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TOGETHER FOR AUTISM! 16th Annual Conference: Celebrating the Gifts of Autism

The Together for AUTISM Conference is celebrating 16 years in El Paso!  This conference will provide families, educators, and the community with strategies, resources, tools and evidence-based practices in the education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

The conference will feature five keynote speakers and a special presentation, eighteen breakout sessions and presentations from many accomplished and inspiring individuals with ASD. 

 

Dates:  Thursday, December 5, 2019 and Friday, December 6, 2019

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:  R19 Multi-Purpose Center 

11670 Chito Samaniego El Paso, Texas  79936

Registration:  7:30 a.m.

Continental breakfast and snacks provided each day

Food trucks available day 1

Lunch provided on day 2

**NEW THIS YEAR...PARTICIPANTS WILL SELECT BREAKOUT SESSIONS WHEN REGISTERING**

 



T-TESS/T-PESS:
Dimension 1.3: Knowledge of Students, Dimension 2.4: Differentiation, Dimension 3.1: Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures, Dimension 3.2: Managing Student Behavior, Dimension 4.3: Professional Development; Standard 4 - School Culture

Conference Information (Required)
(Thursday, December 05, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Session ID: 184745
Keynote Speakers
Seats Filled: 60 / 550
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Fee: $175.00
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Welcome and Keynote with Dr. Kerry Magro, National Speaker, Author, Advocate

“Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to Professional Speaker”


Keynote with Dr. James and Chrissy Williams

“Living and Loving with Autism”


Session I (Required)
(Thursday, December 05, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Session ID: 184746
“The Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid During Post-Secondary Transition Planning for Students with ASD”
Seats Filled: 16 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will focus on identifying, understanding, and avoiding the top ten mistakes made during post-secondary transition planning and evaluation based upon research and practitioner experience. An emphasis will be placed on using vocational evaluation and student involvement to foster self-determined choices and empower families, schools, and students to make the best possible decisions regarding post-secondary employment, education, and independent living.

Presenter:  Dr. James Williams, CRC, ACAS

 
Session ID: 184752
“I Used to Be Bullied for Having Autism: Here’s When it Stopped ”
Seats Filled: 1 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

(This session will be translated into Spanish)

Bullying can be a lifelong concern for our loved ones with developmental disabilities. This presentation will offer a first-hand account of a young man who was bullied as he was growing up on the autism spectrum. He will share the difficulties of having autism and not being able to express and defend himself. Some causes and effects of bullying on our community and in our schools will be discussed, as well as which behaviors are considered bullying (including cyber bullying). A plan will detail seven steps involved in taking a stand against bullying will be shared that should help self-advocates, families, and professionals. Time will be included for questions and discussion.

Presenter:  Dr. Kerry Magro, President/CEO, A Special Community


Session ID: 184753
“CHUNK THIS! Differentiating Instruction through Reinforcement and Other Evidence Based Practices”
Seats Filled: 8 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Participants will be exposed to a learning environment that is highly motivating and highly structured for increasing desired behaviors, utilizing the Evidence Based Practice of Reinforcement.

Participants will navigate their session, traveling through stations and gaining knowledge of multiple Evidence Based Practices that will impact student’s communication skills, joint attention, school readiness, gross motor, adaptive behavior, social behavior and academic acquisition.

Come Chunk This, taking instruction presentation to a whole new dimension.

Presenters:  Jennifer Brodbeck, Diane Flores, Elvia Flores, Clarissa Rivas and Candace Morales, ASD Specialists, Socorro ISD



Session ID: 184754
“Hijacked by Anxiety: How Anxiety Can Rob the Gifts from Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders!”
Seats Filled: 11 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will discuss what part anxiety plays in the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as understand how anxiety can rob these children of their awesome gifts.

Presenter:  Dr.Terri McGinnis, ESC-Region 1 (Edinburg, Tx)


Session ID: 184755
“C2 and Breaking Barriers”
Seats Filled: 1 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

If you work with children on the spectrum and believe there’s got to be a better way to break the barriers, then come meet the C2 super heroes.  They will show you how bringing a caring culture of acceptance to autism leads to success for students on the spectrum.

