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April 14, 2017

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The seventh annual UVU Conference on Autism will be held Friday, April 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sorensen Student Center. Ron Suskind, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author of Life, Animated, A story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, will be our keynote speaker.

The conference discusses the many facets of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and tailored to therapists, social workers, educators, parents and individuals on the spectrum.

We anticipate being approved for six CEUs which will be granted to interested parties free of charge.

Kristine Barnett

KEYNOTE: Ron Suskind

As a reporter and senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, Ron Suskind has covered our nation's capital in addition to penning front-page investigative features on poverty, race and class in America, which won him a Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of six best-selling books, the most recent of which — Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism — documents his family's two-decade struggle with regressive autism. Using a technique called Affinity Therapy, the book recounts how the Suskinds broke through to their autistic son Owen by exposing him to Disney movies, which Owen memorized and used as a pathway to communication. This presentation will offer hope, insight and heart to anyone whose life is touched by autism.

Stephen Shore

Plenary: Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "atypical development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Stephen Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Shore is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

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Plenary: Sally Ozonoff

Sally Ozonoff is a professor of psychiatry at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She is trained as a child clinical psychologist (licensed and actively practicing). Her program of research focuses on the clinical presentation of infants and toddlers with autism and methods for earliest detection of autism. She is developing an innovative autism screening instrument that uses video examples rather than written descriptions of behavior. Sally has authored more than 100 publications on these and related topics, as well as four books. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.



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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

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