Autism Conference

University Hall
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Gwynedd Mercy University's Autism Institute is hosting the 12th Annual Autism Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The annual conference will offer more than 25 workshops presented by highly-respected professionals in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

The workshops provide research-based best practices for working with individuals on the autism spectrum. There are also three tracks for professionals in Higher Education, Healthcare, and Law Enforcement.

All audiences are welcome, including professionals, preparing professionals, and family members. The event is free of charge and offers ACT48 and PQAS credits. Please bring your ID numbers with you to the conference for acknowledgment.

The conference is funded by the Montgomery County Child Development Foundation.

Register now!

GMercyU 2019 Autism Conference Schedule

Session I (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Integrated Social Learning: A School-Wide Model for Social Success - Alex Brosowsky, Head of School, The Quaker School at Horsham

How to Support Students with Autism in Transition to Develop Employment Interests and Gain real-life work experiences while in School – Chelsea Lutts, Director, Employment Services, SPIN

What About our Black Boys?: Racial Disparities in the Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Carmen Henderson, MAT, LDT-C, NCED, Learning Disabilities Teacher- Consultant, Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician 

Functional Academics: Instilling Independence in Individuals – Regina Oakes

Breaks, Sensory Tools and More to Help Students Self Regulate – Jill Schwizer, MEd, Special Education Supervisor and Jenn Summers, MEd, Autistic Support Teacher, Central Bucks School District

Adverse Childhood Experiences (The traumatic impact on learning and health) - Elisa DiLolle

Principles of Behavior – Sean Romano, MS, BCBA, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Session II (10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

10 SEPTA Travel Training Tips to Foster Independence in Your Student – Anthony Johnson, Deputy Director, The Partnership TMA and Michael Mercadante, M.S., Founder, Instructor, The Modern Driver Institute

Planning For Your Loved One with Special Needs: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know – Patrick Bergmaier, CFP, ChSNC, 1847 Financial

Holistic Approach to Behavior Modification – Jackie Breault, M.A. LBS, Educator, Mobile Therapist, Behavior Specialist Consultant, Autism Specialist

Library Services that Build Connections – Angela Buckley, Children’s Librarian, Indian Valley Public Library, Nicole Husbands, YA and Outreach Librarian Indian Valley Public Library, Bev Weinberg, Sleeping Mat Project and Erin Flynn, OT

Navigating the Special Education System- The Evaluation and IEP Process – Joseph Sulpizio, Esq, Cuddy Law Firm

AADD – Supporting Socialization Beyond Transition: The Parental Point of View – Katrina Filiatrault, Esq. Development Director, Association for Adults with Development Disabilities

Play ABA: A play-based, person-centered and fun approach to learning and behavior change Susan Deikman, MS, BCBA, LBS

What You Need to Know About Special Education - Carol Weinman, Esq., C.A.S. Autism Legal Expert & Consultant


Session III (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Navigating the IEP Team: A Workshop to Bring Schools and Families Together Around Common Goals – Eric Mitchell, PhD, Director, Ruttenberg Autism Center

Building a Robust Transition Continuum in an Urban Secondary School – Daniel Heath and Carrie Stoltzfus

Sensory vs. Behavior – Sandy Sutton, MS, OTR/L, Senior Educational Coordinator, Theraplay, Inc

Tapping into Emotional Intelligence through creative arts therapy interventions (art, dance, and music therapy) - Karen DeHaven, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, AHA! Studio for Integrated Therapies LLC

Introduction to Verbal Behavior – Jennifer Alicandri, MS Spec Ed, BCBA and Heather Thompson

Adults on the Spectrum ages 21-64: Financial Strategies  & Independent Living – Winston Bailey, CEO, behavioral and Cultural Development Solutions, LLC

Professional Development Workshops

Higher Education

Session I: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Change is Good, Check Out the Changes in Google Over the Last Year – Tammy Bertel, MS, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Session II: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Resources! Resources! Resources! Check Out Resources from Online and Apps for your Classroom to be ready for Monday – Tammy Bertel, MS, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Session III: 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Behavior Management Strategies – Sean Romano, MS, BCBA, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

Health Care Professional 

Session I: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Biofeedback is ABA: Training the Nervous System Directly – Gary Ames, Licensed Psychologist, Executive Director, Behavior Analysis & Therapy Partners

Session II: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Autism and Interventions informed by Neuroscience – Nina Wilde, M.S. Ed. BCBA, Doctoral Candidate, Gwynedd Mercy University, Certified CLM Coach, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Itinerant Behavior Analyst and Amber Edmond, M.S., BCBA, Doctoral Student PCOM

Session III: 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Law Enforcement/Justice 

Session I: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Justice System: A Training for Professionals - Kate Hooven, MS, Justice System Consultant, Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative with Drexel University

Session II: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Appreciating Autism: A Training for Law Enforcement – Katie Greble, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Training and Curriculum Manager, The Center for Autism

Session III: 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

*More details coming. All sessions are subject to change.*