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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

MORNING SESSIONS

Symposium 1 AUTISM CRC PANEL
Program 1 - Diagnosis
Prof Cheryl Dissanayake (AU): Developmental Surveillance for ASD: Prospective Identification of ASD in Infants and Toddlers

Symposium 2 Education – Current Research on developing ASD Friendly Schools
Dr Liz Pellicano (UK): Having My Say: Getting Young Autistic People and their Families involved in Educational Decision Making
Prof Jacqueline Roberts (AU): Successful Schools for Students with Autism: What makes School work for Students on the Spectrum?

Symposium 3 Transforming Life After School
Assoc Prof Robyn Young (AU): People with ASD in the Criminal Justice System
Peter Vermeulen (BE): ASD & Intimate Relationships: Clarifying the Challenge and the Challenge of Clarifying

Symposium 4 Practical Strategies to Manage Social and Emotional Issues
Michelle Garcia Winner (US): Social Thinking Strategies to Manage Social Issues in Daily Life
Prof Tony Attwood (AU): Having a Partner or Parent who has the characteristics of ASD: The Social and Emotional Issues



1.30PM-3.30PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 1 - TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Bee Hong Lo (AU): Are All Children Suspected of Having Autism Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Con Papadopoulos (AU): Identifying Autism Early - The Toddlers at Risk of Autism Clinic (TRAC) Model
Tony Attwood (AU) & Michelle Garnett (AU): Detecting Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1 (Asperger's Syndrome) in Young Girls

SESSION 2 - TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Kate Laffey (AU) & Caitlin O’Connor: Empowering and Supporting Parents to Become Captains of their own ASD Ship
Mae Wong (SG): What Child and Parent/ Family Characteristics Influence Parental Adaptation Following a Diagnosis of ASD? A Study of Families of Newly Diagnosed Children with ASD in Singapore
Queenie Siu (HK): Support and Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Hong Kong: A Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services

SESSION 3 - TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Genevieve Johnsson (AU): Case Series: Evaluation of a Parent-Mediated Early Play Program for Improving Early Social Communication and Play Skills and Social Emotional Development in Young Children With Autism
Gabriella Vascotto (AU): Intervention for Early Childhood Educators
Jose Molina (AU): The Efficacy and Feasibility of the Irabina Early Intensive Model: A Group-Based Intervention for Children with ASD

SESSION 4 - TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Caroline Mills (AU): Managing Classroom Sensory Issues for Children with Autism: The Impact of a Sensory Activity Schedule
Rachel Dillon (AU): Empowering Whole School Communities to Support Aboriginal Children with Autism: Inclusive Practices through our Six Step Model
Anna Moffat (AU): The School Readiness Adjunct to SPECTRA: Increasing Success in Mainstream Schools for Children with Autism

SESSION 5 - TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING & HEALTH
Helen Appleton (AU): Collaborative Mental Health Teams within Schools: A Pilot Program
Lucie Swinkels (AU): Muscles Moving: The Feasibility of a Group-Based Gross Motor Sensory Program
Kitty-Rose Foley (AU): Prescription of Medications by Australian General Practitioners for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Joanna Granich (AU): Obesity and Associated Factors in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

SESSION 6 - TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Ian Ward (AU): It's All About the Family - An Organisation's Philosophy to Support Families Where Being Different is Normal
Michelle Stewart (AU): The Lived Experience of Parenting a Child with Autism: A Trauma-Based Conceptualisation
Nidhi Singhal (IN): Adults with Autism and Their Families: Implications for Clinical Care and Research In India

SESSION 7 - TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Bronwyn Sutton (AU): Using iPad Supported Social Stations to Improve the Social Communication Skills of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Educational Settings
Merel Purmer (AU): iMsocialTM - A Research Based Social Skills Program
Jay Hobbs (AU): Robotics Social Clubs in Mainstream Schools

SESSION 8 - TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Marleen Westerveld (AU): Emergent Literacy Development in Young Children with Autism – A Systematic Review
Lesley Stirling (AU): "And Then The Pig Turns Into Big Good Pig": How Children with ASD and Typically Developing Children retell Stories in a School-Based Activity

SESSION 9 - TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Ellen Witzlsperger (AU): Evaluation of an Autism Specific Centre Based Early Intervention Program: Family and Child Outcomes



3.30PM-5.00PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 10 -TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Anna Bortoli (AU): "There is Hope!" The Journey of Two Families Using Structured Functional Independence

SESSION 11 -TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Lydia Meem (AU): Cognitive and Developmental Assessments as an Opportunity to Screen for Children and Adolescents who require an Autism Assessment: Patterns of Behaviours Identified by Australian Psychologists via an Online Case Review Questionnaire

