Meet Professor Tony Attwood
Best-selling author who has helped hundreds of thousands of families and individuals in managing the steps on their journey with Autism Spectrum Disorder, coming to Dallas, October 17th.
Meet Carol Gray
Creator of Social Stories(TM) – used within therapeutic environments, school curricula, at home and within the ASD community.

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Great Wolf Lodge
Grapevine, TX
Great Wolf Lodge
Grapevine, TX




Dr. Tony Attwood, A clinical psychologist from Brisbane, has over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and  Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD). In addition to the workshops he provides all around the world, Dr. Attwood is a prolific author of scientific  papers and books. His works on Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism are recognized as the best offerings in the field.

Participants will learn to:

  • Acquire new strategies to teach the recognition, expression, and management of emotions
  • Identify how girls with Asperger’s syndrome cope with and camouflage their differences from others
  • Adjust the school curriculum and home programs to accommodate the cognitive and learning profiles of children who have high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome

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Watch Professor Tony Attwood with Children



Carol Gray is a Consultant to Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Autism, providing support via workshops and presentations, information, referral, resources, and direct services for individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who work on their behalf. Carol is best known for the development of Social Stories, a well-respected evidence-based
practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages. She is an internationally soughtafter keynote and seminar speaker, and has completed over 1,100 presentations.

Carol has received many awards for her work, including:

  • Social Thinking’s Lifetime Achievement Award (San Francisco, 2015)
  • Learning Spring School’s Spectrum Award for her global efforts to improve the lives of people with autism (New York City, 2012)
  • The Autism Society of America Education Book of the Year :The New Social Story Book: Revised and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition (2009)
  • The Barbara Lipinski Award (Lansing, Michigan,2005) for her  international contribution to the education and welfare of people with autism.

This workshop is for any parent, professional, family member, or friend who is working on behalf of one or more infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, or adults with autism.  Participants who complete the workshop will receive a Social Stories 10.2 Certificate.


Social Stories™* (Social Articles for adults) have helped individuals with
autism of all ages understand and respond effectively to daily interactions and events. The earliest roots of Social Stories extend to efforts to help secondary students with autism succeed in vocational experiences in the community; giving Social Stories a sound philosophy and timeless practical value.

Today, Social Stories are an evidence-based practice used with individuals with social communication disorders worldwide. Despite the popularity of Social Stories, parents and professionals often miss opportunities to write ‘that one Story that makes all the difference’ or systematically employ them throughout an individual’s lifespan.

Using lecture, discussion, and activities, this presentation demonstrates the value of Social Stories throughout the lifespan as participants learn to develop Social Stories for those in their care. We will discuss the state of the art (and science) with examples of Social Stories that teach previously unaddressed concepts (categorization, organization, patience, resilience, and perseverance, as a few examples), all the while building self-esteem and supporting

Participants will gain an updated understanding of what a Social Story is (and what it is not).

They will also leave equipped with new Social Story topics and strategies to make Social Stories work harder and longer for each person with autism from first steps through adulthood.

Participants will be able to:

  • Define the term Social Story
  • Describe the Social Story philosophy and rationale
  • List the Social Stories 10.2** Criteria
  • Explain the difference between a Social Story and a story
  • List 5 common Social Story misconceptions
  • Summarize five case examples of Social Stories that teach life skills
  • Explain how Social Stories improve parent and professional responses to – and interactions with – individuals with autism
  • Describe an interesting new response to use when a person with autism says, “I don’t know”
  • Explore, write, and illustrate a genuine Social Story.

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This course is offered for up to 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)



Future Horizons is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Future Horizons maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



 Future Horizons ACE #1018 is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB).



Future Horizons is an American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA) approved provider of continuing education. This conference is offered for 0.6 CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Future Horizons is dedicated to making its courses, events and meetings accessible to all. We strive to provide access – to the fullest extent possible – to our conferences based on an awareness of participants’ needs. If you require assistance due to a disability, please provide Future Horizons with the information and we will engage in a process to work with each individual to determine appropriate accommodations.  Requests need to be received no later than 2 weeks prior to event date. Please click the below button to send your request for special accommodations or visit our contact us page.


Autism Conference Schedule:

7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:50 Announcements
8:00 Dr. Tony Attwood
9:30 Break
10:00 Dr. Tony Attwood (continued)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 Carol Gray
2:00 Break
2:30 Carol Gray (continued)
4:00 Conference Ends

About the Venue:

Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine

White Pine Ballroom.
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051


Registration is Simple!

  • Buy Online:  Scroll down for ticket details
  • Call in Registration:  General booking and ASA Members please call this number for registration: +1 (800) 489-0727
  • Print/Fax/Mail Registration:  Unable to register online? Download our registration form to print and fax, or mail in with your payment.   

Group discounts available for 5+ attendees
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  • Professional
    • Educators & Practitoners
    • Group Discount Rate $108
  • Family
    • Parents & Family Members
    • Group Discount Rate $96
  • Student with ID
    • College Student
    • Group Discount Rate $56
  • Person with ASD
    • Person with ASD
    • Group Discount Rate $40
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