National Autism Conference Day 2 Overview

What a full day!  Now, this year I came to the conference alone since I was coming as a blogger.  I intended to buy a companion pass for Michael but simply forgot. I’m glad I did since my dancer girl had Nutcracker practice today which meant that a parent needed to drive her.  Something about not being able to drive herself because she was only 12 or something.  Why am  I telling you this?  Because today was a full day.  If you come as a team then each of you can go to a different break out session this getting twice the value out of the conference.  This also allows you to play to your own strengths.  Michael has a technical mind.  He understands the biomedical sessions far easier than I do.  My brain hurts .  




Featured Speaker : Raun Kaufmann 


Raun Kaufmann is the reason behind the Son-Rise program.  He was the a severely autistic 2 year old whose parents developed a program to help him completely recover from autism.  He is now the Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center and best selling author of the book, Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over the World.  He delivered hands down the best lecture of any conference that I have ever attended.  Afterwards, he was beyond gracious enough to talk at length with me about the differences between Son-Rise and RDI, which we used with Logan.  He has some innovative ideas that I plan on trying out in the next few weeks.  Red Light/Green Light will be at the top of my list.  This is the session that excited me the most when finished. 

Breakout Session 1 : Dr. Dan Rossignol

Dr. Rossignol spoke more at length about Medical Problems Potentially Contributing to Autism.  I always enjoy his lectures although I could live without the poop pictures.  I love how he started his program with a call to action.  He is also a man who likes to start and end on time.  Remember that if you are ever attending one of his lectures. 


Featured Speaker : Dr. Jeff Bradstreet 


Michael, oh Michael!  Where are you?  Unlike Rossignol, Bradstreet is a tough listen.  He throws out big words and studies.  He always loses me with his information.  The only thing I learned with no translation was that low Vitamin D levels in pregnant moms are a definitive prediction of autism. Mind blown!


Breakout Session 3 : Scott Smith


This session was another medical one.  Can you see why my brain hurts?  I know several people who are struggling with Pandas in the children with autism.  For them, I sat through and took notes of this one.  Scott Smith is a physician’s assistant in Melbourne , Florida who specializes in treating children with autism , specifically with Pandas/Pans.  He was very personable and gracious.  His presentation was really informative and understandable.



That’s it for today.  I managed to snag some gift bags and info for giveaways.  One more day left to learn all I can then I begin the posts about each session.  Woot!

National Autism Conference Day 1 Overview

Day 1 is in the books for the National Autism Conference.  As per usual my head is overflowing with new info as well as remembering some older info that I had forgotten.  Here’s a brief recap of who I listened to today.  There will be many more posts to expound on their talks but this will give you a brief taste of what’s to come!






Featured Speaker: Temple Grandin


All I can say is wow!  She is an eloquent speaker who pulls no punches on what she thinks should be happening with children with autism.  Her experiences as a person with autism make her an invaluable asset.  She gives phenomenal advice on how to do therapies and help children with minimal cost.  Her insight was eye opening.



Breakout speaker 1 : Dr. Anju Usman 


Her talk was Concepts and Tools for Helping Our Tough Nuts.  She is a pioneering doctor in the biomedical field who has been at the forefront of autism research.  Her talk was informative and overwhelming. I will need Michael to translate for sure. 


Featured Speaker: Shannon Kenitz with Dr. Dan Rossignol


While I had heard Dr . Rossignol speak before, Shannon was new to me.  Her story is one of redemption and hope.  She is using what she’s learned with her daughter , Grace, to help other parents.  Tissues were needed for this session.  Dr. Rossignol was informative as per his usual self.  I would expect nothing less from Jenny McCarthy’s doctor.   He’s a breakout speaker tomorrow as well.


Breakout speaker 2 : Lynn Arnold


Becoming an Empowered Advocate was mainly geared toward ieps which are non existent in homeschool.  I mainly took it so I could blog it and to help some other families that I know. I’m looking at you , Carmen.   I did learn some things that I think would be helpful for others.



Breakout speaker 3 : Lori McIllwain


Let’s talk Big Red Safety Box from the NAA.  This talk was all about wandering/bolting as it pertains to our kids with autism.  An alarming trend for our kiddos.  While I personally don’t deal with this problem with Logan, it was one of the most informative sessions so far. 


Then came the lovely ride home .  I won’t bore you with the details of stop and go traffic for the entire hour and a half drive. Let’s just say that it was a long drive.  Tomorrow is another fun filled day.  I have lots of info for everyone plus some amazing giveaways .  Such an exciting time!

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