Research Poster Session

Research Poster Presenter Conference Registration: 

We are pleased to offer the student early-registration rate for up to four presenters per accepted submission. 

$475 / Full Symposium

$350 / Two Day Registration

$200 / One Day Registration

The primary contact person listed for each proposal that is accepted will receive a letter providing instructions on conference registration. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER until your team has received this letter.


List of accepted Research Posters:

Title: A Participatory Research Project: Friendship Space App Development
Poster Presenter(s): Theresa Andreou
This participatory action-research project coalesced expertise from the fields of autism and dynamic media design to explore inputs from five high school students with ASD for the purpose of developing a well-informed and functionally relevant App. This collaborative process which focused on users insights (interviews, probes, focus-groups) will be outlined.


Title: A scoping review of workplace accommodations and associated work environment measures for adults with ASD
Poster Presenter(s): Zonera Sharif, Madiha Sultan, Tony Wang, Briano Di Rezze
For adults with ASD there is little research focused on the work environment. This scoping review examined the literature related to employment interventions and identified workplace environment measurement tools. Results indicated specific accommodations effective for positive job experiences, but more research describing more detailed accommodations and workplace measures is needed.


Title: Adapting the PEERS program: A comparative analysis of program length and duration
Poster Presenter(s): Miranda D'Amico, Loredana Marchica, Stephanie Peccia
The present study compared the efficacy of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) to an adapted 7-week version. Results demonstrate significant gains in social skills after the original 14-week program but not after the condensed version, implying an importance to duration and intensity of the program.


Title: Detecting Conversational Faux-Pas: How Do Bilingual Adolescents with Autism Compare to Their Monolingual Peers?
Poster Presenter(s): Marina Marukhnyak
This poster presentation examines the impact of bilingualism on the ability of adolescents with autism to recognize conversational faux-pas.  Using methodology similar to that used in the previous studies, the present research extends existing studies on conversational understanding in monolingual English-speaking children with autism to a bilingual English-French sample.


Title: Effectiveness of an intensive toilet training camp for children with autism
Poster Presenter(s): Evelyn Romero, Christina Danos, Laura Henderson, Erin Lemke
Nine children with autism participated in a 4-day modified rapid toilet training program. Results indicate that eight of nine participants learned to remain dry on a toileting schedule.  Social validity via parent satisfaction was assessed.  Limitations and recommendations for future clinical practice are discussed.


Title: Examining Social Support Among University Students with ASD
Poster Presenter(s): Komal Shaikh, Busi Ncube, James Bebko
With an increasing number of young adults with ASD attending post-secondary institutions, it is important to examine the social support available to these students. This project provides insight from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Mentorship Program (AMP), a support program offered at York University.


Title: Improving Social and Friendship Skills: A High School Group Intervention
Poster Presenter(s): Theresa Andreou 
Ten high school students with social-communication and friendship challenges related to core deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder anxiety and depression were recruited to participate in a school-based implementation of the PEERS Curriculum Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Laugeson et al 2011


Title: Interoception in Autism: A Systematic Review
Poster Presenter(s): Denise DuBois, Pushpal Desarkar, Meng-Chaun Lai, Stephanie Ameis
Atypical sensory processing is now a diagnostic criterion of ASD but the well-known examples of sensory symptoms in ASD e.g hyper or hypo sensitivity to touch/pain relate to external sensory inputs only. Thus interoception and its potential relation with clinical symptoms remain a very important yet poorly understood.


Title: Literacy and Comprehension in Children with Autism and Language Impairment
Poster Presenter(s): Dijana Bogicevic
This qualitative review study explores literacy in children on the autism spectrum with language impairment and their ability to demonstrate the knowledge. The findings indicate that these children can become literate and demonstrate knowledge when instruction involves the use of sight word reading, prompting, and assistive communication as strategies.


Title: Making your own way: New knowledge from the perspective of parents of children with autism navigating intervention
Poster Presenter(s): Stephen Gentles, David Nicholas
How do Ontario parents make their own way to the interventions they feel are needed to address autism-related concerns? This poster presents highlights from a recent qualitative study documenting the navigating process and its evolution from parents’ perspectives.


Title: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adults with ASD: Participant Insights
Poster Presenter(s): Georgina Robinson
This participatory action research project introduced a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme (Teasdale et al., 2014) to a group of young adults with ASD and a history of comorbid depression.  Participant insights, adaptations developed, outcomes, benefits and recommendations for practitioners will be outlined.


Title: Multimodal Emotion Recognition in Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Case of Music, Face, and Voice
Poster Presenter(s): Shalini Sivathasan, Jacob A. Burack, Eve-Marie Quintin 
This proposed doctoral dissertation aims to provide insight toward difficulties as well as strengths children with ASD may exhibit in identifying emotions across various modalities (i.e., music, faces, voices) and ultimately how this knowledge can be applied to educational practices and programming.


Title: Predictors of Transition to School Practice Use for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Poster Presenter(s): Laura Fontil, Ingrid Sladeczek
Transition to school is difficult for most children but children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience difficulties that greatly surpass those experienced by typically developing children.  Transition support practices can facilitate transitions to school.  The present study will investigate predictors of transition to school support practices for children with ASD.


Title: Quantifying Application of a Self-Regulation Framework
Poster Presenter(s): Casey Burgess
Self-regulation is identified as one of Ontario’s six essential learning skills but consensus on a definition severely limits assessment and application. Initial attempts to measure outcomes of pre-packaged programs have thus been unreliable. The current study involves the development of a process-based scale to measure application of a self-regulation framework.


Title: Treatment of severe problem behaviour in a boy with autism
Poster Presenter(s): Evelyn Romero, Michelle Resaul, Ashley Vieira
This poster outlines a treatment procedure for the severe problem behaviour of a 5-year-old boy with autism. The treatment procedure included the following components: Functional Communication Training (FCT) and Delay and Denial Tolerance Training.  Upon completion, no problem behaviours were observed during training. Follow-up and limitations are discussed.


Title: Using a ‘Break Program’ to Reduce Flopping Behaviour
Poster Presenter(s): Nicky Lord, Christie Bowick, Ashley Pyatt
This poster will review the effects of a Break Program on flopping behaviour in a 7-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program was effective in reducing flopping behaviour to near zero levels. Data collection, methods, analysis and results will be presented.


Title: Using A Training Manual to Increase Knowledge of Applied Behaviour Analysis in Students.
Poster Presenter(s): Laura Slawson, Brittany Westman 
Providing effective training to placement students is essential for enhancing their knowledge and practical application of Applied Behaviour Analysis acquired during their academic studies The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of an ABA Training manual on students knowledge of ABA principles during their placement.

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