WNYRCASD Annual Conference

The WNYRCASD Annual Conference includes presentations by experts in the field of autism spectrum disorder on evidence-based interventions and practices shown to improve educational outcomes.


Virtual Conference – Expanding Supports to Children with Autism Who Demonstrate Problem Behavior

  • March 19, 2024 (8:20 am – 2:00 pm)
  • Registration: $25
  • Continuing Education Units Available: $15
  • Sponsored by The Summit Center and the Western New York Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • View the flyer here.

To register for the conference, visit https://nysrcasd.org/events/1212/registrations/new

This conference is sponsored by the WNY Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and The Summit Center for teachers, therapists, other helping professionals, and parents. The field has made considerable progress in the effective treatment of children with autism and behavior problems that interfere with school functioning. Nevertheless, there are examples of unsuccessful intervention efforts, particularly with children with comorbid conditions or significant social and pragmatic communication impairments. In addition, there have been some criticisms that interventions are challenging to implement in a school setting and may lack an expression of compassion. This conference will provide participants with a broader perspective of essential elements of effective and compassionate interventions for children who present developmental and behavioral challenges.

Download flyer for additional information including presenter bios, abstract, learning objectives, and speaker disclosures.

Presentation 1: 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Supporting Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Co-Occurring Mental Health Diagnoses (and Their Teams)
Presented by Katherine Bellone Mount, Ph.D., BCBA, ABPP
Associate Professor, Center for Autism Care, University of Texas Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Presentation 2: 10:15 – 11:45 AM

Practical Applications of Compassion-focused Care for Clients Experiencing Harmful or Dangerous Behaviors
Presented by Kristine A. Rodriguez, M.A., BCBA
Chief Clinical Officer, Autism Learning Partners, Monrovia, CA

Presentation 3: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Communicative Alternatives to Challenging Behavior
Presented by Jill E. Senner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP
Technology and Language Center, PC, Evanston, IL

ASHA, BCBA, CTLE, OT/OTA, PT/PTA, PSY (Pending) CEUs will be available for a fee of $15.00 each. Please see flyer for additional details.

Please call 716-629-3417 or email wnyrcasd@thesummitcenter.org with any questions.