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 Presenters

  • Thursday Panel: Nothing About Us Without Us: Perspectives of Self-Advocates with Autism

    Khai Devon, Madi Holcomb, and others

  • Friday Morning: Beyond the “ABA vs. Eclectic Debate”

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

Thursday Workshops

  • Brenda Smith Myles: Transitions to Adulthood
  • Stephen Crutchfield and Paul LaCava: Video & Other Technology-Based Interventions
  • Jennifer Ganz: Augmentative & Alternative Communication
  • Jessica Nelson & Felicity Post: Paraprofessional Training & Supervision
  • Lisa Robbins & Kaye Otten: Executive Functioning
  • Jason Travers: Sexuality Education
  • Mary Beth Patry & Michelle Hass: Early Childhood/Preschool Programming

Friday Breakout Sessions

  • Leslie Bross: Employment Skills Training for Young Adults
  • Theresa McVey: Rural Programming
  • Melanie Harms Espeland: Using Music to Teach Social & Communication Skills
  • Jena Randolph & Karen O’Connor: Distinguishing Self-Stimulation from Other Behavior
  • Jennie Long: Foundational Supports for Elementary Students with ASD
  • Katie Cook: TIPS Early Childhood Program
  • Teresa Kemper and Theresa Earles-Vollrath: Visual Strategies for Social Competence
  • Sabrina VanBuskirk Mitchell, Angela Chambers, & Danielle Wesley: Social Skills Instruction
  • Kelly Lee: Teaching Leisure Skills
  • Practical Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Serving Girls and Young Women with Autism
  • School-Based BCBAs: Consulting, Training, & Supporting Teachers
  • Self-Management Skills Instruction
  • Social Skills Instruction for Young Children
  • Play-Based Interventions
  • Advances in Addressing Severe Behavior
  • Practical Data Collection Systems

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
1:30 - 4:00 pm Workshops Choose one session to attend
5:30 - 7:00 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
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