Wednesday April 2, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM EDT
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Rhode Island Convention Center 
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903

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Linda Ollari 
The Groden Network..."Your Autism Experts" (www.GrodenNetwork.org) 
401-274-6310, ext. 1010 

The Groden Network..."Your Autism Experts" Event 


7:30 - 8:00            Registration

8:00 - 8:15            Welcome

 8:15 - 9:15            Keynote Presentation

                              The Latest on Evidence-Based Practice and Autism:

                              The National Standards Project 2

                               Hanna C. Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D

                               Executive Director, National Autism Center

                                                1 CEU credit (APA/SW/MFC/BACB)

9:15 - 9:30            Break

 9:30 - 11:00         Breakout Sessions

                              #1 Teaching Social Skills to Children with Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism

                                     Kelley Harrison Pistacchio, Ph.D.

                                              1.5 CEU credits (APA/SW/MFC)

                              #2  Linking Functional Assessment Data to Behavior Support Plans

                                     Cooper Woodard, Ph.D., BCBA

                                                1.5 CEU credits (APA/SW/MFC/BACB)

 11:00 - 12:15        Lunch (on your own)

 12:15 - 1:45          Breakout Sessions

                               #3  Transition:  Thinking Ahead, Acting Now

                                      Mike Smith, MA, BCBA and Demi Caris, B.S.

                                              1.5 CEU credits (APA/SW/MFC)

                               #4  Working with Families of Children and Adults with ASD’s

                                     Jane I. Carlson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

                                              1.5 CEU credits (APA/SW/MFC/BACB - counts for ethics)

 1:45 - 2:00            Break

 2:00 - 3:00            Autism Research in Rhode Island

                               Stephen Sheinkopf, Ph.D.

                                            1 CEU credit (APA/SW/MFC)

3:00 - 3:15            Closing Remarks

                              Jane I. Carlson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

3:15 - 4:00           Wine/Beer/Soda Reception & Refreshments

4:00 - 6:30             Optional Workshop for BCBA/BCaBA Certificants                            

                              BACB’s Guidelines for Responsible Conduct:  Applying “The Rules” to

                              Daily Practice

                              Jane I. Carlson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

                                           2.5 CEU credits (BACB - counts for ethics)


Please join us for a one day symposium entitled Beyond the Numbers: Autism Today.  The symposium will open with a keynote address from Hanna Rue, Ph. D., BCBA-D. Two concurrent breakout sessions are scheduled for the morning and two in the afternoon, followed by a general session, reception and optional ethics workshop.

Conference mission: To enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals working with children, youths, and families with ASD's in evidence-based practices.

Intended audience: This event is appropriate for professionals who work with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their familiies.  Parents and students are also welcome to attend.

Skill ranking of this event:  This event is appropriate for mental health and allied  professionals, teachers and other education professionals, and BCBA’s who work with children, adolescents, and adults and their families, as well as parents.

Continuing Education credit is sponsored by The Institute for Continuing Education. The  program offers 5.00 contact hours with full attendance required.  The CE processing fee is $50.00 per person and may be paid on site.  CE credit is available for psychology (APA), social work ( ASWB provider 1007); counseling ( NBCC provider 5643); MFT ( will be submitted for approval for MA/RI MFTs).  This event is appropriate for mental health professionals of all skill levels. 

Registration fee includes the conference, breaks, and handout materials. 

The Rhode Island Chapter of the Autism Society of America is pleased to be able to award ten (10) scholarships of $40 each for parents to attend this symposium, on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Lisa Rego, President of ASARI, at 401-595-3241, to enter your name. Parents will need to register and pay the full amount of $80.  After confirmation of attendance at the symposium, they will be refunded $40. 

If you have special needs, please contact Amy Diller at adiller@grodencenter.org or (401) 274-6310, ext. 1130. 

**If you are a school district and send 10 or more people, you will receive a free 2-hour presentation for your district by one of our highly trained staff.

Cancellation policy:  Cancellations should be made in writing. A full refund will be made for cancellations received 7 days before the event.  No refunds will be given for requests received after 7 days before the event, or for "no shows".