WAO 2018: Program-At-A-Glance






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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.
  CS 02 Effectiveness of Counseling Programs for Developing Art Expression for people with Autism
Ahmed, Nadia E.
  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
  CS 04 Does it Have to Be Hard to Count? Self-defined Living for the Neurodiverse Community
Lory, Becca
  CS 05 Oral Session TBC
  CS 06 Oral Session TBC
  CS 07 Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View to Recognizing and Accommodating for Sensory Differences
Shore, Stephen M.
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
  CS 09 Ain't Just Misbehavin'
Buron, Kari D.
  CS 10 Description of Skills, Characteristics and Support Needs in the Neuropsychological Field for Students with School-age ASD
López Aguiar, Edel
  CS 11 The ASPECTSS™ of An Architecture for Autism: Origins, Examples and the Future of Expanding Presumptions
Mostafa, Magda
  CS 12 Oral Session TBC
  CS 13 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 A.
  CS 14 Oral Session TBC
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
  CS 16 Behavior Mapping: a Visual Strategy for Teaching Appropriate Behavior to Children with Autism
Buie, Amy J.
  CS 17 Self-Directed Learning, Platform Building & Intrinsic Motivation Lead to "In The Flow" of Learning (& Better Memory Retention)
Fisher, Gayle Y.
  CS 18 Oral Session TBC
  CS 19 Oral Session TBC
  CS 20 Inside Autism: Our Beautiful World
Miller, William S.
  CS 21 Challenges Faced by Parents and People with Autism in Sub Saharan Africa
Nyatanga, Charlotte
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.
  CS 23 Stand by Me: Empowering Bystanders to End Bullying in Schools
Cohen, Christine R.
  CS 24 Neuropsychotherapy & High Functioning Autism / Asperger's Syndrome
Samson, Jeremy
  CS 25 A Practical, Step-Up Approach: Integrated Treatment and Robotic Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions
Margow, Shelley
  CS 26 Oral Session TBC
  CS 27 My Autistic Brain
Edwards, Adrian
  CS 28 Child Characteristics and Parental Stress of Raising Children with Autism in Pakistan
Rauf, Nelofar K.
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
  CS 30 The Language of Learning to Behave: Strategies and Intervention
Arwood, Ellyn L.
  CS 31 Oral Session TBC
  CS 32 Werkwijzer a Methodology for Supporting People with Visual Impairment in Combination with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASS)
Verstappen, Ellie
  CS 33 Oral Session TBC
  CS 34 Emergency Call to Autism Success
Lynn, Jenn
  CS 35 Sensory Strategies for Classroom Success
Boucher, Cheryl
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.
  CS 37 Oral Session TBC
  CS 38 Oral Session TBC
  CS 39 Revisiting The Incredible 5 Point Scale
Curtis, Mitzi
  CS 40 Oral Session TBC
  CS 41 Learning the Dance of Life
Mastronardi, Kristine B.
  CS 42 The One Big Thing No One is Talking About: Interoception, The Eighth Sensory System
Mahler, Kelly J.
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
  CS 44 Peer Socialization, Play and Imagination: Guiding Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the Culture of Childhood and Beyond
McCracken, Heather
  CS 45 Oral Session TBC
  CS 46 Oral Session TBC
  CS 47 Oral Session TBC
  CS 48 Staying on the Path
Lee, Katherine A.
  CS 49 A Video Parent-Training Program for Families of Children with ASD in Southeastern Europe
Hughes-Lika, Jamie
5:00PM - 6:00PM Concurrent Sessions CS.50-CS.56
  CS 50 Microglial Signaling with Phytocannabinoids in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bogner, Christian
  CS 51 Challenging Autism with Exercise
Geslak, David S.
  CS 52 Interdisciplinary Preparation of Speech-Language-Pathologists and Special Educators to Support Diverse Learners on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Settings
Wolfberg, Pamela
  CS 53 An Examination of the Key Determinants for Nonprofit Organization Sustainability: How Do We Assure the Continuation of Services to People with ASD?
Toscano, John A.
  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
  CS 55 My Story of Successful Inclusion is Based on Exceptions to the Rule - Helpful Hints on the How
Schmidt, Peter
  CS 56 AutPlay and The Virtual Sandtray App: Integrating Methods to Help Children with Autism Improve Social and Emotional Deficits
Stone, Jessica






