Webinars and Presentations

Looking for up-to-date, relevant information on autism and related developmental disorders?
The Johnson Center’s ongoing webinar series features clinicians, researchers, and knowledgeable experts presenting information that every parent, professional, caregiver, and person with autism needs to know. Participants attending the live presentations will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.

*  These webinars are offered free of charge
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Check out presentations from our colleagues at the Autism Research Institute here.

Unable to attend or missed a webinar? Don’t worry, past presentations are archived on The Johnson Center YouTube Channel. Click here to subscribe and view past presentations.


Upcoming Presentations


Obesity and Failure To Thrive Concerns in Children with ASD
Presented in partnership with the Autism Research Institute
November 9, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


Patient and Family Centered Care: What You Need to Know
November 17, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register Click Here

This webinar will review the history of patient and family-centered care, the core principles involved in integrating this approach in a pediatric setting, and the significance it has on both the family and the clinical team.

Presented by Jeanna Hill, MS, CCLS


Johnson Center Research Update
December 2, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Presented by Laura Hewitson, PhD


Ask the Nutritionist – Live Q&A
Presented in partnership with the Autism Research Institute
December 7, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


Essential Oils - Separating Fact from Fiction and Applying Common Sense and Scents
December 15, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This webinar will cover a basic introduction to essential oils and will answer the what, why, and how of essential oils, including safety measures, precautions, and the importance of doing your research.

Presented by Rebeca Flores, RN


Anxiety and Autism: What You Need To Know
December 16, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

We are increasingly recognizing the high rates of comorbidity between autism and anxiety. This presentation will review the ways in which anxiety may manifest in a person with autism, how those might look different from what we typically think of as anxiety, and tips for helping people with autism deal with anxiety.

Presented by Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA and Alan Gutierrez, MS, RD, LD


Feeding: Beyond the Basics
RESCHEDULED - DATE TBD - To Register, Click Here

You’ve initiated a feeding intervention plan for your child, and you’ve hit a wall.  Or you are slowly moving through a big scale plan that needs some additional support for success as it has taken longer to make progress than anticipated.  Or maybe you simply want more strategies for success as you get started in helping your child.  Join us for this webinar as we expand on options for dietary and nutritional support in a feeding program.  We will cover food chaining (and corresponding recipes) in detail, fundamental nutritional supplements which may support your child as a “bridge” to better health and nutrition, and an update on research in this area.

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


To view webinars from previous years, visit The Johnson Center YouTube Chanel by clicking here or visit the Autism Research Institute here.


Previous Topics Include:

Diet and Nutrition in Caring for the Caregiver - Nutrition for the Brain and Body to Make it Happen: Sleep, Food, and Supplements
Gaining Instructional Control for Effective Teaching
A Parents Guide to Navigating Insurance Coverage
Strategies for Increasing Language and Communication
An Overview of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Inclusion Beyond the Classroom
Navigating Support in Higher Education for Students with ASD
Don’t Forget the Siblings - They Need Help Too!
An Introduction to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Utilizing Students’ Interests to Teach Social Skills
Hydration: How Much is Enough?
Practical Strategies for Building a Healthy Meal Plan – Short Order Cooks No More
Nutrition and Adolescents: A time of change may call for changes.
Overview of the DSM-5 Changes to the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Effects of Medical Experiences on Early Childhood Development
Tips & Tricks to Herding Cats: How to Organize Your Family and Thrive in Chaos
Healthy Nutrition Approaches for the School and School Year
Going Beyond Behavior-Specific Praise: How we can utilize praise for social and emotional learning
Social Skills, Social Networking, and Adolescents with ASD: What Every Parent and Professional Should Know
Tips and Resources for Emergency Personnel: How to communicate and assist people with ASD
How to Evaluate Quality Nutritional Supplements – Are They Really all the Same?
Breakfast and Learning/Academic Performance
Science Doesn’t Have to Be Scary: Decision Making Thoughts for Parents and Caregivers
Parents’ and Students’ Rights in Special Education

And much more…