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Speaker Series

Additional Support for Families, Teachers, and Professionals

If you are a parent, teacher, or professional who wants more information about how best to help individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, the topics covered in the Autism Speaker Series can provide you with additional knowledge and guidelines for assessing and treating behavioral difficulties.

Our monthly Autism Speaker Series is on hiatus for the 2023-2024 academic year. We hope to return soon!  In the meantime, we have speakers available to present on selected topics for your organization. Please contact us at   to request a speaker for your organization.  Videos of prior presentations have been posted to our CADD Facebook page.

Prior Presentations 

September 17, 2022
Mental Health Concerns and Challenging Behavior: Strategies for Assessing Needs and Building New Skills

by Elizabeth Klinepeter, Ph.D., LP, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Bayou Building, Garden Room (room 1510)

October 15, 2022
Tokens to Success: How to Use a Token Economy

by Ashley Richmond

Location: Bayou Building, Garden Room (room 1510)

 November 19, 2022
 ¡Un Evento Especial! Dos Presentaciones en Español (Special Event! Two Presentations in Spanish) 

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

¿Por qué mi hijo se comporta así? Razones y recomendaciones para reducir problemas de conducta

by Jennifer Carerra

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

B es para baño: Enseñándole a su hijo a usar el inodoro  

by Danika Bosch-Greer

Dirección: Edificio Bayou, Sala de Jardín (cuarto 1510) 

Location: Bayou Building, Garden Room (room 1510)

 December 3, 2022
Let's Get To Work! Recommendations for Decreasing Problem Behavior During Work Time

by Alison Alverez

Location: Bayou Building, Garden Room (room 1510)

 January 14, 2023
Laughter is the Best Medicine: Creating Positive Experiences During Healthcare Visits

by Jennifer Nguyen

Location: Bayou Building, Forest Room (room 1430)

February 11, 2023
Tell Us What You Want: How to Teach Your Child to Ask For What They Want 

by Chloe Ledbetter

Location: Bayou Building, Forest Room (room 1430)

 March 11, 2023
Get up and move: utilizing teachable moments with ABA

by Rebecca Brockman

Location: Bayou Building, Forest Room (room 1430)

University of Houston-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is able to offer the Community Speaker Series to the public at no charge, thanks to the generous support of area businesses and organizations.  

For more information or questions, contact CADD: or 281-283-3452

Additional Previous Presentations

To check out videos of our previous presentations, visit the CADD Facebook page.


December 9, 2017
Teaching Tolerance: Managing Meltdowns When You Say "No" or "Wait"
by Kelsey Campbell

November 18, 2017
Finding Friends: A Guide to Teaching Social Initiations
by Brittany Zey

October 28, 2017
Figuring it Out: ABA Assessments for the Home and Classroom
by Kyle Dawson

September 9, 2017
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep
by Jack Dempsey, Ph.D., Psychologist, Texas Children's Hospital

April 15, 2017
Stephanie Smothermon
"Looks Who's Talking! Teaching Early Communication Skills"

March 25, 2017
Carolyn Grob
"How to 'Make You're Hired!' a Reality: Preparing Teens for Their First Job"

Feb. 10, 2017
Channing Langlinais
"Don't Sweat the Hard Stuff: Managing Problem Behavior during Work Time"
Video: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Jan. 21, 2017
Dr. Rinita Roberts
"Pediatric Food Refusal: From Assessment to Treatment"
Video: Part 1 and Part 2


Dec. 10, 2016
Lisa Rettig
"Method Behind the Mystery: Understanding and Managing Pica and Stereotypic Behavior": Video Part 1 and Part 2 
Handouts: Slides, Stereotypy Decision Tree, Pica Decision Tree, References

Nov. 19, 2016
Christie Stiehl & Kyle Dawson
"Making Teachable Moments out of Meltdowns for Toys, Treats, and Attention"
Video: Part 1 and Part 2

Oct. 22, 2016
Louisa Hussein
"Applied Behavior Analysis 101"
Video: Part 1 and Part 2

Sept. 10, 2016
Judy Blake
Video: "Autism: A Parent's Personal Journey"

April 9, 2016
Danielle Dupuis
Video: "Tips for Toilet Training Successfully"

Jan. 23, 2016
Bridgette White
Video: "One Bite At A Time: "Manageable Mealtimes for the Fussy Eater"


Dec. 12, 2015
Lauren Phillips
Video: "Preventing Meltdowns: How to Teach Your Learner To Ask, Wait, and Accept 'No'"

Nov. 21, 2015
Wai-Ling Wu
Video: "Organize Your Day! Using Activity Schedules to Promote Independence

Sept. 12, 2015
Kathleen Billette-Saul (Behavior Specialist; Cypress-Fairbanks ISD)
Video: "Parents and Special Education Professionals: The Power of Partnership"


  • Endeavor Behavioral
  • Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union
  • Hegwood Law Group
  • INkids
  • Jersey Mike's Subs
  • JSC Federal Credit Union
  • Susie Bean


  • Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

    Phone: 281-283-3452
    Fax: 281-283-3510

    Arbor South
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 245
    Houston, TX 77058-1002