SESSION 12 - TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Caroline Mills (AU): Whole School Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) in an Autism Specific School - The What, How And Why
Peter Walker (AU): New Spaces for Students with Autism: The Voices of South Australian Special School Leaders
Debra Costley (AU): Aspect Practice Model Classes

SESSION 13 - GENDER ASPECTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Gunilla Westman Andersson (AU): Autism in Preschoolers: Assessment, Diagnostic and Gender Aspects (Doctoral Thesis)
Alexandra Fulton (AU): An Investigation of Gender Differences in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Rebecca Sutherland (AU): Girls with ASD: Are They Really Different to Boys with ASD?
Rita George (AU): Sexual Orientation and Gender-Identity in High-Functioning Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

SESSION 14 - TRANSFORMING LIFE AFTER SCHOOL
Tori Haar (AU) & Joel Wilson (AU): Leaving Home and Building Independence: Options and Insights from First Hand Experience
Berinda Karp (AU): How It Works - Transition and Orientation Program to TAFE
Joanne Stephens (AU): "I'll Do It My Way": A Small Business Opportunity for our Son

SESSION 15 - TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Kerry Robertson (AU) & Claire Thorpe (AU): Parent Perspectives Following Multidisciplinary Autism Assessment
Rhiannon Tolmie (AU): Evaluation of the Early Intervention Readiness Program (EIRP): A Post-ASD Diagnosis Family Support Program
Catherine Bent (AU): Community Characteristics Associated with Age of Diagnosis of ASD in Two Australian States

SESSION 16 - TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Beth Mozolic-Staunton (AU): Right Kids, Right Time, Right Services: Developmental Surveillance in Early Childhood Education Settings
Kathryn Fordyce (AU): Soft Entry To Early Intervention Services for Children with Autism Like Symptoms in Regional Tasmania
Ellen Witzlsperger (AU): An Early Childhood Development Program in South West Sydney and Murrumbidgee: Early Screening and Community Capacity Building
Kristelle Hudry (AU): Very Early Intervention for Infants at High-Risk of Autism

SESSION 17 - TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Oonagh Bodin (AU): Investigating Changes in the Gastrointestinal Microbiota in a Mouse Model of Autism
Michelle Garnett (AU, Julia Cook (AU) & Tony Attwood (AU): Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Young Children with ASD Level 1

SESSION 18 - TRANSFORMING LIFE AFTER SCHOOL
Amanda Webster (AU): Investigating Factors of Success for Women with ASD
Susan Bruck (AU): Our Needs In Our Words: The Enduring Service Requirements of Adults with Autism
Emma Baker (AU): The Relationship Between Sleep, Melatonin and Cortisol Levels In Adults With High-Functioning Autism



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

MORNING SESSIONS

Plenaries
Dr Liz Pellicano (UK): Doing Autism Research Well: Building a Participatory Framework
Prof Sylvia Rodger AM (AU): Incorporating Inclusive Research Practices and Building Research Capacity with the Australian Autism and Research Communities
Michelle Garcia Winner (US):
Social Thinking Theory and Research

Symposium 5 Transforming Beginnings
Prof Deb Keen (AU): Closing the Research Gap in Community-Based Early Intervention Services for Children with ASD
Elizabeth Fulton (AU) & Prof Valsamma Eapen (AU): Mind The Gap: A Framework for Disseminating an Early Intervention Program (ESDM) for Pre-School Children with Autism
Prof Katrina Williams (AU): Early Intervention Evidence and Decision Making

Symposium 6 AUTISM CRC PANEL
Program 2 – Enhancing Teaching and Learning
Dr Beth Saggers (AU): Autism CRC Australian Educational Needs Analysis – ASD-ENA
Assoc Prof Kate Sofronoff (AU): Secret Agent Society Whole of Class Program – Optimising Social-Emotional and Academic Learning Outcomes for all students
Dr Jill Ashburner (AU): Using a Universal Design Framework to Adapt Mainstream Classrooms to Accommodate Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Symposium 7 Transforming Family Support
Dr Yuan Gao (CN): A Parent's Journey
Benison O'Reilly (AU): Taking the Middle Path - One Family's Approach to Autism

Symopsium 8 Transforming Employment and Adulthood
Thorkil Sonne (DK): The Autism Advantage
Peter Vermeulen (BE): The Outcome of ASD in Adulthood: Time to Make a U-turn in Our Approach and Focus on Well-Being as a Desired Outcome



