Autism Tennessee is proud to present
our annual fall conference:

 “Strategies for Success”

Co-hosted by TN Dept of Education
Saturday, October 1, 2016

8:00-8:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

Belle Meade United Methodist Church
121 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

Conference Information

With the theme “Strategies for Success,” we will provide practical ways to support learning and emotional growth allowing for increased independence.  Attendees who will benefit from this conference include educators, administrators, and support staff, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and caregivers. Each attendee will use the information presented at our Strategies for Success Conference to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum. We hope you will consider being part of this exciting event.

The conference format will entail three topic sessions that are broken into ability/age (early childhood, elementary, secondary):

  • Session 1: Behavior- Topics including functions of behavior and behavior interventions- modeling, prompting, token boards, incentives, ABC model, replacement behavior, de-escalation.
  • Session 2: Antecedents- Topics including schedules, technology, task modification, including visuals, practical tips, classroom applications, and accommodations.
  • Session 3: Self-Regulation- Topics including calming strategies, environmental factors, proprioceptive and vestibular input, planning and organizing, self-monitoring, co-regulation support.

Participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to use practical tools to create a supportive environment for growth and learning. Our hope is that the skills and tools learned will be used beyond the walls of the special education classroom.

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Registration is currently open. If you have any questions or are in need of any ADA accommodations, please contact Autism Tennessee at (615) 385-2077, ext. 3 or Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and handouts.  *To register as a Family Member, you must be a family member of an individual with ASD. ASHA CEU’s are available for an additional $25/person.

Registration Rates:

  • Click here to register
    Autism Tennessee Members  

    • Individual with ASD- $35
    • Student (with Student ID)- $35
    • One Family Member*- $55
    • Two Family Members*- $90
    • Professional- $85

    • Individual with ASD- $35
    • Student (with Student ID)- $35
    • One Family Member*- $70
    • Two Family Members*- $110
    • Professional- $120
  • Group Rate 8+  Click here for group registration
    • $60 per person

Opening Speaker:
Chloé Sybert
Sophmore @ Austin Peay State University
Chloé will share her journey with autism.


Lynda Judd M.Ed.
Autism Consultant
Williamson County Department of Education

William E. Shonts, LPC
Certified Autism Specialist
Fair Winds Way, PLLC

Krista Jurkonis MHS CCC-SLP
Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
Word of Mouth Autism Clinic Director

Andre Anderson, BCBA
Certified Behavior Analyst
Exemplary Behavior


Lyndsay Younkin, MA, NBCT Exceptional Needs Specialist
Autism Consultant
Williamson County Board of Education

M. Alexandra Da Fonte, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Director of Professional Students
Department of Special Education
Vanderbilt University

Ada Winford M.Ed.,
Autism Team
Metro Nashville Public Schools


Carlin Giles, LPC-MHSP
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner
Papillion Center

Meg Embody, MMFT
play, sand, art, and equine therapy
Papillion Center

Courtney Carlisle Bolton, PhD
postdoctoral fellow UCLA PEERS® Clinic
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

EXHIBITOR Registration is now closed.

We expect to see around 250 therapists, parents, and educators of individuals with ASD at our conference.  Share information, highlight your program offerings, and network with the autism community by becoming an Exhibitor at our conference.Because there are a limited number of exhibit opportunities available, we will accept exhibitors directly related to the purpose of the conference and meet the mission of Autism Tennessee.

 Exhibitor Fee Includes:

  • One table (no table cloth) and two chairs
  • Access to family members, therapists, and educators of individuals with ASD
  • Your marketing materials/products included in registration packets for attendees (limit one)
  • Conference registration (including snacks and meals) for one individual
  • You may request access to an electrical outlet, but we cannot guarantee that access.
  • Exhibitors have the option of donating their conference registration to be used as a scholarship for a parent to attend the conference in the exhibitor’s name.

Exhibitor Fees

  • Individual on the spectrum                                                 $75
  • Non-profit, Agency member of Autism Tennessee            $120
  • Non-profit, Non-member                                                    $155
  • For-profit, Agency member of Autism Tennessee             $160
  • For-profit, Non-member                                                     $195
  • Additional exhibitor attendants requesting meals              $20/each

The Exhibitor registration deadline is September 1. Space is limited, so register today! If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Cloud at (615) 385-2077×4 or  Please Note:  Items can NOT be sold at the exhibit tables without PRIOR APPROVAL.


Reasons for Support Direct access to potential customers. Support of services for the autism community and their families. Benefits of Sponsorship Social Media and Advertising Impressions ~20,000. Brand development through recognition on-site and in print materials. Sampling opportunities and visibility.

  • Date – Saturday, October 1, 2016, 8:00-3:00
  • Location – Belle Meade United Methodist Church 121 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205
  • Expected Attendance – 250 (educators, parents, and autism professionals)

Types of Sponsorships
To sponsor this event contact Babs Tierno (615-385-2077 or email

Co-Host Sponsor: $5,000
Presenting Sponsor: $2,500
Lunch Sponsor: $1,000
Supporting Sponsor: $500

Special Thanks to our Conference Sponsors!!




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Contact Us

P: (615) 385-2077
F: (615) 383-1176
T: (866) 508-4987
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Open Late Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Additional hours available by appointment.


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