March 27, 2012, Posted by webmaster in Special Services

2012 Autism Conference To Be April 24

Butler County’s 4th Autism Conference will be held Tuesday, April 24, at the First United Methodist Church. This is a free conference offered to parents, family members, law enforcement, physicians, nurses, teachers, and counselors.

The keynote session, “My Life with Autism” and “Recommendations for Parents & Teachers of Individuals with Autism”, features Dr. David Crowe and his son Taylor, who describe the effects autism has on the family, education, and social relationships.

Dr. Crowe was born and raised in Southeast Missouri. He was in his late 20s when he returned to his hometown of Cape Girardeau to set up his practice as an orthodontist. One year later his son Taylor was born, by all accounts a normal and happy child until he suffered a profound regression into autism at age 3. Dr. Crowe will discuss the importance of personal attitude in his presentation. He is a charter member of the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Taylor Crowe, 30, is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. His area of study was character animation. As a preschooler, Taylor was diagnosed with severe autism. In the years of public schooling and intense therapy that followed, an extraordinary young man emerged. He is the coauthor and narrator of The View from Here: My Life with Autism, a video documentary describing his insights about the disorder.

Additional sessions at the conference include:

  • “Why Doesn’t This Child Qualify for Services?” by Jennifer Nowak, MS, BCBA. Jennifer is a Speech Language Pathologist Behavior Analyst with 21 years experience working with children and families. She is currently the Director of Autism & Behavior Consultants, LLC and also works for the MO Dept. of Mental Health at the SEMORS Habilitation Center for Adults with developmental disabilities.
  • “Low Cost Activities Made Easy” by Wray Ann Williams, who works in the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District. She is a certified Crisis Prevention Institute instructor.
  • “Managing and Preventing the Crisis Moment,” by Connie Hebert, MS Ed., an experienced educator and consultant of 19 years. She currently serves as the Director for Southeast Missouri University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment.

To register contact Julie Keele at 776-7830 or View/download the conference brochure/registration form below:

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