You will be given tools to break the barriers. So come join us in opening a new world of possibilities.

Presenter: Tammy Edwards and Diana Mooy, Socorro ISD, Horizon Heights Elementary


Session ID: 184756
“CELEBRATING Classroom Organization and Visual Supports”
Seats Filled: 6 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

It’s a PARTY full of ways organizational structure can clarify expectations and reduce anxiety in people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

We’ll use Evidence-Based Practices to learn how to organize physical space, dimensions of time and learning activities to positively impact student success.

In addition, participants will be able to 1) define visual supports, 2) identify skills to be taught using visual supports, 3) identify the steps for implementing visual schedules, and 4) locate resources.

Presenter:  Christian Avera, Educational Specialist, ESC-Region 9 (Wichita Falls, Tx)


Session ID: 184757
“Follow Your Dreams…Becoming a Population of One Uniting to Serve Others”
Seats Filled: 0 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

If you are looking for inspiration, then you will appreciate the opportunity to step inside the minds of those that help to make students with ASD feel motivated and inspired to meet their goals. Come hear from administrators and teachers supporting students with ASD in an inclusive environment.  Participants will then experience and learn as you hear from the students in those environments.  Take a look through their eyes!

Presenters:  YISD Autism Specialists (Candy Forrest, Susana Burford, Kelly Garcia)  Riverside High School (Manny Ibarra-Teacher, Leo Fierro-Student)Riverside Middle School (Jacob Valteria-Principal, Kenneth Aguilar-Teacher) Parkland Middle School (Kimberly Watson-Teacher, Keyanna Dasent-Student, Ezekiel Montiel-Student) Desert View Middle School (Susanne Olivas-Teacher, Nicholas Leyva-Student) and Indian Ridge Middle School (Alfonso Rendon-Assistant Principal)


Session ID: 184758
“De-escalation with Dignity,,. Crisis Team Practices with Emphasis on Proactive vs. Reactive to Individuals who Demonstrate EXTREME Behavior Challenges”
Seats Filled: 11 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

(This session will be translated into Spanish)

Do these experiences sound familiar?  Screaming? Throwing things? Profanity? Running from the instructional setting?  Do you feel you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work?

 This presentation will provide dos and don’ts when preparing for, as well as responding to, severe behavior demonstrations with emphasis on keeping staff/peers safe while preserving the dignity of the student in crisis.  

Presenter:  Jo Mascorro, M.Ed., Consultant for Education


Session ID: 184759
“Music and Movement: Making Learning Fun and Exciting!”
Seats Filled: 6 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Music and movement are powerful tools for developing receptive and expressive language, social-emotional, and physical domains. Multi-sensory experiences, such as music and movement, are powerful experiences that engage students in meaningful learning while also serving as a therapy for children who struggle with challenging social-emotion and physical behaviors.  

Music and movement can be organized into patterns, which facilitates perception and provides necessary structure for children.

Finally, music is universal; it is fun, motivating and address functional outcomes for children with autism.

Presenter:  Dr. Mike


Session II (Required)
(Thursday, December 05, 2019 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 184760
“The Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid During Post-Secondary Transition Planning for Students with ASD”
Seats Filled: 15 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will focus on identifying, understanding, and avoiding the top ten mistakes made during post-secondary transition planning and evaluation based upon research and practitioner experience. An emphasis will be placed on using vocational evaluation and student involvement to foster self-determined choices and empower families, schools, and students to make the best possible decisions regarding post-secondary employment, education, and independent living.

Presenter:  Dr. James Williams, CRC, ACAS


Session ID: 184761
“I Used to Be Bullied for Having Autism: Here’s When it Stopped”
Seats Filled: 0 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

(This session will be translated into Spanish)

Bullying can be a lifelong concern for our loved ones with developmental disabilities. This presentation will offer a first-hand account of a young man who was bullied as he was growing up on the autism spectrum. He will share the difficulties of having autism and not being able to express and defend himself. Some causes and effects of bullying on our community and in our schools will be discussed, as well as which behaviors are considered bullying (including cyber bullying). A plan will detail seven steps involved in taking a stand against bullying will be shared that should help self-advocates, families, and professionals. Time will be included for questions and discussion.

