Methodology for Supporting People with Visual Impairment in Combination with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASS)
Verstappen, Ellie (Netherlands)
  CS 33 Nature Hippotherapy Horticulture: Three Powerful Catalysts for Treatment of Autism
Payne, Becky (USA)
  CS 34 Emergency Call to Autism Success
Lynn, Jenn (USA)
  CS 35 Extending Parents Network Group in Different Districts of Nepal to Raise Autisms Awareness and Decentralize Services in LMIC Like Nepal
Amatya, Sunita M (Nepal)
2:30PM - 3:30PM Concurrent Sessions CS.36-CS.42
  CS 36 Why are women diagnosed late with autism and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes? (EDS)
Green, Jane F. (United Kingdom)
  CS 37 Sos: Social Skills in Our School: Envisioning a Center Without Walls to Serve the Needs of High-functioning People with Autism in All Communities 
Dunn, Michelle A (USA)
  CS 38 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)
  CS 39 Revisiting The Incredible 5 Point Scale
Curtis, Mitzi (USA)
  CS 40 Closing The Socialization Gap
Lane, William H (USA)
  CS 41 Learning the Dance of Life
Mastronardi, Kristine B. (USA)
  CS 42 The One Big Thing No One is Talking About: Interception, The Eighth Sensory System
Mahler, Kelly J. (USA)
3:30PM - 4:00PM - PM Break -
4:00PM - 5:00PM Concurrent Sessions CS.43-CS.49
  CS 43 “The Effects of an Exercise Programme on Children with Autism” – It’s Impact on Fitness Levels
Coffey, Craig (Ireland)
  CS 44 Interdisciplinary Preparation of Speech-Language-Pathologists and Special Educators to Support Diverse Learners on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Settings
Wolfberg, Pamela (USA)
  CS 45 Building the Capacity for Conversation in Young Children with ASD: Strategies for ECE Programs
Rydell, Patrick J. (USA)
  CS 46 Oral Session TBC
  CS 47 The impact of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), co-designed with the autism community to make change in the knowledge and understanding of the lived experience
Donaldson, Emma (Australia)
  CS 48 Staying on the Path
Lee, Katherine A. (USA)
  CS 49 A Video Parent-Training Program for Families of Children with ASD in Southeastern Europe
Hughes-Lika, Jamie (USA)
5:00PM - 6:00PM Concurrent Sessions CS.50-CS.56
  CS 50 Microglial Signaling with Phytocannabinoids in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bogner, Christian (USA)
  CS 51 Challenging Autism with Exercise
Geslak, David S. (USA)
  CS 52 Recognising, assessing and treating some of the most significant symptoms of ASD using visual processing modification 
Jordan, Ian (UK) 
  CS 53 An Examination of the Key Determinants for Non-profit Organization Sustainability: How Do We Assure the Continuation of Services to People with ASD?
Toscano, John A. (USA)
  CS 54 "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)
  CS 55 My Story of Successful Inclusion is Based on Exceptions to the Rule - Helpful Hints on the How
Schmidt, Peter (Germany)
  CS 56 AutpPlay and The Virtual Sandtray App: Integrating Methods to Help Children with Autism Improve Social and Emotional Deficits
Stone, Jessica (USA)






7:30AM - 4:30PM Registration Open
7:30AM - 4:00PM Exhibit & Poster Areas Open
8:00AM - 9:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.57-CS.63
  CS 57 Oral Session TBC
  CS 58 The Syntactical Profile of Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Adams, Skye (South Africa)
  CS 59 Closing the Gap – in a School for Students with ASD
Thomson, Mary I. (Australia)
  CS 60 Teaching Social Skills in Natural Settings
Bahme, Deborah (USA)
  CS 61 Effective Research-based Approaches That Support Employment Stability
Rettie, Robin L. (USA)
  CS 62 Introducing “The Social Diet®: why Every Child Needs One and What it Is"
Goresko, Stacy Ph.D (USA)
  CS 63 What Works when Counselling Lives Affected by Autism?
