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April 5, 2014

Special Education & ABC-Other Disability Issues Conference 
& Resource Fair (Open 8 am - 12:30 pm) 
Location:  Houston Baptist University - 7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, 77074
Parents & Individuals/Young adults with disabilities can attend for FREE with Stipend application!!
3 CEUs (no ethics) for Social Workers; 3 CPE hours for Educators
ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDED MARCH 31 - WALK INs Welcome on Day of event 
$50 Community members; $25 Family Members, $15 Individual with Disabilities
(some stipends available at Walk In Table)
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Saturday, April 5
 

9:15am

Being the Other One – Growing Up With a Sibling with Disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

A look at life from the point of view of someone who has a sibling with disabilities.

Speakers
LJ

Lauren Jaggers, BS, CPC

Stokan & Jaggers & Assoc


Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 116 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

The New Personalized Child Psychiatry Diagnostic and Treatment
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent advances in medicine have allowed us to grow the Genome of patients, telling us how they metabolize medicines. In addition the use of QEEG and Brain Maps tells us how an individual’s brain is connected electrically and which part of the brain may be aberrant giving off abnormal electrical signals. Using these and other techniques, we can select a special treatment intervention individualized for that patient. Now, Child Psychiatry has data rather trying multiple medications that do not fit that child, thus predict side effects or positive success

Speakers
JT

Jay Tarnow, M.D.

The Tarnow Center
AP

Amber Patusek, M.D.

The Tarnow Center
RS

Ron Swatzna, MSW, PhD

The Tarnow Center



Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 206 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

What is PASRR and what how can it help a person at risk of or in a Nursing Facility Placement?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce you to new Texas PASRR requirements including: Pre-admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) and its purpose; The process for identifying PASRR eligible persons in nursing facilities and at risk of nursing facility placement; The services and supports persons with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities, Related Conditions (collectively IDD) and Mental Illness (MI) are eligible to receive; The procedures designed to ensure persons with IDD wanting to live in the community are able to exercise that choice including transition and diversion; Additional processes and procedures resulting from a recent Settlement Agreement in Steward v. Perry.

Speakers
SJ

Sean Jackson

Disability Rights Texas


Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 117 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

Inappropriate Behavior: It is the Disability or a Kid Being a Kid and Does It Matter
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents and teachers will look at how to properly define behavior and to set a proper behavior game plan.

Speakers
MC

Michael Conteh

Tangible Difference Learning Center



Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 209 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

Self-Regulation VS. Self-Control: What's the Difference?
Limited Capacity seats available

Numerous studies show that self-regulation is more important that IQ when it comes to predicting a child’s ability to do well in school, form healthy relationships and work towards personal goals. So what exactly is self-regulation and how do we facilitate this optimal calm and focused learning state in our kids: It’s not just about sensory processing and modulation.

Speakers
KG

Kristen Garfield, OTR, MOT

The T.E.A.M. Approach


Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 125 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

Sensory Smart Strategies for the Classroom and Home
Limited Capacity seats available

Sensory Processing Dysfunction has long been misunderstood. This presentation will identify characteristics that indicate difficulty with sensory integration is a possibility when considering causation for a child’s meltdown. Professionals and assessments that can assist with determining sensory dysfunction will be reviewed, along with strategies for hands-on learning. Leave the session knowing you don’t have to be an Occupational Therapist to manage a child's day in a calm state -- you just have to utilize simple, research-based OT strategies to get desired results. Be ready to learn, because this session requires active participation.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Rettie

Robin Rettie

Founder, Lighthouse Learning Resource Center
Robin Rettie, M., Ed. is the owner of Lighthouse Learning Resources and author of, POPCORN A Quick & Easy Reference Guide to Manage Behavior As a Result of Sensory Processing Needs Applying solutions at home, school, and community are as simple as popping popcorn! Robin's training... Read More →


Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 126 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

Puberty and Sexuality Instruction for Students with Developmental Disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

The idea of talking with and teaching any child about areas regarding puberty and sexuality can be tough. It's even harder, though, when the child has a developmental disability. Join us as we go over ways to teach this information to the child effectively and proactively.

Speakers
JP

Jam Page

Region 15 Education Service Center


Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 124 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

Special Education Advocacy
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is an overview of The Laws Related to Schools and Children with Disabilities. I will be presenting on different topics such as Steps to a Successful ARD Meetings, Evaluations, Placement, Writing the IEP and Discipline. This training will help parents prepare for their ARD meetings and give steps to better advocacy skills for their child

Speakers
DR

Dustin Rynders

Disability Rights Texas


Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 207 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

Guardianship, Alternatives and Special Needs Trusts
Limited Capacity seats available

We will discuss the necessity, alternatives and process of obtaining legal guardianship over an adult child with disability. We will discuss the purpose, benefits and deeper explanation regarding Special Needs Trusts and other estate planning issues for families.

