Monday, September 21, 2009

Win A Free Ticket to The NYC Autism/Asperger's Conference on Educating and Healing Children with Autism

Make a comment on this post to enter to win a free 2 day ticket to The Second Annual New York City Autism/Asperger's Conference on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. This year's conference is about "Educating and Healing Children with Autism."

Dr. Nancy O'Hara will be speaking on Sunday. Dr. O'Hara is one of the best speakers on biomedical intervention for children. Her comprehensive lecture "Autism from A Zinc" explains in detail many of the different biomedical problems that children with autism can have and how treating these underlying issues can often resolve many of the problems they face.

"Raising Temple Grandin" author, Eustacia Culter, who raised her daughter Temple Grandin in the 1950's will speak on Saturday about her experience and what she has learned in her journey to help her daughter succeed in the world. Temple Grandin is a Doctor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a bestselling author who has made her life with Autism a strength instead of a weakness. In large part, Temple Grandin has been able to do this because of the relentless efforts of her mother, Eustacia, who saw her uniqueness as a gift and channeled it so that Temple could become a successful high-functioning adult with autism. I heard Temple speak last year and her mother really did a phenomenol job raising her to be the person she is today.

Other conference highlights include:
• James Adams, Ph.d. speaking about Nutritional Problems in Children with Autism: Assessment and Treatment
• Geri Brewster, a nutritionist who has spend 20 years helping children and adults use nutrition to tap into their own innate ability to heal. (Geri Brewster is actually Our Gluten Free Family's nutritionist after an extensive--and expensive--search of all nutritionists in the tri state area.)
• Christina Peck, who worked in medical billing and wrote the book "Blessed with Autism" will speak about the innovative ways she discovered to receive reimbursement for therapies.
West Side. In addition to the speakers, there will be exhibitors there. Last year Everybody Eats
The conference will be held at the Stephen Gaynor School at 148 West 90th Street on the Upper was there with yummy gluten free food and Autism Research Institute had all their best books for sale. Of course, the NAA-NYC will have a table and be able to answer any questions about their parent mentoring program and meetings. I know that the Hollowell Center, which specializes in ADD will be there. Kelly Montross who uses neurofeedback in her practice to help people who suffer from ADD and mood problems will be there to explain this non-drug treatment option to parents.

What To Feed Your Kids is on the board of the NAA-NYChapter and is trying to help get the word out about this important conference to parents who might benefit. The donated ticket is courtesy of Autism Conferences of America.

MAKE A COMMENT TO WIN a FREE TICKET to the 2nd Annual New York City Autism/Asperger's Conference on Educating and Healing Children with Autism.
1) To enter, please comment on THIS post (Click on "comments" below.)
2) Post your comment by 11:59 pm on Thursday October 1st, 2009.

3) One winner will be chosen by random and announced on Friday morning, October 2nd, 2009 at 10 am.
4) NOTE: If you wish to be contacted by e-mail if you win, please include your email address in your comment OR email whattofeedyourkids@gmail with your email and contact info so we can let you know if you have won. Otherwise you must check back on Friday, October 2nd to see if you have won. Unclaimed tickets will be forfeited on the morning of the conference to What To Feed Your Kids/Our Gluten Free Family.

Only one entry per person, but if you blog or tweet about this post, you can get a second entry by leaving an additional comment with a link to your blog post or tweet.


Cherie said...

Oh my goodness! Really?

I would absolutely LOVE to be able to go.

I am only a few hours away and still have so much to learn.

I'll be crossing my fingers and toes!


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Jennifer Ford said...

Hi it's Jennifer F, Zac's mom! I already bought a ticket for the 2 days, but if I win, I would love to donate my ticket to a friend that can't afford it!!! :-)

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Anonymous said...

What an awesome opportunity! Nancy O'Hara is one of the world's best docs in this field. I have heard her speak once before and learned so much.

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nickkz said...

I would like to have an opportunity to visit the conference and hear some speakers also. Nick nickkz - at - gmail - dotcom

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Riley's Planet said...

I would like to go! Great idea:)

You can email me:

Sharon Edwards

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Riley's Planet said...

Great idea! I would like to attend this conference.

Keep me posted:)

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Carmine DePalma said...

What a great way to generate buzz about the event. We don't have enough of these events in the area, so each time we do, it's special

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Looks like a great conference. Gluten free food is expensive so free tickets to a worthwhile conference will go a long way.

Joseph E.

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Amy said...

I would love to win this

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Rindy said...

I would love a ticket. My husband and I were just discussing it last night.

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Eileen said...

This conference would provide me with such useful information about autism. I am both the parent of an autistic child and a registered dietitian who deals with special needs children. Attending would benefit me both personally and professionally.

Thank you for the opportunity,

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mary Jo said...

My Friend has a table at the Conference The Company is called Seans Food... She is a mom who started the company because of her son who suffers from autism. He also has multiple allergies and intollerence to foods. She is so dedicated to creating the right recipe to come up with the best tasting cookies and cakes you have ever tasted..Sean is now able to enjoy some foods that he was never able to eat.
I would love to come to this conference but unfortunately wasnt able to make it. I am also a mom who has a Child with autism and i am treating him naturally and with strict diet intervention.. ever since seans food was created. My son has been able to eat so many cookies and cakes... that are allergen free and delicious Too!!!. If i win this ticket and cannot change my plans i would donate to a friend who could not afford to go. MJ from Queens

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Diane Yellis said...

