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!