Emory Autism Center 2020 Summer Conference has ended
The Emory Autism Center’s Monarch Summer Conference is for anyone involved with the education of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including educators, vocational providers, behavior specialists, school administrators, paraprofessionals, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, school psychologists, parents, family members, mental health providers, families of individuals with ASD, and individuals with ASD.

We are featuring 25 sessions with top notch speakers in education and transition for students with ASD. Please identify the appropriate track (parent, education, transition) that will fit your interests/needs in order to identify sessions to attend.

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Wednesday, July 15

9:00am EDT

5AB Looking for an autism resource? We have a tool kit for that!
Janet and J-Jaye will be highlighting and sharing the variety of evidence-based resources and tool kits that Autism Speaks has for our students with autism and their caregivers, educators, service providers and more. From help with blood draws to MRI teaching stories, Autism Speaks provides both printable and interactive resources covering many of the topics we encounter in our day to day life with autism. Bring your topics of concern and learn about the free resources available from the Autism Treatment Networks, the Autism Response Team and Autism Speaks.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn to successfully navigate the evidence-based resources and tool kits that are available to our community on the Autism Speaks website.
  2. Participants will access the free services offered by the Autism Response Team to all members of our community.
  3. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own areas of concern and be connected with online resources and supports.


Janet Williams

Director, Community Outreach, Autism Speaks
Janet is the Director of Community Outreach for Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic at Autism Speaks. She is responsible for planning and producing events and programs that support Autism Speaks strategic goals, mission and objectives. She is also responsible for disseminating information... Read More →
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J-Jaye Hurley

Autism Response Team Associate, Autism Speaks
J-Jaye is an Autism Response Team Associate at Autism Speaks. She is responsible for providing resources, supports and services for the Southeast region – including GA, TN, NC, SC, DC, MD and VA. The Autism Response Team (ART) is an information line for the autism community to... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Upstairs 5AB

10:30am EDT

5AB Better Together: Strategies for Inclusion in the Co-Taught Classroom
Students learn best when they truly belong as part of a supportive, collaborative learning community. Through Specially Designed Instruction (SDI), educators adapt content, methodology or delivery of instruction to address the student’s needs. With structure, order and predictability in the inclusive classroom, all students benefit from the implementation of best practices. Throughout this session, participants will gain a better understanding of SDI, the relationship of the special and general educators, and strategies to increase initiation, investment and engagement for all students.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to define key characteristics of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI).
2. Participants will gain an understanding of best practices such as data collection, structured environments, prompting and fading, as well as academic accommodations to implement in the co-taught setting.
3.Participants will learn strategies to co-plan and create a partnership between the special education teacher and the general education teacher.


Samantha Hebenstreit

Autism Specialist, Tapestry Public Charter School
Samantha began her work with students with autism while attendingThe University of St. Thomas in 2000, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree inSociology and Family Studies. Samantha spent several years working as a BehaviorTherapist before moving to Atlanta to pursue her... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Upstairs 5AB
Thursday, July 16

8:45am EDT

5AB Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions during Early Intervention and Beyond
Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI) are commonly thought of as applying to young children with ASD and their families. The use of NBDI is going beyond early intervention and can be used successfully for school-aged youth and adults. Intervention targeted with NDBI during early childhood does not have to end once a child leaves early intervention. This presentation will provide an overview of NBDI and how the targets of early intervention can also be targeted with school-aged youth and adults during naturally occurring activities and routines.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe the tenants of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions and how they differ from traditional treatment for ASD.
2. Participants will be able to describe how to extend treatment first targeted in early childhood to apply to school-aged and adults with ASD.
3. Participants will be able to identify and target goals for school-aged and adult individuals with ASD into ongoing activities and routines.


Michael Morrier, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Early Emory Center for Child Development and Enrichment, Emory Autism Center
Dr. Michael J. Morrier is the Program Director for Child Behavioral Interventions at the Emory Autism Center, as well as n Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory. For more than 25 years, Dr. Morrier has provided diagnostic and intervention... Read More →

Thursday July 16, 2020 8:45am - 10:00am EDT
Upstairs 5AB