Save the Date! The 16th Annual Alabama Autism Conference will be held on February 24, 2017. Details coming soon!
The 15th Annual Alabama Autism Conference was on held February 26, 2016 at the Bryant Conference Center. The theme for last year's conference was "Helping Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Navigate Their Social and Emotional Experience."
Presenters were invited from across the country to focus on understanding the unique and varied social and emotional skills exhibited by individuals with ASD and ways to support their development and functioning in these areas. Speakers presented information on the underlying neural mechanisms in these skills, how to create a supportive school environment for students with a range of social and emotional skills, and how to identify and address anxiety in individuals with ASD.
Afternoon participants chose between two breakout sessions- one discussing interventions for parenting stress in families of individuals with ASD, or one highlighting an Alabama high school program that integrates individuals with ASD and their peers without a diagnosis in extracurricular activities. The day wrapped up with a panel of adults with ASD from across the state talking about independence and self-advocacy that was facilitated by an invited expert in this area.