Nicholson, Elaine J. (United Kingdom)
9:00AM - 10:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.64-CS.70
  CS 64 Understanding Autism for Health Care Providers - Advice from an Autistic Health Care Professional
Lesko, Anita (USA)
  CS 65 Parents Taking Action: An Educational Program for Latino Parents of Children with ASC
Magaña, Sandy M. (USA)
  CS 66 Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Pilot Project
Widman, Cheryl J. (USA)
  CS 67 Learning to Dance on a Moving Floor: More Than Just Social Skills
Dela Cruz, Renee (Australia)
  CS 68 Career Trajectory: Techniques for ASD Candidates to Find, Secure, and Retain a Fortune 500 Corporate Job
Santillan, Ramon (USA)
  CS 69 From Autism Awareness to Acceptance: to Appreciation: Fulfilling and Productive Lives as the Rule Rather Than the Exception
Shore, Stephen M (USA)
  CS 70 Through the Force of Affection
Gudiel, Kareen M. (Guatemala)
10:00AM - 10:30AM - AM Break -
10:30AM - 11:30AM Concurrent Sessions CS.71-CS.77
  CS 71 New Brain Findings in Autism and Treatment Implications
Rossignol, Daniel (USA)
  CS 72 Supporting Social Participation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Observations in the Natural Context of an Interest-Based School Club
Chen, Yu-Lun (USA)
  CS 73 Support Group for Students with Asperger Syndrome
Saur, Anna C. (Norway)
  CS 74 Oral Session TBC
  CS 75 Parental Tutoring and the Guided Participation Relationship in Preschoolers with Autism
Hobson, Jessica A. (USA)
  CS 76 Sibling Support: A Phenomenological Study of Sibling Relationships in Families with High Functioning Autism
Jaggers, Karen L. (USA)
  CS 77 Effectiveness of Project FUSE :Fostering Unlimited Success and Empowerment
Schoen, Sarah (USA)
11:30AM - 12:30PM Concurrent Sessions CS.78-CS.84
  CS 78 Autism and Comorbidities: A Personal Account
Clairy, Kim J. (USA)
  CS 79 Teaching Self-Determination Skills to Individuals with Autism
Hammer, Deborah (USA)
  CS 80 Inclusive Practices for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder that Reduce the Likelihood of Challenging Behavior
Adreon, Diane (USA)
  CS 81 Creating Independence: Exploring a Pathway for Success in the Workplace
Sheely, Rachelle (USA)
  CS 82 Needing More, Needing Less: Communication Within the Close Relationships of Adults with an Autism Spectrum Condition
Wilson, Bronwyn M. (Australia)
  CS 83 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)
  CS 84 When Life Changes Your Goals
Gaya, Gerardo (Mexico)
12:30PM - 1:30PM - Lunch Break -
12:30PM - 1:30PM Parent Networking
1:30PM - 2:30PM Concurrent Sessions CS.85-CS.91
  CS 85 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: The Why and How of Use in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Casanova, Manuel F. (USA)
  CS 86 Oral Session TBC
  CS 87 Oral Session TBC
  CS 88 Oral Session TBC
  CS 89 Oral Session TBC
  CS 90 Recognizing the Extroverted Artistic Aspie
Carr, Joe (USA)
  CS 91 The Effectiveness of the Therapeutic Vaulting as a Tool for the Development of Social Skills in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Ayala, Marcela (Mexico)
2:30PM - 3:30PM Concurrent Sessions CS.92-CS.98
  CS 92 Can Proactive Management of Risk Factors and Environmental Factors in Early Childhood Change the Trajectory of Autism for Individual Patients?
