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
13:00 - 14:30 Opening Ceremony
14:30 - 15:30 PL.01 "Autism - The Reality Today"
Chairperson: Stephen Shore (USA)
[14:30 - 14:45]  Dena Gassner (USA)
[14:45 - 15:00]  Grant Manier (USA)
[15:00 - 15:15]  Peter Schmidt (Germany)
[15:15 - 15:30]  Stephen Shore (USA)
15:30 - 16:30 PL.02 "Autism Around the World" 
Chairperson: Jill Stacey (South Africa) 
[15:30 - 15:45]  Charlotte Nyatanga (Swaziland)
[15:45 - 16:00]  Saima Hossein (Bangla Desh)
[16:00 - 16:15]  Samira Al Saad (Kuwait)
[16:15 - 16:30]  TBD (USA)
17:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception 



07:00 - 18:15Registration Open
08:00 - 18:00Exhibit & Poster Areas Open
08:00 - 08:45Concurrent Sessions CS.01-CS.04
 CS 01Autism and Comorbidities: A Personal Acount
Clairy, Kim (USA)
 CS 02Excelling With Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice
Aspy, Grace R (USA)
 CS 03Self-Directed Learning, Platform Building & Intrinsic Motivation Lead to "In The Flow" of Learning (& Better Memory Retention)
Fisher, Gayle (USA)
 CS 04Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View to Recognizing and Accommodating for Sensory Differences
Shore, Stephen (USA)
08:45 - 09:30Concurrent Sessions CS.05-CS.08
 CS 05Failing Internalizing Autistics: A Discussion of Health Care Disparities in ASD
Gassner, Dena (USA)
 CS 06The 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)
 CS 07A Practical, Step-Up Approach: Integrated Treatment and Robotic Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions
Margow, Shelley (USA)
 CS 08Inside Autism: Our Beautiful World
Clairy, Kim (USA) + Miller, William (USA)
09:30 - 10:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.09-CS.12
 CS 09Multiple Microbial Infections, and Biotoxin Illness in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective treatment Strategies to Enhance Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Recovery
Dashore, Jodie A (USA)
 CS 10Closing the Gap – in a School for Students with ASD
Thomson, Mary (Australia)
 CS 11Stand by Me: Empowering Bystanders to End Bullying in Schools
Cohen, Christine (USA)
 CS 12Using a Sensory Enriched Environment to Support Learning at Home
Badon, Stacy (USA)
10:15 - 10:45- AM Refreshment Break -
10:45 - 11:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.13-CS.16
 CS 13Biological Markers for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Scientific, Ethical and Social Challenges in a Global Research Environment
Hewitson, Laura (USA)
 CS 14Effective 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 15Nature Hippotherapy Horticulture: Three Powerful Catalysts for Treatment of Autism
Payne, Becky (USA)
 CS 16A Video Parent-Training Program for Families of Children with ASD in Southeastern Europe
Hughes-Lika, Jamie (USA)
11:30 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.17-CS.20
 CS 17The Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder With Auditory Neurofeedback: A Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial Using the Mente Autism Device
Carrick, Frederick (USA)
 CS 18Supporting Social Participation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Observations in the Natural Context of an Interest-Based School Club
Chen, Yu-Lun, (USA)
 CS 19The ASPECTSS™ of An Architecture for Autism: Origins, Examples and the Future of Expanding Presumptions
Mostafa, Magda (Egypt)
 CS 20The impact of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) co-designed with autism lived experiences to increase community understanding about the condition
Donaldson, Emma (Australia)
12:15 - 13:00 Concurrent Sessions CS.21-CS.24
 CS 21Can Proactive Management of Risk Factors and Environmental Factors in Early Childhood Change the Trajectory of Autism for Individual Patients?
