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The Art and Science of Autism Conference

October 14, 2016 @ 7:15 am - 4:00 pm CDT

Presented by St. Mary’s Center for Children


Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, presenting “Face-to-Face Communication’s Four Steps: Teaching Social Thinking and Related Social Skills”

Michelle Garcia Winner is the founder of Social Thinking® which specializes in developing treatment strategies for helping persons with social emotional learning challenges. She runs and works in her small clinic, has authored numerous books and speaks internationally. She was awarded a Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition in 2008.

By attending, participants can:

  • Define the four steps of the treatment framework called the Four Steps of Communication.
  • Define two different activities to teach the concept of “Think with your eyes.”
  • Explain how to teach “add-a-thought” to encourage social conversational connections.
  • Explain why we need to teach more than the one arm rule, to encourage improved physical presence when communicating.


Dr. Mark Osteen presenting “Listening to Autism: A Father’s Story”

Mark Osteen, Ph.D., is a professor of English and the director of the Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland, and the father of a young man on the autism spectrum. He has published ten books and dozens of articles on literature, music, film and disability, including One of Us: A Family’s Life with Autism (2010), and an edited collection, Autism and Representation (2008), the first scholarly book to include persons on the spectrum among its contributors.

By attending, participants can:

  • Discuss methods to help families address the challenges involved in raising and supporting autistic loved ones.
  • Review ideas and strategies to improve communication between professionals and parents, especially fathers of children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • State how fathers in particular can cope with and abolish feelings of anger, helplessness and disappointment when dealing with a child on the spectrum.

Caroline Paleski, M.A., BCBA; Elizabeth Schmidt-Nellis, M.S.Ed; and Lori Schmidt, OTR, presenting “Principles of ABA: Shaping Learning in the Classroom and Home”

This mother/daughter trio includes Lori Schmidt who is the EVSC Autism Coordinator and Coordinator of Exceptional Learning; Elizabeth Schmidt-Nellis who is an educator in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation; and Caroline Paleski who is a BCBA for the Evansville Vanderburgh School system working in the CARES program through the Juvenile Court of Vanderburgh County.

By attending, participants can:

  • Define and apply common ABA terms in both school and home settings
  • Collect and analyze simple behavioral data in both school and home settings
  • Physically structure both a home and school task area to make it conducive to learning
  • Create, structure and manage a choreographed visual schedule for school and home

Please contact Kelly Shaw at kelly.shaw@stmarys.org or 812.485.4419 for information about available scholarships.


Conference Schedule

Check-in & Continental Breakfast 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Dr. Mark Osteen 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Break 9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Michelle Garcia Winner 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Lunch (provided by St. Mary’s) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Michelle Garcia Winner 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Break 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Caroline Paleski, M.A., BCBA
Elizabeth Schmidt-Nellis, M.S.Ed
Lori Schmidt, OTR
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Credits & Registration

ASHA Continuing Education: Approved ProviderThis course is offered for up to 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

APA Approved SponsorFuture Horizons, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Future Horizons, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

AOTA: Approved Provider of Continuing EducationFuture Horizons is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) approved provider of continuing education. This conference is offered for 0.6 CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Future Horizons ACE #1018 is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).


October 14, 2016
7:15 am - 4:00 pm CDT


St. Mary’s Manor Auditorium
Evansville, IN United States + Google Map