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Texarkana, AR March 17, 2017

Conference Information

When:  Friday, March 17, 2017 | #TEXTemple

Where:  Texarkana, AR | Holiday Inn Texarkana Arkansas Conv Ctr

Continuing Education:  APA, ASHA, AOTA

Speakers:  Dr. Temple Grandin, Eustacia Cutler, Dr. Jim Ball

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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
  • Utilize, responsibly, alternative and/or conventional medicine
  • Illustrate ways to develop talents into a career path for individuals

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Eustacia Cutler

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

Eustacia will give her presentation via Skype.

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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Dr. Jim Ball

Early Intervention and Autism

Dr. Jim Ball, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has been in the autism field for over twenty years providing educational, residential, and employment services to children and adults affected by autism. As President/CEO of JB Autism Consulting,he provides private consultation to organizations, schools, and families regarding staff training, parent training, home support services, classroom design/support, and behavior management/ assessment.

By attending, participants can:

  • Identify seven effective strategies for the perfect EI program
  • Develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • List the must-have components of an EI program   
  • Integrate social skills instruction into a curriculum
  • And more

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Continuing Education Credits

Future Horizons offers Continuing Education Credits for the following associations:


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 0.6 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
8:15 Welcome and Announcements
8:30 Dr. Temple Grandin - The Way I See It
10:00 Break
10:30 Eustacia Cutler (Via Skype) - A Thorn In My Pocket:  Eustacia’s Story of Raising Temple Grandin​
12:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00 Dr. Jim Ball - Early Intervention and Autism​
2:30 Break
3:00 Dr. Jim Ball (continued)
4:30 Conference Ends



About the Venue: 

Holiday Inn Texarkana Arkansas Conv Ctr

Crossroads Ballroom
5200 Convention Plaza Drive
Venue Photos:  Click Here
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854

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

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Group discounts available!