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Easterseals Midwest to Host Virtual Statewide Autism Conference

Easterseals Midwest to Host Virtual Statewide Autism Conference

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St. Louis, MO (October 15, 2020) - Easterseals Midwest, the largest nonprofit provider of support services for people with disabilities in Missouri, has teamed up with the Productive Living Board to host a statewide Virtual Autism Conference on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, 2020.

Designed for individuals, families, caregivers, educators, and professionals, the two-day virtual event will bring together leading experts within the disability and autism fields and delivers up-to-date and high-quality resources, trainings, and tactics to those impacted by autism.

“This conference is for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of autism. We’ll be offering practical strategies and tips from leading professionals in the industry that can be put into practice in everyday situations. While our conference is virtual this year, attendees will still be able to choose from six different breakout sessions, and engage with their presenters in Q&A sessions,” Jeanne Marshall, Chief Program Officer for Easterseals Midwest, said. “We encourage anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of autism to join us.”

The Easterseals Midwest Virtual Autism Conference will run 8:30 to 11:45 AM on November 5, and 8:30 AM to 12 PM on November 6.

This year’s conference opens with Dr. Kristin Sohl, presenting “Common Co-Occurring Medical and Psychiatric Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Her presentation will explore the many common medical and psychiatric conditions that occur with autism, and offer resources for attendees to learn more.

The conference closes with two-time #1 National Bestselling Author and Speaker John O’Leary. In 1987, O’Leary was burned on 100 percent of his body. With less than a 1 percent chance to live, O’Leary’s story is one of overcoming overwhelming odds.

The remainder of each morning is comprised of breakout sessions, including: “Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” presented by Alicia Curran; “Addressing Difficult Topics in Autism and Sexuality” presented by Nicholas Maio-Aether, MSPSY, BCBA, LBA; “Using Interests and Preferences to Guide Programming for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder” presented by Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist; “A Developmental Approach to Managing Problem Behaviors” presented by Dr. Jo Ann Youngblood, PhD; “Women and Autism” presented by Ann Schad, LCSW; and “Function-Based Video Modeling to Decrease Maladaptive Behavior and Increase Skill Acquisition” presented by Kate Sadler, PhD, BCBA-D.

Registration for the conference is required. Families impacted by autism can register for free. Professional, student, and community member registration is $50 for both days of the conference. To register, visit  

About Easterseals Midwest | Easterseals Midwest is a nonprofit organization changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. The organization employs 1,800 employees delivering services to more than 5,000 individuals statewide through four divisions: Autism Services, Community Living Services, Early Childhood Services, and Employment Services.

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