Mumper, Elizabeth (USA)
 CS 22To 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 23Sos: Social Skills in Our Schools: Envisioning a Center Without Walls to Serve the Needs of High-functioning People with Autism in All Communities
Dunn, Michelle (USA)
 CS 24Parents Taking Action: An Educational Program for Latino Parents of Children with ASC
Magana, Sandy (USA)
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch Break -
14:00 - 14:45Concurrent Sessions CS.25-CS.28
 CS 25Stem Cell Research & Autism
Mondragon-Teran, Paul (Mexico)
 CS 26Ain't Just Misbehavin'
Buron, Kari (USA)
 CS 27Peer Socialization, Play and Imagination: Guiding Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the Culture of Childhood and Beyond
Wolfberg, Pamela (USA)
 CS 28Gut Feelings: Linking the Gut Microbiome and Metabolome with Behavior and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Luna, Ruth Ann (USA)
14:45 - 15:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.29-CS.32
 CS 29Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: The Why and How of Use in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Casanova, Manuel (USA)
 CS 30Behavior Mapping: a Visual Strategy for Teaching Appropriate Behavior to Children with Autism
Buie, Amy (USA)
 CS 31Closing The Socialization Gap
Lane, William (USA)
 CS 32Autism in Syria
Aldawodi, Rasha (Syria)
15:30 - 16:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.33-CS.36
 CS 33New Brain Findings in Autism and Treatment Implications
Rossignol, Daniel (USA)
 CS 34The Language of Learning to Behave: Strategies and Intervention
Arwood, Ellyn (USA) + Kaulitz, Carole (USA)
 CS 35Learning the Dance of Life
Mastronardi, Kristine (USA) + Mastronardi, Jake (USA)
 CS 36Challenges Faced by Parents and People with Autism in Sub Saharan Africa
Nyatanga, Charlotte (Swailand)
16:15 - 16:45 - PM Refreshment Break -
16:45 - 17:30Concurrent Sessions CS.37-CS.40
 CS 37How Can We Encourage Kids to Think Critically? Exploring Mindful Use of Language by Parents and Professionals
Murphy, Linda (USA)
 CS 38For the Love of Autism - Joseph's Journey
Winfrey, LaTonya (USA)
 CS 39Know Yourself. Love Yourself. Be Yourself.: Prioritizing What Matters Most in LIFE
Iland, Thomas (USA)
 CS 40Restore Your Relationships for Better Outcomes
Wayland, Sarah (USA)
17:30 - 18:15 Concurrent Sessions CS.41-CS.44
 CS 41Navigating The Special Education Maze
Geigerman, Louis (USA)
 CS 42“The Effects of an Exercise Programme on Children with Autism” – It’s Impact on Fitness Levels
Coffey,  Craig (Ireland)
 CS 43Recognizing the Extroverted Artistic Aspie
Carr, Joe (USA)
 CS 44Werkwijzer a Methodology for Supporting People with Visual Impairment in Combination with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASS)
Verstappen, Ellie (Netherlands)
18:15 - 19:00 Concurrent Sessions CS.45-CS.48
 CS 45Autism and Sex Education: Why It Matters, Thoughts to Consider, and Tips for Teaching
Tami, Amanda (USA)
 CS 46Challenging Autism with Exercise
Geslak, David (USA)
 CS 47My Story of Successful Inclusion is Based on Exceptions to the Rule - Helpful Hints on the How
Schmidt, Peter (Germany)
 CS 48Recognising, assessing and treating some of the most significant symptoms of ASD using visual processing modification
Jordan, Ian (United Kingdom) + MaGuire, Grianne (Ireland)




07:00 - 16:45 Registration Open
07:15 - 08:00Sessions A-D 
08:00 - 16:45 Exhibit & Poster Areas Open
08:00 - 08:45 Concurrent Sessions CS.49-CS.52
  CS 49 Functional Non-standardized Educational Evaluation of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Look at All We Can Do!
Sheridan, Susan (USA)
  CS 50 The Syntactical Profile of Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sarris, Katia (Aouth Africa)
  CS 51 Teaching Social Skills in Natural Settings
Bahme, Deborah (USA)
  CS 52 A Digital Tool for Personal Development
Faaborg, Matias (Denmark)
08:45 - 09:30Concurrent 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
Miranda, Sandra (France)
  CS 54 Interdisciplinary Preparation of Speech-Language-Pathologists and Special Educators to Support Diverse Learners on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Settings
Wolfberg, Pamela (USA)
  CS 55 Introducing “The Social Diet®: why Every Child Needs One and What it Is"
Goresko, Stacy (USA)
  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)
09:30 - 10:15Concurrent Sessions CS.57-CS.60
  CS 57 Tribute to Dr. Bernard Rimland - Autism Pioneer and Parent Advocate
Edelson, Stephen (USA)
  CS 58 Revisiting The Incredible 5 Point Scale
Curtis, Mitzi (USA)
  CS 59 Learning to Dance on a Moving Floor: More Than Just Social Skills
Dela Cruz, Renee (Australia)
  CS 60 AutPlay and The Virtual Sandtray App: Integrating Methods to Help Children with Autism Improve Social and Emotional Deficits
Stone, Jessica (USA)
10:15 - 10:45 - AM Refreshment Break -
10:45 - 11:30 Concurrent Sessions CS.61-CS.64
  CS 61 Autism and Milk
Trivedi, Malav
  CS 62 Extending Parents Network Group in Different Districts of Nepal to Raise Autism Awareness and Decentralize Services in LMIC Like Nepal
Amatya, Sunita (Nepal)
