Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference

Autism Conference 

Annual conference for educators, professionals, researchers and parents
hosted by the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center


Saturday, July 30, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

UNT Gateway Center, Denton, TX


Professional/General Registration   $75/person

Military Personnel/Senior Citizen    $65/person

Student/UNT Alumni                     $65/person


To register for the conference, click here Online Registration

To receive a discount when registering a group of 5 or more, click here Group (5+) Registration

To register as a vendor, click here Vendor Registration

If you experience technical difficulties with the registration websites, please contact Dawn Towne at 940-369-5015 or for assistance with registration.


Renowned Keynote Speakers and 20+ Presentations

Morning Keynote Address by Dr. Connie Kasari (UCLA):  “Update on Interventions – Active Ingredients and Deployment in the Community.”  Dr. Kasari will also conduct a breakout session on “School-based Interventions and Social Development in ASD.”

Paul Collins, a featured writer on National Public Radio, and author of Not Even Wrong: A Father’s Journey into the Lost History of Autism, will discuss “The Next Adventure,” an update about his son’s education and therapy, and the challenges of serving young adults with ASD.  Paul’s breakout session will address his perspectives about the differences between best practices and actual practices.

Additional Breakout Session Topics include:

  • Reducing aggressive behavior in children with autism
  • Developing executive functions
  • Antecedent strategies for parents, teachers, and practitioners
  • The role of community and social supports for college students with ASD
  • Academic accommodations: evidence-based strategies
  • “Make it, or Break it!” The case for technology in autism
  • Social-communication skills and ideas for teaching
  • A function-based approach to comprehensive behavioral programming
  • Autism in the 21st Century – technologies for professionals and parents
  • Autism and pseudo-science
  • And many others…


Keynote Speakers

Connie Kasari

Connie Kasari, PhD is Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at UCLA, where she is the Principal Investigator for several multi-site research programs, including the Autism Intervention Research Network for Behavioral Health funded by HRSA and the Characterizing Cognition in Nonverbal Individuals with Autism Intervention network by Autism Speaks. She is a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and has been actively involved in autism research for the past 25 years. Her current research focuses on developing targeted interventions for early social communication development in at risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, and peer relationships for school aged children with autism. Dr. Kasarii currently receives funding from: National Institute for Mental Health, Autism Speaks, Autism Intervention Network for Behavioral Health, and Health Resources and Services Information.

Connie Kasari


Paul Collins

Paul Collins is an American writer, editor and Chair of English at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon. He is best known for his work with McSweeney's and The Believer, as editor of the Collins Library imprint for McSweeney's Books, and for his appearances on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon. His own books deal primarily with quirky forgotten figures from history, sometimes interwoven with memoir.  Collins was born in 1969 in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of California, Davis, and College of William and Mary. He is married to the children's author and illustrator Jennifer Elder. He is the parent of a child with autism and is known for his writings on the subject of autism. His book on the subject, Not Even Wrong, was adapted by Oliver Goldstick into the play Wild Boy. Collins was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.

Paul Collins