National Experts to Speak at Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference


As diagnoses of Autism are on the rise – up more than 20 percent from 2006-2008, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – two nationally known experts on autism spectrum disorders will be in Sioux Falls to speak at the "Lighting the Way: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Our Community" conference, set for June 6-8, at Augustana's Gilbert Science Center.

The cost for the conference is $100. Registration for the conference is open now.

Pamela CrookePamela Crooke is a senior therapist at the online support network Social Thinking and is part of the social-cognitive team, as well as a faculty member, at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. She has presented on social thinking and on autism spectrum disorders nationally and internationally. Previously, she coordinated the interdisciplinary clinical services at the Autism Extension Clinic within the Tucson Alliance for Autism in Arizona. Her area of expertise is treatment efficacy in social and relational therapies for individuals with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism. She has remained a direct service provider for children and adults with autism for nearly 20 years. She is the co-author of "Socially Curious and Curiously Social," a guidebook for teenagers and new adults, and "You Are a Social Detective," a comic book curriculum for younger kids. Crooke will serve as the conference's keynote speaker on Thursday, June 7, and will also conduct breakout sessions on social communications.

Conference Registration

Saturday, June 9, 2012
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Beth KeetonBeth Keeton is a senior consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC (GHA), a full service consultancy specializing in developing communities of economic cooperation and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and has worked closely with the state of Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to coordinate the development and implementation of a Self-Employment Certification curriculum. Florida VR has been the first in the nation to make such an extensive commitment to supporting self-employment as a possible outcome for all customers. For the past 15 years, Keeton has provided extensive training and technical assistance throughout the country on positive behavior support, self-employment, customized employment, and benefits analysis. Keeton will serve as the conference's keynote speaker on Friday, June 8, and will conduct breakout sessions on transition to adulthood and employment.

Keeton will also present "Customized Employment" at the Pre-Conference on Wednesday, June 6. The cost for the Pre-Conference is $75. Registration for the Pre-Conference is open now.