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Speaker Series

Important COVID-19 Update

In accordance to the CDC's recommendation for social distancing, our 2021-2022 Speakers Series will begin in a virtual format!  However, we may resume in-person presentations prior to the of the series. In addition, a video recording of each presentation will be available on the Autism Center Facebook page within days after each presentation.

For university and health alert updates related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the UHCL Health Alert webpage.

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! After each lecture, a video of the presentation will be posted to our CADD Facebook page.

Upcoming Presentations

2021-22 Speaker Series

Cost: Free

Zoom Webinar Link  

All Presentations are 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

September 18, 2021
Building Bridges Between Home, School, and Medical Settings: Keys to Strong Partnerships

by Sarah Mire, Ph.D., LP, LSSP, NCSP, Associate Professor of School Psychology and Associate Department Chair- Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences, University of Houston-Main

October 9, 2021
To Adulthood and Beyond! Life After A Diploma

by Amanda Davis

November 6, 2021
Teachable Moments: Ways to Capture Learning Opportunities During Your Everyday Life 

 By Brianna Banks

December 4, 2021
Rewards Over Reprimands: Using Reinforcement Instead of Punishment to Decrease Problem Behavior 

by Aunie Abernathy

January 15, 2022
Serving Others With Compassion and Equity: Tips for Therapists, Educators, and Other Service Providers

by Emma Walker

February 19, 2022
Let's Sit and Eat! Increasing Appropriate Mealtime Behaviors and Food Variety 

by Sydney Dillinger

March 5, 2022
Tell Us What You Really Want! Teaching Your Child to Express Their Wants and Needs 

by Mary Signorella

April 16, 2022
The Dream Team: Behavioral Strategies to Support a Good Night's Sleep

by Chessa Coad

May 7, 2022
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Teaching Tolerance to Medical Procedures

by Andrea Hoang

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

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