Speakers
LW

Lisa Wilson

Attorney, Hayes & Wilson
Lisa Wilson is an attorney in private practice in Houston, Texas. Her practice focuses on Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship, with a special emphasis on special needs planning. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and of the University of Houston Law... Read More →


Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 123 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

9:15am

Post Secondary Goals and Transition Assessments- What’s It All About?
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents will learn about the important part that post secondary goals and transition assessments play in planning for life after high school.

Speakers
KP

Karen Pepkin

Region 4 Education Service Center
Education Specialist | Education Service Center Region 4



Saturday April 5, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 115 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

Schizophrenia-related Illnesses: Current Research and Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Schizophrenia is characterized by persistent cognitive deficits, positive and negative symptoms typically beginning in youth, include: substantive heritability, and brain structural, functional and neurochemical alterations. Pathophysiology may involve a neurodevelopmental imbalance. Treatments which have thus far involved dopamine blockers are effective but unsatisfactory. New research is beginning to suggest alternative approaches using novel medications and psychosocial treatments that work by alternative mechanisms.

Speakers

Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 116 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

Winning with ADHD
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide information on how the coaches at Staying Ahead of the Game!, LLC help students initiate a personal journey towards a more organized and productive school life. Students with ADHD and parents of students with ADHD will find the information shared particularly beneficial. Participants will learn about the key tools used to help students including: Impression Management, Calendaring, Organization Skills, Life and Compensatory Skills.

Speakers
EW

Evan Weinburger

Staying Ahead of the Game! LLC.


Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 124 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Autism Supplement, But Were Afraid to Ask.
Limited Capacity seats available

If you have a family member on the Autism Spectrum, your child’s ARD/IEP committee must consider special strategies within the Autism Supplement. Unfortunately, many parents and school staff do not understand the function and implications of the supplement. This seminar will go into detail about the use of this supplement and better prepare participants to discuss the document.

Speakers
LG

Louis Geigerman

National ARD/IEP Advocates
Louis H. Geigerman has been a professonal advocate since 1995 when he founded National ARD/IEP Advocates. Louis has logged over 1250 hours in IEP and Section 504 meetings and over 400 hours in mediations and resolution sessions. He is a charter member of COPAA. In 1995, he underwent... Read More →


Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 207 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

What if Feels like to have Aspergers Syndrome
Limited Capacity seats available

Johnathon uses his humor and knowledge to help parents, teachers and other students understand his life with Asperger’s Syndrome. Johnathon shares how it feels to have Asperger’s Syndrome, the difficulties it brings, and what a school day can be like for him. Johnathon loves to answer questions from the audience to help them better understand him and his fellow students with Asperger’s Syndrome, and how to help them be more successful


Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 209 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

Strategies to Empower Parents: How to Promote Positive Behavior at Home
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents will gain general knowledge and skills in effective behavioral management strategies. Specifically, they will explore various topics including: understanding the cycle of behaviors, reinforcements, and other behavioral strategies to increase desirable behavior.

Speakers
KT

Kimmie Tang, Ed. D.

Region 4 Education Service Center


Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 126 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

The Emotional Lives of Boys and Girls: Steps Toward Management and Self-Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Boys and girls experience and manage emotions, especially negative emotions, in predictable but distinctive ways. Understanding their characteristic styles

Speakers
TM

Thomas Merrimon, EdD, FAPA

The Phaedrus Group
CB

Charney Beck, LCSW

The Phaedrus Group


Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 115 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

Using Verbal Behavior Approach to Close the Gaps in Language and Communications
Limited Capacity seats available

Communication is a necessary component in human interaction and often a deficit in children with disabilities. Learn techniques to increase the emergence of functional language and build concepts using a Verbal Applied Behavior Analysis approach to learning.

Speakers
SC

Shawn Cureton, MS, BCBA

Katy Learning Center, Inc.
EW

Emily Weisenbach Nickel, M.Ed

Katy Learning Center, Inc.


Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 125 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

Birds and the Bees: Sexuality and Disability
Limited Capacity seats available

Physically individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) mature at a rate equivalent to their peers and experience the same biological drives. Yet this physical development is typically out of sync with their level of social development and awareness. This presentation will discuss the need for social sexual education for individuals with ASD.

Speakers
AV

Alysa Vos

Core Behavior Solutions


Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 123 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

10:45am

HBU Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever want to learn about what a College Campus looks like? Come take a tour! We will me at the Registration Tables and leave from there!

Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Meet @ Registration Table

10:45am

Master Pooled Trust, Achieving Financial Security in a Special Needs Trust
Limited Capacity seats available

The Master Pooled Trust is a Texas based Special Needs Trust designed to improve the quality of life for all individuals with disabilities, including people with mental illness, while providing resources for their ongoing supplemental needs

Speakers
HG

Haley Greer

The Arc of Texas



Saturday April 5, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 117 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Accessing Resources: A Parent's Perspective (Will Discuss Medicaid Waiver Programs)
Limited Capacity seats available

Elaine explains the different programs under the various state agencies, how to know which programs fits your child diagnosis (ses) and how to access resources.  The Medicaid Waiver programs and the different aspects of the waivers and the effects of the implementation of Senate bill 7 will be shared, along with her personal experiences as a mom of a young adult with multiple disabilities.

Speakers
EH

Elaine Hime

Texas Children’s Health Plan
Happily married for 31 years to Jim Three kids, Abby, Jackson and Rutherford Love my dogs, Huck, our Whippet and our two rescue foster dogs


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 206 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: Breaking the Cycle of Violence
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, and adults who see the incidents as a normal part of childhood. Parents, caregivers, and educators will discuss strategies to break the cycle of violence.

Speakers
LC

Latashia Crenshaw

LNC Consulting & Associates, LLC


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 117 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Teach and Reach Kids with ADHD
Limited Capacity seats available

The teaching strategies reviewed here will be effective with all students. However, for the student with ADHD, these modifications are necessities -- not luxuries. Student with ADHD have a complicated disorder. With understanding and the right kinds of help, ADHD doesn’t have to be an overwhelming stumbling block, but a challenge to be confronted and mastered.

Speakers
LP

Laura Peddicord, ADDA-SR

ADDA-SR Board of Directors



Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 126 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Augmentative-Alternative Communication
Limited Capacity seats available

Communication Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that is used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. Individuals with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. This presentation will provide information regarding AAC options (including “home-made” communication boards), access methods, and implementing the use of AAC in the home environment.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Matt, M.S., CCC-SLP

Jenny Matt, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speak for Yourself – Speech Therapy Services
Jenny Matt, MS, CCC-SLP | | Jenny is a ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist licensed in the state of Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. She completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language... Read More →


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 207 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Services and Supports for Students at Burkhart Center for Autism
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide participants with information about services and supports offered across the state from the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Speakers
DL

DeAnn Lechtenberger, Ph.D.

Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University
Research Assistant Professor, Special Education | Texas Tech University


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 124 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Applied Behavior Analysis 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Will give an overview of ABA and some of the basic concepts and principles behind it and why we use it. Some of the methods used in ABA, including preference assessments and functional behavior assessments will be covered. In addition a general description of strategies for increasing desirable and decreasing problem behaviors will be provided.

Speakers


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 209 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Why you shouldn’t teach your child to look at you
Limited Capacity seats available

When we view looking as a highly dynamic process, rather than as a mechanical and static end product, it will likely influence the types of strategies we use to elicit it. Once we embrace the idea of promoting the dynamic process of visual referencing over that of merely establishing eye contact, our teaching, too, becomes more dynamic. We no longer focus on simply telling kids what to do and where to look, but rather on helping them to use visual referencing to derive meaning.

Speakers
avatar for Claudia Perez-Andreessen

Claudia Perez-Andreessen

owner, CAPA Autism Consulting
Claudia Perez‐Andreessen is a RDI® Certified Consultant with 10 years of experience and the owner of CAPA Autism Consulting. She is a graduate of the University of Monterrey, majoring in Education. Claudia consults with families of different countries and cultures to help them... Read More →


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 123 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Sensory Processing Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

A question-and-answer session providing practical solutions to help your child address his or her sensory needs. Solutions will focus on activities that can easily be completed at home using objects around the house/community. Presenter can also refer parents for further information.

Speakers
CR

Cara Ramos, OTR, MOT

Kids Developmental Clinic


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 125 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

Crisis and First Responses Directives: Adding Surety to a Comprehensive Lifetime Care Plan
Limited Capacity seats available

Crisis management is the process by which a family anticipates and resolves any major event that may derail the best laid plans

Speakers
avatar for Steve Rhatigan

Steve Rhatigan

Managing Principal, Archer Consulting Group, L.L.C.
We provide individuals with unique needs, and their caregivers, a single entry point into the often confusing maze of options, thus taking the guesswork out of the difficult decisions in the design, implement and management of lifetime care plans.


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 116 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX

12:15pm

The Transition Years in ASD
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn all about the transition years from Middle School to getting ready for College, and what you can do to help; what issues need to be brought up and addressed at ARDs and during the middle school/high school years that will prepare the child for life after school.

Speakers
PT

Peggy Thornsburg, M.Ed., M.A.

UT Health Science Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Saturday April 5, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 115 (Hinton Center) 7502 Fondren, Houston, TX