Waisman Center Day with the Experts

Boy with Autism


January 23, 2016 at
Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium

More information coming soon.


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

Event Detail

Saturday, January 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 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:
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Download:   2016 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"
Albee Messing
Albee Messing, VMD, PhD

Professor of Neuropathology and Waisman Center Director
9:15–9:45 am "Behavioral Concerns in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder"


Alyssa Walsh, PhD
Alyssa Walsh, PhD
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Waisman Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic

Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can experience a variety of co-occurring behavioral concerns. In order to promote positive behavior and inform best treatments and interventions, it is important to consider factors contributing to challenging behavior. This presentation will discuss the assessment of behavioral concerns in children and adolescents with ASD, how to link assessment to treatment and provide an overview of behavioral intervention strategies that aim to increase positive behaviors while reducing challenging behavior.
9:45–10:15 am "Factors Associated with Outcomes and Quality of Life in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder"


Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick
Lauren Bishop-Fitzpatrick, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

The growing population of individuals with autism spectrum disorder over the age of 18 has spurred increased interest in characterizing outcomes and quality of life for this population. This talk will present new research findings that classify outcomes and quality of life in adults with autism spectrum disorder. In addition, correlates of good outcomes and positive quality of life will be discussed.
10:30–11:00 am "Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC): Supporting a Spectrum of Communication Needs
and Skill Development"
Julie Gamradt
Julie Gamradt, MS, CCC-SLP

Director, Waisman Center Communication Aids and Systems Clinic

AAC is not a “one size fits all” approach for individuals that have autism and the selected system must support the full spectrum of communication needs and purposes. This presentation will highlight current AAC options, including iPad-based applications (apps) and devices that are eligible for insurance funding. The feature-matching approach will be presented as a strategy to match the individual to the system that best supports current needs as well as lay the groundwork for language development over time.
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.