Presenter:  Dr. Kerry Magro, President/CEO, A Special Community


Session ID: 184762
“CHUNK THIS! Differentiating Instruction through Reinforcement and Other Evidence Based Practices”
Seats Filled: 3 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Participants will be exposed to a learning environment that is highly motivating and highly structured for increasing desired behaviors, utilizing the Evidence Based Practice of Reinforcement.

Participants will navigate their session, traveling through stations and gaining knowledge of multiple Evidence Based Practices that will impact student’s communication skills, joint attention, school readiness, gross motor, adaptive behavior, social behavior and academic acquisition.

Come Chunk This, taking instruction presentation to a whole new dimension.

Presenters:  Jennifer Brodbeck, Diane Flores, Elvia Flores, Clarissa Rivas and Candace Morales


Session ID: 184763
“Hijacked by Anxiety: How Anxiety Can Rob the Gifts from Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders!”
Seats Filled: 6 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will discuss what part anxiety plays in the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as understand how anxiety can rob these children of their awesome gifts.

Presenter:  Dr.Terri McGinnis, ESC-Region 1 (Edinburg, Tx)

 


Session ID: 184764
“C2 and Breaking Barriers”
Seats Filled: 3 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

If you work with children on the spectrum and believe there’s got to be a better way to break the barriers, then come meet the C2 super heroes.  They will show you how bringing a caring culture of acceptance to autism leads to success for students on the spectrum.

You will be given tools to break the barriers. So come join us in opening a new world of possibilities.

Presenter: Tammy Edwards and Diana Mooy, Socorro ISD, Horizon Heights Elementary


Session ID: 184765
“CELEBRATING Classroom Organization and Visual Supports”
Seats Filled: 12 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

It’s a PARTY full of ways organizational structure can clarify expectations and reduce anxiety in people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

We’ll use Evidence-Based Practices to learn how to organize physical space, dimensions of time and learning activities to positively impact student success.

In addition, participants will be able to 1) define visual supports, 2) identify skills to be taught using visual supports, 3) identify the steps for implementing visual schedules, and 4) locate resources.

Presenter:  Christian Avera, Educational Specialist, ESC-Region 9 (Wichita Falls, Tx)


Session ID: 184766
“Follow Your Dreams…Becoming a Population of One Uniting to Serve Others”
Seats Filled: 2 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

If you are looking for inspiration, then you will appreciate the opportunity to step inside the minds of those that help to make students with ASD feel motivated and inspired to meet their goals. Come hear from administrators and teachers supporting students with ASD in an inclusive environment.  Participants will then experience and learn as you hear from the students in those environments.  Take a look through their eyes!

Presenters:  YISD Autism Specialists (Candy Forrest, Susana Burford, Kelly Garcia)  Riverside High School (Manny Ibarra-Teacher, Leo Fierro-Student) Riverside Middle School (Jacob Valteria-Principal, Kenneth Aguilar-Teacher) Parkland Middle School (Kimberly Watson-Teacher, Keyanna Dasent-Student, Ezekiel Montiel-Student) Desert View Middle School (Susanne Olivas-Teacher, Nicholas Leyva-Student) and Indian Ridge Middle School (Alfonso Rendon-Assistant Principal)


Session ID: 184767
“De-escalation with Dignity,,. Crisis Team Practices with Emphasis on Proactive vs. Reactive to Individuals who Demonstrate EXTREME Behavior Challenges”
Seats Filled: 11 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

(This session will be translated into Spanish)

Do these experiences sound familiar?  Screaming? Throwing things? Profanity? Running from the instructional setting?  Do you feel you’ve tried everything, and nothing seems to work?

 This presentation will provide dos and don’ts when preparing for, as well as responding to, severe behavior demonstrations with emphasis on keeping staff/peers safe while preserving the dignity of the student in crisis. 

Presenter:  Jo Mascorro, M.Ed., Consultant for Education


Session ID: 184768
“Music and Movement: Making Learning Fun and Exciting!”
Seats Filled: 8 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Music and movement are powerful tools for developing receptive and expressive language, social-emotional, and physical domains. Multi-sensory experiences, such as music and movement, are powerful experiences that engage students in meaningful learning while also serving as a therapy for children who struggle with challenging social-emotion and physical behaviors.  

