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Dr. Temple Grandin

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Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Convention Center



“Calling All Minds”

Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., a world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor, has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique presentation, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers glimpses into her own childhood, with ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Temple shares her valuable insights on all types of thinkers, why they are important, and ways in which young people can continue to think about and understand what it means to be innovative.

By attending, participants can:

  • Discuss methods to create a learning environment to accommodate those who think differently.
  • Distinguish between voluntary behaviors and involuntary behaviors
  • Identify ways of intervention for those newly diagnosed
  • Review methods to assist the older child and Adult to form social relationships

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

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Anita Lesko

“When Life Hands You Lemons Make Lemonade”

Anita Lesko, BSN, RN, MS, CRNA, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age fifty. Despite all the challenges and obstacles, Anita forged ahead to obtain exciting goals.

A 1988 graduate of Columbia University in New York City with a master of science degree in nurse anesthesia, Anita has nearly three decades as a certified nurse anesthesiologist, specializing in anesthesia for neurosurgery.

After seeing Top Gun in 1995, Anita spent the next seven years working towards her dream of flying in a fighter jet. She became an internationally published military aviation photojournalist and got a flight in an F-15. She also spent time with the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Having been honored by the United Nations as a guest speaker for National Autism Day in 2017, Anita is an advocate for people with Asperger’s Syndrome. She started a support group for people of all ages with Asperger’s and their families and friends, which meets monthly. She is the Founder of the Flying High with Autism Foundation, as well as founder and CEO of Born With Asperger’s—an educational and helpful site not only for people with Asperger’s, but their families, employers, fellow employees, educators, neighbors, and anyone who might know someone with Asperger’s.

Her books include: Asperger’s Syndrome: When Life Hands you Lemons, Make Lemonade, The Blue Angel, co-author of Been There, Done That, Try This! The Aspie Mentor Guide to Life on Earth, a featured chapter in Dr. Temple Grandin’s book Different . . . Not Less, and Lesko’s latest book, The Complete Guide to Autism and Healthcare: Advice for Medical Professionals and Those on the Autism Spectrum.

  • Discuss the importance of not focusing on a label
  • Explain the importance of getting out and DOING STUFF
  • Determine methods to overcome obstacles and reaching goals

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Dr. Jim Ball

Early Intervention, Behavior and Beyond

Dr. Jim Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, has been in the autism field for over twenty years providing educational, residential, and employment services to children and adults affected by autism. As President/CEO of JB Autism Consulting,he provides private consultation to organizations, schools, and families regarding staff training, parent training, home support services, classroom design/support, and behavior management/ assessment.

By attending, participants can:

  • Identify seven effective strategies for the perfect EI program
  • List the must-have components of an EI program
  • Discuss contents of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Identify 3 reinforcement techniques to assist an individual on the autism spectrum in the learning process
  • Describe 3 specific behavioral techniques to implement that will assist an individual on the autism spectrum in the learning process
  • Review methods to design an individualized behavioral program that will assist an individual on the autism spectrum

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

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Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD

ABCs of Autism in the Classroom: Setting the Stage for Success

Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD, has been a special education teacher, school psychologist, licensed educational psychologist, autism consultant and speaker, counselor, university instructor, and board certified behavior analyst. She has two children with autism and was married for 27 years to a man with Asperger’s syndrome.

  • Discuss the antecedents and consequences of a behavior and the function of the behavior
  • Identify antecedent control procedures which can prevent challenging behaviors before they start
  • Review evidence-based strategies and tools for changing problem behaviors
  • Describe methods to help maintain positive behavior changes and to generalize the improved behaviors to other settings

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

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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



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



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May 24, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Autism Conference Schedule:

7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:50 Announcements
8:00 – 8:45 Dr. Temple Grandin – Methods of Creating A Learning Environment for Those Who Think Differently
8:45 – 9:30 Dr. Temple Grandin – Methods to Assist the Older Child and the Adult with Social Relationships
9:30 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD – Antecedents and Consequences of A Behavior
10:45 – 11:30 Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD – Strategies and Tools for Changing Problem Behaviors
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 – 1:45 Dr. Jim Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D  – 7 Effective Strategies for the Perfect EI Program
1:45 – 2:30 Dr. Jim Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D  – Systematic Behavioral Techniques for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum
2:30 Break
2:45 – 3:30 Dr. Jim Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D  – Systematic Behavioral Techniques for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum
3:30 – 4:15 Dr. Jim Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D  – Individualized Behavioral Program 
4:15 Conference Ends

About the Venue:

Los Angeles Convention Center

Level Two, West Hall
Meeting Room 502AB
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Current Parking Rate $20
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Autism Conference with Temple Grandin in Los Angeles, CA May 24, 2019


Pre-register before noon CST on Thursday, May 23rd to take advantage of these prices.

  • Professional
    Group Discount Rate $108
    • Educators & Practitioners
  • Family
    Group Discount Rate $96
    • Parents & Family Members
  • Student with ID
    Group Discount Rate $56
    • College Student
  • Person with ASD
    Group Discount Rate $40
    • Person with ASD


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