SPEAKERS

Dr Martha Herbert

Bio

Dr. Martha Herbert is a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, a member of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and the Director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research And Neuro SCience Evaluation of Neuro Developmental Disorders).  Her research program includes structural and functional connectivity studies in neurobehavioral disorders, particularly autism, as well as the integration of brain biomarkers into translational research. She recently opened a new clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Body-Brain Resilience Center, specializing in the personalized treatment of complex diseases like autism.

Abstract

Dr. Martha Herbert presents her revolutionary framework for autism that is fast becoming a game-changer in the treatment and prevention of this disorder. Learn to look at autism as something that develops, not something that is destined. This frees you to find ways to make it milder-or even dial it back. Your autism challenge can teach you how to better support the health of your whole family, your future children and the world.

Dr Suruchi Chandra

Bio

Dr. Chandra has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a medical degree from Yale University. She completed a psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean Hospital combined program at Harvard Medical School. She also has extensive training in integrative and holistic medical treatments. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including the Autism Society National Conference, TACA, ABOARD, and Autism Center for Enlightenment. Dr. Chandra has a private practice in Mountain View, California.

Abstract

The increasing rates of autism spectrum disorders cannot be fully explained by genetics or better diagnosis.This suggests that environmental factors play a role in the development of autism spectrum disorders. We will start with a overview of the scientific literature on the effects of various chemicals on neurological development. Then, tools and strategies will be presented to help you minimize your exposure to chemicals and electromagnetic fields and create a healthy home for your family.

Andrea Starkey

Bio

Andrea Starkey is co-founder of the Circle of Independent Learning Charter School. COIL Charter School offers a personalized learning environment that builds bridges to success for students. Working with homeschool families since 1980, she has been a consultant to schools and a presenter at workshops and conferences. The California Consortium for Independent Study recognized Mrs. Starkey as an Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In October 2014, Andrea received the Pioneer Vision Award from the APLUS+ Association of Personalized Learning Schools and Service. In addition to earning a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Education Intervention, she has completed several postgraduate courses with an emphasis in learning differences such as ADD, ADHD, Autism, and Dyslexia.

Abstract

Making Homeschooling Work

Educating a student in the traditional school system can be very difficult. When students have challenges like autism it can be wearisome to understand and track the learning accomplishments. Homeschooling offers a choice from the classroom environment. It allows the parent's direct input to the learning. There are many options and alternatives available with homeschooling your child. To make any schooling work, whether choosing traditional classroom instruction or homeschool, our outlook toward education is the most important. In a charter school setting, it is possible to combine the benefits of homeschooling with the teacher support and student interaction of a traditional school, to create the best personalized learning environment

Anat Baniel

Bio

Anat Baniel, clinical psychologist, dancer, close associate of Dr Feldenkrais, and best-selling author of Kids Beyond Limits, is internationally renowned for breakthrough clinical outcomes with children with special needs including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her NeuroMovement(r) approach, which she developed over 30 years helping thousands of people of all ages move beyond limitations, is supported by brain research and leading neuroscientists.

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In this experiential presentation participants will learn the 9 Essentials of the Anat Baniel Method; science­based practical tools that can be applied immediately at home with their child. Employing the essentials enhances the brain's ability to perceive differences – this is the source of information which helps the child on the spectrum make sense of their world, increasing their "signal to noise" ratio. This NeuroMovement approach leads to remarkable cognitive and emotional breakthroughs in addition to highly important improvements in physical functioning.

Lenae Crandall

Bio

Lenae Crandall is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope, Expression, and Education for Individuals with Severe Disabilities (HEED), and is certified to teach special education. Lenae graduated from Brigham Young University in special education with a severe/profound emphasis. After completing her student teaching, Lenae spent five years teaching 3rd to 9th graders at a school specifically created for children with disabilities. Most of the students she has worked with have very limited to no speech, and the majority have autism and related conditions. Lenae has also worked with individuals with the following conditions: multiple disabilities, deaf-blind, visual impairments, intellectual disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and traumatic brain injury.

In 2010, Lenae came across the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), an educational method used to empower the learner to express his/her thoughts, reasoning, and opinions (developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay). She completed the Soma RPM Introductory Course in Summer 2013, and in June 2014 Lenae began interning with HALO clinic directly under Soma Mukhopadhyay. Using this method, Lenae has been able to help students learn far beyond their teacher's and parent's expectations and to communicate and express themselves at a level their families previously thought impossible.

