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Ft. Worth Conference May 25, 2017

Ft. Worth, TX Conference May 25, 2017

Conference Information

When:  Thursday, May 25, 2017

Where:  Fort Worth, TX | Radisson Hotel Fort Worth - Fossil Creek

Continuing Education:  APA, ASHA, ASWB, AOTA, 

Speakers:  Dr. Temple Grandin, Beth Aune, Maria Wheeler

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Online registration is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door tomorrow. 


Dr. Temple Grandin

The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Dr. Temple Grandin has served as inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique presentation, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Temple shares her valuable insights on a wide variety of topics, and offers useful do’s and don’ts.

By attending, participants can:

  • Create a learning environment to accommodate sensory challenges
  • Illustrate ways to develop talents into a career path for individuals
  • Introduce ways of intervention for those newly diagnosed
  • Help the older child and Adult form social relationships

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Beth Aune

Beth Aune, OTR/L, has developed and presented numerous workshops for parents and educators that focus on the care and treatment of children with disabilities. She most recently authored Behavior Solutions for the Home & Community. She also co-authored the popular Behavior Solutions In & Beyond the Inclusive Classroom series. 

By attending, participants can:

  • Identify ways to accommodate learning differences in an inclusive classroom
  • Interpret behavior as communication of sensory needs, social/emotional needs and physical needs
  • Review methods to address problem behaviors such as fidgeting, hyperactivity, hiding, and temper outbursts

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Maria Wheeler

BOUNCE BACK: Teaching Resilience to Prevent Tantrums, Meltdowns & Refusals When Life is Uncomfortable

Maria Wheeler, M.Ed., BCBA, explores how to teach your loved ones powerful key skills needed to successfully cope when faced with adversity instead of resorting to tantrums, meltdowns, or refusal to cooperate.  She has spent more than twenty years of her professional life in the fields of Psychology and Special Education, with an emphasis on Neurobehavioral Disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Specific Learning Disabilities. She currently holds Texas teacher certificates/endorsements in Serious Emotional Disturbance and Autism, Special Education, and Psychology. Maria works as a private consultant serving various school districts, educational agencies, and families throughout Texas.

By attending, participants can:

  • Define the critical role of teaching coping strategies as replacement behaviors when preventing/decreasing tantrums, meltdowns, refusals, vocal/verbal aggression, physical aggression and/or running away.
  • Define the need to select a coping strategy or replacement behavior that serves the same function as the challenging behavior exhibited.
  • Recognize the early warning signs that look like inappropriate attention-seeking behaviors and thus are often ignored, need to identified and responded to as inaccurate attempts to communicate a request/demand for help or support.
  • Recognize the supports needed to increase the use of coping strategies/replacement behaviors that lead to resilience

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Continuing Education Credits

Future Horizons offers Continuing Education Credits for the following associations:


ASHA American Psychological Association ASWB ASWB
This course is offered for up to 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). Continuing Education for APA is provided by Future Horizons. Future Horizons is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Future Horizons maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Future Horizons is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved provider of continuing education. This conference is offered for 0.6 CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products,
or clinical procedures by AOTA. 
Future Horizons ACE #1018 is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB).


Schedule & Map


Autism Conference Schedule

Time Event
7:00am Registration Check In & Continental Breakfast
7:50 Announcements
8:00 Dr. Temple Grandin
9:30 Break
10:00 Maria Wheeler
11:30-12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 Beth Aune
2:00 Break
2:30 Beth Aune(continued)
4:00 Conference Ends


About the Venue: 
 Radisson Hotel Fort Worth - Fossil Creek 
2540 Meacham Blvd 
Fort Worth, TX 76106

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Future Horizons is dedicated to making its courses, events and meetings accessible to all. We strive to provide access – to the fullest extent possible – to our conferences based on an awareness of participants’ needs. If you require assistance due to a disability, please provide Future Horizons with the information and we will engage in a process to work with each individual to determine appropriate accommodations.






ASA Members please call this number for registration:  800-489-0727

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Group discounts available!

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