Autism Conference

Second Annual Richard L. Simpson Conference on Autism

Second Annual Richard L. Simpson Conference on Autism

Dates: October 10 & 11, 2019

Sponsors:  Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders (MSLBD) and Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)

Location: KU Edwards Campus, Conference Center, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas 66213 

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Keynote Sessions

  • Thursday Keynote: Nothing About Us Without Us: Perspectives of Autistic Self-Advocates

    Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 12:15 - 1:15 PM

    Autistic young adults will serve as keynote speakers during this panel presentation. These dynamic young adults will share their perspectives on self-advocacy, transition to adulthood, and plans for the future. A facilitator will guide the discussion. The young adults will also share about their school experiences and how teachers best supported them. Don't miss these inspiring young adults!

    Panel Participants - Elizabeth Boresow, BMEd, Music Therapist, High Five, LLC, Lenexa, KS; Khai Devon, BA, Training Coordinator Goodwill Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, Kansas City, MO; Madison Holcomb, Board Member, Camp Encourage, Leawood, KS; Moderator, Leslie Bross, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

  • Friday Keynote: Beyond the “ABA vs. Eclectic Debate”: Why are We Making this so Complicated? (1 BCBA CEU)
    Friday Keynote: Beyond the “ABA vs. Eclectic Debate”: Why are We Making this so Complicated? (1 BCBA CEU)

    Friday, October 5, 2018 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

    Brian Boyd, Director, Juniper Gardens Children's Project, University of Kansas

    Researchers have identified evidence-based practices that can be used to meet the specific needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. However, far too often in practice, there is a fixation on using branded and packaged intervention approaches. Research is beginning to suggest that many of these branded interventions share common elements, and it is likely those shared elements are responsible for positive outcomes. This presentation will encourage a return to parsimony in our intervention selection and use.

Thursday Workshops | Thursday, October 10, 2019

All Day Session

1. How to Use Video and Other Technology-Based Interventions with Students with Autism – two-part session morning & afternoon, Stephen Crutchfield & Paul LaCava

Morning Session

2. Planning for Post School Success, Brenda Smith Myles

3. Augmentative and Alternative and Multimodal Communication for Individuals with Autism: A Conversation, (3 BCBA CEUs) Jennifer Ganz

4. Using Behavior Skills Training to Jump Start Your Social Skills Instruction for Students with ASD, (3 BCBA CEUs) Sabrina Mitchell, Danielle Wesley, & Angela Chambers

5. Providing Intensive and Structured Teaching in Inclusive Preschool Classrooms, (3 BCBA CEUs) Mary Beth Patry & Michelle Hass

Afternoon Sessions

6. Brains are Built Not Born:  Overcoming the Challenge and Stigma of Executive Functioning Deficits, Lisa Robbins & Kaye Otten

7. Sexuality Education for Students with Autism, (3 BCBA CEUs) Jason Travers 

8. Tips and Tricks for Supervising and Training your Paraprofessionals, Felicity Post & Jessica Nelson

9. Circle of Friends – The Gift of Friendship, Mary Schlieder

Friday Breakout Sessions | October 11, 2019

Morning: 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Employment-Related Social Behaviors of Transition-Age Youth with Autism, Leslie Bross 
  • Unique and Positive Aspects of Rural Programming, Theresa McVey
  • What’s Going On? Identifying Functions and Effective Strategies for Repetitive Behavior, Cortney Fish & Jena Randolph
  • Forming Collaborative Teams with Schools and Parents to Meet the Needs of Exceptional Children, Jean James
  • Social Skills for Young Children, Lori Chambers & Mary Pat Brun
  • Strategies to Help Your Students Say, "Yay" not "Nay," about School, Pam Scharping
  • Starting the Conversation- Navigating ASD and a Child’s Mental Wellness, Jennifer Levinson
  • The Three "Hows" of a Power Struggle: How to Manage, How to Recover, How to Avoid, Kathy Brodie
  • Functions of Behavior: The Early Intervention of Applied Behavior Analysis, Sonja de Boer

Afternoon: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Foundational Supports and Interventions for Elementary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Jennie Long 
  • Using Visual Strategies to Facilitate Conversations and Social Interactions, (1 BCBA CEU) Teresa Kemper and Theresa Earles-Vollrath 
  • An Introduction to Camp Encourage & the Positive Impacts of Supports Focused on Emotional Well Being, Self-Esteem, Social Development, Recreation, and Skills of Independence, Kelly Lee 
  • Sex Matters: The Unique Presentation of Autism in Females and Overview of the Girls Night Out Model, Rene Jamison 
  • REsTRAIN Yourself: Components for Reducing Emergency Safety Intervention, Nichole Hitchcock 
  • When It Is More Than Autism, Melissa Woods & Lee Stickle 
  • I Can't Be There Every Moment! Using Self-Management to Support Social Skills, Lisa Holt & Gail Ferguson 
  • Thinking Outside the Box: Addressing the Social/Emotional Needs within the Classroom Experience for Early Childhood Students with a Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Katie Cook 
  • SODA: A Social Interaction Learning Strategy for Students with Autism, Marjorie Bock


Conference Overview

Thursday, October 10

8:00 am -4:30 pm Conference Desk Open Conference Center
9:00 - 11:30 am Workshops Choose one session to attend
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch Lunch on site
12:15 - 1:15 pm Keynote Session 1 Panel Presentation
1:30 - 4:00 pm Workshops Choose one session to attend
5:00 - 6:30 pm Social Event Hilton Garden Inn-Olathe, Terrace Level

Friday, October 11

7:45 am - 3:45 pm MSLBD Conference Desk Open Conference Center
8:30 - 9:30 am Keynote Session 2 Dr. Brian Boyd
9:45 - 10:45 am Concurrent Breakout Set 1
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Set 2 Sessions repeated from set 1
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Lunch on site
1:15 - 2:15 pm Concurrent Breakout Set 3
2:30 - 3:30 pm Concurrent Breakout Set 4 Sessions repeated from set 3
3:30 pm Adjournment

Outstanding Educator Award

Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders will annually recognize an individual at the Richard L. Simpson Conference on Autism for outstanding achievement and excellence in classroom service to students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The recipient will receive expenses to attend the conference in order to receive the award in person. Award criteria and requirements for the nomination are available here

Deadline: July 1