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Long Island, New York November 10, 2017

Long Island, New York November 10, 2017

Conference Information

When:  Friday, November 10, 2017

Where:  Long Island, NY | Long Island Marriott - Grand Ballroom

Continuing Education:  APA, ASHA, AOTA 

Speakers: Dr. Temple Grandin Eustacia Cutler, Paula Aquilla 

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Dr. Temple Grandin

The Way I See It

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
  • Distinguish between voluntary behaviors and involuntary behaviors
  • Define ways of intervention for those newly diagnosed
  • Relate methods to help the older child and Adult form social relationships

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Eustacia Cutler




A Thorn In My Pocket : Eustacia's Story of Raising Temple Grandin 

Eustacia Cutler will be speaking in person for the first time in 2 years! 

Eustacia Cutler, the mother of Temple Grandin, will offer her view of autism through personal experience. Her daughter is now one of the most accomplished spokespersons on autism and animal behavior world-wide. Ms. Cutler will discuss observations from her award-winning documentaries on challenged and emotionally disquieted children. She has an impressive and varied background, including having written A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin’s Mother Tells the Family Story. A talented playwright, author, and actress, Eustacia is a graduate of Harvard University and has successfully reared four children.

By attending, participants can:

  • Recognize the early signs and symptoms of autism
  • Identify how autism affects the family
  • Design a custom intervention program
  • Distinguish autism myths and misconceptions from facts

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Paula Aquilla



Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration

Paula Aquilla, DO, BSc, OT is an occupational therapist. She has worked with adults and children in clinical, educational, home, and community-based settings. She founded the Yes I Can! Integrated Nursery School, Yes I Can! Summer Camp, and the I Love My Baby Program in Toronto. Paula was also the founding executive director of Giant Steps in Toronto, an innovative program of intensive therapies, academics, and support services for children with autism spectrum disorder. Paula is the coauthor of Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration and the author of Sensory Strategies to Improve Communication, Social Skills, and the new Sensory Detective book.

By attending, participants can:

  • Recognize and identify sensory processing challenges in children
  • Define and describe the “inside out perspective” 
  • List the benefits of a sensory diet 
  • Create and implement a custom sensory diet 
  • Recognize behavioral signs of sensory overload and/or autonomic nervous system overload;
  • Utilize visual supports

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Continuing Education Credits


ASHA American Psychological Association 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 0.9 CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Schedule & Map


Autism Conference Schedule

Time Event
7:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:50 Announcements
8:00 Dr. Temple Grandin
9:30 Break
10:00 Eustacia Cutler 
11:30-12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 Paula Aquilla 
2:00 Break
2:30 Paula Aquilla (continued)
4:00 Conference Ends




About the Venue:

Long Island Marriott - Grand Ballroom

Sections 1-4

101 James Doolittle Blvd

Uniondale, NY 11553


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.








Parent/Family Member:....................$120


Student w/ an ID:....................$70


Person with ASD:....................$50


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

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