Annual Conference Agenda


2012 Conference Agenda

Saturday, April 28, 2012


8:00 am - 8:45 am:

Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)

Exhibit Hall and Bookstore Open


8:45 am - 9:15 am:

Welcome and Opening Remarks


9;15 am - 10:30 am:

Carol Gray

Taming the Social Context Jungle: Teaching and Interpreting Social Context

This new workshop from the creator of the evidence-based practice intervention Social Stories™, combines audience participation and a review of supporting research* for the points and practical applications made in this presentation.

Attendees will:

  • Raise their own awareness of the scope and complexity of Social Context, and serveral practical instructional strategies to teach it.
  • Define Social Context in its six elements
  • Identify the limitations of traditional social curriculums
  • Describe the impact of social vulnerability (i.e. bullying) and strategies that support social solutions (i.e. friendships).
  • Learn strategies to help those in their care use the social internet safely
  • Provide case examples of how Social Stories™ and Comic Strip Conversations can be used to systematically teach people in their care to read and interpret social context effectively.

By providing the opportunity to explore and discover components of social context, attendees will be made aware of what they do and how they do  it, as these skills are typically utilized by us daily with such speed and ease that they are taken for granted.  Practical strategies will be suggested for immediate use for social learning across environments.

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Morning Break


10:50 am - 12:30 pm:

Carol Gray - presentation continues


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:

Lunch (provided)


1:30 pm - 2:40 pm:

Carol Gray - presentation continues


2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

Afternoon Break


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Boston Higashi School Jazz Band with Dr. Stephen Shore

Dr Stephen Shore - Speaker from the Spectrum

Friendship, Dating and Deeper Relationships

Always insightful and engaging, Dr. Stephen Shore provides his personal look and expertise on relationships from the perspective of an adult living with an autism spectrum disorder.


4:30 pm:

Conference Concludes - Exhibit Hall Closes


*Research of Dr. Nancy Minshew (internationally recognized expert on autism; Center of Excellence, University of Pittsburgh), and Dr. Ken Rubin (Child/Human Development, University of Maryland), both noted researchers in the field of child development, will be cited.





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