“Autism: Planning for Success” is Focus of Autism Society of North Carolina’s Annual Conference

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Dr. Jed Baker will be the featured speaker at the Autism Society of North Carolina's 2014 conference for families, self-advocates, and professionals Feb. 21-22 in Charlotte, NC.

The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will hold its 2014 annual conference Feb. 21-22 in Charlotte, NC. This year’s theme is “Autism: Planning for Success.” Participants will learn from expert speakers on the most current autism topics. Self-advocates, families affected by autism, and professionals in the autism field will have the opportunity to network, learn more about available resources, meet with a variety of businesses that support the autism community, and earn continuing education credits (CEUs).

To register or for more information, please visit the ASNC website: http://www.autismsociety-nc.org.

The conference’s keynote presenter will be Dr. Jed Baker, an award-winning author, trainer, and the director of the Social Skills Training Project, which serves serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. Dr. Baker will speak Friday, Feb. 21, on “All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges.” Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those with behavioral challenges often have difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. Dr. Baker will describe how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of his presentation will detail strategies to motivate individuals to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills, and how to increase acceptance from peers.

Saturday, Feb. 22, presentations will include:

  • “Functional Communication Across the Spectrum,” by ASNC trainers
  • “Autism: Is There an App for That?” by an ASNC specialist and mother
  • “Family Success: Keeping Your Balance and Balancing the Needs of Your ASD Child,” by a psychologist

The conference will wrap up with Dave Spicer, self-advocate and father of a child with ASD, speaking on “Living your life: Defining Success on Your Own Terms.”

An exhibit hall, open throughout the conference, will give participants the opportunity to network with other families, self-advocates, and supportive businesses. The ASNC Bookstore, the largest autism-specific bookstore, will offer discounts on resources, and a gallery will present artwork by individuals with ASD.

For more information on the conference schedule and exhibitors, please visit http://www.autismsociety-nc.org. Through Jan. 31, participants also will receive early-bird rates for registration and hotel reservations at the Hilton University Place.

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