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It is never too late to expand the mind of a person with Autism.
Dr. Temple Grandin

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Oklahoma City, OK
Embassy Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center



“Calling All Minds”

Dr. Temple Grandin, 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:

  • 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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Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin's Mom

A Thorn In My Pocket: Eustacia’s Story of Raising Temple Grandin

Eustacia will give her presentation via Skype

Eustacia Cutler, the mother of Temple Grandin, will offer her view of autism through personal experience. Her daughter is now one of the most accomplished spokespersons on autism and animal behavior worldwide. Ms. Cutler will discuss observations from her award-winning documentaries on challenged and emotionally disquieted children. She has an impressive and varied background, including having written A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin’s Mother Tells the Family Story. A talented playwright, author, and actress, Eustacia is a graduate of Harvard University and has successfully reared four children.

By attending, participants can:

  • Recognize the early signs and symptoms of autism
  • Identify how autism affects the family
  • Design a custom intervention program
  • Distinguish autism myths and misconceptions from facts

This presentation is not eligible for continuing education.

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Behavior Solutions for the Classroom

Beth Aune, OTR/L, is the owner-therapist of Desert Occupational Therapy for Kids, a pediatric outpatient clinic in Palm Desert, California.  Beth and her team of dedicated and passionate professionals provide assessment and intervention for at-risk children with a variety of diagnoses, including:  autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, feeding dysfunction, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and others.  Beth is a co-author of Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom  (2010) and Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom (2011) and author of Behavior Solutions for the Home and the Community (2013).  She is a speaker throughout the nation on the topic of identifying and understanding children’s problematic behaviors and sensory issues.  Her presentations, workshops and books offer practical solutions and strategies for teachers and parents to implement in the school, home, and community settings.  Beth and her team of occupational therapists are committed to help children achieve their highest potential in their daily function, with an emphasis on partnership with parents, caregivers, and teachers.

By attending, participants can:

  • Describe how sensory processing deficits impact a child’s daily life
  • Discuss three subtypes of sensory modulation disorder and identify tools and strategies to assist each subtype
  • Review the relationship between sensory responses and effective participation in school, home and community
  • Discover helpful guidelines and strategies to enhance social and emotional well-being of their child and/or student

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

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Anita Lesko

“When Life Hands You Lemons Make Lemonade”

Anita Lesko 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, Don’t Try 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 and Autism

Dr. Jim Ball, 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
  • Develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • List the must-have components of an EI program
  • Integrate social skills instruction into a curriculum
  • And more

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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

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



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.



This course is offered for up to 0.45 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)



Future Horizons is an American Occupational Therapy Association
(AOTA) approved provider of continuing education. This conference is offered for 0.45 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



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This class has been cataloged by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 4.5 hours of mandatory continuing education credit.  Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that listing the course in the CLEET Course Catalog indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

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February 21, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK

Autism Conference Schedule:

7:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:50 Announcements
8:00 – 8:45 Dr. Temple Grandin – Creating A Learning Environment for Those Who Think Differently
8:45 – 9:30 Dr. Temple Grandin – Review Methods to Assist the Older Child and the Adult with Social Relationships
9:30 Break
10:00 – 11:30 Eustacia Cutler (via Skype) – A Thorn In My Pocket – Raising Temple  (This presentation is not eligible for continuing education)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 – 1:15 Beth Aune, OTR/L – Sensory Processing Deficits and Its Impact on a Child’s Daily Life
1:15 – 2:00 Beth Aune, OTR/L – Three Subtypes of Sensory Modulation Disorder and Tools and Strategies to Assist Each Subtype
2:00 Break
2:30 – 3:15 Beth Aune, OTR/L – Relationship Between Sensory Responses and Effective Participation in School, Home and Community
3:15 – 4:00 Beth Aune, OTR/L – Helpful Guidelines and Strategies to Enhance Social and Emotional Well-Being of Child and/or Student
4:00 Conference Ends

About the venue:

Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel

Ballroom AB 2nd Floor
10 N Broadway Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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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 Temple Grandin in Oklahoma City, OK February 21, 2019

Autism Conference with Dr. Temple Grandin

  • Professional
    • Educators & Practitioners
    • 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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