Conferences

CARD Conferences 

State Conference

Annually, CARD Albany hosts a local and statewide conference - inviting experts in the field of autism spectrum disorders to present.

CARD conferences aim to disseminate information on evidence-based interventions and practices that have been shown to improve educational outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Parents, school personnel, and community professionals are welcome. 

Our annual autism conference will take place on October 22, 2021 in a virtual format.

Additional information including online registration is available under the "Annual Albany Autism Conference" tab below.

Upcoming CARD Conferences
Annual Statewide Conference

Our annual statewide conference took place on Thursday, April 15, 2021 and Friday, April 16, 2021. Thank you to our presenters and participants for a successful conference.

 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Session One (Keynote): 1:00pm-2:30pm

So Many Transitions: Supporting Students, Teachers, and Families

Presenter: Amy Moore Gaffney, M.A., CCC-SLP

1.5 CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC Unit Available

.15 ASHA CEU Available

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Session Two: 9:00am-10:15am

Functional Communication Basics: Replacing Difficult Behavior with Communication

Presenter: Deirdre M. Muldoon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D

1.25 CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC Unit Available

.1 ASHA CEU Available

1.5 BCBA CEUs Available

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Session Three: 11:00am-12:15pm

Using Digital Tools to Empower Learners with ASD

Presenter: Monica Burns, Ed.D.

1.25 CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC Unit Available

.1 ASHA CEU Available

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Session Four: 2:00pm-3:15pm

Increasing Independence: Effective Strategies for Teaching Adaptive Behavior Skills

Presenter: Frank R. Cicero, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA

1.25 CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC Unit Available

.1 ASHA CEU Available

1.5 BCBA CEUs Available

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AVAILABLE CONTINUING EDUCATION AVAILABLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL $5 PROCESSING FEE:

CONTINUING TEACHER AND LEADER EDUCATION: CARD Albany is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Office of Teaching Initiatives as an approved provider of CTLE for Professional Classroom Teachers, School Leaders and Level III Teaching Assistants. Session eligibility, contact hours, and fees are available above.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS: CARD Albany is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists. CARD maintains responsibility for the program. Session eligibility, contact hours, and fees are available above.
NEW YORK STATE SOCIAL WORKERS: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, SW CPE, is recognized by the New York State Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed master social workers # 0292. Session eligibility, contact hours, and fees are available above.
AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION: The conference offers up to .5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). Session eligibility, contact hours, and fees are available above.
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS: University at Albany, SUNY, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental
health counselors. #MHC-0194. Session eligibility, contact hours, and fees are available above.

BEHAVIOR ANALYST CERTIFICATION BOARD: BCBA CEs are provided by ACE Coordinator, Frank Cicero, ACE # OP-19-3067. Session eligibility, contact hours, and fees are available above.

Annual Albany Autism Conference

Our 20th annual autism conference will be offered virtually this year and is scheduled for Friday, October 22, 2021. Please note the conference will not be recorded. Registration is required.


REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR THE CONFERENCE.

 


 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Keynote Session - 8:30am-10:00am

 

Pivotal Response Treatment for ASD

Presenter: Pamela Ventola, Ph.D.

This session will describe the foundational elements of naturalistic behavioral treatment for ASD, including supports for social interaction skills and social communication. Specific examples for how to encourage such skill development in children with ASD will be provided. The session will include video case examples and vignettes. Furthermore, the session will cover current research in brain-based mechanisms of treatment response.

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*CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC CEUs available (1.5 contact hours)
*NYS Licensed Psychologist CEUs available (1 contact hour)
*ASHA CEUs (.15 contact hours)

 

Session Two (Breakout Sessions) - 10:30am-11:45am

 

2A: Strategies for Supporting the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with ASD

Presenter: Verity Rodrigues, Ph.D.

This session will provide a brief overview of the developmental differences in autism, discuss the intersection of autism and mental health, and provide some easy to implement evidence-based strategies designed to support student engagement by creating consistency and predictability in the classroom setting.

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*CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC CEUs available (1.25 contact hours)
*NYS Licensed Psychologist CEUs available (1 contact hour)
*ASHA CEUs (.1 contact hour)

 

2B: Behavioral Parent Training: The What, Why, and How

Presenter: Kait Gould, Ph.D., BCBA-D

This session will provide attendees with an overview of behavioral parent training and the background for inclusion of this type of training within typical behavioral service delivery. This session will also review major content areas included in many behavioral parent training programs and provide attendees with a glimpse into the content typically covered. Attendees should leave this presentation with a better understanding of BPT, its usefulness, and tips for delivering BPT across a number of content areas.

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*CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC CEUs available (1.25 contact hours)
*NYS Licensed Psychologist CEUs available (1 contact hour)
*BACB CEUs pending (1 contact hour)
*ASHA CEUs (.1 contact hour)

 

Session Three (Breakout Sessions) - 1:00pm-2:15pm

 

3A: Identity Reconstruction Through Functional Communication

Presenters: Victoria Morrison, M.S., CCC-SLP and Lexi Drake, M.S., CCC-SLP

This case illustration will aim to illuminate common executive functioning challenges faced by individuals with autism  and related disorders, in addition to discussing therapeutic strategies for improving functional language and social cognition. The functional, person-centered, multidisciplinary team intervention approaches will connect to the therapeutic work of the late Dr. Mark Ylvisaker. This session will describe the therapeutic process of fostering identity reconstruction while simultaneously promoting a productive sense of self.

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*CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC CEUs available (1.25 contact hours)
*ASHA CEUs (.1 contact hour)

 

3B: Behavioral Strategies for Learning: Keeping Students Engaged

Presenter: Michelle Hopton, M.Ed., BCBA

This session will focus on strategies for educators to use when designing and implementing lessons to increase student engagement and prevent disruptive behavior. Information for parents to use at home when supporting students engaging in virtual learning will also be covered.

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*CTLE, NASP, SW, LMHC CEUs available (1.25 contact hour)
*ASHA CEUs (.1 contact hour)

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Registration Fees:

NYS Resident: $15

Out of State Resident: $ 30

Please make purchase orders and checks payable to The Research Foundation for SUNY

Please mail check to: Center for Autism 1535 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203

 

Continuing Education Available for an Additional $5 Processing Fee (Per Eligible Session):

CONTINUING TEACHER AND LEADER EDUCATION: CARD Albany is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Office of Teaching Initiatives as an approved provider of CTLE for Professional Classroom Teachers, School Leaders and Level III Teaching Assistants.


SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS: CARD Albany is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists. CARD maintains responsibility for the program.

LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS: University at Albany, SUNY, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0194.

NEW YORK STATE SOCIAL WORKERS: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, SW CPE, is recognized by the New York State Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed master social workers # 0292.
 

NEW YORK STATE PSYCHOLOGISTS: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is recognized by the New York State Education Department State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists in NYS #PSY-0083.


BEHAVIOR ANALYST CERTIFICATION BOARD (PENDING): BCBA CEUs will be provided through Kait Gould, Ph.D., BCBA-D, ACE # IP-21-0107


AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION:  A maximum of .4 ASHA CEUs can be earned, with partial credit available (Intermediate level, Professional area).

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