Down Syndrome-Autism Connection 2012 Conference

posted Aug 3, 2012, 10:08 AM by Dicia Kemp   [ updated Aug 22, 2012, 9:24 AM ]
Registration for the Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Annual Conference is open!
When: September 29 from 8:30am-4:30pm
Where: Children's Hospital Colorado- Convention Center
            13123 E. 16th Ave.
             Aurora, Co. 80045
Cost: $55.00

Contact: Robin Zaborek,

We are pleased to announce the following line-up of nationally recognized speakers and coverage of many hot-button topics - including "hands-on" breakout sessions! 
** Lunch and Snacks Included **
** Certificate of Attendance Included **
** Free Parking in Main Parking Garage **

Network with other parents and professionals who also want to learn more about co-occurring Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders!


Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Conference starts promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Announcements, Research Update/s, Annual Conference Video

Dennis McGuire, Ph.D., Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago.
“When Autism Is Suspected in Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome”
There is a great deal of overlap in the descriptions and behavior of Autism and Down syndrome and this has created a great deal of confusion, particularly for the parents of teens and adults. Based on findings from the Adult Down Syndrome Center, this presentation will clarify the similarities in health, sensory, and (ironically) in what are often called "autistic features", and the differences we have found in social relatedness. Perhaps more importantly we will look at the often intense and overwhelming stressors and challenges facing teens and adults with co-occurring DS and autism, beginning in puberty and continuing into adult life. Still, we have consistently found a resilience in these families based on their years of experience and their ability to find true support from others.
CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Offered twice, please choose two):
Breakout Session Option 1: Sam Towers, M.A., behavior expert who has spent 21 years providing support to individuals with disabilities who use problem behaviors.
“Assessment and Intervention for Problem Behavior”
This presentation will focus on the following:
1. The necessity of adequate assessment to guide intervention;
2. How the assessment should be conducted, and;
3. Examples of effective interventions.

Breakout Session Option 2:
Cathy Bodine, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director for Assistive Technology Partners at the University of Colorado.

"Assistive Technology Workshop"
Cathy Bodine and her team will be demonstrating how assistive technology can enhance the learning of people with DS-ASD during this “hands on” workshop.
Breakout Session Option 3: Patti LaVesser, Ph.D. OTR, B.S. and Terri Katz, Ph.D., JFK Partners, University of Colorado Denver.

“Toilet Training for Children (& Older Folks) with DS-ASD”
Toilet training can be challenging for any child with a developmental disability, including children with co- occurring Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Each child is different, but some common problems have been identified. In this session, family- and child-friendly practical solutions to these problems will be described. We will present ideas based on the USEFUL model: Understand the child, Structure the environment, Establish routines, Find motivators, Use behavioral strategies, and Lessen adult involvement.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER #2: Patti McVay, M.S., Director of Education for the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, Anna & John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome, Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, former special education teacher and school principal.
“Best Practices for Student Success”
This presentation will share keys to supporting children and young adults with co-occurring Down syndrome and autism for success in school. We know that when our students have the supports they need, including training for teachers, teaming with families, modeling of same age peers, visuals, positive planning around behavior and more – our students can indeed be successful and have the opportunity to share who they are and all they bring to their school community.

Conference concludes at 4:30 p.m.

LODGING for out-of town attendees:

Springhill Suites is a newer hotel located just across the street from Children’s Hospital Colorado and within walking distance. First come, first served.

Learn more about Springhill Suites.

We hope you'll join us!!

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Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Fall 2012 Conference