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Cheryl Unterschutz

The University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is proud to announce the 6th annual Autism Intervention Conference. April 15- 16, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO.

This conference aims to educate and provide support for parents and professionals who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, including educators, psychologists, speech/language pathologists, medical professionals, applied behavior analysts, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, service coordinators, and advocates.

The conference strives to provide an atmosphere of hope and upholds a commitment to sharing comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of assessment and intervention strategies supported by research. The conference includes vendor and agency booths, a University of Missouri Thompson Center Meet and Greet, and sessions presented by regionally and nationally-recognized researchers and practitioners in the field of autism.

Two pre-conference sessions will be offered on Thursday, April 14 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Featured presenters for these sessions are:

Mark Sundberg, Ph.D, BCBA

Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (1980), under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. Dr Sundberg is the co-author of the books Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities, The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills: The ABLLS, and A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior. He has published over 45 professional papers, including a recent chapter titled "Verbal Behavior" in the new edition of Cooper, Heron, & Heward's (2007) book Applied Behavior Analysis, 2e. He is the founder and past editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, a twice past-president of The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, a past-chair of the Publication Board of ABA: International, and was a member of the committee that developed the BACB Task List. Dr. Sundberg has given over 450 conference presentations and workshops nationally and internationally, and has taught 80 college courses on behavior analysis, verbal behavior, sign language, and child development. He has received a number of awards, including the 2001 "Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award" from Western Michigan University. He currently conducts research and consults to schools and programs in the San Francisco Bay area.

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Chairman of the Scientific Council, Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Director of Education, Upper School for the McCarton School, New York City

This workshop is being offered free of charge. Space it limited so register EARLY!

Dr. Peter Gerhardt is the Director of Education – Upper School for the McCarton School in New York City. Dr. Gerhardt has over 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder and he has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. In addition, Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice, and on numerous professional advisory boards including the Autism Society of America. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from the Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Gerhardt’s research interests include issues related to intensity of behavior analytic instruction with adolescents and adults; community integration and employment, development of adaptive behavior competencies, positive behavior supports with complex individuals; and the use of technology to support community safety and independence.

Keynote speakers for the Friday and Saturday sessions are:


John N. Constantino, MD
Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

After receiving his undergraduate degree (B.A. 1984, distinction in all subjects) from Cornell University and his medical degree (M.D.) from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Constantino completed a combined residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Dr. Constantino has pioneered the development of quantitative methods for measuring and understanding the development of reciprocal social behavior in children. He and his colleagues around the world have applied these methods to studies of the genetic and neurobiologic causes of autism, the development of other disorders of social behavior in children, and the effects of intervention.

Dr. Constantino’s work has involved the genetic epidemiology of autistic social impairment, quantitative methods for measuring inherited phenotypic components of autistic syndromes, and the discovery of distinct patterns of familial aggregation of sub clinical autistic traits in the relatives of children with autism. He has authored or co-authored over 60 original peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature, directs a federally-funded research program, is a member of the scientific steering committee of a national gene bank for autism (the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, AGRE), is a past-chair of the Mental Health Commission of the State of Missouri, and practices child and adolescent psychiatry at Washington University.


Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., a consultant with the Ziggurat Group, is the recipient of the 2004 Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award and the 2006 Princeton Fellowship Award. She has written numerous articles and books on Asperger Syndrome and autism including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). The latter is the winner of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Literary Work. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world, written more than 150 articles and books on autism and Asperger Syndrome, and served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee. She is on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium and the Autism Society of America’s Panel of Professional Advisors. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and Maap Services Inc. In addition, she was recently acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world from 1997 to 2004.

Other featured speakers include:

Joel D. Bregman, MD
Executive Director, MU Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Dr. Bregman is the Thompson Center Endowed Chair of Child Health and a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Bregman is trained in both pediatrics and child/adolescent psychiatry, and is interested in integrating excellent clinical care with scientifically-based community treatment. He is a strong advocate of diagnostic and evidence-based treatment programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, and has been the recipient of both federal and private foundation research grants.

Sasithorn Sung-U, M.Ed., OT
Occupational Therapist, Private Developmental Center, Bangkok
Lecturer at Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai

Sasithorn Sung-U received a Bachelor Degree (Occupational Therapy) from Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai and Master of Education ( Developmental Psychology) Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok. Her areas of expertise are: Occupational therapy in pediatric condition, occupational therapy in autism and developmental psychology.

Soisuda Vittayakorn, OT Advanced Certificate
Associate professor at Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai

Souisuda received a Bachelor’s degree (Nursing) from Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai and an Advanced Certificate in Occupational Therapy, Germany. Souisuda has expertise in the areas of occupational therapy in pediatric condition, occupational therapy in autism and sensory integration.

For more information on the conference and to register visit the 2011 Autism Intervention Conference website.


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