Free registration available to UNT’s 10th annual autism conference

Texas Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible to apply for free registration to attend the University of North Texas’ Kristin Farmer Autism Center’s 10th annual Adventures in Autism Intervention and Research Conference July 28.

A grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities will provide free registration to more than 100 families. The registrations will be on a first come, first served basis.

To apply for free registration, visit and click the TCDD Registration link.

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UNT’s Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. Lunch will be provided.

Registration for professionals and the general public is $75 per person. Military personnel, senior citizens, students and UNT alumni are $65 per person.

BDBA and SLP CEU credits are available for an additional $25 fee.

Conference attendees will hear about the latest in autism research, intervention and therapies from knowledgeable experts. They also will have an opportunity to network with hundreds of parents and professionals from the autism community.

For more information and to register, visit There will be no on-site registration.

This year’s keynote speakers are Fred R. Volkmar and Mark F. O’Reilly.

Volkmar is is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Yale University, Child Study Center and recently served for eight years as Director of the Center. A graduate of the University of Illinois and Stanford, Volkmar completed residency training in adult psychiatry and then a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at the Yale University’s School of Medicine and has been there ever since. He has dedicated his career to understanding and treating children with developmental disorders and is a leader in the field of autism research. He has served as a teacher and mentor to many trainees some of whom are now leaders in the field. 

Volkmar’s grants and publications run just short of 100 pages in his CV. He is editor of the Journal of Autism, a gifted clinician and teacher and his contributions have greatly improved the lives of children suffering from developmental disorders and their families.

O’Reilly is the Audrey Rogers Myers Centennial Professor in Education, Professor of Special Education, and Chair of the Department of Special Education. He is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). He coordinates (with Terry Falcomata) the graduate training programs in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Graduate coursework in autism is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. 

His research focuses on the functional assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior and interventions to promote generalization and maintenance of skills with children with autism and developmental disabilities. He has a strong interest in working with culturally diverse populations (particularly protecting and encouraging indigenous cultures and languages) and examining how behavioral interventions (and interventionists for that matter) must adapt to be respectful and supportive of diversity. A native of Ireland, he lectured in the Department of Psychology at University College Dublin for 10 years prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2002.

Keynote Presentations:

  • "Autism in 2018 – What we do and don’t know”
  • "Autism as a Social Learning Disorder"
  • "Teaching communication skills to persons with ASD using augmentative and alternative communication"
  • "Behavior Analysts Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families: A Conversation"

Breakout Sessions:

  • The traits of highly effective service providers in autism:  A Research Update of “Behavioral Artists” and Their Potential Impact on ABA Outcomes. 
  • Meditation as an Intervention for Students with Autism: Relaxing Body and Mind for Downstream Benefits to Behavior and Social Skills.
  • There's an App for That! Using Technology to Support Executive Functioning & Coping Skills
  • Build it and they will Come: Teaching Adults with ASD to Design Video Games
  • Coping Strategies for Individuals with Autism to Deal with Bullying
  • Autism: A Personal Perspective
  • Virtual Environments for Ecologically Valid Assessments and Interventions in Persons with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Impacting Front Striatal Functioning
  • Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During IEP Meetings
  • A Comparative Evaluation of Functional Analytic Methods
  • Assessing Gaps In Success for Adults with Autism: Novel Solutions Integrating Research, Intervention Training, and Community Supports
  • Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Higher Education
  • Strategies for Improving for Ethical, Socially Valid and Competency-Based Supervisee Behavioral Skills and Performance
  • Emergent Instruction Following via Joint Control
  • Using Naturalistic Intervention Strategies to Teach Children with to communicate using a Speech-Generating

About the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center

The UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, housed in UNT's College of Education, provides families a resource for comprehensive autism spectrum disorders treatment, research and support and allows UNT to bring together its long history of interdisciplinary autism services and research under one roof. The center allows families in the North Texas region and beyond to have access to high-quality services designed and implemented by top researchers, professors and professionals in the fields of special education, applied behavior analysis, early childhood intervention, speech and language pathology and other fields in autism and disabilities intervention.