Music and movement can be organized into patterns, which facilitates perception and provides necessary structure for children.

Finally, music is universal; it is fun, motivating and address functional outcomes for children with autism.

Presenter:  Dr. Mike


Conference Information - Day 2 (Required)
(Friday, December 06, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Session ID: 184747
“A Dad’s Perspective: Let’s Get To Know the Father Figures”
Seats Filled: 12 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

(This session will be translated in Spanish)

Even though the majority of individuals diagnosed with autism are male, the paternal experience sometimes seems invisible. The mothers always seem to be present in force. Their involvement is highly apparent in meetings with teachers, therapists, administrators or doctors. Moms attend conferences and volunteer in support organizations. The roles Moms play are absolutely priceless. There are some Dads out there too. To better assist families dealing with autism, we may need to better understand the father figures.

Presenter:  Gene Harshaw


Session ID: 184778
“Autism and the Brain: Better Understanding for Better Support”
Seats Filled: 19 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

One of the most basic of human needs is to be understood. Lack of understanding and/or following “standard practices” with children who are struggling can have negative effects. All too often, there is an over-reliance on programs to tell us what to do “to” our children. We must be better at learning how to understand our children’s brains so we can discover what to do “for” them.

This session is designed to help people think and problem solve differently to promote deeper understanding for individual children. There will be discussions and activities to broaden knowledge on the neurological factors that can affect learning and behavior (such as stress, attention, and emotional regulation) throughout all areas of life.

Presenter:  Layne Pethick, Autism and Behavior Consultant, ESC-Region 10 (Richardson, Tx)


Session ID: 184779
“Identifying Preferences through Direct Assessment: What Do You Want?”
Seats Filled: 0 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Have you ever wondered what your student wants? The teacher of a student with complex communication needs may find it difficult to find items/activities that motivate because he or she may not be able to make preferences easily known.

Preference assessments allow the teacher to discover what possible reinforcers a student prefers. Participants will learn and practice different types of preference assessments in this session.

Presenter:  Michael Tucker, M.Ed., Autism Consultant, ESC-Region 11 (Fort Worth, Tx)


Session ID: 184780
“Structured TEACCHing: Ready, Set, Go!”
Seats Filled: 6 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

In this session participants will learn about providing structure in the classroom, visuals in the classroom, the importance of schedules and routines, and how to create workstations for student with autism across a variety of settings.  

Presenter:  Matt Williams, Autism and PPCD Consultant,  ESC-Region 8 (Mount Pleasant, Tx)


Session ID: 184781
“Do You Want Free Autism Training? Come Play a Scavenger Hunt to Find What is Available for YOU by the State of Texas!”
Seats Filled: 2 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Educators are required to use evidence-based practices with students with autism, but are we prepared and trained to be the most effective and help our students make the most progress possible? The Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training has a wide range of free training and resources available for educators of all experience levels (beginning, intermediate, advanced). We have something for everyone – come hunt for what would benefit YOU!

Presenter:  Darcy Schiller, M.S., Autism Education Specialist, ESC-Region 13 (Austin, Tx)


Session ID: 184782
“Our Wellness is in Our Hands: Transforming Compassion Fatigue into Compassion Satisfaction”
Seats Filled: 2 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

In this session we will discuss what “Compassion Fatigue” and “Burnout” are, why they occur, and what can be done about it. We will also learn to identify the warning signs and how to implement prevention tools and other self-care tips and strategies, both at home and at work, that will enhance our self-care repertoire and help us find our “work/life balance”.

Presenter:  Albert Villa, M.Ed., Consultant for Behavior and Mental Health, ESC-Region 19 (El Paso, Tx)


Session ID: 184783
“Double the Coding, Double the Fun! How to Engage your Dual Exceptional Students”
Seats Filled: 6 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Do you feel like your dual-exceptional student is ignoring you while you are teaching? They seem very uninterested in what you have to say? Their communication is often times unfiltered?

