This list of Local, State and National conferences is not all inclusive and the Autism Society of West Shore is not specifically endorsing any conference. Just click on the conference area you would like to see a listing.


View past webinars and join the discussion at the National Autism Network
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Internet Modules
Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
AIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development for anyone who supports, instructs, works with, or lives with someone with autism spectrum disorder. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. AIM modules are available at no cost and certificate and credit options are available for a fee

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities. OCALI's mission is focused on Ohio students, however, their resources are relevant and available to others outside of the state, and most are free. They offer an introduction to ASD with fact sheets and a video, assessment processes, intervention summaries and resources, and video training. They also house the Autism Internet Modules (AIM), which are training modules focused on the evidence-based practices for working with individuals with ASD. The Autism Certification training series does have a charge for non-residents of Ohio, although two of the modules are free.  





18th Annual START Conference
April 29, 2019

Developing Social Competencies: Social Thinking®, Social Learning & Becoming a Social Detective Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder & CEO of Social Thinking, M.A., CCC-SLP

  • Description: Social skills utilized in mainstream classrooms are not typically sets of memorized behaviors. Instead they are the result of a process which actively engages social information processing. For students with social learning challenges who also have solid to high level expressive language and academic abilities, such as those eligible for services due to ASD, ADHD, specific language impairment, hearing impairment and behavioral issues, it is important to teach them how to think socially. Doing so fosters their development of executive functioning and related social competencies, including but not limited to the production of social skills. This keynote will introduce the Social Thinking® Social Competency Model to highlight four key elements necessary for improving one’s social learning and related social responses: social attention, active interpretation of self versus others, social problem solving to decide how to respond. With this information as our backdrop, select Social Thinking Vocabulary and related strategies will be taught to encourage younger students to further develop their social competencies by becoming social detectives and older students to become social spies. The Social Thinking® Methodology exposes students to the hidden social expectations that surround them, which  helps students develop social self-awareness and social self-regulation. The methodology has a wide range of teaching frameworks and strategies for students of all ages, including adults, some of which will be further explored in this keynote. Best teaching practices will be reviewed along with explanations for why we may want to focus on teaching our students to engage in social  “learning” rather than “generalization” and why “peer mentoring” encourages social learning more actively than “peer modeling.”
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    Managing Frustration and Anxiety and Teaching Relevant Skills
    Jed Baker, Director of Social Skills Training Project, Ph.D.

    • Description: This presentation reviews key predictors of successful adult outcomes among students with special needs, including the awareness of strengths and challenges, perseverance, learning skills to accomplish realistic goals, and preventing disruptive behaviors. Although strengths can build careers, challenges can often interfere with opportunities. This presentation describes how to help individuals, caregivers, educators, and service providers handle meltdowns and design effective plans to prevent frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details effective skill training strategies.
Application and more information here
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824