Learn how to help your child THRIVE!

From the comfort of your home, navigate the challenges of the autism spectrum and learn how you can give a child the best start in life from our panel of experts.

From the comfort of your home, navigate the challenges of the autism spectrum and learn how you can give a child the best start in life from our panel of experts.

Why Attend The Autism Parenting Summit?

The Summit bridges the ever-growing gap between autism experts and special needs families. You can learn effective strategies to support your child on topics that matter most:

  • Behavior Solutions
  • Speech & Communication
  • Social Skills
  • Sensory Solutions
  • Transitioning to Adulthood
  • Picky Eating
  • Executive Function & Motor Skills
  • Education
  • Dealing with Transitions
  • Mental Health & Anxiety
  • Self-care for Parents
  • And much more... 

Join us from May 12 - 15, 2023

Meet our Keynote Sponsors

Dr. Gabriel M. Belfort, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Clinical Development Sciences & Operations at Axial Therapeutics

Sponsored: The Gut Brain Axis

Dr. Gabriel Belfort is the senior vice president of Clinical Development Sciences and Operations at Axial Therapeutics. Dr. Belfort is a central nervous system (CNS) focused physician-scientist and medical director accelerating clinical development of high quality novel therapeutics to patients with significant unmet needs. An MD with training in neurology, and PhD, postdoctoral and industry experience exploring molecular, cellular, and pre-clinical pharmacological aspects of CNS function.

Carmellina Stetson, MA, BCBA

Clinical Director NC, Blue Balloon ABA

Sponsored: Supporting Social Skills Development

Carmellina Stetson is the clinical director of Blue Balloon ABA in North Carolina in the Triangle and Triad region. Carmellina has her masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism Studies from Ball State University. She is also pursuing her doctorate degree at Capella University in Applied Behavior Analysis with research interests in maintenance and mastery criteria, as well as competencies for future BCBAs. Carmellina has extensive experience developing programs for individuals with ASD from ages 2-27 and takes pride in valuing all individual’s learning styles and preferences in order to help each individual reach their highest potential.

Dr. Erik Won is the president & chief medical officer of Wave Neuroscience, a biotechnology company developing innovative solutions to optimize brain function, including autism spectrum disorder. Wave technologies utilize computational neuroanalytics and brain imaging to customize treatment protocols with the aim of restoring optimal neurological function. These modalities represent a form of precision-medicine that has been researched or is currently in clinical trials with premier institutions such as US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Neurorestoration, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) – David Geffen School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine, Brown University – Warren Alpert Medical School, and the Texas A&M Institute for Bioscience and Technology, among others. 

Dr. Erik Won

President & Chief Medical Officer of Wave Neuroscience

Sponsored: Novel Therapeutic Approaches for ASD, including MeRT

Dr. Neil H. Riordan, PA, PhD

Founder and Chairman of Medistem Panama, Inc.

Sponsored: Stem Cell Therapy for Autism

Dr. Neil Riordan is one of the early pioneers and experts in applied stem cell research. He is the founder and chairman of Medistem Panama, Inc., a leading stem cell laboratory and research facility located in the Technology Park of the prestigious City of Knowledge in Panama City, Panama. Dr. Riordan is founder, chairman and chief science officer of the Stem Cell Institute in Panama, which specializes in the treatment of human diseases and conditions with adult stem cells, primarily human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

Dr. Theoharis Theoharides has been a Professor of Pharmacology at Tufts University School of Medicine for 40 years and now he is Professor at the Institute of NeuroImmune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. He has received multiple awards for his work as well as his humanitarian efforts. Dr. Theo has published hundreds of scientific papers and first showed that mast cells, known for causing allergic reactions, are critical for inflammation, especially in the brain, and are involved in conditions that worsen with stress, including autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Theo is scientific director of Algonot, LLC and has helped formulate unique dietary supplements. He has 37 patents and trademarks, including some covering the use of luteolin in brain inflammation and autism.

