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UH-Clear Lake Autism Center Speaker Series


In their efforts to assist more local families, caregivers and teachers of autistic children, University of Houston-Clear Lake's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is hosting a speaker series. The informative lectures, which are sponsored by Hegwood & Associates, P.C., JSC Federal Credit Union, Susie Bean, and Including Kids, are provided by the center at no cost. Scheduled speakers include local professionals and graduate students of the university's Behavior Analysis program. A question and answer session follow each lecture.


“The presenters will provide practical information for parents and educators on effective approaches for teaching children with autism and other developmental disabilities,” said center Director and UH-Clear Lake Professor of Psychology Dorothea Lerman. “Our goal is for parents and educators to take with them strategies that they can begin using immediately at home and school to improve their children's lives.”

The University of Houston-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is able to offer the Community Speaker Series to the public at no charge, thanks to the generous support of area businesses and organizations. To find out how your organization or business can sponsor the Community Speaker Series, please contact the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at AutismCenter@uhcl.edu or at 281-283-3437.

Autism Speakers Series for 2014-2015

The following presentations will be held in Lecture Hall 1100 of the Student Services Building on the UHCL campus from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. All lectures are free. Please visit https://apps.uhcl.edu/ORS/CADD/Account/Login for more information and to reserve a space.

  • September 13th -Amy Woods (President and Scientific Advisor, Families for Effective Autism Treatment -Houston), "Evidence-Based Treatment of Autism: Perspectives from a Parent with a Scientific Point of View"
  • October 11th - Molly Shireman, "Rewards As Tools for Success: Using Reinforcement Effectively"
  • November 15th - Tarah Bowser, "I Don't Want To Do That! Reducing Problem Behavior To Escape or Avoid Things"
  • December 13th - Blair Edwards, "I Want it Now! Reducing Problem Behavior to Get Attention and Tangibles"
  • January 24th - Elizabeth Boggess, "Sexuality Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities"
  • February 21st - Conrad Hillman, "Taking the Fight Out of Feeding: Managing Problems at Mealtimes"
  • March 28th - Shimin Bao, "Let's Talk about Your Day! Teaching People to Recall Past Events"
  • April 11th - Taylor Sweatt and Ashley Neal, "Naturalistic Teaching Strategies for Home and School"

Autism Speakers Series 2013-2014

The following presentations will be held in Lecture Hall 1100 of the Student Services Building on the UHCL campus from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Lectures will be followed by a complimentary lunch, provided by the JSC Federal Credit Union. All lectures are free. Please contactAutismCenter@uhcl.edu for more information and to reserve a space.

September 14th (launch) – "Demystifying State Agencies" ( Dr. Maria Quintero, Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County) 
October 12th – "Bringing Back the Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis" (Trena Rouse)
November 9th – "Capturing Motivation & Teachable Moments at Home & School" (Charity English)
December 14th – "Reducing Problem Behavior Through Functional Communication Training" (Amy Richardson)
January 18th – "Assessing and Treating Stereotypic Behavior (Chris Roath)
February 15th – "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Using the Picture Exchange Communication System" (Candice Roberson)
March 22th – "Rockin' Around the Clock: Getting into the Swing of Daily Routines" (Melissa Nissen)
April 5th – "Using Token Economies Successfully at Home and School" (Lauren Plaisance)

Autism Speakers Series 2012-2013

The following presentations will be held in Lecture Hall 1100 of the Student Services Building on the UHCL campus from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Lectures will be followed by a complimentary lunch, provided by the Johnson Space Center Federal Credit Union. All lectures are free. Please contact AutismCenter@uhcl.edu for more information and to reserve a space.

  • September 22nd – “Pushing the Envelope- Looking for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Very Young Infants” (Pauline Filipek, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston), Here are the Handout.pdf
  • October 13th: “The Basics of ABA: Understanding Behavior” (Tiffany Crow), Here is a Powerpoint of the slides. Slides.pdfSlides.ppt
  • November 3rd: “Strategies for Increasing Compliance” (Brittany Rothe), Here is a Powerpoint of the slides. Slides.pdfSlides.ppt
  • December 8th: “Tips for Making Toilet Training Successful” (Mia Caccavale), Here are the Slides.pptHandout.pdf /”Overview of the Picture Exchange Communication System” (Jasmyne Patterson)
  • January 19th: “The Art of Asking: Teaching Simple to Complex Requests” (Adeline Low), Here are the Slides.ppt
  • February 16th: “Problems in Public: Strategies for Managing Problem Behavior in Community Settings” (Charles Peterson) Slides.ppt
  • March 23th: Transitions For Success (Kristen Vaughn) Slides.pptSlides_Spanish.ppt
  • April 20th: Fostering Independence in Adolescents and Adults with Autism: Teaching Independent Living Skills (Lauren Haddock) Slides.ppt, Slides_Spanish.ppt

2011-2012 Speakers Series
(Tentative – Subject to Change)

The following presentations will be held in Lecture Hall 1100 of the Student Services Building on the UHCL campus from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Lectures will be followed by a complimentary lunch. All lectures are free. Please contact autismcenter@uhcl.edu for more information and to reserve a space.

and Video

  • December 10: Using reinforcement effectively at school and home. Slides.ppt andSlides in spanish.ppt

and Video


2010-2011 Speakers Series

The following lectures were presented September 2010-April 2011


The following lectures were presented January-April 2010:

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