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Dallas, TX - June 15, 2018

Dallas, TX - June 15, 2018

Conference Information

When: Friday, June 15, 2018

Where:  Dallas, TX | To Be Announced

Continuing Education:  ASHA, APA, AOTA and ASWB

Speakers:  Dr. Temple Grandin, Anita Lesko, Paula Aquilla

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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
  • Review methods to assist the older child and Adult form social relationships

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“When Life Hands You Lemons Make Lemonade”

Anita Lesko was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age fifty. Despite all the challenges and obstacles, Anita forged ahead to obtain exciting goals.

A 1988 graduate of Columbia University in New York City with a master of science degree in nurse anesthesia, Anita has nearly three decades as a certified nurse anesthesiologist, specializing in anesthesia for neurosurgery. 

After seeing Top Gun in 1995, Anita spent the next seven years working towards her dream of flying in a fighter jet. She became an internationally published military aviation photojournalist and got a flight in an F-15.  She also spent time with the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels. 

Having been honored by the United Nations as a guest speaker for National Autism Day in 2017, Anita is an advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome.  She started a support group for people of all ages with Asperger's and their families and friends, which meets monthly. She is the Founder of the Flying High with Autism Foundation, as well as founder and CEO of Born With Asperger's—an educational and helpful site not only for people with Asperger's, but their families, employers, fellow employees, educators, neighbors, and anyone who might know someone with Asperger's.

Her books include: Asperger’s Syndrome: When Life Hands you Lemons, Make Lemonade, The Blue Angel, co-author of Been There, Don’t Try That, Try This! The Aspie Mentor Guide to Life on Earth, a featured chapter in Dr. Temple Grandin’s book Different . . . Not Less, and Lesko’s latest book, The Complete Guide to Autism and Healthcare: Advice for Medical Professionals and Those on the Autism Spectrum.

  • Discuss the importance of not focusing on a label
  • Explain the importance of getting out and DOING STUFF
  • Determine methods to overcome obstacles and reaching goals

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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 ACE #1018 is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB).
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 Check In
7:50 Announcements
8:00 Dr. Temple Grandin
9:30 Break
10:00 Anita Lesko
11:30-12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 Paula Aquilla
2:00 Break
2:30 Paula Aquilla
4:00 Conference Ends



About the Venue: 

To Be Announced












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