Programme


Day One - Friday 19 August    

9.00am

Opening (MC)
Opening Speakers

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown (Mayor of Wellington City)

Poto Williams (MP for Christchurch East and the Labour Party Spokesperson on Disability Issues)

Matt Frost (Principal Advisor, Additional Learning Needs at Ministry of Education)

Screening of ‘Ragboy’  written and directed by Richard Townsend

10.30amMorning Tea
11.00amKeynote - Dr. Karen Pierce

New Approaches to Early Detection and Biomarker Discovery in ASD.
12.30pmLunch- Kindly Sponsored by BUPA
(Poster sessions will be held during lunch)
1.30pm

Keynote - Dr. Eric Courchesne

Autism is Prenatal: Causes, Early Neural Development and Clinical Outcomes.

2.30pm

Workstreams One - Concurrent Sessions
(please choose one of the following sessions)

Empowering People with Autism / Autistic People

Empowerment through Employment - my story
Robert Mackay

Empowering Parents and Family/Whanau

The Use of Functional Behavioural Assessment to Plan Effective Treatments for Sleep Disturbance in Children with ASD
Dr. Laurie McLay, Assoc. Prof. Karyn France & Prof. Neville Blampied

Empowering Professionals

Teacher Expectations for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(Annie) Zhuoni Cai, Prof. Christine Rubie-Davies, Dr. Louise Keown

3.30pmAfternoon Tea
4.00pmInvited Speakers - Professor Russell Snell and Doctor  Jessie Jacobsen (Minds for Minds, Auckland University)
5.15pmSummary of the day
5.30pmClose of programme
7.30pm

Awards Dinner

(Awards will be presented)

'We Are One' - Kane Chong a Kiwi kid with a keen interest in music, a childhood friend who has autism, and an impressive vision to change the way people in our community think about ASD (autism spectrum disorders) has been invited to launch the song at  the Autism New Zealand 2016 Conference Awards Dinner.


Day Two - Saturday 20 August  

9.00am

Keynote - Dr. Josephine Barbaro

Utilising technology for the early identification of Autism in infants and toddlers.

10.30amMorning Tea
11.00am

Keynote - Dr. Trevor Clark

EDUCATING for SUCCESS. The Aspect Comprehensive Approach for Education - bridging the research to practice gap.

12.00pmLunch- Kindly Sponsored by BUPA
(Poster sessions will be held during lunch)
1.00pmKeynote - Craig Smith

Kindness Savant Will Pixelate -  Autism Pedagogy and Special Interests
2.30pmAfternoon Tea
3.00pm

Workstreams Two - Concurrent Sessions
(please choose one of the following sessions)

Empowering People with Autism / Autistic People

Empowerment, the New Zealand ASD Guideline and the Living Guideline Group: An update
Matt Eggleston, Marita Broadstock, Dr. Vijaya Dharan, Matt Frost & Amanda Bleckmann

Empowering Parents and Family/Whanau

Teaching your Child to be a Word Explorer
Dr. Shannon Hennig

Empowering Professionals

Evidence-Based Practice for Severe Behaviour in Individuals with Autism. What we are Doing and What Should we be Doing
Dr. Angela Arnold Saritepe & Katrina Phillips

4.00pmConference closing
4.30pmEnd of programme

Note: Programme subject to change