Over the past several weeks, I have been doing a lot of presenting. The topics have varied from Video Modeling to Early Intervention to Antecedent Based Interventions. I actually love presenting and really enjoy the opportunity to travel to new places and meet different people who are experiencing autism in their own unique way. One of the things I love most about presenting is when someone in the audience has that “ah-hah!” moment. I can almost see the light bulb go off above their head as they furiously write down something they don't want to forget. Often, people will come up to me after the presentation and tell me about their ah-hah moment. Or, I will get an e-mail several days after the conference telling me about the strategy or tip they couldn’t wait to try out at home.
I actually love these moments and appreciate the insight that practitioners/parents share with me. It reminds me that everyone is in a different place along his or her autism journey. Everyone takes away something different from a conference talk. It also reminds me that an important part of my job is to share what we know works! We talk about intensive intervention and active engagement in autism treatment. I have a unique opportunity to stand in front of hundreds of people and encourage them along that path. What an amazing opportunity!