If so, then this is the session for you. You will leave with a better understanding of the characteristics of Gifted and Talented students who are also under the spectrum. You will develop an understanding of the social and emotional needs of the gifted and talented learner. You will leave with ready-to-use visuals for the classroom!

The possibilities for our 2E students are endless!

Presenter:  Donna Cuevas, M.Ed., Professional Development Consultant, ESC-Region 19 (El Paso, Tx)


Session ID: 184784
“Who Needs to Ask? A Make and Take Session!”
Seats Filled: 11 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:
(This session will be translated into Spanish)

The need for Questions changes throughout our day and based on situations. This session will introduce the hierarchy of WH questions, focusing on HOW WH questions are used to gain information/clarification from the student and for the student. We will provide interactive strategies to teach WH questions explicitly with prompting and visual supports you can take with you through modeling and role playing. Also creating parent/family resources with an emphasis on increasing WHY we should limit basic What questions.

Presenter:  Sheryl Wilcox, M.Ed., Early Childhood Specialist and Leah Wood, M.A., Life Skills and Transition Specialist, ESC-Region 19 (El Paso, Tx)


Session ID: 184785
“Physical Education for Students with Autism and Sensory Issues: Active Presentation ”
Seats Filled: 1 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This active presentation will be full of fun activities and adaptations to games for students with autism, sensory issues, including blindness. This workshop is for inclusive, self-contained classrooms, or general education classrooms. 

Teachers will be taught age appropriate and fun physical activities to play with their students with autism and sensory sensitivity. Considerations for behavior, sensory and noise will be addressed in this workshop.

These activities will enhance inclusion for students with special needs in general education classes and increase positive social interaction between general education physical education students and their friends on the spectrum of Autism. 

Come prepared to learn, play, and have fun.

Presenter:  Jeff Key, M. Ed., Lubbock Cooper ISD


Session III (Required)
(Friday, December 06, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 184786
“A Dad’s Perspective: Let’s Get To Know the Father Figures”
Seats Filled: 12 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

(This session will be translated into Spanish)

Even though the majority of individuals diagnosed with autism are male, the paternal experience sometimes seems invisible. The mothers always seem to be present in force. Their involvement is highly apparent in meetings with teachers, therapists, administrators or doctors. Moms attend conferences and volunteer in support organizations. The roles Moms play are absolutely priceless. There are some Dads out there too. To better assist families dealing with autism, we may need to better understand the father figures.

Presenter:  Gene Harshaw


Session ID: 184787
“Autism and the Brain: Better Understanding for Better Support”
Seats Filled: 13 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

One of the most basic of human needs is to be understood. Lack of understanding and/or following “standard practices” with children who are struggling can have negative effects. All too often, there is an over-reliance on programs to tell us what to do “to” our children. We must be better at learning how to understand our children’s brains so we can discover what to do “for” them.

This session is designed to help people think and problem solve differently to promote deeper understanding for individual children. There will be discussions and activities to broaden knowledge on the neurological factors that can affect learning and behavior (such as stress, attention, and emotional regulation) throughout all areas of life.

Presenter:  Layne Pethick, Autism and Behavior Consultant, ESC-Region 10 (Richardson, Tx)


Session ID: 184788
“Identifying Preferences through Direct Assessment: What Do You Want?”
Seats Filled: 4 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Have you ever wondered what your student wants? The teacher of a student with complex communication needs may find it difficult to find items/activities that motivate because he or she may not be able to make preferences easily known. Preference assessments allow the teacher to discover what possible reinforcers a student prefers. Participants will learn and practice different types of preference assessments in this session.

Presenter:  Michael Tucker, M.Ed., Autism Consultant, ESC-Region 11 (Fort Worth, Tx)


Session ID: 184789
“Structured TEACCHing: Ready, Set, Go!”
Seats Filled: 13 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

In this session participants will learn about providing structure in the classroom, visuals in the classroom, the importance of schedules and routines, and how to create workstations for student with autism across a variety of settings.  

