About This Conference

Each year we aim to continue our core theme of “Relationships – the Key to Progress”. This year, the Profectum conference will cross the lifespan of autism, from infancy to young adulthood where relationships are the essential human experience that pave the way to a meaningful future. You will learn to anticipate the needs of the young children you work with now and what they will need in the future, as well as new methods to promote self-reliance when grown.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn the revolutionary movement-sensing perspective on the roots of autism
  • Join a mother’s journey from infancy to adulthood and learn how she developed a perspective of her child’s experience growing up to enhance their relationship and progress
  • Explore the dynamics of partnerships with parents and the separation-individuation process
  • Help individuals improve the executive capacities to function as self-reliant adults
  • Gain awareness of autism and safety promoted through the media
  • Experience virtual reality as a tool to improve police safety in adolescents and adults with ASD
  • Use a phone App that allows therapists to measure connectedness as a pre-post measure of coaching effectiveness
  • Integrate the DIR-FCD™ model into a public pre-school setting with evidence for efficacy of PPT training methodology
  • Enter the classrooms of children to discover the parallel process of developmental and functional competence (DIR® and FCD)
  • Use the newly published DIR-FCD™ Goal Bank to define the educational goals in IEPs
  • Attend breakout sessions each day emphasizing case studies that will bring depth and practical strategies to support development from infancy to young adulthood
  • And much more …
Webcast Series Available

This Conference is available as Webcast Series here.

Rebecca Berg, MS, OTR/L, IMH-E

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Lauren Blaszak

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Nancy Crown, PhD

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John Donvan

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Griff Doyle, PhD

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Michele Havens, EdD

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George McCloskey, PhD

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Monica Osgood, MA

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Elizabeth Osten, MS

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Amy Pinder, MA

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Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD

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Susan Smith-Foley, OTD, MPA, OTR/L

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Rita Solórzano, MA CCC-SLP

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Elizabeth Torres, PhD

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Rosemary White, OTR/L

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Serena Wieder, PhD

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Day 01 Oct 28
8:45am - 9:30am

Welcome & Introduction : Treating the Complexity of Autism: Why Relationships and Mental Health Must Underlie all Intervention and Provide the Keys to Progress

Presenters Serena Wieder
9:30am - 11:00am

The New Frontier: Redefining Autism from the Movement-Sensing Perspective

Presenters Elizabeth Torres
11:00am - 11:30am


11:30am - 12:45pm

Connecting Movement and Sensation to Developmental Challenges in ASD

Presenters Elizabeth Osten
11:30am - 12:45pm

Emergence of a Hidden Child

Presenters Lauren Blaszak
12:45pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 3:00pm

Redefining Autism from the Movement-Sensing Perspective - The Parent Experience

Presenters Nancy Crown
3:00pm - 3:30pm


3:00pm - 4:45pm

Workshop 2: What Professionals Need to Know in Developing Partnerships with Parents

Presenters Ruby Salazar
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Workshop 3: Flying Solo: Connected and Independent

Presenters Griff Doyle
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Workshop 4: Circles of Communication: An Integrative Developmental Language Learning Approach for Individuals with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Differences

Presenters Amy Pinder
3:30pm - 4:45pm

Workshop 1: Understanding the Developmental Foundations of Interpersonal Connectedness – From Movement to Meaning to Measurement

Presenters Josh Feder Elizabeth Osten
Day 02 Oct 29
8:45am - 9:30am

Introduction : From the Movement-Sensing Perspective to Advocacy

Presenters Monica Osgood
9:30am - 10:00am

Autism and Safety! It’s Time for Awareness and Action!

Presenters John Donvan
10:00am - 10:30am

Floreo Police Module | Immersive Virtual Reality as a Tool to Improve Police Safety in Adolescents and Adults with ASD

Presenters Rita Solórzano
10:30am - 11:00am


11:00am - 12:30pm

Helping Developmentally Delayed Adolescents and Adults Improve the Executive Capacities Necessary for Functioning as a Self-reliant Adult

Presenters George McCloskey
12:30pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 3:00pm

The New DIR-FCD Goal Bank

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Workshop 1: Experience DIR-FCD Certificate Level 1 (Professional) Training

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Workshop 2: Integrating the DIR-FCD model into a Public Preschool Setting - Lessons Learned, Evidence, and New Directions

Presenters Susan Smith-Foley
3:15pm - 4:15pm

Workshop 3: Training “Floortime Players” to Support Children in Interactions with Peers: A Model for Camps, Recess, and Social Groups

Presenters Rosemary White
3:15pm - 4:15pm

Workshop 4: More DIR-FCD Goal Bank Case Examples and Workshop

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Workshop 5: The Profectum Parent Toolbox (PPT) and Apprentice Courses

Presenters Rosemary White
4:15pm - 5:15pm

Workshop 6: Advance Your Expertise in the DIR-FCD™ Certificate Level 2 (Fellows) Training

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Workshop 7: Praxis 101: Praxis for the Non-OT Professional

Presenters Rebecca Berg Kristin McNally
4:15pm - 5:15pm

Workshop 8: Integrating Art Therapy and Floortime to Support Social & Emotional Development, Communication and Self-Expression in Autism Spectrum Disorders in an Educational Setting

Presenters Michele Havens Faith Thayer

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