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Speakers -​ Health & Wellness Track

The 2nd Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium is thankful and grateful for the many speakers who are giving of their time to spend with us in sharing great information at this event.




"Autism: A Medical Perspective" - Kara Nash, RN


Summary of Presentation

We will discuss the use of functional MRI in identifying brain differences in people with autism and how that affects their health and response to medications. We will also look at prevalent medical co-morbidities in autism and how neuroatypical wiring affects people on the spectrum's ability to process "mental health" medications. Alternative modalities of healing such as: CBD oil, vitamin supplements, nutrition, and chelation therapy will be discussed.


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"The Importance of Health Screenings" - Scott Kramer, MSEd and TBA


Summary of Presentation



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"Drinking, Drug Use, and Addiction in the Autism Community" - Elizabeth Kunreuther, MSW


Summary of Presentation

Individuals with Asperger’s have a higher risk of developing substance abuse than the general population. Stressful social, vocational, and educational demands increase risks. Discussion includes protective and risk factors, understanding addiction, and strategies for support.


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"Grief Recovery" - Julie Cox, LICSW, CGRS


Summary of Presentation

This presentation will provide information regarding grief to include the definition of grief, identifying grief, specific coping skills, managing loss of expectations and how to take actions that will lead toward recovery. The presentation will also provide participants knowledge on how to help their loved ones cope with grief.


This presentation replaces the talk that was to be given by Robert Watkins.  Robert passed away on March 31, 2018, due to a heart attack.


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