Presenter:  Matt Williams, Autism and PPCD Consultant,  ESC-Region 8 (Mount Pleasant, Tx)


Session ID: 184790
“Do You Want Free Autism Training? Come Play a Scavenger Hunt to Find What is Available for YOU by the State of Texas!”
Seats Filled: 6 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Educators are required to use evidence-based practices with students with autism, but are we prepared and trained to be the most effective and help our students make the most progress possible? The Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training has a wide range of free training and resources available for educators of all experience levels (beginning, intermediate, advanced). We have something for everyone – come hunt for what would benefit YOU!

Presenter:  Darcy Schiller, M.S., Autism Education Specialist, ESC-Region 13 (Austin, Tx)


Session ID: 184791
“Our Wellness is in Our Hands: Transforming Compassion Fatigue into Compassion Satisfaction”
Seats Filled: 2 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

In this session we will discuss what “Compassion Fatigue” and “Burnout” are, why they occur, and what can be done about it. We will also learn to identify the warning signs and how to implement prevention tools and other self-care tips and strategies, both at home and at work, that will enhance our self-care repertoire and help us find our “work/life balance”.

Presenter:  Albert Villa, M.Ed., Consultant for Behavior and Mental Health, ESC-Region 19 (El Paso, Tx)


Session ID: 184792
“Double the Coding, Double the Fun! How to Engage your Dual Exceptional Students”
Seats Filled: 3 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Do you feel like your dual-exceptional student is ignoring you while you are teaching? They seem very uninterested in what you have to say? Their communication is often times unfiltered?

If so, then this is the session for you. You will leave with a better understanding of the characteristics of Gifted and Talented students who are also under the spectrum. You will develop an understanding of the social and emotional needs of the gifted and talented learner. You will leave with ready-to-use visuals for the classroom!

The possibilities for our 2E students are endless!

Presenter:  Donna Cuevas, M.Ed., Professional Development Consultant, ESC-Region 19 (El Paso, Tx.)


Session ID: 184793
“Who Needs to Ask? A Make and Take Session!”
Seats Filled: 1 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:
(This session will be translated into Spanish)

The need for Questions changes throughout our day and based on situations. This session will introduce the hierarchy of WH questions, focusing on HOW WH questions are used to gain information/clarification from the student and for the student. We will provide interactive strategies to teach WH questions explicitly with prompting and visual supports you can take with you through modeling and role playing. Also creating parent/family resources with an emphasis on increasing WHY we should limit basic What questions.


Presenter:  Sheryl Wilcox, M.Ed., Early Childhood Specialist and Leah Wood, M.A., Life Skills and Transition Specialist, ESC-Region 19 (El Paso, Tx)


Session ID: 184794
“Physical Education for Students with Autism and Sensory Issues: Active Presentation ”
Seats Filled: 6 / 65
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This active presentation will be full of fun activities and adaptations to games for students with autism, sensory issues, including blindness. This workshop is for inclusive, self-contained classrooms, or general education classrooms. 

Teachers will be taught age appropriate and fun physical activities to play with their students with autism and sensory sensitivity. Considerations for behavior, sensory and noise will be addressed in this workshop.

These activities will enhance inclusion for students with special needs in general education classes and increase positive social interaction between general education physical education students and their friends on the spectrum of Autism. 

Come prepared to learn, play, and have fun.

Presenter:  Jeff Key, M. Ed., Lubbock Cooper ISD


Session IV (Required)
(Friday, December 06, 2019 12:30 PM - 3:45 PM)
Session ID: 184795
Lunch (provided), Closing Keynotes
Seats Filled: 60 / 600
Contact Person: Maria Palomino
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

12:00-12:30 Breakdown main conference walls/Break with Vendors/Pick up Boxed Lunch

12:30-1:00 Lunch (provided) in the Main Conference Room/Door Prizes

1:00-2:00 Keynote with Jesse Horn, Motivational Speaker, AAU Junior Olympic Gold Medalist, (Sport Stacking Champion!)

  "My Story about Growing up with Autism and the Surprising Passion that  Changed my Life"

2:00-2:15 Break with Vendors

2:15-3:45 Closing keynote with Gwendolyn Harshaw, Mom

  "It Took a Village"

  Special performance by ZAYNE HARSHAW, Blue Spectrum!






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