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Autism Sessions Topics

Breakfast Panel Discussion: 8:20 a.m.-9:10 a.m.

Your Autism S.O.S. – Services Overcome Stress!
One of the biggest issues facing those with a family member with autism is increased stress levels. And while there is no way to eradicate the pressures that come with the diagnosis and treatment of autism, there is a way to reduce them. By tapping into local services for help, advice and guidance on the myriad issues that come with loving and caring for someone with autism. Our panelists will talk about some of these Autism S.O.S. options and how they could make your family's life better.

Panelists include:
Tisa Johnson-Hooper, M.D., Henry Ford Health System
Colleen Allen, Ph.D, M.S., CEO of Autism Alliance of Michigan
Jonathan Nalon, ChFC, Hantz Financial Services
Rachel A. Doxsie, Shea, Aiello & Doxsie, PLLC
Uriel Stephens, LMSW, Director of Family Services, Easter Seals Michigan
Alison Donigan, LLP MSW of PsychSystems P.C.
Jason Majchrzak M.S., T.L.L.P. of PsychSystems P.C.
Laurie Lundblad, PsyD, PPCNP-BC, Clinical Director of Building Bridges

Breakout #1: 9:20 a.m.-10:10 a.m.

Autism Apps: New Tools from Henry Ford Health System
Jodie Parsons, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA, certified speech-language pathologist, Henry Ford Health System
Calvin Gee, Founder, InSilico
Lauren Hoomaian, ABA Implementer, Henry Ford Health System Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Making Sense of Sensory Processing
Janet Reed, PhD, MHA, ABPP-CN, Senior Staff Neuropsycholgist, Henry Ford Health System

Speech, Language, OT and ABA Connections: Working Together to Solve the Puzzle
Kerry Peterson, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCBA, Speech Language Pathologist at Kaufman Children’s Center
Jessica Hunt, OTRL, Director of Occupational Therapy & Sensory Integration Programs at Kaufman Children’s Center

 The Intersection of Autism and Mental Health: A Psychiatrist's Perspective
Jonathan Stevens, MD, MPH, Physician-in-Charge, Behavioral Health Services – Dearborn, Henry Ford Health System

Community Safety Navigation
Sgt. Scott Schuelke, Retired Lansing Police Officer and Safety Specialist at Autism Alliance of Michigan
Stacie Rulison, M.S., Special Education Facilitator and Operations Director of Autism Alliance of Michigan

Breakout #2: 10:20 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

ABA Assessment: What Every Parent Should Know
Laura Western, MSW, BCBA; Ian Cohoon, MS, BCBA, Behavior Analysts, Henry Ford Health System Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The Neurobiology of Autism
Jules Constantinou, MD, FRACP, Director of Pediatric Neurology, Henry Ford Health System

The MI Autism Family Navigator: Connecting Families to Services and Supports
Colleen Allen, Ph.D, M.S., CEO of Autism Alliance of Michigan
Stacie Rulison, M.S., Special Education Facilitator and Operations Director of Autism Alliance of Michigan

Improving Interpersonal Relationships in Those with Autism
Sarah Bretz, B.A., LMSW, Clinical Supervisor at Judson Center
Kate Czarnopys, B.A., M.S., Autism Specialist at Judson Center

Breakout #3: 2 p.m.-2:50 p.m.

ABA and Speech Therapy 101: Next Steps after an Autism Diagnosis
Laura Western, MSW, BCBA, Behavior Analyst Henry Ford Health System Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, & Emily Graham, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA, Certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Henry Ford Health System

A Different Educational Approach to ASD
Maureen Ziegler, Ed.S., Autism Education and Intervention Specialist with START (Statewide Autism Resources and Training) at Grand Valley State University

Trauma Reactions in Autistic Youth: Coping with Bullying and Beyond
Kelley Jones, MA, CTS, Director of Montcalm School
Dana Richards, LLP, CTS, Senior Clinician at Starr Commonwealth

Statewide Autism Reform Progress Report
Colleen Allen, Ph.D, M.S., CEO of Autism Alliance of Michigan
Stacie Rulison, M.S., Special Education Facilitator and Operations Director of Autism Alliance of Michigan
Lisa Espinoza, Autism Advocate for Autism Alliance of Michigan

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