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Day with the Experts: Autism

January 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Boy with autismFriends of the Waisman Center Auditorium
1500 Highland Avenue | Madison, WI

14th Annual Waisman Center Day with the Experts: Autism


For additional details call 608.263.5837 or email to palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu
To learn more visit: Waisman Center Day with the Experts Outreach Page
Note: All Day with the Experts presentations are recorded and archived.


Event Details

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
(Complimentary coffee & bagels at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium
1st Floor, West Annex
Waisman Center, UW-Madison
1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705
Learn about the latest advances in autism research, and hear from a panel of experts— individual(s) diagnosed with ASD and their families
Registration: Click here to register.
Live Webcast: Waisman Center Video Live Stream.
Download: 2018 Program & Schedule  (pdf)
  • Capacity is limited, please pre-register to attend the event at the Waisman Center.
  • For additional details call (608) 263-5837 or email to palumbo@waisman.wisc.edu

Schedule & Program

9:00–9:15 am


“Welcome and Introduction to the Waisman Center”
9:15–9:45 am “Where is My Child? Safety at Home and When Traveling”

Amy Lyle, MSSWAmy Lyle, MSSW, Social Worker
Waisman Center Clinics and Waisman Resource Center

This talk will discuss practical tips and tools for addressing safety concerns and elopement risk for children, youth, and young adults. We will highlight behavioral strategies, wearable devices, the development of safety plans and modifications for home and travel.

9:45–10:15 am Eating and Mealtime Challenges in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Karla Ausderau

Karla Ausderau, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Waisman Center Investigator

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have high prevalences of eating challenges that often disrupt their ability to consume a health-promoting diet and participate in social mealtime experiences. This talk will discuss the different types of eating challenges that commonly occur in ASD and present preliminary findings from a pilot intervention study using a parent-mediated approach to address eating and mealtime challenges in the home environment.

10:30–11:00 am Biofeedback-Based, Videogame Balance Training in Autism
Brittany Travers, PhD

Brittany Travers, PhD
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Waisman Center Investigator

Good postural stability and balance allow us to stand, walk, play, and interact with the world around us. However, a number of individuals on the autism spectrum may struggle with postural stability. This presentation will discuss our research lab’s recent test of a biofeedback-based videogame to alleviate balance challenges in youth on the autism spectrum.

11:00–11:30 am Question and answer session with a panel of clinicians
11:30 am–
12:15 pm
A panel of experts that includes individuals with ASD and family members.
Panel moderated by Lindsay McCary, PhD, Clinic Director, Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic


January 20, 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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