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Join us this Spring for 
Huntsville's 2nd
"Unlocking the Mystery of Developmental Disorders" Conference!

Date:  Friday, May 5. 2023
Time:  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 7:30) 
Place: Trinity United Methodist Church

              607 Airport Road  
            Huntsville, AL 35802

**School Teachers**
CEUs will be awarded- Details provided as date gets closer!


Individual Tickets:  

Early bird (ends Saturday, April 15th) = $100 per person
Beginning April 16th = $125 per person

Purchase Orders and Group Discount Orders:
Please contact Denise Gillespie for details!
Phone (text or call): 205-612-4458
Early bird for 5 or more individuals (ends Saturday, April 15th) = $80 per person
Beginning April 16th for 5 or more individuals = $100 per person

Deadline for Purchase Orders = Friday, April 21st.

***If you are interested in being an Exhibitor***
Contact Denise Gillespie: or call/text (205)612-4458


Special Education Consultants & Conference Organizers' mission is working to "unlock the mystery" of developmental disabilities by providing current information and professional expertise that will empower parents and educators. 

This conference is designed to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals on critical issues associated with disabilities! Speakers will cover topics including special education law, behavior concerns and plans, transition options, first response advocacy/safety and managing compassion/fatigue.

What others are saying....

"To say I enjoyed the conference today is an understatement! I was bombarded with knowledge and tidbits to assist my students to improve behavior and access the curriculum. I was very impressed with the fundamentals of Special Education Law. Leslie Allen was phenomenal! Sarah from UAB Sparks was amazing! As special education teachers we get so wrapped up in the behaviors we see on the surface forgetting the function or triggers that cause the behaviors. Laura Cole was inspiring! Her reminder of getting in the Awe-tism world and take the small steps to help bridge communication is core to improving language skills in all students.
I have saved the best for last, Dustin. I am amazed by his story and his dedication to changing the lives of others, heartwarming! I am not a sky diver yet but I am inspired to take risks.
I have called and emailed several other teachers and next year hope to represent (our) County Schools well at the conference!" Huntsville Conference, 2019

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***Check back often! Speaker information updated regularly!!***


W. Jeff Bryson, Ph.D
"Catatonia and Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overlooked Feature"
This presentation will provide information about catatonia and why it is seen with autism
spectrum disorders. This will include defining catatonia, how it presents in various conditions
including autism spectrum disorder, and an overview of research in this area.

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Regan Crane M.S., CCC-SLP

"Visual Supports for Communication at Home and School"

Attendees will leave with strategies and resources to immediately begin creating visual language supports and modeling those language supports in functional, productive ways. Through discussion and video, we will discuss the research supporting aided language stimulation and the use of CORE vocubulary in instruction for students who are non-speaking or who have significant articulation or language delays.

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Dr. Whitney Wayne Meade

“Understanding Data Collection and Your Child’s IEP”

This session will introduce the various methods of data collection and how data should be used to facilitate the development of effective IEPs.


Leslie Allen
“Special Ed Law 101: A Crash Course for Educators”
Special education law is complex and litigious with many moving parts to be considered when trying to understand the legal requirements of educating students with disabilities. This session will provide educators with an overview of significant areas of special education law, including child-find, evaluation, eligibility, IEP/placement, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)/the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues. The overview is designed to highlight basic rules and common (and typically unintentional) missteps that can result in legal difficulties for school systems.

Tish MacInnis - - Ambassador of the CDC and Prevention Learn the Signs Act. Early
"Developmental Milestones - Helping Parents Monitor their Child's Development"
Attendees will be provided information to recognize developmental milestones. Small group activities and power point presentation will offer examples of CDC resources and other Alabama state partners for Learn the Sign Act early.

Carley Frensley - -Alabama Lifespan Respite (ALR) Project Coordinator Carley Frensley
"Give Me a Break! How to Identify and Why to Use Respite"
This presentation will be an overview of the importance of respite, Alabama Lifespan Respite’s statewide program, and specifically ALR’s Universal Respite reimbursement program, which provides funding to enable family caregivers to take needed respite breaks.

Jared Hendricks With Suzanne Hoy and Melissa Walters - -Safe in Home
"Empowering Independent Living Through Remote Supports"
This presentation will focus on solutions that can support independence with safety.  Remote Supports can help meet an individual’s goals of medication management, transitional living, prompts for ADL’s, kitchen safety, visitor safety, and more.  The focus of our presentation is to communicate how remote supports and assistive technology can help unlock new possibilities for individuals while driving self-determination and creating opportunities for learning.  This is accomplished through supported independence, dignity of risk, and the opportunity to control one’s environment.

Jared Hendricks

Suzanne Hoy

Melissa Walters

Ashley Watkins, M.Ed., RBT

Ashley Watkin's presentation will cover naturalistic teaching and pivotal response training strategies for students with ASD. 
It will include video demonstrations.



Agneda is still being developed

7:30- 8:15 a.m.


8:15-8:30 a.m.

Cindy Nelson

8:30-9:45 a.m.


9:45-10:05 a.m.


12:15-12:45  p. m.

Break/Lunch Pickup

12:45-1:45 p.m.


1:45-1:55 p.m.


1:55- 2:55 p.m.

10:05-11:05 a.m.


2:55 p.m.

Dismissal/ Pick up Certificates 

11:05-11:15 p.m.

11:15- 12:15 p.m.
Contact Us


CINDY NELSON: Conference Coordinator


205-612-4458   se
Sponores/ Exhibitors


Alabama Lifespan Respite
Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose/ UCP
Child's Play Therapy Center
Cognition, Brain and Autism Lab
People First of Alabama
Silver Linings Neurodevelopment

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