I'd love to go. Thanks for the chance.

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D said...

I live on long island, do not know much about the diet side of treating Autism and need to know more. I have a 10 year old son with PDD-NOS and need to start trying something new with him.

Diane Carroll

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I attended last year and gained some really valuable information. This year funds are too tight to go, though we need to.

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Tia Smith said...

I can't go, but if I win I will donate to someone :) I just had to say you are Awesome Kirstin! Can't wait to start catching up again.

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Eric "Rock" Eisenberg said...

Hello everone my name is Eric .My wife Karin and I are fighting every day to help our five year old twins Griffin PDD-NOS I think? and Gabrielle not on the specturm but very confused trying to figure why her kind,loving brother can not yet talk with her? My son attends the Rebecca School in New York City and we are truly blessed that he is there receiving the best quality education and love that is possible. We are looking for ways in which to unlock our son's non verbal sensory challenged world.I have heard amazing things about this event and the many great presenters who wiil speak there. Adding to our families challenge is the two plus year battle my Wife is fighting with stage four Breast Cancer.Karin is very brave and gives her Heart!! to us all each day. I would love to have the chance to attend this confrence and learn new ways to help my children grow and develop new skills and eating habits. I wish everyone well and may "God" bless you all. Peace and Love Eric

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Anonymous said...

I have had good success in applying principles of behavior to help children with autism learn communication skills, decrease harmful/inappropriate behaviors, and improve their abilities to learn, interact with others and the environment, and care for themselves. While I know that children with autism sometimes also present with gastrointestinal problems, possibly all of the information that I've ever seen, regarding nutritional therapies, however, has been anecdotal, inconclusive, or hypothetical. So, I am excited to see that there is a conference addressing the medical and nutritional findings related to autism.

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Michael Summa said...

This is an impressive site with all information clearly posted. It is good for beginners and experienced caretakers. Thank you.

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Gina said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity. Would love to attend.

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Beth Rosenberg said...

Great blog. Would love to attend the conference.
thanks, beth

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Beth Rosenberg said...

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The House said...

Hello, My name is Rodne Alteon and I am a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. My younger brother, six years old, whom I treat like my son has autism. I would love to get the opportunity to attend this event hopefully along with him if that's possible. If I had the money I would have purchased the tickets, but billing periods are this time. I just graduated LIU in May and now in the process of finishing some last minute work this semester to improve my transcript for admission into Law School next year. I work very closely with my brother everyday and he has come a long way over these years. I have become very aware and passionate about this issue ever since he was diagnosed. I think this conference would give me an opportunity to learn more about this disorder and hopefully assist me to better help my brother and meet his needs. In addition, bring this information back to my mother and his father.

As the current President of the Xi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc and former President of the Haitian Students Association I have raised awareness on many levels. I have conducted an autism awareness forum on the campus of LIU with a clinical supervisor from the LIU Speech and Hearing clinic. During that time I raised $500 dollars through the Haitian Students Association for an Autism Awareness Fundraiser to sponsor therapy, evaluations and so forth to one lucky child. Myself along with my chapter have consistently walked in the Autism Walk. And I am a strong advocate for including services for children with Autism to be covered by health insurance. I basically do whatever is needed when it comes to Autism, one day I will be able to help more on a grander scale when I am established in my career.

Nutrition is not an easy thing, especially for a child who has autism. I have seen with my brother. As an eyewitness to Speech Language Pathology professionals , aspiring students (know a lot of people that work or volunteer in this interesting field) I do believe that nutrition is something that a child with autism should "try-out." This is a difficult task for the family and most importantly the child who is going to go through it. But the one thing to take into consideration is what the child likes to eat. A parent must revolve the diet around the childs needs and wants as well as implementing the gluten free family where possible.

I also think that this will not hurt the child but can make the situation "better." Nutrition can enlighten ones mind. I read on something that one should put away the milk, lay off the wheat.... but why take away some of the things the child likes, y not just substitute some of those things with food that he MIGHT like that includes nutritional bases. A strict schedule is very important w/ a child who has autism therefore this should not be an issue. A well balanced diet is providing children with great nutrition.

There is a lot of time and effort that needs to be put into this nutritional plan that any parent would want to try-out. Nutrition are one of the keys to a brighter future for an autistic child.

I could go on for days, but if my brother could clearly speak he would ask to attend this event as well. I told him about it and he pointed and said please (but in his own way. A basic nutritional diet can deter mood swings, tantrums and outbursts by the child by a working margin. In turn, subconsciously assisting with the development of language and better communication not only with myself, the parent or any other parents, or loved ones, but his peers and people in general.

This is a long post and its all over the place. It could have been longer, but I hope we get the chance. If not I am going to have to find a way to attend at least one day because I know the information would be vital.

THank you for listening sorry for writing so much!!! Hope I am not to late and can still be considered for the free ticket.

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MicheleA said...

You are an inspiration to us all...
Thank you for giving one of us the privilege of listening to world renowned experts first-hand. Reading a book or article is not quite the same as experiencing the passion of those trying to help our kids.
Thank you also for *your* passion.
I too believe that food is one of the critical missing "pieces."

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