Florida Tech to Host Autism Conference Oct. 26-27 for Families, Educators, Behavior Health Professionals

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Addressing the need to improve treatment for autism spectrum disorders, the Florida Institute of Technology School of Psychology and The Scott Center for Autism Treatment will host the sixth annual Autism Conference, beginning on Oct. 26. A three-hour workshop follows Oct. 27.

The conference, titled, “New Directions in Autism Services,” will present comprehensive, evidence-based information and feature noted autism experts speaking on a variety of related topics. Educators, providers and families will find support in developing effective educational and therapeutic programs for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

This year’s program includes an impressive line-up of researchers, including Wayne Fisher Ph.D., BCBA-D (keynote); Cathleen Piazza, PhD., BCBA-D; and Michael Kelley, Ph.D., BCBA-D. Topics to be covered include diagnosis and treatment for pediatric feeding disorders, severe behavior and autism. Additionally, attorney Edmond Tiryak will discuss medical necessity and what parents and providers can do to ensure that insurance companies provide necessary medical treatments.

The conference starts Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 a.m. with registration in the Hartley Room on the second floor of the Denius Student Center.

Conference pre-registration fees are $50 for parents and students and $150 for professionals; the fees for registration on-site are $75 for a parent or student and $125 for a professional. Lunch is included.

Saturday Workshop
On Saturday, Oct. 27, a workshop will meet from noon to 3 p.m. in the university’s second-floor Hartley Room in the Denius Student Center. Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA will discuss professional issues and ethics. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost for workshop pre-registration is $75 for sign-up at any time. Lunch is included.

To register online, send email to http://aba.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8382. For more information, call (321) 674-8106 or visit http://www.thescottcenter.org/autismconference/index.php.

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