Autism Society of Wisconsin



Continuing Education Credits


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Pre- Registration has closed for the 2016 Annual Conference but you can still register on-site at the conference for an additional $25.


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We strongly encourage reviewing the FAQ document below, which addresses important information on conference rates, the hotel room block, and more.
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Preconference Workshop, April 7
Robert Pennington, Ph.D BCBA-D
Creating a Climate for Competency:  An Instructional Approach to Challenging Behavior

Challenging behavior serves as one of the greatest barriers to the access of a range of important contexts by learners with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. In this fun and engaging workshop, participants learn how to design programs that build critical skills while reducing individuals’ need to engage in problem behavior. Participants will learn key elements of functional assessment, how to design instructional programs and behavior intervention plans, and how to deliver staff training. In addition, we will emphasize the role of communication in behavioral assessment and teach participants how to design programs that incorporate functional communication training.

Keynote Address, April 8
Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Uniquely Human- A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.
In Uniquely Human, Dr. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will naturally lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. In fact, argues Dr. Prizant, attempts to eliminate “autistic” behaviors may actually interfere with important developmental processes.

Keynote Address, April 9
Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, Ph.D
Examining Neuroplasticity in ASD: Response to Evidence-Based Intervention and Indicators of Mental Health

Many intervention and therapy programs available today, for people with and without ASD, report to change the brain.  But how true are these claims?  This talk will examine the research evidence for neuroplasticity due to evidence-based interventions for ASD.  Connections will be drawn between neural changes and changes in mood and mental health, as an overall indicator of increased quality of life due to effective therapies.

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Thank you to all who signed up to exhibit at the conference!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Thank you to all of our dedicated sponsors.  We look forward to your participation in this year's annual conference.

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Thank you to all who purchased an advertisement in this year's annual conference booklet.

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Type 2 CE credits are available for an additional $15 per session (each breakout session is 1.5 CEs). To sign up to attend sessions for credit, please check in at the registration desk upon arrival and ask for a Sign In/Out sheet. You will be asked to send this sheet in as proof of attendance, along with payment after the conference. Certificates of Attendance will be provided after receipt of documentation and payment.  Sessions eligible for BCBA credit are identified with an (*) in the session descriptions in the conference program.

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One graduate credit can be applied for through Viterbo University. The cost of the credit is $220. Please print the files below and bring them to the conference with you. A representative from Viterbo will available onsite at the conference, near the main registration table on Thursday, April 7th from 7:30-10:30am, and again on Friday, April 8th from 7:30-11:45am. 

Course Instructions


Credit Validation

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Continuing Education credits have been approved through the Wisconsin Counseling Association (WCA). WCA is a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The approval applies to National Certified Counselors (NCCs), but many state licensure boards accept NBCC continuing education credit.  Contact your individual state board if you are unsure and they can provide you with the information on their approval criteria.

WCA Members receive approval of hours free as part of their dues.  WCA Non-Members will pay $15.00 for each CE credit hour.

NBCC has approved all sessions listed in the conference program, EXCLUDING the list below:
  • 2.5 Choosing Functions Not Favorites! The Basics of the Team Approach
  • 2.6 Dads Panel
  • 2.8 The Department of Health Services, Medicaid
  • 3.2 Visual Resumes 2.0
  • 3.5 The Clear Blue Sky of My Good Mind
  • 3.6 Show Me the Money: Finding and Accessing Private Grants for Families
  • 3.8 Girls Just Want to Have Fun! Hair, Makeup and Nails
  • 4.0 Advanced Educator's Panel
  • 4.3 Families Supporting Families- A Model to Build Resiliency
  • 4.6 Ensuring Your Wishes for Their Future
  • 5.1 Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students on the Autism Spectrum
  • 5.6 Panel of Experts
All other sessions have been approved and can be logged toward your total clock hours at the conference.  NBCC operates on a .25 interval- please refer to the information below regarding eligible hours:
  • Pre-conference: 5
  • Friday & Saturday Keynotes: 1.5
  • Breakout Sessions (excluding those listed above): 1.25
Please complete the following CE form in order to receive your CE hours.  Once you have completed the form, a certificate will be issued with your name and the associated CE hours earned.

Questions?  Contact Melissa at or 920-973-6636.


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