Autism Symposium
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Autism Symposium

When: November 8, 2019
8:45 AM - 4: 30 PM
Where: Angus Glen Golf Club
10080 Kennedy Road
Markham, Ontario  L6C 1N9
Contact: Tiffany Budhoo

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Interested in navigating the ever-changing world of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a clinician, a parent and a supporter? OSLA is pleased to present our upcoming Autism Symposium in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting.

Topics include: Early Identification and Intervention with Autism Navigator: The Early Social Interaction (ESI) parent coaching model, Interdisciplinary Practice in Early Intervention: Application of ESDM (Early Start Denver Model), Autism Intervention Research in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Adolescents and ASD, and an Update on the Ontario Autism Panel (OAP).

Venue: Angus Glen Golf Club is a beautiful newly renovated golf club located just outside of Toronto, in the city of Markham. Conveniently located at the intersection of Kennedy Road and Major Mackenzie Drive. *FREE on-site parking available. Angus Glen Golf Club: 10080 Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON, L6C 1N9, (905) 887-0090




OSLA member: $255.00 + (HST) = $288.15
Non-OSLA member: $355.00 + (HST) = $401.15
CDAs/ Students: $155.00 + $(HST) = $175.15



OSLA member: $155.00+ (HST) = $175.15
Non-OSLA member: $255.00+(HST) = $288.15
CDAs/ Students: $125.00 + $(HST) = $141.25

Accommodations: The Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre and Spa is pleased to offer conference registrants a discounted corporate rate on room bookings. Please CLICK HERE to book a room. 

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa
8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, Canada , L6G 1A5
905-470-8500   Toll Free:  1-800-668-8800


Agenda Item

Speaker Bio


8:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM


Kelly Murray- OSLA’s Executive Director

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Session #1: Early Identification and Intervention with Autism Navigator


The Early Social Interaction (ESI) parent coaching model developed by Dr. Amy Wetherby and colleagues at Florida State University will be presented. Early recognition of at-risk signs in a hallmark of this model. The key components of the model, examples of its implementation and outcomes will be shared. Participants will also learn about the e-learning platform which contains courses and resources for families and clinicians.


Dr. Robin Gaines

Ph.D., S-LP (C), Reg. CASLPO



Robin Gaines, Ph.D. is a Speech/Language Pathologist and Clinical Researcher who is employed at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Robin has been training with the ESI program of Autism Navigator for three years and has implemented the program with 15 families with young children between the ages of 12 and 24 months. She is certified as an Autism Navigator Master Coach and Global Trainer and has trained ESI providers in Ontario.


11: 00 AM –

11: 15 AM

Networking Break

11: 15 AM –

12: 15 PM


Session #2:Interdisciplinary Practice in Early Intervention: Application of ESDM (Early Start Denver Model)


From research to clinical practice, the application of evidence- based interventions including ESDM for children 12 months to 4 years old in an interdisciplinary early intervention model. Practical applications for SLPs working with children diagnosed or suspected of ASD.


Alison Turner



Alison Turner is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist whose practice focuses on interdisciplinary assessment and intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder. She is a member of the interdisciplinary team at 1to1 Therapy Services and the Chief Clinical Officer. Alison is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Western University. She has advanced training in Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and works within the interdisciplinary team with behaviour analysts, psychologists and occupational therapists to provide early and intensive intervention to children with or suspected of having autism spectrum disorder. Alison is the chair of the OSLA Special Interest Group for autism spectrum disorder.


12:15 PM –

1:15 PM


Lunch & Annual General Meeting


1:15 PM –

2: 45 PM


Session #3:Looking Back and Moving Forward: Uncovering the state of Autism Intervention Research in the field of Speech-Language Pathology



From the Autism Spectrum and Language Disorders lab at the University of Western Ontario Dr. Janis Oram Cardy and Amanda Binns will bereviewing the researchsubmitted for the OSLA advocacy on Autism servicesanddiscussing their ongoingresearch project aimed at supporting SLP service delivery for pre-schoolers with suspected or diagnosed Autism, in Ontario.


Amanda Binns



Amanda Binns is a Speech-Language Pathologist and PhD. Candidate at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. With over 10 years of experience working as a clinician, she uses her clinical experiences to inform her researchand support best practice in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Amanda'sresearch hasfocusedon two lines of work – parent implemented interventions for children with autism and development of a framework to guide clinical thinking about the reciprocal relationship between stress, self-regulation and communication development.She has presented to and worked with professionals,parentsand policy makers,locally, across North America and internationally.



Dr. Janis Oram Cardy

Ph.D., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO


Dr. Janis Oram Cardy has been researching and supporting children with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders for 25 years. Following clinical training at McGill, she worked as a speech-language pathologist at Sick Kids and completed a PhD in S-LP at the University of Toronto. Janis is currently an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Acting Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, where she studies the neural underpinnings of language development and disorders in children and conducts practice-based research in collaboration with clinicians. She currently holds a 50K grant from the Masonic Foundation of Ontario aimed at maximizing the impact of speech-language services for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder in Ontario.

2:45 PM –

3:00 PM

Session #4: Update on the Ontario Autism Panel (OAP)



Cindy Harrison

M.Sc., S-LP Reg. CASLPO 


Cindy is a Speech Language Pathologist and President and CEO of CommuniCare Therapy and ACT Learning Centre. Cindy's area of clinical focus is the provision of assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder, disorders of relating and communicating, intellectual disabilities, global developmental delays and other developmental disorders. Cindy holds a post graduate certificate in DIR/Floortime. Cindy has completed the Advanced Training in the Early Start Denver Model and is a master trainer for The Play Project. Cindy also has experience with PROMPT, and Hanen.


Cindy is also Senior Faculty for Profectum, a not for profit, New Jersey. Cindy is currently teaching in Profectum’s Training Program educating occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, educators and physicians in the use of the DIR model in their practice settings. Cindy is a well-known public speaker who trains and educates clinicians and parents in North America and abroad.


Cindy holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Vermont. She is very active in her community and serves on a number of Boards and community associations. Cindy lives in Ottawa with her husband, Don, and her two children (her youngest, now 21 years old is on the autism spectrum).

3:00 PM –

3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM –

4:00 PM

Session #5:Adolescents and ASD



Oftentimes, therapy is the last place that tweens and teens with “high functioning” or Level 1-2 autism want to be. Once they’re in your therapy room or social skills group, they can often give all the right answers or perfectly describe the social skills they should be using, but their peer relationships don’t improve. This session will focus on two main issues: getting buy-in from reluctant teens whose parents or IEPs dictate that they’re receiving services, and then using your own social life and skills to guide therapy.


Alexandra Schwabe



Since starting her career as a speech-language pathologist, Ali Schwabe has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2015, she worked at ISAND (Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders) in Toronto before moving to Boston where she worked at Bierman ABA Center and Milestones High School and Transitions Program. Last year she returned to Toronto and ISAND, where she developed and delivers the Getting Social Program for school-aged children and adolescents based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® methodology. Ali completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program and has received Level 1 PROMPT certification. She advocates for the profession as an OSLA board member and is a Loran Scholar.