About the PEPSA Autism Summer Institute

Download FlyerThe Autism Summer Institute is an annual workshop aimed at providing high quality professional development to a wide spectrum of professionals, including ESE and general education teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, SLPs, OTs, instructional assistants, administrators, and parents who impact the lives of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The 18th Annual PEPSA Autism Summer Institute will feature exciting keynote presentations each morning followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.

This Year's Summer Institute: July 16-17, 2019


Each day, the keynote will be followed by two 90-minute breakout sessions. Topics include:


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Featured Keynotes

Myles, Brenda SmithJoel Shaul, LCSW
Joel Shaul is a mental health specialist living in Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2011, he has presented professional workshops in the United States and Europe on social-emotional teaching and therapy strategies. Joel’s workshop teaching is backed up by dozens of clear, visual social skills kits that are available for free download from his website, autismteachingstrategies.com. He is the author of six illustrated children’s books published by Jessica Kingsley on social communication, social skills, and emotional regulation for children with autism spectrum disorder, including The Conversation Train and The Green Zone Conversation Book.

Myles, Brenda SmithJoshua M. Nadeau, Ph.D.
Joshua M. Nadeau is a licensed clinical psychologist who directs the clinical treatment team at Rogers Behavioral Health in Tampa. In his research and practice, Dr. Nadeau focuses on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, as well as in the adaptation of evidence-based techniques to address the unique needs of youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Nadeau received his doctorate in school psychology and completed his post-doctoral research fellowship in clinical psychology from USF. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders among children, adolescents and adults. Additionally, Dr. Nadeau is an active member of the International OCD Foundation, Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, and the Association for Positive Behavioral Support.

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This product was developed by the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with ASD, a project funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.