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
  CS 59 Closing the Gap – in a School for Students with ASD
Thomson, Mary I.
  CS 60 Teaching Social Skills in Natural Settings
Bahme, Deborah
  CS 61 Effective Research-based Approaches That Support Employment Stability
Rettie, Robin L.
  CS 62 Introducing “The Social Diet®: why Every Child Needs One and What it Is"
Goresko, Stacy
  CS 63 What Works when Counselling Lives Affected by Autism?
Nicholson, Elaine J.
9:00AM - 10:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.64-CS.70
  CS 64 Oral Session TBC
  CS 65 Parents Taking Action: An Educational Program for Latino Parents of Children with ASC
Magaña, Sandy M.
  CS 66 Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Pilot Project
Widman, Cheryl J.
  CS 67 Learning to Dance on a Moving Floor: More Than Just Social Skills
Dela Cruz, Renee
  CS 68 Career Trajectory: Techniques for ASD Candidates to Find, Secure, and Retain a Fortune 500 Corporate Job
Santillan, Ramon
  CS 69 Oral Session TBC
  CS 70 Through the Force of Affection
Gudiel, Kareen M.
10:00AM - 10:30AM - AM Break -
10:30AM - 11:30AM Concurrent Sessions CS.71-CS.77
  CS 70 Through the Force of Affection
Gudiel, Kareen M.
  CS 71 New Brain Findings in Autism and Treatment Implications
Rossignol, Daniel
  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
  CS 73 Support Group for Students with Asperger Syndrome
Saur, Anna C.
  CS 74 Autism Eats An Innovative Respite and Community Building Model
Zohn, Lenard
  CS 75 Parental Tutoring and the Guided Participation Relationship in Preschoolers with Autism
Hobson, Jessica A.
  CS 76 Sibling Support: A Phenomenological Study of Sibling Relationships in Families with High Functioning Autism
Jaggers, Karen L.
  CS 77 Oral Session TBC
11:30AM - 12:30PM Concurrent Sessions CS.78-CS.84
  CS 78 Autism and Comorbidities: A Personal Account
Clairy, Kim J.
  CS 79 Teaching Self-Determination Skills to Individuals with Autism
Hammer, Deborah
  CS 80 Inclusive Practices for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder that Reduce the Likelihood of Challenging Behavior
Adreon, Diane
  CS 81 Creating Independence: Exploring a Pathway for Success in the Workplace
Sheely, Rachelle
  CS 82 Needing More, Needing Less: Communication Within the Close Relationships of Adults with an Autism Spectrum Condition
Wilson, Bronwyn M.
  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
  CS 84 When Life Changes Your Goals
Gaya, Gerardo
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.
  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
  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
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
  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.
  CS 95 Oral Session TBC
  CS 96 Oral Session TBC
  CS 97 From This Day Forward - How to Navigate Intimate Relationships that Involve ASD
McLachlan, Robert
  CS 98 Tribute to Dr. Bernard Rimland - Autism Pioneer and Parent Advocate
Edelson, Stephen M.
3:30PM - 4:00PM - PM Break -
4:00PM - 5:00PM Concurrent Sessions CS.99-CS.105
  CS 99 Oral Session TBC
  CS 100 A Comprehensive Clinic-Based Education Model for Families of Children with Autism and Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Godwin, Dinah L.
  CS 101 How Can We Encourage Kids to Think Critically? Exploring Mindful Use of Language by Parents and Professionals
Murphy, Linda K.
  CS 102 Oral Session TBC
  CS 103 Enhancing Quality of Life Outcomes for Individuals Across a Lifespan
Cessna, Tahra J.
  CS 104 Living Beyond Labels: Defying Limitations of Dual Diagnosis One Man’s Journey of Developing Independent Life Skills
Delaney, Delany
  CS 105 Autism Aspects: Treatment of Symptomatology in a Network Perspective
Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, Paula
5:00PM - 6:00PM Concurrent Sessions CS.106-CS.112
  CS 106 Oral Session TBC
  CS 107 Functional Non-standardized Educational Evaluation of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Look at All We Can Do!
Sheridan, Susan
  CS 108 Oral Session TBC
  CS 109 Oral Session TBC
  CS 110 Oral Session TBC
  CS 111 For the Love of Autism - Joseph's Journey
Winfrey, LaTonya N.
  CS 112 Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.: Prioritizing What Matters Most in LIFE
Iland, Thomas
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 Oral Session TBC
  CS 114 Please Don't Make Me Write! Rescuing our Reluctant Writers
Oehler, Kathy
  CS 115 Oral Session TBC
  CS 116 Utilising Taekwondo to Bridge the Functional Performance Gap for Children Living with Autism (ASD/ASC)
Pearce, Samantha
  CS 117 Oral Session TBC
  CS 118 Oral Session TBC
  CS 119 Navigating The Special Education Maze
Geigerman, Louis H.
9:00AM - 10:00AM Concurrent Sessions CS.120-CS.126
  CS 120 Oral Session TBC
  CS 121 Find Your Voice: Empowering Parents to Help Your Children
Iland, Emily
  CS 122 Using a Sensory Enriched Environment to Support Learning at Home
Badon, Stacy A.
  CS 123 Pedals and Paws: Creating Strength Based Supports in Adulthood from Special Interests/Enthusiasms
Cook, Barb
  CS 124 Oral Session TBC
  CS 125 A Spiritual Perspective on Autism: Embracing the Challenge
Boudreau, Melanie L.
  CS 126 Oral Session TBC
10:00AM - 10:30AM - AM Break -
10:30AM - 11:30AM Plenary 2
11:30AM - 12:30PM Closing Session




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