Dr. Theoharis Theoharides, PhD, MD

Scientific Director of Algonot, LLC

Sponsored: How Inflammation May Affect Children With Autism

Meet Ouexpert Speakers

Emily Ransom

Behavior Management Consultant

Decreasing Aggressive Behavior in Autism

Tannalynn Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

5 Communication Strategies to Teach Nonverbal Children with Autism

Michelle L. Myers

Author, Song Writer, Music Producer & Autistic Advocate

Autism and Using Senses to Teach New Things

Jenny Sanders

Founder of Jenny Sanders Health & Wellness

Self-Care and Self-Love (Avoiding Parental Burnout)

Sharon Czerwien, MA

Homeschooling Parent, Speaker & Author

Helpful Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder

Victoria Cooksley

Sleep Consultant

How to Reduce Anxiety Around Bedtime Routines

Gayle Y. Fisher, M.Ed., Ed.Tech.

Learning Differences Consultant

Behavior Interventions Based on Intrinsic Motivation

Karen Massey

Child Speech Therapist

Autism and Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Michelle Ridsdale

Autism Parent & Founder of

Building Safe Social Relationships Online for Young People – Dangers of Social Networks

Dr. Michael Ellis D.O., FAACAP


Transitional Life Issues – Possible Medications

Heather Cook

Autistic Self-advocate, Life Coach, Teacher & Autism Coach

How Sensory Issues Make Socializing Harder and What You Can Do About It

Jarilyn Conner, PHD, MPA, MA

Public Speaker, Professor & Advocate

You are not Alone: Support Services for Parents and Caregivers Who Have Someone They Know Diagnosed with Autism

Sam Mitchell

Autism Advocate

Taking the Word "Normal" Out of Our Vocabulary

Arlene Lechner, M.Ed

Co-Founder of EASE

Developing Relationships for Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed

Co-Founder of EASE

Developing Relationships for Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Alyssa Schienbein m.Ed

Developmental/Behavioral Consultant Owner of Exceptionally Educated

Creating and Changing Routine

Dina Farmer

Certified Autism Travel Professional

Traveling with an Autistic Child

Angela Taylor, MS, CNS, LDN

Dietitian-Nutritionist & Author

SCD and GAPS Diet for Autism

Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CAS

Occupational Therapist

Executive Function and Autism

Shelly McLaughlin

Pathfinders for Autism Program Director

Wandering and Elopement

Officer Laurie Reyes

Police Officer

Wandering and Elopement

Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP

Owner/Director/Speech Pathologist/Lead Advocate

Autism and IEPs: Successfully Navigating Special Education

Siobhán Wilcox

Life Coach, Founder of Sacred Wisdom Academy

Stress Management and Self-care for Parents of Special Needs Children

Emily Holl

Director of The Sibling Support Project

Seven Simple Strategies for Sibling Support: Tips for Parents and Service Providers

Andrew Crosbie

Branch Co-chair for the National Autistic Society South Lanarkshire

Transitioning from School to the Workplace

From Our Attendees: How The Summit Changes Lives

Get The Support You Need

Parenting a child with autism can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs. As a parent, you are not just a caregiver but also a teacher, advocate, therapist, and so much more. Every day brings new concerns about communication, social skills, behavior, and daily activities - enough to make your head spin.

But you're not alone. The Autism Parenting Summit is here to help.

This FREE online event, from May 12 - 15, 2023, offers expert speaker sessions on the topics that matter most to you.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to get the support you need. To join us, hit the red button below and discover how you can improve the lives of your child and family.

Who Should Attend The Summit?

If you're parenting a child or young person on the autism spectrum, you won't want to miss the Autism Parenting Summit. It's the ultimate online event for caregivers seeking expert advice and support without paying a dime.

But the Summit isn't just for parents - it's for the entire autism community. Other family members, allies, caregivers, and people on the spectrum will find valuable insights from this event.

