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April 2021

Social Emotional Learning Lunch and Learn – Presented by Leslie Rogers, SLP & Kirsten Smith, SLP

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   This course will explore key components and stages of social emotional learning (SEL), related brain anatomy and function, and factors that may impact SEL development.  Additionally, participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of factors that may impact a child’s use of social emotional skills across the school day and techniques and strategies that will assist children in making use of these skills.   Leslie Rogers, M.S., CCC-SLP, has a…

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Communicating with your Physician, Recording Information and Organizing Medical Visits Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D., Marie Ugorek, Susan Askeland

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   This course will teach effective techniques for communicating with your physicians, recording your medical information and organizing medical visits. Susan Askeland graduated from the University of Nebraska with a master’s degree in speech language pathology.  She worked for Northwest AEA in Sioux City as a speech language pathologist and a member of the autism resource team for 37 years. In 2013 she moved to eastern Iowa where she worked as an…

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Autism, Gender and Sexual Identity Conference

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Autism, Gender and Sexual Identity Conference Friday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To register for this conference, click here. For a printable event flyer, click here.   Agenda 9:00 a.m. - Welcome 9:05 a.m. -  Autism and Identity: Making Sense of Gender, Presented by Peter Daniolos, M.D. Learning Objectives: Participants will leave this seminar with heightened appreciation of the importance of not foreclosing on gendered options when working with all youth, including those who present as gender nonconforming (GNC), gender…

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Poor Sleep in Autism: Where Are You on the Map? Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Dr. Jacob Michaelson

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   Most people with autism complain of poor sleep. Unfortunately, previous research had a hard time understanding exactly what kinds of poor sleep were most prevalent in autism. With the support of over 5,000 families with autism from the SPARK study, we were able to identify eight distinct patterns that describe most kinds of poor sleep experienced in autism. We were able to identify genetic factors underlying these sleep patterns, and…

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Autism and Depression – How to Recognize Depression, Anxiety and the Risk for Suicide Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Mikle South

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   This lunch and learn will focus on recognizing depression and anxiety in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and will also highlight the experience(s) of women with autistic traits who were interviewed about their depression and shared their personal stories. Mikle South is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. He received a BA from Yale University followed by a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah,…

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Higher IQ Influences One’s Experience with Autism and Not Always for the Better Lunch and Learn – Presented by – Dr. Jake Michaelson

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To register for this lunch and learn, click here.   Although intellectual disability is common among people with autism, some have a very high IQ. Individuals with autism and a very high IQ are sometimes called "twice-exceptional" or 2e. For some symptoms, a higher IQ is associated with fewer problems.  In other areas, the opposite is true. By partnering with the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa and reviewing the records of over 1,000 gifted individuals, we were able…

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