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The 2016 AIE Symposium featured keynote presenter Dr. Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town (Nebraska) and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Nebraska School Of Medicine. Dr. Friman addressed the causes of anxiety, explained the reasons for increased prevalence of anxiety in individuals with ASD, and provided research-based intervention strategies for addressing anxiety in individuals with ASD and other diverse needs. He also shared a variety of evidence-based strategies to help professionals and caregivers bring about meaningful changes in behaviour for individuals who are dealing with a variety of challenges.

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A follow-up session for board and district ASD Consultants and Specialists was presented by Marlene Breitenbach, M.S.Ed., BCBA. Marlene shared practical relaxation strategies and discussed the use and potential benefits of social narratives.

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