  CS 63 Support Group for Students with Asperger Syndrome
Saur, Anna (Norway) 
  CS 64 Needing More, Needing Less: Communication Within the Close Relationships of Adults with an Autism Spectrum Condition
Wilson, Bronwyn (Australia)
11:30 - 12:15Concurrent Sessions CS.65-CS.68
  CS 65 Clinical features not in dsm5
Fitzgerald, Michael (Ireland)
  CS 66 Early Identification of the Prodrome of Autism: Clinical and Research Perspectives
Alonim, A.H (Israel)
  CS 67 Inclusive Practices for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder that Reduce the Likelihood of Challenging Behavior
Adreon, Diane (USA)
  CS 68 From Autism Awareness to Acceptance: to Appreciation: Fulfilling and Productive Lives as the Rule Rather Than the Exception
Shore, Stephen (USA)
12:15 - 13:00Concurrent Sessions CS.69-CS.72
  CS 69 Neuroimaging and molecular correlates of idiopathic autism: a pathway toward personalized therapy
Maletic-Savatic, Mirjana (USA)
  CS 70 Training Workshop on Early Social Markers and Early Childhood Stimulation
Ahmed, Nusrat (Bangladesh)
  CS 71 From This Day Forward - How to Navigate Intimate Relationships that Involve ASD
McLachlan, Robert (Australia)
  CS 72 Sibling Support: A Phenomenological Study of Sibling Relationships in Families with High Functioning Autism
Jaggers, Karen (USA)
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch Break -
14:00 - 14:45 Concurrent Sessions CS.73-CS.76
  CS 73 Molecular Characterization of Right-Sided Colonic Hypomotility in GI Symptomatic Children with ASD
Krigsman, A (USA)
  CS 74 A dream-match in Danish retail industry
Bak, Britta (Denmark)
  CS 75 Teaching Self-Determination Skills to Individuals with Autism
Hammer, Deborah (USA)
  CS 76 Effective Research-based Approaches That Support Employment Stability
Rettie, Robin (USA)
14:45 - 15:30Concurrent Sessions CS.77-CS.80
  CS 77 Development of a Blood-Based Biomarker to Identify Gastrointestinal Inflammation in Children with ASD
Walker, SJ (USA)
  CS 78 “Autism at Work”. Autism, Work and Labor Insertion: APAdeA and SAP Mark a Milestone in Labor Insertion in Argentina
Galibert, Horacio Joffre (Argentina)
  CS 79 Creating Independence: Exploring a Pathway for Success in the Workplace
Sheely, Rachelle (USA)
  CS 80 Employment of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Bangladesh
Arman, Nazish (Bangladesh) + Hossain, Saima Wazed (Bangladesh)
15:30 - 16:15Concurrent Sessions CS.81-CS.84
  CS 81 The Ketogenic Diet: The Latest Autism Diet Trend
Barnhill, Kelly (USA)
  CS 82 Career Trajectory: Techniques for ASD Candidates to Find, Secure, and Retain a Fortune 500 Corporate Job
Santillan, Ramon (USA)
  CS 83 Enhancing Quality of Life Outcomes for Individuals Across a Lifespan
Cessna, Tahra (USA) + Smith-Kong, Tracy (USA)
  CS 84 Staying on the Path
Lee, Katherine (USA)
16:15 - 16:45 - PM Refreshment Break -
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)
  CS 86 Preparing for the Upcoming Holidays
Dantzler, Jennifer (USA)
  CS 87 The Next Generation of Social Stories
Gray, Carol (USA)
  CS 88 Emergency Call to Autism Success
Lynn, Jenn (USA) + Edwards, Jake (USA)
17:30 - 18:15Concurrent Sessions CS.89-CS.92
  CS 89 Autism Aspects: Treatment of Symptomatology in a Network Perspective
Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, Paula (Netherlands)
  CS 90 Pedals and Paws: Creating Strength Based Supports in Adulthood from Special Interests/Enthusiasms
Cook, Barb (Australia)
  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)
  CS 92 Effectiveness of Project FUSE :Fostering Unlimited Success and Empowerment
Schoen, Sarah (USA)
18:30 - 21:30 Texas Western Experience




07:30 - 12:30 Registration Open
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)
  CS 94 What Works when Counselling Lives Affected by Autism?
Nicholson, Elaine (United Kingdom) 
  CS 95 Find Your Voice: Empowering Parents to Help Your Children
Iland, Emily (USA)
  CS 96 A Spiritual Perspective on Autism: Embracing the Challenge
Boudreau, Melanie (USA)
08:45 - 09:30Concurrent Sessions CS.97-CS.100
  CS 97Does it Have to Be Hard to Count? Self-defined Living for the Neurodiverse Community
Lory, Becca (USA)
  CS 98 Neuropsychotherapy & High Functioning Autism / Asperger's Syndrome
Samson, Jeremy (Australia)
  CS 99 Involved Fathers Get Results
Naseef, Robert (USA)
  CS 100 Autism and Zen
Davin, Anlor (USA) + Yates, Gregory (USA)
09:30 - 10:15Concurrent Sessions CS.101-CS.104
  CS 101 Law Enforcement and the Forensic Interviewing of Autistic Victims and Witnesses
Morris, Philip (United Kingdom)
  CS 102 Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder – A Pilot Project
Widman, Cheryl (USA)
  CS 103 The One Big Thing No One is Talking About: Interoception, The Eighth Sensory System
Mahler, Kelly (USA)
  CS 104 Through the Force of Affection
Gudiel, Kareen (Guatemala) 
10:15 - 10:30 - AM Refreshment Break -
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 
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 
12:30 - 13:00 Closing Remarks
14:00 - 17:00Post Congress Workshop  




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