Jed Baker, Ph.D
Jed is an award-winning author and the director of the Social Skills Training Project, serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. Dr. Baker writes, lectures, and provides training internationally.

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Great Wolf Lodge
Concord, NC
Great Wolf Lodge
Concord, NC
AUTISM: A conference designed for educators, practioners and parents/caregivers!
AUTISM CONFERENCE: Insights and Learning Objectives

The Cognitive Profile in Autism Spectrum Disorders and
it’s Impact on Learning, Communication, and Social Development

Dr. Tony Attwood and Carol Gray
in a Rare Joint Presentation

In the mid to late 1990s, Dr. Tony Attwood and Carol Gray frequently shared the presentation stage in the United States and abroad. Their presentations were respected for their sound information and practical strategies.

Together, Tony and Carol developed materials and classic articles that are in use and cited today; many of them are available online via a “Tony Attwood and Carol Gray” Google search. Since the early part of this century, Tony and Carol have continued work on behalf of children, adolescents, and adults with autism, while maintaining busy individual speaking schedules and completing several writing projects.

In this presentation, Tony and Carol merge their many resources, materials, and experiences to share their best insights and practical strategies with one very rare joint audience. Tony and Carol will focus on understanding cognitive differences to support learning, communication, and social development through the lifespan.

Join us for an incredible fast-paced day!




Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D., is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems.  He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors.  He is an award winning author of 8 books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior; No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams; Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; and School Shadow Guidelines. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

By attending, participants can:

  • Describe research on attributional style that shows how best to think about challenging behaviors to insure better outcomes.
  • List strategies to deal effectively with anxiety and frustration; both to deescalate and prevent meltdowns.
  • Identify ways to motivate verbal and non-verbal individuals to want to socialize
  • Describe effective strategies for teaching and generalizing skills.
  • Create programs for typical peers to accept individuals with disabilities, reduce bullying and model positive behaviors.

(NOTE:  Bibliography for Dr. Baker’s presentation is available upon request at:

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures


The Out-of-Sync Child

Carol Kranowitz, MA, offers sensory strategies that are applauded not only in the United States, but also around the world. “The Out-of-Sync Child” has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Carol holds an MA in education and human development and was a music, movement and drama teacher. She has developed a purposeful, “In-Sync” approach that integrates sensory-motor activities into everyday life at home and school.

By attending participants can:

  • Identify and describe the six types of SPD and how they can affect the daily lives of children.
  • Describe signs of co-existing problems with vision, hearing, motor coordination, and emotions.
  • Demonstrate “In-Sync” activities designed to engage various sensory systems and thereby improve learning and regulate behavior.

(NOTE:  Bibliography for Carol Kranowitz’s presentation is available upon request at:

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures


The Pocket OT

Cara Koscinski has her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and is working toward her doctorate.  She currently provides occupational therapy services, advocacy, and consultations as The Pocket Occupational Therapist.  She specializes in autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, behavior, and social skills training.  Cara has appeared on CBS on Anderson Cooper Live and has been published in Autism Asperger’s Digest, Autism Spectrum Quarterly, APFED, Something Special Magazine, and NewsLine, among others.  Cara has published six books about helping children with special needs.

By attending, participants can:

  • Recognize the importance of ‘play’ as a child’s occupation through which learning is achieved.
  • Identify sensory processing and its relation to emotional regulation and function.
  • Discuss the design of home activities to assist children to develop key skills for improved independence with daily living skills.

(NOTE:  Bibliography for Cara Koscinski’s presentation is available upon request at:

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures


Completion requirements:  Sessions must be attended in full. No partial sessions will be considered for credit.  Resources/References for sessions will be provided upon request.  Target audience: intermediate, professional

Resources/References for sessions will be provided upon request.  Instructions for a Certificate of Attendance, for every attendee,  will be provided from the  podium.



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), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Future Horizons maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/29/2018-7/29/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 6 continuing education clock hours. 



Future Horizons is an American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA) approved provider of continuing education. This conference is offered up to 0.6 AOTA CEUs, Intermediate Level, Professional. 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.


February 15, 2019
Charlotte, NC

Autism Conference Schedule:

7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:50 Announcements
8:00 – 8:45 Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D. – How caregivers manage their own emotions to get better outcomes with their children. Understanding precedes effective intervention 
8:45 – 9:30 Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D. – Avoiding escalating power struggles: soothing techniques to calm a meltdown
9:30 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D. – Prevention plans for 7 common triggers to challenging behaviors: handling frustrating work, waiting or accepting no, losing or making mistakes, sensory overload, getting attention, fears and anxieties
10:45 – 11:30 Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D. – Effective strategies for overcoming fear and anxiety: social phobia, obsessive compulsive behaviors, generalized anxiety and more
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 – 1:15 Carol Kranowitz, MA – Identify and Describe 6 Types of SPD and How They Can Affect Daily Lives of Children
1:15 – 2:00 Carol Kranowitz, MA – Signs of Co-Existing Problems with Vision, Hearing, Motor Coordination and Emotions
2:00 Break
2:30 – 3:15 Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L – Importance of ‘Play’ As A Child’s Occupation Through Which Learning is Achieved
3:15 – 4:00 Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L – Design of Home Activities to Assist Children to Develop Key Skills for Improved Independence with Daily Living Skills
4:00 Conference Ends

About the Venue:

Great Wolf Lodge – Charlotte / Concord

White Pine Ballroom.
10175 Weddington Road
Concord, NC 28027


Registration is Simple!

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  • All Speaker Presentation handout materials are complimentary and will be sent via digital file one week before event. 

Group discounts available for 5+ attendees
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Autism Conference with Dr. Jed Baker in Charlotte, NC February 15, 2019

  • Professional
    • Educators & Practitioners
    • Group Discount Rate $79.20
  • Family
    • Parents & Family Members
    • Group Discount Rate $71.20
  • Student with ID
    • College Student
    • Group Discount Rate $55.20
  • Person with ASD
    • Person with ASD
    • Group Discount Rate $39.20
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