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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Conference featuring Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D

August 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

Free to those on the Autism Spectrum

Thursday, August 15 – Registration begins at 8:00am

To register online, click here. 

To register via mail or for a printable event flyer, click here.

The Autism Society of Iowa, Balance Autism, and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center are sponsoring a conference featuring Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years experience utilizing the principles of ABA in support of adolescents and adults with ASD. This conference will address employment, life skills, sexuality, and social skills for teens and adults with ASD.

Keynote Speaker

Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D. is currently serving as Executive Director of The EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and coauthored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

The full day workshop will consist of:

  • Introduction/Overview
  • Applications of ABA in Support of Adolescent and Young Adults
  • Transition as a Life-Long Process
  • Goal Setting and Targeting the Right Skills
  • The Central Importance of Adaptive Behavior vs Academic Skills
  • Employment and Social Competence
  • Sexuality
  • Quality of Life
  • Summary


8:00 – Registration Opens

8:30 – Greeting and Announcements

8:45 – 10:15 – Session 1

10:15 – 10:30 – Break

10:30 – Noon – Session 2

Noon – 1:00 – Lunch provided

1:00 – 2:30 – Session 3

2:30 – 2:45 – Break

2:45 – 4:15 – Session 4

Conference Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the continued relevance of Applied Behavior Analysis to providing individualized supports for adolescents and adults with ASD.
  • Discuss the central goal of personal safety in sexuality education and describe a minimum of 3 interventions designed to address this need.
  • Identify the challenges associated with determining “good outcomes” in the literature and how that translates into an understand of individual quality of life.
  • Restate the “transition to adulthood” as one that occurs across an individual’s lifetime and not simply between the ages of 14-21 years.


A block of rooms has been reserved for Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and will be held until Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.  Reservations must be made by July 24, 2019.

Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with the Hotel at (515) 957-3000 or 800-325-9015.


Reservations for the Event will be made at www.prairiemeadows.com using group code 08282019AUT. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Continuing Education Units

The Autism Society of Iowa is an accredited sponsor for CEU’s for Social Work #300 and Speech Language Pathology $191.  This conference offers 6.0 credit hours of SW CEU’s and 6.0 credit hours of SLP CEU’s.

CEUs are available for BCBA-D, BCBA, and BCaBA participants through Balance Autism, ACE Provider # OP-14-2455

Handouts and certificates of attendance will be provided for CEU’s.


August 15
8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Event Category:


Autism Society of Iowa
Balance Autism
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Autism Center


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