2018 Nebraska ASD Network State Conference


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Pat Friman

Thursday AM Keynote Anxiety and the Autism Spectrum

Dr. Patrick C. Friman is director of clinical services at Father Flanagan's Boys' Home (Boys Town) and a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in the application of behavior analytic methods to behavioral medicine. One of his specialties is behavioral pediatrics, particularly focused on the successful treatment of common but potentially serious childhood behavior disorders such as habits, sleep problems, oppositional behavior, and incontinence. He has published more than 170 articles and two books, and is widely recognized as a preeminent lecturer and disseminator of the values and applications of behavior analysis to lay as well as scientific audiences. He has served as a reviewer or editorial board member for virtually every major behavioral journal and was the editor of The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from 2005-2007.

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Alyson Beytien

Thursday Evening Keynote Every day strategies for Every day Autism

Alyson Beytien is a popular speaker, trainer and mother of 3 sons with autism. She does training and consulting throughout the U.S. and Canada. Alyson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has a Masters degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Kansas. Alyson is a Behavior Analyst for Hills and Dales in Dubuque, IA where she is involved in diagnosis, assessment, intervention and training. She is the author of "Autism Everyday" which received the 2012 Literary Work of the Year from the Autism Society of America. Alyson is cheerfully addicted to Diet Coke, loves to quilt and read, and is trying to learn the meaning of the word "relax."

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Zach Anner

Friday AM Keynote When Life Gives You Wheelchair, Make Lemonade

Zach Anner is an award-winning comedian, show host, and public speaker. In 2011, he won his own travel show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Rollin' With Zach. He explored world religions in Have A Little Faith, started a conversation on climate change in Earth Your While, and presented good news stories in Top of the Monday, shows produced with Rainn Wilson's media company SoulPancake; he tried his hand at sports and fitness on his youtube series Workout Wednesdays; and he journeyed across the country with the help of Reddit in his travel program, Riding Shotgun. His videos have over 100 million views over social media platforms. Zach has been a guest star, and is now a full-time writer on ABC's hit family sitcom Speechless. He's an Ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and has worked with UCPLA Wheels for Humanity, which supplies wheelchairs to people in developing countries. Zach's memoir, If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny, is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path even when it's paved with epic misadventure. Zach lives in Los Angeles, CA, and spends most of his spare time in his underwear, thinking about how he can change the world.

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Dr. Luke Tsai

Friday Afternoon Keynote Parents and professionals working together to maximize children's potential

Luke Y. Tsai, M.D. is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Nebraska College of Medicine; Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School; Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Editorial Board member of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder; Editorial Board member of Journal of Mental Health Research in Developmental Disabilities; Director of Developmental Disorders/Autism Program of University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Michigan Medical Center; Former Co-Chair and current member of Panel of Professional Advisors of Autism Society of America.

Dr. Tsai is a scholar, a researcher, a teacher, a father of a young man with autism, and a friend of individuals with Autism and related disorders. He has received awards and honors for his work with individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders. He has been selected by his professional peers as one of the Best Doctors in America. He is much sought after nationally and internationally as a speaker, consultant and researcher. He is widely published and his publications include more than 93 articles and 46 books or book chapters. Dr. Tsai is the author of Taking the Mystery out of Medication in Autism/Asperger Syndromes and Raising our son with Autism - A family's 40-year journey which has been translated into both the traditional and simplified Chinese editions and published in Taiwan and China.

Back by Popular Demand Assistive Technology Playground

Thursday and Friday
Come explore!

Everyone benefits from the use of Assistive Technology, and evidence based practices lends to the success of individuals with autism using AT tools and technology. Attendees will be able to gain more knowledge about AT to assist their teams in the mandated AT Considerations process in the IEP, and will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the new technology and tools that are available for use with their students with autism. The AT Playground and Pocket Sessions will be set up for short formal sessions. Between each of these sessions participants will have the ability to come and go freely to explore the different AT Tools available, ask questions of the Regional Coordinators, and gain hands-on experience with particular devices.

Registration Information

Early BirdRegularLate
1/3/18 to 1/31/18 2/1/18 to 3/15/18 3 3/16/18 to 4/10/18
Professional $200 Professional $215 Professional $225
Family Member $100 Student Individual with ASD Family Member $110 Student Individual with ASD Family Member $125 Student Individual with ASD

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Hotel Accommodations Mention ASD Conference for Group Rate

Embassy Suites $149 Group code: ASD 402-331-7400
Courtyard $129 Group code: ASDS 402-339-4900

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Conference Basics


In addition to Keynote presentations there will be a variety of breakout sessions on Thursday and Friday. Please see the general schedule below for conference times. Click here to view the breakout session schedule for each day.  

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

The ASD Network conference will provide an opportunity for those who attend to earn continuing education credits through a variety of licensing boards. To facilitate this, a certificate of attendance will be given upon completion of the conference enabling each person to share this information with their professional organization. We are applying for ASHA and BCBA CEUs and plan to offer both options at the conference. The conference is pre-approved for DHHS In Service Hours.

Conference App:

A conference App will be available to all attendees. The app will contain conference session handouts as an alternative to printed materials. Information on downloading the app will be sent out in February.


If you would like a printed version of the conference handouts one can be purchased for $10 at the time of registration.

General Conference Schedule

7:30-8:30 Registration Open Registration Open
8:30-10:00 Keynote Keynote
10:00-10:30 Exhibits/Break Exhibits/Break
10:30-11:45 Breakout Sessions Breakout Sessions
11:45-1:00 Lunch Lunch
1:00-2:15 Breakout Sessions Breakout Sessions
2:15-2:30 Break Break
2:30-3:45 Breakout Sessions Keynote
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00 Networking Reception
5:15-7:15 Awards/Dinner Keynote

Conference Co-Sponsors

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Registration fees are used to cover the cost of all food expenses. No food expenses are paid for with federal grant funds. Conference Registration Grants for Family Members and Individuals with ASD are available through the Autism Society of Nebraska for more information please visit their website: www.autismnebraska.org *conference grants are for registration costs ONLY. This material was developed under a grant from the Nebraska Department of Education, IDEA parts B and C from the U.S. Department of Education. However, this content does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government