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.

The Autism Speaker Series is a free, monthly lecture provided by third-year graduate students in UHCL’s behavior analysis program and invited speakers from the community. Lectures are open to the public, and we ask that attendees register in advance.

Our 2018-2019 Autism Speakers Series is now available! Select the green "register" button to view all of the lecures and reserve your space!


Upcoming Presentations

Announcing the 2018-19 Speaker Series
Location: University of Houston-Clear Lake, Bayou Building, Garden Room 
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Cost: Free 
Parking: Student Parking, Lot D

September 8, 2018                                                                                                                                          Understanding Your Child’s Dual Diagnosis: Autism Plus ADHD or Anxiety Leandra Berry, Ph.D., Psychologist, Texas Children’s Hospital

October 13, 2018                                                                                                                                                          Removing the Training Wheels: Strategies for Teaching Independence                                          Tessa Conaway

November 17, 2018                                                                                                                                                Why Punishment Should Be the Last Option and What to do Instead                                              Alexis Marcouex

December 8, 2018                                                                                                                                                    The Wh- Questions: Teaching Learners to Ask About Their World                                                  Fernanda Oda

January 26, 2019                                                                                                                                                  Saved by the Bell: An Introduction to Classroom Management Strategies                                          Marisa Goodwin

February 16, 2019                                                                                                                                            Expanding the Mealtime Horizon: Tips for Decreasing Challenging Behavior and Increasing Variety into Your Learner’s Diet                                                                                                                    Sarah Williams

March 23, 2019                                                                                                                                            Becoming Their Voice: School Advocacy 101    Justin Hunt

April 13, 2019                                                                                                                                                        Goodbye Tantrums: Teaching Your Learner to Tolerate “Wait,” “Not Now,” and “No”              Caitlyn Metoyer

Thank you to our sponsors:
Endeavor Behavioral, Hegwood Law Group, JSC Federal Credit Union, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, and Susie Bean Gives!  

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:
AutismCenter@uhcl.edu or 281-283-3452

Previous Presentations

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


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"
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"
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
    Email: autismcenter@uhcl.edu

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