Tentative Schedule

Participants may alternate tracks throughout each day if desired.

Course Descriptions are at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Time   Description Room
8:00 a.m.   Check-in Lobby
    Morning Snack Hallway
9:00 a.m.   Welcome and Panel Discussion-parents, siblings, individuals w/ Autism Auditorium/2254
10:00 a.m.   Sex Ed for Vulnerable Populations
Marc and Katie Steed, Utah State Hospital and BYU
    ADOS-2 Reliability Session (Module 1/2)
Terisa Gabrielsen, Brigham Young University
12:00 p.m.   LUNCH 2260/Hallway
1:00 p.m.   Engagement with Law Enforcement
Mamie Thompson, University of Utah, Jordan School District

Hiding in Plain Sight:  Finding Females with Autism

Terisa Gabrielsen, Mikle South,

Rebecca Lundwall, and Jon Cox, Brigham Young University

3:00 p.m.   Refreshment Break Hallway
3:10 p.m.   Movie/Discussion-Autism in Love Auditorium/2254
5:00 p.m.   Adjourn for the day  

Friday, January 26, 2018

Time   Description Room
8:00 a.m.   Check-in Lobby
    Breakfast Snack Hallway
9:00 a.m.   Welcome and Panel Discussion-Parents, siblings, individuals with Autism Auditorium/2254
10:00a.m.   Digital "Addictions"
Brett Merrill, Brigham Young University Counseling and Psychological Services
    Aggression Part 1 (BCBA credit available for this course)
Tyra Sellers, PhD, USU
12:00 p.m.   LUNCH 2260/Hallway
1:00 p.m.   Diagnostic Differentials
Mikle South, Brigham Young University
    Aggression Part 2 (BCBA credit available for this course)
Tyra Sellers, PhD, USU
3:00 p.m.   Afternoon Break Hallway
3:10 p.m.   Movie/Discussion - How to Dance in Ohio Auditorium/2254
    ADOS-2 Reliability Session, Modules 3/4
Mikle South, Brigham Young University
5:00 p.m.   Workshop adjourned  

Welcome and Panel Discussion:

The first 10-15 minutes will be spent introducing the day’s topics and presenters so participants can choose which sessions to attend.  The remaining time will include questions from the audience addressed to the parents and individuals with autism on the panel.  

ADOS-2 Reliability Session (Module 1/2 and 3/4):

These sessions are designed to meet the needs of community clinicians who are currently administering and scoring the ADOS in their settings.  ADOS authors strongly recommend that clinicians regularly check their reliability with other clinicians.  This session will include a videotaped administration of an ADOS (with parent permission).  Participants will be able to discuss rationales for their scoring decisions and use information learned in the session to re-calibrate their own scoring.  Non-clinicians are welcome, but may not experience as much benefit.  One of the sessions will focus on either Module 1 or 2 of the ADOS.  The other will focus on a Module 3 or 4 administration.  THIS SESSION IS NOT AN ADOS TRAINING.  

Sex Ed for Vulnerable Populations:

This session will outline the preventative steps that can be taken through appropriate sexual education to protect vulnerable populations from sexual abuse and sex without consent.  Preventative Education for young children, adolescents, and young adults will be discussed.  The session is designed to give educators and clinicians the tools they need to appropriately prepare and protect their students and patients when faced with sexual situations, including inadvertently becoming involved in illegal activities.  There is a risk that some participants may be uncomfortable with vocabulary and topics discussed in this session. 

Engagement with Law Enforcement:

This session will outline educational strategies for protecting the safety of individuals with autism when they encounter law enforcement personnel.   It will also present steps that law enforcement agencies can take to improve the outcomes of encounters with individuals with autism. There is a slight risk that participants may be uncomfortable with discussions of deadly force and precautionary measures taken by law enforcement personnel until more information is known about reported suspicious activities.  

Hiding in Plain Sight:  Females with Autism:

This session will begin with what is known from research about symptomatic presentations of autism in females of all ages.  Clinical experiences with girls and women will be discussed to better inform community clinicians and educators of the differences in autism symptoms between girls and boys and men and women.  Finally, session will describe the findings of the current study of the experiences of women with autism.  

Movie/Discussion-Autism in Love and How to Dance in Ohio:

Each of the film sessions will include a screening and discussion of a documentary (Autism in Love on Thursday and How to Dance in Ohio on Friday).  These documentaries use the premise of romance to explore what lives are like for individuals across the spectrum as they reach adulthood and explore love and romance.  Each features individuals with verbal abilities and some level of independence and what their challenges and successes look like as young adults.  There is a brief scene in Autism in Love in which one of the characters uses slang terms for some sex acts that may make some participants uncomfortable.

Digital "Addictions":

This presentation will review the current empirical research regarding unhealthy use of digital media, with an emphasis on internet gaming and pornography. A portion of the presentation will address how to support teens and young adults in reducing problematic digital use. The content presented will be rather tame; however, some people may find discomfort with the use of professional sexual language or provocative images in this presentation. 

Aggression Part 1:

Individuals with disabilities often exhibit problem behavior, such as aggression, property destruction, and self-injury. These behaviors often impact an individual’s ability to be as independent as possible and may be a barrier to accessing learning and social development opportunities. Problem behavior occurring in the home requires that caregivers take on the additional roles of assessor and interventionist. These roles may sometimes be in direct conflict with the caregiver role and may place additional stressors on the relationship between the caregiver and the individual, as well as on the family dynamics. This presentation will focus on increasing the attendees’ knowledge of 1) why problem behavior occurs, 2) systematic ways to evaluate why problem behavior is occurring that are doable in the home, and 3) evidence-based strategies for addressing problem behavior that are matched to the reason the problem behavior is occurring. We will also cover some self-care strategies for caregivers who find themselves in the challenging, but critically important role of in-home interventionist. 

Diagnostic Differentials:

This session will use a case-based approach to discuss the fine distinctions between autism and other conditions with over-lapping symptoms.  Symptomatic presentation of conditions co-morbid with autism will also be presented.  Participants will be actively involved in discussing differential diagnostic considerations to improve their own decision-making in their own settings.  

Aggression Part 2:

Individual with disabilities often engage in problem behavior in educational and vocational settings. Research has demonstrated that the most effective process for addressing problem behavior includes conducting a functional behavior assessment and implementing function-matched interventions. Often, there is a gap between what research demonstrates, and what is being implemented in practice, due to the fact that the most current research may be inaccessible to practitioners. This workshop will focus on describing the most current evidence-based practices for conducting functional behavior assessments, selecting function-matched interventions, implementing those interventions, and monitoring the effects of those interventions.