Past Speakers at Autism Awareness Centre Conferences

Want to know more about the speakers in Autism Awareness Centre's conferences, trainings or events? Scroll down for a list of bios on past or upcoming speakers, including links to books that they have authored for purchase at our store. Not finding who you are looking for? Feel free to contact us and we will see if we can help!

Conference Speaker Lauren Kerstein

Kernstein, Lauren

Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children through adults with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, and relationship skill difficulties. Lauren is the author of A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible; My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings…

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Conference speaker Paula Kluth

Kluth, Paula

Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Her research and professional interests include differentiating instruction, and supporting students with autism and significant disabilities in inclusive classrooms. Paula is a former…

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Conference speaker Carol Kranowitz

Kranowitz, Carol Stock

Carol Stock Kranowitz is the author of The Out-of-Sync Child, the bestseller that demystifies Sensory Integration (SI). As a music, movement and drama teacher for 25 years, she developed a purposeful curriculum that integrates sensory-motor activities into the preschool day. In her presentations, she shows parents, educators, caregivers, and other early childhood professionals what healthy SI means for the whole…

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Conference speaker Leah Kuypers

Kuypers, Leah

Leah Kuypers earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism, and a MA in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety,…

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Conference speaker Elizabeth Laugeson

Laugeson, Elizabeth

Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Laugeson is the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, which is an outpatient hospital-based program providing parent-assisted social skills training for adolescents…

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Madrigal, Stephanie

Stephanie Madrigal is a speech-language pathologist and senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center. She has worked alongside Michelle Garcia Winner since 2003. She graduated in 1993 with a BA degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from San Jose State University and completed her MA degree in Speech Pathology from the same university in 1995. Known for her warm, friendly…

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Conference speaker Kelly Mahler

Mahler, Kelly

Kelly Mahler earned a MS in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is an occupational therapist and autism consultant who supports school-aged individuals and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In the evenings, Kelly is co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization providing fun opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in young…

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Conference speaker Kerry Mataya

Mataya, Kerry

Kerry Mataya is the creator and visionary behind Bridgeway Services providing intervention based services including school consultations, summer camps, after-school social groups, and individualized programming for high functioning individuals with ASD. With a Master’s in Education with emphasis in Autism and Asperger Syndrome from the University of Kansas, Mrs. Mataya holds many contracts with school systems for individualized teaching, social…

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Conference speaker Rebecca Moyes

Moyes, Rebecca

Mrs. Rebecca Moyes, a former teacher in both public and private schools for nine years, is the mother of two children. Her oldest is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Rebecca is currently an autism consultant/trainer for several school districts in Pennsylvania and serves as President of the AVID Learning Center, a therapeutic center for children with disabilities located in New Kensington.…

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Myles, Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., Brenda has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee, was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium, and collaborated with the National Professional Center…

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Conference Speaker Kari Palmer

Palmer, Kari

Kari Palmer is a speech language pathologist/social cognitive therapist at her private practice, Changing Perspectives, in Excelsior, MN. She has co-authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, Ryan Hendrix, and Nancy Tarshis The Incredible Flexible You: A Social Thinking Curriculum for the Preschool and Early Elementary Years. Additionally, Kari consults with local school districts on implementing Social Thinking into their programming. Kari’s…

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Conference speaker Peter Gerhardt

Peter Gerhardt

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.  Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of 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 is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters…

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Conference Speaker Kristi Sakai

Sakai, Kristi

Kristi Sakai is a pastoral counselor, parent education instructor, passionate disability advocate, and author of Finding Our Way, which won the Autism Society’s Literary Work of the Year. Kristi is the mother of three amazing Autistic young adults, and is married to her best friend.

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Conference speaker Elizabeth Sautter

Sautter, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech and language pathologist and co-director and co-owner of Communication Works, a private practice offering speech, language, social, and occupational therapy for children and adults in Oakland, CA. She has worked with preschool to adult clients and their families since 1996 in private practice, schools, and hospitals. Following her professional passion, Elizabeth has…

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Conference Speaker Jennifer Schmidt

Schmidt, Jennifer

Jennifer M. Schmidt has spent 22 years in the field of education as a general teacher, autism consultant, and a special educator. In addition to teaching at a high school, Jennifer is also an instructor at Wright State University and Antioch McGregor Midwest, both in Dayton, Ohio. Jennifer is an experienced presenter at national and international conferences and recently published…

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