Lenae believes strongly in the power of education and the need for EVERY human to access knowledge in order for them to grow, develop, and have a happy/ fulfilling life. She believes communication is powered by education and essential for every human.

Abstract

Many individuals with Autism and related conditions are frequently not taught communication, nor are they educated with age appropriate academics. They are said to be "mentally retarded," "low functioning," or "severely autistic." Many are non-verbal and said not to understand language. Others can say some words and carry a basic conversation about interests or wants but not much more. When individuals are deprived of communication and education, self-actualization is difficult to obtain and many emotional and psychological issues may arise.

Soma® RPM is an educational method developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay that leads to communication. It allows non-verbal students, or students who do not successfully carry all types of conversations verbally, to show knowledge and learning, express opinions, wants, reasoning or thoughts. The teacher, parent or provider identifies the open learning channel in the instant of learning and teaches accordingly, beginning with learning how to choose and what to choose. RPM has shown successful results with thousands of students previously given labels such as "low-functioning," "severely autistic" or "mental retardation". Many are now successfully learning, communicating and self-advocating, and some are even going to Universities. In this discussion, we will be exploring case studies of students using RPM and hope to encourage others to open the doors for others to communicate, receive an education and have a fulfilling life.

Peter Sullivan

Bio

Peter Sullivan is an environmental health funder who focuses on toxins and wireless safety. He has spent the last 15 years successfully recovering his sons from autism and sensory issues. In the same time period, Peter also recovered from mercury poisoning and the effects of high levels of wireless and EMF exposure. He speaks about autism and environmental health at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Previously, he was a software designer for Netflix, Inc., Interwoven, Inc., Excite@Home, and Silicon Graphics. Prior to working in high-tech, Peter was an Executive Officer and pilot in the United States Navy. He has a B.A. in psychology from University of Detroit and an M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.

Abstract

This presentation will include Peter's personal story of helping his two boys recover from autism and restoring his own health. It will also include key concepts for understanding autism as a state of overload from multiple factors (total load theory) and how wireless radiation and EMF fit into that context. Additionally, Peter will explain what you can do to immediately reduce your child's exposure to wireless radiation and EMF (electromagnetic fields) and how to help them be more resilient to its effects. Finally, the role of fight or flight mode in the context of EMF and detox will also be explained, as well as other emerging solutions to reduce wireless and EMF exposure.

Arya Baskar

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Arya Baskar has homeschooled her special needs son Hari since Middle School. Hari Srinivasan, diagnosed with autism since age 3, graduated as valedictorian and as a member of the National Honor Society from his charter high school. During that time, he went onto to win a number of writing awards at local, state and national levels. Hari's blog is at journal4hari.blogspot.com

Abstract

In her presentation Arya Baskar will talk about homeschooling from a parent's perspective. She will talk about the options available to parents, and the pros and cons of various approaches. As a successful homeschool parent, her valuable insights will enable attendees to take a closer look at homeschooling and consider whether it might be a viable option for them.

Jill Rege

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Jill Rege is a mom and writer. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three boys. Her oldest son has recovered from autism, her middle son has everything-but-autism, and her youngest son is going to be President. She is a part of the Thinking Moms' Revolution as a member of TeamTMR and as a contributor to the blog, writing as Zorro. She also has her own blog on healthy eating and alternative treatments for autism, epilepsy, food allergies, and chronic fatigue at RecoveryRd.com.

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The Long and Winding Road to Recovery: When we started on the path of alternative treatments for our son, we had no idea how far he would or could go. For my son, recovery wasn't fast (or cheap!), but it happened over time. Briefly, I'll share what we did, how we did it, and a few of the road blocks.

Leslie Bennet

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Leslie Bennett is the founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, an Oakland-based landscape design firm that creates beautiful, edible gardens. She co-authored The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, Feb 2013) and co-founded Star Apple Edible Gardens landscape design firm. Her work brings together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture, working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated landscapes. Leslie's work has been featured in Sunset Magazine, C Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Gardenista.com.

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Eating healthfully is about the food choices you make -- from the seed to the table! How to select, plant, grow and harvest the best foods for your family will be covered in this presentation, including clear step-by-step directions on creating your own raised planting box! Resources for seeds and plants, soil and fertilizers (all organic and non GMO) will be discussed as well, helping you to establish your own edible garden.