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Virtual Day with the Experts: Autism

January 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Day with the Experts - Autism

Saturday, January 23, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Live via Zoom


When: Saturday, January 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Live Online via Zoom – Register to obtain Zoom code
About: 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 Broadcast: Live Online via Zoom – Register to obtain Zoom code
Downloads: 2021 Program & Schedule (pdf)


Schedule & Program

9:00–9:05 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Waisman Center
Qiang Chang, PhD, Director, Waisman Center
9:05–9:30 am Behavioral and Brain Effects of Videogame-Based Balance Training in Autism
Brittany Travers, PhD
Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Waisman Center Investigator
Motor difficulties are not considered a diagnostic feature of autism, and yet a number of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with balance, grip strength, completing a motor sequence, or reacting quickly. These motor difficulties have been found to relate to more severe autism symptoms and impaired activities of daily living. Therefore, motor difficulties may be intricately intertwined with social communication and independent living skills in ASD. This talk will discuss recent behavioral and neuroimaging findings of the impact of a biofeedback-based balance training to target motor challenges and core symptoms of ASD.
9:30–10:00 am How Are You Feeling?: Managing Feelings in an Overwhelming World Through the Lens of Autism
Madeline Barger, MS, LMFT, BCBA, CST
Alyssa Walsh, PhD
Waisman Autism Treatment Programs
How are you feeling? This essential question is more complicated lately as we face a global pandemic, and negotiate its unprecedented challenges to our physical, social, and emotional health. People with autism and their parents report higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression, than the general population, without pandemic impact. We also know the pandemic-related stress disproportionately impacts people with developmental differences. There is hope: People with autism have unique
socio-emotional experiences, processes, and expressions. The autism population has a lot to teach clinicians and caregivers about managing emotions in creative and resilient ways. This presentation explores understanding the science of feelings, evidence-based ways to manage stress, and how to translate our emotive experiences from one brain to another.
10:00–10:30 am PANEL DISCUSSION
A panel of experts that includes individuals with ASD and family members.


January 23, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705 United States
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