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


Diet and Nutrition in Caring for the Caregiver - Nutrition for the Brain and Body to Make it Happen: Sleep, Food, and Supplements
Presented in partnership with the Autism Research Institute
January 13, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This talk covers the importance of self-care for adult caregivers, and focuses on reasonable dietary and lifestyle choices and appropriate basic nutritional supplementation. We will talk briefly about all of the current dietary trends, what to believe, what is based in evidence and research, and how to make choices for yourself and your family amid all the noise. This talk will review the key components to success with the above strategies by focusing on two major components that wear us down – poor sleep habits and poor nutrition. It will review sleep hygiene and natural sleep support options, healthy dietary intake for all, and nutritional supplements to consider for acute support when needed.

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


Gaining Instructional Control for Effective Teaching
January 21, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Challenging behaviors at home can often feel unmanageable and lead to a chaotic household. Do you sometimes see teachers or providers working with your child and get frustrated when you aren’t able to help your child in the same way? Are you looking to minimize turmoil in your household? This presentation covers strategies you can use to minimize challenging behaviors and arguments at home and help better support your child in his or her home life.

Presented by:
Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA


Navigating Support in Higher Education for Students with ASD
February 18, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This presentation will review support and resources for students with autism and related developmental disorders as they enter into higher education. This will include how to find the right “fit” when looking at programs and schools, a review of typical sources of support provided by colleges, as well as private sources of support.

Presented by Claire Schutte, PsyD, BCBA-D


Don’t Forget the Siblings - They Need Help Too!
Presented in partnership with the Autism Research Institute
March 23, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This talk will focus on the nutritional needs of siblings of individuals with autism.

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


An Introduction to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet
April 7, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Research verifies the connection between behavior and inflammation in the nervous system and other parts of the body. Learn how what we eat influences the body’s inflammatory response. An anti-inflammatory diet (AID) can be one crucial factor for balancing physical and mental well-being.

Presented by Alan Gutierrez, MS, RD, LD 


Utilizing Students’ Interests to Teach Social Skills
April 21, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This presentation describes how to identify and utilize a students’ interests to help them learn social skills in a natural environment. Doing activities and sharing information that interests your student provides opportunities for spontaneous and successful social interaction in an environment where the student is ready to learn and where you can be a meaningful and successful social coach.

Presented by Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA


Hydration: How Much is Enough?
May 6, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This presentation will address the most common question and concerns regarding healthy hydration. Maintaining proper hydration is vital for optimizing brain and body function. Learn how to customize your families needs and habits based on simple observation techniques.

Presented by Alan Gutierrez, MS, RD, LD


Practical Strategies for Building a Healthy Meal Plan – Short Order Cooks No More
Presented in partnership with the Autism Research Institute
May 11, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


Nutrition and Adolescents: A time of change may call for changes.
May 19, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Research over the past two decades provides evidence of the role of diet and nutrition in all adolescents.  For children with particular dietary elimination protocols or supplementation strategies, onset of puberty and adolescence indicate the need for evaluation and revision of any current intervention plans.  Join us for this webinar which will discuss the specifics of the research, dietary choices, and supplement considerations if you have or serve a child entering this phase of life.

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


Overview of the DSM-5 Changes to the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
June 2, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders has changed with the release of the newest diagnostic manual, the DSM-5. Several previous diagnoses have been replaced with an “umbrella” diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This presentation will review changes to diagnostic labels, as well as criteria. A brief discussion of “best practice” in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder will also be covered.

Presented by Claire Schutte, PsyD, BCBA-D


Effects of Medical Experiences on Early Childhood Development
June 16, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

A child’s development can be significantly impacted by stress and trauma related to medical experiences. This webinar will focus on developmental concerns and interventions that parents and healthcare providers should address.

Presented by Jeanna Hill, MS, CCLS


Tips & Tricks to Herding Cats: How to Organize Your Family and Thrive in Chaos
July 7, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This webinar will cover ideas, tips, and tools gathered from a number of parents on ways to stay on top of things, handle the communications and recommendations across multiple providers, and thoughts to keep your proverbial head above water.

Presented by Anissa Ryland


Healthy Nutrition Approaches for the School and School Year
Presented in partnership with the Autism Research Institute
July 13, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


Going Beyond Behavior-Specific Praise: How we can utilize praise for social and emotional learning
July 21, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This webinar reviews ways in which parents, teachers, and caregivers can utilize praise to teach values and ideas. Many of us have been told to use behavior-specific praise - stating what behavior our student or child is doing or is doing well when giving verbal social reinforcement. But why do you want that behavior to continue? Which of your values does this represent? What does this mean in the larger social context? This presentation will describe how we can give praise that teaches children our social and emotional values, in addition to providing reinforcement.

Presented by Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA


Social Skills, Social Networking, and Adolescents with ASD: What Every Parent and Professional Should Know
August 18, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, Twitter, Facebook, and whatever the next new app(s) are to come along….social media is a growing and important component of the social lives of adolescents these days. Not only do parents and professionals need to be aware of the science behind the use of technology and the dangers it may present, but an awareness of the social rules and roles of social media are of vital importance to teaching social skills to adolescents with ASD. Through the support and work of a group of knowledgeable teenagers (siblings and friends of adolescents with ASD), we will review important information and considerations for navigating this complex and daunting maze.

Note: If you know of a teen who would like to volunteer to serve on our panel, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Tips and Resources for Emergency Personnel: How to communicate and assist people with ASD
August 25, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This presentation will help emergency personnel and first responders better understand autism and the types of behaviors that might be encountered in emergency situations. Tips for interacting with and best serving individuals with autism will be discussed.

Presented by Claire Schutte, PsyD, BCBA-D


How to Evaluate Quality Nutritional Supplements – Are They Really all the Same?
Presented in partnership with the Autism Research Institute
September 14, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN


Breakfast and Learning/Academic Performance
September 15, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Did you know the first meal of the day is a strong determinant for academic performance and attention? We will review some of the compelling research and then apply the science to the kitchen. This fun presentation will give you tasty ideas to support your family when starting the day.

Presented by Alan Gutierrez, MS, RD, LD


Science Doesn’t Have to Be Scary: Decision Making Thoughts for Parents and Caregivers
September 29, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Parents and caregivers of children with health or developmental concerns are often faced with conflicting, unsolicited, or unfamiliar advice and recommendations when it comes to making decisions about their children’s care. This presentation will provide tips and tricks for how to filter through the overwhelming amount of information and ideas on how to become an educated and aware consumer.

Presented by Anissa Ryland


Parents’ and Students’ Rights in Special Education
October 6, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

This webinar will provide an overview of the rights of students and their parents who are navigating the special education system. IEPs, ARD meetings, IDEA, LREs - the special education system is filled with jargon that can be challenging for even those of us who work in it. This presentation covers the basic ideas that guide special education, your rights in the process, tips on advocating for yourself or for your child, and resources for more information or additional help in getting your child’s educational needs met.

Presented by Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA


Feeding: Beyond the Basics
October 20, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - 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


Anxiety and Autism: What You Need To Know
November 4, 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


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


Johnson Center Research Update
November 17, 2016 from 12 pm - 1 pm (CST) - To Register, Click Here

Presented by Laura Hewitson, PhD


Patient and Family Centered Care: What You Need to Know
December 2, 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


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


To view webinars from previous years, visit The Johnson Center YouTube Chanel by clicking here.