1.30PM - 3.00PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 1: TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Adele Suda (AU): Perceptions of Family Well-Being by Family Members which Include a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Multiple Perspectives Approach
Christine Wigstone (AU): Participation in Extracurricular Activities for Children with and without Siblings with Autism Spectrum Disorder

SESSION 2: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Julie McMillan (AU): Teaching Children With ASD: Educators' Reported Challenges And Recommendations For Professional Learning
Caroline Mills (AU) & Lydia Hicks (AU): Best Practice Teaching For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) And Intellectual Disability (ID): A Whole Class Case Study
Stephen Ahern (AU) & Paige Davey (AU): How Long Does It Take To Build A Snowball Snowflake By Snowflake, Or To Change The System One Teacher At A Time? (Ten Years On: How Big Is The Snowball? Has It Been Affected By Climate Change?)

SESSION 3: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Kate Day (AU): Developing School-Wide Capacity: A Systematic Approach to Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Yoriko Kikkawa (AU): Managing Classroom Interactions to Facilitate Learning of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Amanda Webster (AU): Developing a Region-Wide Approach to Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Inclusive Schools

SESSION 4: TRANSFORMING LIVES
Fiona Sharkie (AU): Improving Understanding of Autism Through Voices of Those with the Lived Experience
Catherine Bourke (AU): Earlier Identification and Diagnosis in a Rural Community - Are There Opportunities for Improvement?

SESSION 5: TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Jill Ashburner (AU) & Valerie Preston (AU): Overcoming The Tyranny Of Distance: Delivering Services to Families of Children with ASD in Rural And Remote Locations
Emma Donaldson (AU) & Mick Grimley (AU): Autism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Jen Hurdis (AU): Personalised Websites to Drive Communication, Coordination and Consistent Support in an Individually Funded World

SESSION 6: TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Ceridwen Owen (AU): Home Adaptation and Modifications in Families Living with a Child with ASD

SESSION 7: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Debra Costley & Trevor Clark (AU): Research Into Practice - A Model for Evaluation of Educational Interventions
Mark Carter (AU): An Investigation of Models for Supporting Children with ASD in School Settings
Judith Hebron (UK): A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Additional Resource Provision for Children and Young People with ASD in Mainstream Schools
Emma Goodall (AU): Redefining Potential to Facilitate Learning

SESSION 8: TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Helen Appleton (AU): ASD, ID and Anxiety: How Do We Diagnose and Treat What We Don't See
Catherine Bent (AU): Child and Family Characteristics Associated with Age of First Concerns and Age of Diagnosis of ASD

SESSION 9: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Rebecca Vine Foggo (AU): Investigating The Social Experiences of Adolescent Females with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder



3.30PM-5.00PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 10 – TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Michelle Garnett (AU) & Cassandra Tellegen (AU): Exploring Friendships: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Groups for Children With ASD Level 1 (Asperger's Syndrome)
Erin Leif (AU): A Review of Strategies for Preventing and Managing Problem Behaviour Displayed by Children with Autism
Kristelle Hudry (AU): (Why) Do Parents Interact Differently with Children with ASD?

SESSION 11 – TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Sofia Mavropoulou (AU): Does Maternal Mental State Language Matter for Theory of Mind Understanding in School-Aged Typical Children and those on the Autism Spectrum?
Raelene McBride (AU): Talking to Your Child About Their Diagnosis: A Journey of Discovery as a Parent and Psychologist

SESSION 12 – TRANSFORMING LIFE AFTER SCHOOL
Jill Ashburner (AU) & Natasha Bobir (AU): Studio G Multimedia Program For Young Adults with ASD: Examining The Impact on Social Participation, Well-Being and Post-School Transition
Thomas Kuzma (AU): An Aspie Odyssey: The Quest to Employment

SESSION 13 – TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Beth Saggers (AU): Students on the Autism Spectrum: Experiences and Perceptions of Bullying
Suzanne Carrington (AU): How do the Recommendations made by Parents and Students with ASD regarding Bullying compare with Recommendations made in the Literature about how Bullying in Schools should be Dealt With?Vicki Bitsika (AU): Understanding Anxiety in ASD: Do Parents or Children Know Best?