With an incredible lineup of speakers and topics, the Summit offers solutions to the most pressing challenges. From behavior solutions, speech & communication, social skills, and sensory solutions to education, mental health & anxiety, and self-care for parents - there's something for everyone.

Join our global audience of over 25,000 attendees and take the first step towards improving your child's life - and your own.

Thank you to our sponsors

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Question: What is The Autism Parenting Summit?

The Autism Parenting Summit is an opportunity to meet experts in different areas of the autism world.

Question: When is this Summit happening?

The virtual Autism Parenting Summit is a 4-day event starting on May 12th and ending on May 15th, 2023.

Question: Do I need to travel to attend the summit?

There’s no flight or hotel room to book… saving you thousands of dollars, unpaid work leave, and time away from your family. You don’t even need to leave your house — attend from your computer, phone or tablet.

Question: When can I watch the video sessions?

The video sessions starts on May 12, 13, 14 and 15 according to the schedule.

Those days, everyone who has registered gets emails with links to where the sessions will go live. If you haven't registered yet, please do so above.

Please note that the videos will be released each day and available for 24 hours for free. If you would like to have lifetime access to the sessions, upgrade your pass here:

Question: How can I watch the videos?

On May 12, 13, 14, and 15, you will receive emails with links to where the sessions will go live. If you can't locate that email in your inbox, please check your spam folder. It might have accidentally landed there.

To avoid missing any session emails, we kindly ask that you whitelist or add us to your "safe list" by adding or saving our address [email protected] to your saved contacts.

If you're using Gmail, drag the email from your Promotions tab (if it appeared there) into your Primary email tab.

Question: I'm busy on May 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. Can I still watch the videos?

Each session is available for 24 hours. That means you have 24 hours to watch the sessions after they go live.

Suppose you know that you can't make it to the Summit. In that case, you can upgrade to the Lifetime Access Pass — giving you a lifetime, unlimited, "anytime" access to all the expert sessions, ready to watch on your schedule.

Question: Is this Summit available in my country?

The Autism Parenting Summit is a free online event. Everyone from all parts of the world can view all the expert sessions.

Scroll above this page to meet all our speakers and know the topics they're covering.

If you're busy and cannot watch all the sessions when they go live, then we're offering you the option to upgrade now to get unlimited, lifetime access to all the sessions — go to to upgrade to Lifetime Access Pass.

If you have any questions, email our Support Team via They're always ready to help. 

Question: Is the Summit available in Spanish?

We apologize, but we only have English-speaking autism experts. We hope you'd still consider joining us.

Also, suppose you'd like to watch the contents repeatedly until you fully understand how to implement them into your family's daily life. In that case, we invite you to upgrade to our Lifetime Access — this way, you'll get unlimited and lifetime access to all the sessions.

You can upgrade here:

Question: I have a child who is a teen/young adult/adult now. Can this Summit help?

We have several speaker sessions that help kids on the spectrum and teens, young adults, and adults. In addition, we have sessions covering topics like transitioning into adulthood, mental health and anxiety, social skills, and more.

Scroll above this page to meet all our speakers and know the topics they're covering.

Also, this virtual event is free of charge, so think of one golden nugget that you take away and implement in your parenting... that's a step towards your child's independent life!

Question: I signed up but I'm experiencing some technical issues.

We're sorry you're experiencing technical issues. Please head to our Contact Us for some suggested solutions. If the issue persists, fill out the contact form found on that page too.

Question: Do I get a Certificate of Attendance?

Yes we offer this for people who purchase the Lifetime Access Pass. To upgrade today, please visit

Question: Are the Slides Available for Download?

Yes we offer this for people who purchase the Lifetime Access Pass. To upgrade today, please visit:

Question: How do I gift a Lifetime Access Pass?

You can buy the Lifetime Access Pass on this link here: 

You will be able to gift your Lifetime Access Pass to anyone you want. Once purchased, please reach out to us and provide the name and email address you'd like to gift the Lifetime Access Pass to.