Autism Expo scheduled for April 26 at UT Tyler

Published on Friday, 11 April 2014 23:08 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Autism Network of Parent Services Center Inc. will hold an Autism Expo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at The University Center Ballroom on the University of Texas at Tyler campus.

There will be information on resources, treatment options and services to a variety of roles affected by autism: parents of autistic children, adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, their families, educators and professionals.

Featured speakers for the event are Dr. Kristen Mainor and Dr. Tonya Davis from the Baylor University Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Mainor is the coordinator of behavioral and educational services at the Baylor Center. She will speak on the “Center’s Collaborative Support for Children with Autism.”

Dr. Davis is an assistant professor at Baylor and a board certified behavior analyst. She earned a doctorate in special education with an emphasis in autism and developmental disabilities from The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Davis has published many peer-reviewed research papers about the education and treatment of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her primary research interests involve communication intervention and treatment of challenging behaviors in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Her topics for the Expo are “What Is Applied Behavioral Analysis?” and “Practical Implementation of Behavior Strategies.”

Therapy centers with occupational, physical and speech therapists; psychologists; applied behavior analysis providers; hospitals and any profession or agency that provides services to families dealing with autism are invited to exhibit at the expo. There are also a limited number of slots available for caretakers to speak to the group.

Pre-registration is required to attend or to exhibit at the expo. Call 903-595-2235 for more information.