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April 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, $75 – $100







AANE’s Spring 2020 Conference

Finding Relief: Exploring Traditional and Non-Traditional Methods for Managing Anxiety


Recorded Conference Content Only

To support community health efforts, AANE has made the decision to change the Spring Conference format from an in-person conference with a streaming option to a format where the conference is entirely online. Spring 2020 Conference content will be pre-recorded and available for viewing remotely at your convenience.

Our sincerest apologies for the shift in conference platform. We are hopeful that this shift will allow access to the conference content while supporting larger community health needs.

Register by April 10 to receive the recorded conference content.


Anxiety can be an overwhelming, debilitating experience, one that can impact our mood, day-to-day functioning and relationships. Finding relief from anxiety is an individualized journey that can look different for each of us. Join us to learn about options available to individuals struggling with anxiety.

This conference is for adults on the spectrum, parents of children on the spectrum, and professionals.



Behavioral Assessments in Autism Spectrum: Symptom Identification and Treatment for Anxiety

Dr. Todd Levine

With greater numbers of adults and children being diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, families and healthcare providers are faced with the increased challenge of treating behavioral health needs in this population. There are multiple communication problems in those on the Autism Spectrum that make diagnosing and treating these behavioral needs difficult. The goal of this presentation is to describe high levels of anxiety seen in adults and children on the Spectrum and possible medication management options.


Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Treat Anxiety in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Dr. Carol Singer

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach that is particularly effective in treating Anxiety and Depression. This approach focuses on how thoughts and beliefs impact one’s emotions and actions. CBT is a structured, skills-based therapy. There is considerable evidence that CBT can be used to help children, adolescents, and adults on the Autism Spectrum learn tools to better manage their anxiety. This presentation will provide an overview of CBT that includes: a description of the theory, the structure of the session, ways to introduce the treatment model, and some case examples of CBT methods. The benefits and challenges of CBT for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, as well as modifications to meet the unique needs of this population will be reviewed.


The Pursuit and Sport of Running 

Andrew Novis

No special equipment needed, no balls to chase or manage, no eye-hand coordination required, no peer pressure, and no officials or judges judging your performance. Running can be done anywhere, anytime, with anyone, or on your own, and all you need is your own body. Whether for exercise or as a competitive pursuit, running is a spot where no one cares whether you are neurodiverse, neurotic, nerdy or lacking in social skills. Running can transform how we think and feel, and provide meaningful opportunities to forge new social connections. Andrew shares with audiences his relationship with the sport, and the benefits he has experienced first-hand as an accomplished runner. Whether you are an experienced athlete or considering running for the first time, join Andy to learn more about the sport and how you can get started.


Be Here Now: How Yoga Helped Me Get Present

Karen Lean

Karen will talk about her lifelong experience with AS and anxiety, and the ways she has been helped by her years of yoga practice. As a certified teacher, she has led yoga workshops for the AANE adult community.


When is a Service Dog Right for Your Child

Katy Harrison Ostroff

Katy Harrison Ostroff, Manager of Client Services at NEADS World Class Service Dogs, in collaboration with the family of Maria, her son, Ben and his Service Dog Brody, will provide information to families about the role a family dog, a therapy dog, or a Service Dog can play in the lives of children with Autism. The discussion will include the differences between each type of dog and public access issues associated with each. We will look at some questions that NEADS uses to help a family decide if a Service Dog might be the right fit. Maria and Ben will speak to the impact that service dog Brody has had on Ben and their family, and the Service Dog task work that has been particularly helpful.



Holly Pelletier, L.Ac.

Acupuncture is part of complete system of medicine that originated thousands of years ago. It has withstood the test of time and proved time and time again its efficacy. One of acupuncture’s highlighting attributes is that it works wonderfully for complaints on the mental/emotional scale such as anxiety, depression, phobias, insomnia, panic attacks, obsessions, and compulsions. Acupuncture looks at the person as a unique individual and each treatment is specific, therefore making this an exceptional modality for all people, including kids and teens.



Tickets:  Tickets are available until Apil 10

Virtual Attendee $75 per person. This ticket allows attendees to view the conference remotely via livestreaming services.

Virtual Attendee: Physician (CME Credits) $75 per person (Please note that this ticket is for professionals seeking continuing medical education credits.)

In-Person Attendee: Physician (CME Credits) $100 per person (Please note that this ticket is for professionals seeking continuing medical education credits.)Continuing Education Company, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Continuing Education Company, Inc. and the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). Continuing Education Company, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The following sessions are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

–Behavioral Assessments in Autism Spectrum: Symptom Identification and Treatment for Anxiety, Todd Levine, MD (1 credits)–Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Treat Anxiety in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Dr. Carol Singer (1 credit)

For all inquires and requests, please reach out to events@aane.org



April 10
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
$75 – $100
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x32