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Pittsburgh with Dr. Temple Grandin

Pittsburgh, PA - March 30, 2018

Conference Information

When: Friday, March 30, 2018

Where:  Pittsburgh, PA | Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

Continuing Education:  ASHA, APA, AOTA, & ASWB

Speakers:  Dr. Temple Grandin, Sean Barron, 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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Beth Aune

There's a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism

Sean Barron, a boy who emerged from the bonds of autism is now grown and teaches the world about his journey. Sean Barron is a very interesting and intelligent young man who has faced the challenge of autism. He and his mother wrote an insightful book on their lives together. There’s a Boy in Here has won many accolades for offering the unique perspectives of two people who look at the same world but see and feel entirely different things. Mr. Barron has progressed to the point that it is difficult to even realize that he once was truly impacted by autism/Asperger’s Syndrome. He is now a freelance writer, lives independently, and recently co-authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships with Dr. Temple Grandin. Sean is a graduate of Youngstown State University and works as a reporter for the Youngstown Vindicator.  He’s pursuing a second degree in journalism.

By attending, participants can:

  • Apply the 10 unwritten rules of social relationships
  • Tell the difference between situation-based and people-based social rules

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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 Sean Barron 
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: 

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

Grand Station Ballroom

300 W Station Square Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Parking $12

Unlimited In/Out Privileges $26




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