Conference Highlights

Morning Keynote:

What we know about evidence-based practices in autism intervention

Patricia Prelock

Patricia Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
University of Vermont
Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine

Patricia Prelock, PhD, is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock coordinates parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders and has been awarded more than 10 million dollars in university, state and federal funding as a PI or Co-PI to develop innovations in interdisciplinary training, to facilitate training in speech-language pathology, and to support her intervention work in autism spectrum disorders.

She has 137 publications and 425 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities. Dr. Prelock received the 1998 Friends Award through the Vermont Parent Information Center and the first annual Autism Society of Vermont Excellence in Service Award in 2000. She also received the University of Vermont’s Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000. Dr. Prelock was named an ASHA Fellow in 2000 and a University of Vermont Scholar in 2003. She was awarded the Puppets Choice Award through Kids on the Block of Vermont in 2010 for her work in autism. Dr. Prelock earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University and her doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language, and a Hanen certified SLP for It takes Two to Talk, More Than Words and Talkability. She is the 2013 President for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a member organization of more than 166,000 speech-language pathologists and audiologists.



Lunch Keynote:

Play-based applied behavior analysis with infants/toddlers with autism


Amanda Boutot, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Texas State University
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education

Dr. Amanda Boutot, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor of Special Education at TSU and a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a B.A. from Southwestern University in Psychology, a M.Ed. from Southwest Texas State University in Special Education, and a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in Special Education. She has been a faculty member at Texas State since 2006 and coordinates the graduate concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. She worked as a Special Education teacher in the fields of autism, emotional disturbance, and resource in Texas public schools and continues to consult with school districts nationally in the area of autism and behavior.

Dr. Boutot has two edited books and one edited textbook in print: Autism Encyclopedia: The Complete Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders (with Matt Tincani, Prufrock), Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Parents Need To Know (with Matt Tincani, Pro-Ed), and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations, Characteristics, and Effective Strategies (with Brenda Smith Myles, Pearson). She has also authored and co-authored numerous chapters in books, and peer reviewed articles. Dr. Boutot has presented nationally and internationally in the field of autism and is currently the Vice President of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD; a division of the International Council for Exceptional Children) and the President of the Texas Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (a subdivision of DADD). She also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Student Council for Exceptional Children at TSU. Dr. Boutot’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of early identification and early intervention for infants/toddlers with autism. She also conducts work in play, family support and involvement, and has an interest in neurological characteristics and epidemiology.



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