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Autism Conversations: A Framework for Assessment and Intervention Across Age and Ability Levels

  • 29 Mar 2019
  • 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH


  • Enrolled half-time or more (minimum of 6 semester hours or the equivalent per semester) in a program leading to an advanced degree in school psychology or other related field. (35 hours per week).

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NHASP Annual Spring Conference

Friday, March 29th 2019 

At the Grappone Conference Center


Autism Conversations: A Framework for Assessment and Intervention Across Age and Ability Levels

Presented by 

Marilyn Monteiro, Ph.D.


8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m

Registration Begins at 7:45 a.m.


Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Ave, Concord, NH 03301

Click here for the print brochure

Continuing Education Credits

5.5 CE credits are available for this event!

This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and NHASP. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice and State Board of Psychology for all NH licensees.  NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content, www.nhpsychology.org.

NHASP is a NASP-approved provider of CPD hours and Certificates of Attendance will be accepted toward NCSP. A total of 5.5 CE credits will be awarded for this event.

Workshop Description

This intermediate level presentation is appropriate for school psychologists, SAIF's, educational evaluators, speech-language pathologists, special education directors, and other educators who work with students at any level. 

This one-day conference provides a practical framework to understand and talk about autism spectrum brain style differences in students across age and ability levels. Participants will be introduced to qualitative interview techniques using the MIGDAS-2 evaluation process, and learn to develop individualized behavioral profiles highlighting student strengths and differences. Participants will gain practical skills in identifying and implementing key educational supports and interventions to address organizational, regulation, and self-determination skills development in an individualized way.

Note, conference slides will be sent electronically, not printed. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Use a visual organizational framework in line with the DSM-5 and IDEA criteria to recognize the full range of autism spectrum differences in school-aged students (preschool through secondary).

2. Use descriptive language in explaining autism spectrum differences to parents and teachers.

3. Be able to list 2 key tools to conduct a sensory-based diagnostic interview with students whose communication skills range from verbally fluent to functionally nonverbal.

4. Recognize a range of autism spectrum evaluation tools and identify how to use a core group of tools to make effective diagnostic determinations.

5. Develop individualized Brain Style Profiles across age and ability levels.

6. Identify the four key narrative shifts that individuals, parents, and teachers need to make in order to move towards positive independent adult functioning.

7. Identify key supports and interventions that link to the key narrative shifts.

8. Identify the three interview components that comprise the MIGDAS-2 process and their role in a core group of autism assessment tools.

About the Presenter

Dr. Monteiro, is a licensed psychologist and expert in the area of autism spectrum brain style differences. She is the author of two books and a test protocol and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She maintains a practice in Dallas, Texas that specializes in supporting individuals with autism spectrum differences and their families. Dr. Monteiro consults in area school districts and provides training for school evaluators in the areas of autism team evaluations and school-based interventions.



  • 7:45 am:              Registration Opens/Breakfast
  • 8:30-10:00:         Workshop Session I
  • 10:00-10:15:      Morning Break
  • 10:15-12:00:      Workshop Session II
  • 12:00-1:00:         Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00:           Workshop Session III
  • 2:00-2:15:           Afternoon Break
  • 2:15-3:30:           Workshop Session IV
  • 3:30 pm:             Conference Ends


Directions to the Grappone Conference Center can be found at this link.

Registration Information

Conference Fee includes continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch buffet. Please list any dietary restrictions or other special needs. Please be sure to enter your email address above as well.

All registrations must be prepaid or be associated with a valid purchase order number. Payment receipt will be sent to address provided upon request. Cancellations received prior to March 25, 2019 will be refunded less a 5% administrative fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after 5pm on Monday, March 25th, 2019. In case of inclement weather, notification of postponement will be made by email as soon as possible. 

*Students currently enrolled in a school psychology or school counseling program receive a reduced registration fee. 

For those interested in paying by check, please click here for the print brochure. You may register online and then mail a check using this form. Please indicate you have already registered online on the paper form when mailing. 

For questions, please contact Chris Nelson, NHASP President, cnelsonnhasp@gmail.com

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