We have already started planning for next year’s annual MAP conference! Mark your calendars for Friday, April 20, 2018, and come spend the day with other families and professionals interested in learning best practices for young children with autism at the beautiful Bridgeport Conference Center. Right off of I-79 between Fairmont and Clarksburg, the Conference Center is located in the Charles Point development and is home to many excellent restaurants and hotels. We will offer the same mix of family-focused training as well as a BCBA/professional track, but hope to add more time for participant networking. We are also listening to feedback from this year’s meeting asking for sessions relevant to other treatment team roles, such as psychologists, OT’s and speech therapists. Be thinking about what topics you would like to have covered during this day long training, and we will send out a survey for your ideas and suggestions later in the fall.
This year we were fortunate to have professionals and family members representing all areas of WV, and our reviews were great! More than 125 attended, and while we had a few technical problems with audio equipment, the day was a huge success. After our first conference, we have learned a little more about what you would like and how we can make the day run smoothly (have our own A/V professional traveling with us for all emergencies) and increasing the opportunities for social interaction. We can’t wait!
This conference is dedicated to providing education and information on evidence-based methods for families who have young children with autism, and to support the professionals who work with those families. Mountaineer Autism Project is a unified group of parents and professionals whose goal is to have one voice in the state dedicated to empowering parents, supporting best practices, providing accurate and up-to-date information, and making lasting changes in the state to enable West Virginia’s children with autism to achieve their highest potential. We provide advocacy, family support, and information resources.