21st Annual Alabama Autism Conference Learner Objectives

Making Evidence-Based Autism Practices work in Public Service Systems: Does this have to be so hard?
Aubyn C. Stahmer, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis Health

  1. Identify two ways leaders can support the use of autism interventions in their programs.
  2. Describe how social networks can improve intervention training.
  3. List two questions to ask about an intervention fit with your program.

Elevated Suicide Risk Among Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Moving from Awareness to Action
Brenna Maddox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UNC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

  1. Describe at least three possible risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors in autistic individuals.
  2. List at least five warning signs of suicide for autistic individuals.
  3. Identify at least two crisis supports and resources for autistic individuals at risk of suicide.

“Why are you Offering this to Them, But Not to Us?”: Disparities in Access to Services for Black Autistic Youth
Jamie N. Pearson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, North Carolina State University

  1. Describe the disparities in autism diagnoses and access to services that exist among Black autistic youth.
  2. Describe historic and systemic barriers that maintain these disparities.
  3. List culturally responsive strategies that facilitate effective collaboration between Black families professionals who support autistic youth.

Healthy Relationships, Safety, and Sexuality Education for Autistic Students
Eileen Crehan, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Tufts University

  1. Describe how to best teach about healthy relationships, safety, and sexuality to meet the learning needs of children with an autism profile.
  2. Identify ways to address knowledge/comfort gaps relating to sexuality and relationship education for themselves, and for children and families.
  3. List three resources to share with families who may have questions about sexuality and relationship education.

The Black Side of Autism
Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC, Founder and CEO, Autism in Black Inc.

  1. Participants will recognize the importance of cultural competence and the important role it plays in the Black disability community .
  2. Participants will associate how their own biases and unknown ableist views affect the outcomes of successful joining with black parents who have a disabled child.
  3. Participants demonstrate how to have culturally responsible discussions with the parents and educators using the strength-based visual framework.