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Expert to Address Behavioral Challenges at Fall Autism Conference


Eastern Illinois University’s Fall Autism Conference will focus on behavioral challenges faced by students with autism spectrum disorders later this month.

Autism expert, Susan Stokes will present at the conference with a lecture titled “The Challenge of Challenging Behaviors! Understanding and Effectively Addressing Behavioral Challenges of Students with ASD.”

The conference will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 in the University Ballroom in the Martin Luther King Jr. Union. The registration deadline for the conference is Monday, Sept. 21.

Stokes, a speech-language pathologist and autism consultant with more than 25 years of expertise, has presented at many state and national workshops and conferences. She frequently provides trainings on visual supports, assistive technology and all related aspects of autism spectrum disorders to various groups across the country. Some of her work is published in “Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators.”

The cost of attendance is $50 for professionals and $10 for students. The conference is approved for five hours of continuing education credit for American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and Early Intervention.

To register, for the conference, click here. The event is part of an EIU’s capital campaign to raise funds for EIU’s Autism Center. The center serves families with autism spectrum disorders under the direction and guidance from distinguished faculty members and students in the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences. For more information, please, contact Sandi Thiele at (217) 581-2712 in the department or go to for EIU’s Autism Center website.



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