October 23 & 24, 2014
Join more than 1,000 people for Autism New Jersey's two-day annual conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Attendees can expect the opportunity to attend more than 70 workshops and the chance to visit nearly 90 exhibitors covering the full age range and needs of people with autism and their family members as well as the professionals who support them. We look forward to announcing this year's topics, keynotes and speakers within the coming weeks. Click here for a recap of the 31st Annual Conference.
Registration to open May 2014.
Announcing Keynote Presentations
Safety First: How to Assess and Treat Elopement
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wayne Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Whether an individual with ASD wanders off or “bolts” to a desired place or to escape an unpleasant one, it is terrifying for everyone involved. Dr. Fisher will present a comprehensive model for distinguishing between these types of elopement and developing strategies for understanding and addressing this behavior to keep the person safe.
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for Individuals with Challenging Behavior
Friday, October 24, 2014
V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Challenging behaviors continue to top the list of concerns for families and teachers of persons with ASD. Although there have been impressive gains in learning how to reduce these behaviors, obstacles remain. This session will cover new insights into these obstacles and how families and professionals can overcome them and effectively help persons with even the most severe behavioral challenges. Evidence-based approaches to replacing challenging behavior will be discussed, and Dr. Durand will describe how “optimism training” can help caregivers and professionals be more effective in their efforts to help those with ASD succeed and help themselves lead happier and less stressful lives.