SESSION 14 – TRANSFORMING LIFE AFTER SCHOOL
Sara McCarron (AU): Identifying the Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in an Australian University
Danielle Ward (AU): A Phenomenological Study. Understanding the Experiences of Students at University with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Jasmine McDonald (AU) & Theresa Kidd (AU): Curtin University Specialist Peer Mentoring Program (CSMP) for Students on The Autism Spectrum and Related Conditions: Pilot Program, Evaluations & Future Directions
Donna-Marie Thompson (AU): Evaluating a Peer-mentoring Group Program for University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

SESSION 15 – TRANSFORMING COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL SKILLS
Antonia DeBlasio (AU): Group Therapy Works: Promoting Communication in a Group-Based Early Intervention Environment
Bronwyn Sutton (AU): Transforming How We Teach Social Communication at School Using Natural Contexts
Abirami Thirumanickam (AU): A Comparison of Video Modeling and Video Self-Modeling: Teaching Conversation Skills to Non-Verbal Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

SESSION 16 – TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Melina West (AU): Neural Correlates of Emotion Processing in Infants at Risk for Autism

SESSION 17 – TRANSFORMING LIVES
Torbjörn Falkmer (AU): The Cost Of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Amanda Webster (AU): Investigating the Knowledge, Issues, and Support Needs of Parents Working with Schools to Implement Education Programs for their Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

SESSION 18 - TRANSFORMING BEGINNINGS
Pavlina Master (AU): Back From The Brink
Carmela Miniscalco (SE): Neuropsychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Outcome of Children at Age 6 and 7 Years who Screened Positive for Language Problems at 30 Months.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

MORNING SESSIONS

Plenary
Dr Yuan Gao (CN): When Autism Meets Ancient Oriental Wisdoms

Symposium 9 NDIS Information & Disussion Session
David Bowen (AU): The National Disability Insurance Scheme: how it is enabling opportunity and supporting shoice and control

Symposium 10 Transforming Adolescence
Dr Debra Costley (AU): We Belong Too: The Experiences, Needs and Service Requirements of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Prof Ian Shochet (AU): Adapting the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) to Promote Resilience and School Connectedness for Adolescents living with ASD

Symposium 11 AUTISM CRC PANEL
Program 3 – Finding a Place in Society
Prof Torbjörn Falkmer (AU): Employment and Transition to Post School Options Tools
Prof Nick Lennox (AU): Autism Health Hub: Working with Adults with ASC and the Health Professionals who support them to develop Online Health and Wellbeing Tools

Symposium 12 Transforming Futures – Perspectives of Adults with ASD
Matthew Bennett (AU): Navigating Life After School
Jeanette Purkis (AU): The Wonderful World of Work
Penelope Robinson (AU): Life with an "I CAN" Attitude: My Journey to becoming an Assistant Lecturer


1.30PM-2.40PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

SESSION 1 – TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Stacey Rabba (AU): The Development Of A Family Support Package For Parents Following A Child's Diagnosis Of Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Do Parents Want?

SESSION 2 – TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Lee Casuscelli (AU): Using Animations To Begin A Conversation: Introducing Autism To Families Using Culturally Sensitive Resources
Shawn Stevenson (AU): Intelligent Informatics For Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Would You Want And What Would You Share?

SESSION 4 – TRANSFORMING LIVES - LIVED EXPERIENCES
Elissa Plumridge (AU): What Good Is A Diagnosis At Age 35?

SESSION 5 – TRANSFORMING FAMILIES
Heather Kirkhope (AU) & Rucha Joshi (AU): Bringing A Positive Aspect To Complex Families: The Positive Behaviour Support Program
Kristy Seymour (AU): How Circus Training Can Enhance The Well-Being Of Children With Autism And Their Families
Monique Seymour (AU): The Mental And Physical Health Of Australian Fathers Of Children With An Autism Spectrum Disorder
Nusrat Ahmed (BD): Self-Reported Stress In Parents Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome And Typically Developing Children: Findings From Bangladesh

SESSION 6 – TRANSFORMING WELL-BEING
Sue Clayton (AU): Early Intervention With A Parent-Delivered Massage Protocol Directed At Tactile Abnormalities Decreases Severity Of Autism And Improves Child-To-Parent Interactions: A Replication Study
Joanna Granich (AU): Oral Health, Dental Needs And Barriers In Children With An Autism Spectrum Disorder

SESSION 7 – TRANSFORMING LIVES
Jeanette Purkis (AU): Autism and Resilience
Tori Haar (AU): Becoming Empowered Learners: When Students Lead Their Own Adventure
Theresa Kidd (AU): The Chilled Program: Reducing Anxiety In Adolescents With High-Functioning Autism And Increasing Quality Of Life For Families

SESSION 8 – TRANSFORMING LIFE AFTER SCHOOL
Mozz O'Sullivan (AU): Actively Improving The Employment Prospects For Those On The Spectrum (An Inside Practical Approach)
Matthew Bennett (AU): A phenomenological Investigation Into The Education, Employment And Relationship Experiences Of Twenty-One Adults With Asperger Syndrome

SESSION 9 – TRANSFORMING SCHOOLING
Livian Jones (AU): "Caleb's School Journey

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