Mumper, Elizabeth (USA)
  CS 93 Oral Session TBC
  CS 94 Efficacy of a Treatment for Dysfluency in High Functioning Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Harris, Larry E. (USA)
  CS 95 Autism and Zen
Davin, Anlor (USA)
  CS 96 Involved Fathers Get Results
Naseef, Robert (USA)
  CS 97 From This Day Forward - How to Navigate Intimate Relationships that Involve ASD
McLachlan, Robert (Australia)
  CS 98 Tribute to Dr. Bernard Rimland - Autism Pioneer and Parent Advocate
Edelson, Stephen M. (USA)
3:30PM - 4:00PM - PM Break -
4:00PM - 5:00PM Concurrent Sessions CS.99-CS.105
  CS 99 Early Identification of the Prodrome of Autism: Clinical and Research Perspectives
Alonim, A.H. (Israel)
  CS 100 A Comprehensive Clinic-Based Education Model for Families of Children with Autism and Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Godwin, Dinah L (USA)
  CS 101 How Can We Encourage Kids to Think Critically? Exploring Mindful Use of Language by Parents and Professionals
Murphy, Linda K. (USA)
  CS 102 "Autism at Work". Autism, Work and Labour Insertion: APAdeA and SAP Mark a Milestone in Labor Insertion in Argentina. 
Galibert, Horacio Joffre, (Argentina)
  CS 103 Enhancing Quality of Life Outcomes for Individuals Across a Lifespan
Cessna, Tahra J. (USA)
  CS 104 Living Beyond Labels: Defying Limitations of Dual Diagnosis One Man’s Journey of Developing Independent Life Skills
Delaney, Delany (Australia)
  CS 105 Autism Aspects: Treatment of Symptomatology in a Network Perspective
Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, Paula (Netherlands)
5:00PM - 6:00PM Concurrent Sessions CS.106-CS.112
  CS 106 Training Workshop on Early Social Markers and Early Childhood Stimulation
Ahmed, Nusrat (Bangladesh)
  CS 107 Functional Non-standardized Educational Evaluation of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Look at All We Can Do!
Sheridan, Susan (USA)
  CS 108 Oral Session TBC
  CS 109 Oral Session TBC
  CS 110 Restore Your Relationships for Better Outcomes 
Wayland, Sarah (USA)
  CS 111 For the Love of Autism - Joseph's Journey
Winfrey, LaTonya N. (USA)
  CS 112 Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.: Prioritizing What Matters Most in LIFE
Iland, Thomas (USA)
6:30PM - 9:00PM Texas Western Experience






7:30AM - 11:30AM Registration Open
7:30AM - 10:30AM Poster Area Open
8:00AM - 9:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.113-CS.119
  CS 113 Clinical features not in dsm5
Fitzgerald, Michael (Ireland)
  CS 114 Oral Session TBC
  CS 115 Oral Session TBC
  CS 116 Utilising Taekwondo to Bridge the Functional Performance Gap for Children Living with Autism (ASD/ASC)
Pearce, Samantha (Australia)
  CS 117 Day-to-day Functioning with Asperger's
Durany, Daniel S (USA)
  CS 118 Employment of Persons with Autism Spectrum disorder in Bangladesh
Arman, Nazish, (Bangladesh)
  CS 119 Navigating The Special Education Maze
Geigerman, Louis H. (USA)
9:00AM - 10:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.120-CS.126
  CS 120 Neuroimaging and molecular correlates of idiopathic autism: a pathway toward personalized therapy
Maletic-Savatic, Mirjana (USA)
  CS 121 Find Your Voice: Empowering Parents to Help Your Children
Iland, Emily (USA)
  CS 122 Using a Sensory Enriched Environment to Support Learning at Home
Badon, Stacy A. (USA)
  CS 123 Pedals and Paws: Creating Strength Based Supports in Adulthood from Special Interests/Enthusiasms
Cook, Barb (Australia)
  CS 124 Oral Session TBC
  CS 125 A Spiritual Perspective on Autism: Embracing the Challenge
Boudreau, Melanie L. (USA)
  CS 126 Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Fighting for Justice for My Son and Others on the Autism Spectrum
Dubin, Larry (USA)
10:00AM - 10:30AM - AM Break -
10:30AM - 11:30AM Plenary 2
11:30AM - 12:30PM Closing Session




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