Professor, inventor, best-selling author and world-renowned speaker on autism and animal science, Dr. Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker to open the Eighth Annual Conference on Autism, hosted by Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton.
Dr. Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, is considered to be the world’s most accomplished and widely known adult with autism. Her inspirational and insightful talk, followed by a Q&A session, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, January 20.
Keynote for Thursday, January 21 is Dr. Barry Prizant, who will debunk the myths and antiquated stereotypes of autism by presenting his paradigm-shifting approach. His talk, Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, focuses on changing our perceptions of people with autism by looking at behaviours as “strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming”. Dr. Prizant’s talk is essential for anyone touched by autism.
Other presenters include motivational speaker Michael “Pinball” Clemons, and a panel of adults with autism, sharing their personal experiences and perspectives. Rounding out the program are cutting-edge researchers and expert clinicians addressing feeding issues, recess challenges, medical considerations, and routine-based interventions.
The conference runs Wednesday, January 20 through Friday January 22, at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree. It will appeal to professionals as well as parents of children with autism. The public is welcome. Keynote presentations will be available to participants across Alberta through webcasting and TeleHealth.
About the conference and registration: www.childrensautism.ca
About Dr. Temple Grandin: www.templegrandin.com
About Dr. Barry Prizant: www.barryprizant.com
For more information: www.childrensautism.ca.