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on neurodevelopmental conditions

our 2022 scert conference
was a great success!


October 27 & 28 2022



conference overview

our Speakers

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Dr. Elizabeth Pellicano

PhD in Psychology, Professor

Professor Liz Pellicano has long been committed to transforming autism science so that it more accurately reflects everyday autistic life.

keynote speaker:


Dr. Laurent Mottron

MD, Psychiatrist, PhD in Psycholinguistics

Dr. Mottron is researcher-clinician specialized in the cognitive aspects of autism.

keynote speaker:

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PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill

Breakout speaker:


Dr. Alexis Beauchamp-châtel

Psychiatrist, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Breakout speaker:

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Dr. elizabeth kelley

PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor

Breakout speaker:

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Dr. keiko shikako

PhD, OT/erg., Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disabilities

Breakout speaker:


an art fair
& social celebration

On Thursday night, we celebrated the creativity and talents of Summit School students and other neurodiverse artists. View their showcased artworks and projects (pastels, paintings, drawings, poems) through our art exhibition we called "Our Fourishing Garden."

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Our event this year ran over two days.
The Thursday evening celebrated Summit students through artwork and poetry.
On Friday, keynote and breakout speakers will hosted informative sessions
(OPQ & CPA Approved for CE Credits).

Thursday, October 27, 2022

5:00 - 5:30 PM

New Residence Hall, Room TBA


For the conference.

5:30 - 6:30 PM

New Residence Hall, Room TBA

poster presentations

Research on neurodevelopmental conditions

Deadline to submit an abstract was on October 7, 2022

5:30 - 8:00 PM

New Residence Hall, Room TBA

art fair & cocktails

by Summit School artists and other neurodiverse creators. 


Poster Presentations

Researchers shared their knowledge on neurodevelopmental conditions the evening of Thursday, October 25th.

Friday, October 28, 2022

8:30 - 9:15 AM


A breakfast bar with coffee, croissants, and pastries will be available for attendees 

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Keynote session: Dr. Liz pellicano

The Foundations of Autistic Flourishing

At the core of all decent societies is an effort to enable all people to live full and flourishing lives. But what does a flourishing life look like for Autistic people? 

New Residence Hall, Ballroom

Presented in English with live French translation

11:00 - 11:15 AM


Coffee and snack break

11:15 - 12:30 PM

Breakout session: Dr. Liz pellicano

What does a ‘good life’ really mean for Autistic people?

In this breakout session, attendees will be encouraged to debate and discuss what a ‘good life’ really means for Autistic people, sharing examples and accounts from multiple different perspectives.

New Residence Hall, Ballroom

Presented in English with live French translation

Breakout session: Dr. alexis beauchamp-chatel

Pharmacological treatment and deprescribing in autism and intellectual disability

This presentation will examine the rationale behind the use of pharmacological treatment in autism and intellectual disability and the emerging field of deprescribing for unnecessary medication. 

New Residence Hall, Salle du Parc

Presented in French

Breakout session: DR. Tara Flanagan

Inclusive employment & community participation

A workshop focused on recent data and promising practices that foster inclusive opportunities for Autistic adults.

New Residence Hall, Salle des Pins

Presented in English

12:30 - 1:30 PM


Lunch & Mingling

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Keynote session: Dr. Laurent Mottron

Is there an autistic way to learn language?

In this presentation, Dr. Mottron will argue that when language emerges in autism, its acquisition does not necessarily follow the same route as in typical development. 

New Residence Hall, Ballroom

Presented in English with live French translation

3:00 - 3:15 PM


Coffee and snack break

Breakout session: Dr. Laurent mottron

Autism : differential diagnoses from childhood to adulthood

In this breakout session, Dr. Mottron will expose the heterogeneity of clinical profiles integrated in DSM-5 autism, their developmental transformations, and the role of standardized tools in clinical diagnosis.

New Residence Hall, Salle du Parc

Presented in French

Breakout session: Dr. Elizabeth Kelley

Understanding Depression in Autistic Adolescents: Symptoms, Assessment and Treatment

Dr. Kelley will discuss the symptom profile of depression, and explain how depressive episodes may present differently in autistic children and adolescents compared to neurotypical youth.

New Residence Hall, Ballroom

Presented in English with live French translation

Breakout session: Dr. keiko shikako

making human rights right for children with disabilities

In this session, participants will learn about the United Nation human rights treaties and how they can be used as a tool to develop services, programs, research and advocacy for children with disabilities and their families. 

New Residence Hall, Salle des Pins

Presented in English

3:15 - 4:30 PM

4:30 - 4:45 PM

Closing remarks

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thank you to our sponsors

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