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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