The Help Group Summit: Autism, Learning Differences & ADHD

One of my favorite ongoing clients is The Help Group, and their annual Summit is an excellent time to tap into the research & new ideas that pop up all the time.

Along with live-tweeting for their twitter account, I created a storify so people not on twitter can also follow along! Storify is a new outlet for me, so please connect if you are there and say hello.

The Help Group Summit brings researchers, clinicians, teachers, students & parents together to learn the advances & new best practices. This year’s Summit focuses on Autism, Learning Differences & ADHD.

Here is a sample of pictures from Friday! Check back for short Saturday clips too.

Transition program @AdvanceLA holds a raffle for a great bike.

As you enter & sign in, tables display some of the amazing programs you can find at The Help

Silver Lining Resale Vintage Store both trains teens & YA w/ special needs, plus all the proceeds benefit The Help Group!

Group. It isn’t just a school, but also has numerous after-school and weekend activities as well as aiding int hat very important part of lives – Transition.

Here you can find a recent podcast with Dr. Amy Griffiths of Advance LA & pictures of their Halloween party!

Of course we get a swag bag too, with pens and schedules and such. I still use the one I got last year; great for papers & other conferences.

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Always send your attendees away with swag they’ll use often, like bags and pens. They’ll become your own Brand Advocates.


I really enjoy the variety of sessions as well as atmosphere (and coffee/tea/water availability!). Speakers’ slides are given to attendees upon sign-in which allows us to listen and not furiously take notes.

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Note the ASL Interpreter in the bottom right corner of the right picture. 

Dr. Firestone with Champion for Children Awardee Sen. Carol Liu & ABC7’s David Ono

On to lunch!

John Farrimond first introduced David Ono, emcee and representing the Summit’s Media Sponsor ABC7.

Then Dr. Firestone, CEO of The Help Group, introduced First 5 LA, Major Sponsor of the Summit and gave framed student art as thanks.

For many reasons too numerous to list here, The Help Group awarded Senator Carol Liu a Champion of Children Award.

Liu was brief but quite powerful in her acceptance speech: “I share and support the HELP Group’s fight to ensure all children are treated with dignity and given the support they need to reach their full potential. The HELP Group, volunteers, and parents have proven themselves indispensable partners and effective advocates for children with special needs.”

Senator Liu also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, instrumental in passing legislation to aid the life of all serving & living with autism.

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Always publicly thank your sponsors. During lunch you have a captive audience!

More on actual sessions tomorrow, but here’s a quick video of The Help Group Children’s Choir performance!

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Where you can show your outcomes in action, do it.

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