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Autism spectrum disorder conference in Houston features autism behavior specialists with action-plans for educators, parents, caregivers

Summer Autism Institute set for June 24-25 at HCDE

Autism spectrum disorder is the focus of the Summer Autism Institute scheduled June 24-25 at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Blvd., in Houston, Texas.

The two-day workshop provides keynote sessions with autism and behavior specialists Susan Catlett and Beverly Braman, founders of Autism in Action®.  Afternoon break-out sessions feature topic-specific discussions between educators, family members and caregivers. Topics include learning styles and characteristics; social skills; communication; and behavioral management.

“We welcome both educators, parents and caregivers to this two-day institute as it provides a network of valuable resources, including networking with other parents and professionals,” said HCDE special education specialist Debra Anderson.

Autism is considered a behaviorally-defined syndrome for which there are no medical tests.  Autism spectrum disorder is considered a “spectrum” disorder because it represents a broad range of individuals who are uniquely affected in varying degrees.

Autism In Action® was founded in 2001 by Braman and Catlett to help parents, teachers and others who participate in the lives of individuals diagnosed with autism and related disorders learn how to routinely use applied behavior analysis.  Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of techniques and principles such as positive reinforcement that bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.

Statistically, autism spectrum disorder occurs in approximately one in every 110 births in the U.S. and is four times as common in boys as it is in girls, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The workshop is held from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days. Cost is $100 and includes lunch both days.  Register at . Search by date or workshop name. Call (713) 696-8223 for more information.


About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Head Start and Early Childhood Intervention programs.  HCDE offers purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management and school finance support.  Since 1889, services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at


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