Announcing Beat the Heat 2016 Keynote Speakers: Kristin Neff, Sarah Barnes & Jesse Trocino!


We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for Beat the Heat 2016.

Thursday, June 30

Dr. Kristin Neff  – The Science of Self-Compassion
Be good to yourself!  Dr. Kristin Neff  will discuss self-compassion.  Learn practical strategies for maintaining emotional well-being in a stressful work environment.   Find out more about Dr. Neff on her Self-Compassion website.

Friday, July 1

Jesse Trocino – My Life on the Range
Jesse will describe the path he took to achieve his dream of becoming a cowboy.  He comes to us from Project SPEAK, a training program for people with developmental disabilities who want to become public speakers.

Sarah Barnes – Meredith & Me
Sarah will speak on the joys, frustrations and sorrows of raising a daughter with intellectual disabilities.   For the Austin American Statesman, she writes a column titled “A Different Road” about raising Meredith. Read more about Sarah and Meredith on her website.

Bet you can’t wait to register!  Stay tuned, we’re almost there.

New FREE Autism Resources


Region 13 is excited to announce the revision of the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism website ( and the launch of the Autism Circuit website (  Our goal with these sites was to develop resources for educators, parents, and community members focusing on evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder.

Visitors to will find information to support the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) with individuals who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This website include links Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET) where you will find documents providing information and research on EBPs and evaluations/assessments.  You will also find information on trainings and webinars specific to ASD, the Texas State Autism Conference, and a variety of state and national resources. provides quick access to tools that may be used when working with an individual with ASD.  Each tool provides an explanation of how to use the tool, printable templates and resources, and links for additional resources.  There are also links in each tool connecting them to an EBP webinar and a TARGET document.

Please share these resources with educators, parents, and anyone else who works with students with autism.  We also welcome any feedback you may be able to provide.

Evidenced Based Intervention Techniques for Children with Autism

There are a variety of interventions for children with autism that claim to be the most effective in improving outcomes for children with autism. This circumstance can make it difficult for clinicians to pick the most suitable intervention for the client with whom they work. In order to select the most appropriate intervention, clinicians should have an understanding of the continuum of interventions including the theoretical framework, key components of intervention techniques, and practical implementation.

Join us at Region 13 for a workshop presented by Anna Dvortcsak, MS CCC-SLP where we will review the continuum of intervention techniques for children with autism and will provide information on selection of the most appropriate treatment technique.

When: September 25, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: ESC Region 13, Austin TX

Workshop ID: FA1532679

Cost: $45                              Register through Region 13’s E-Campus

OR watch at home or in your office with our Livestream option

Workshop ID: FA1533013

Cost: Free                             Register through Region 13’s E-Campus

 5.5 TSHA CEUs pending for both options

Questions, please contact Cyndi O’Toole at or 512-919-5180

Upcoming AAC Workshop: PECS to SGDs


Picture Exchange Communication System to Speech Generating Devices

Date: July 20, 2015

Time: 9-4:00pm

ID #: SU1532786

Register at:

Is your learner ready to transition to a Speech Generating Device? Do you need help selecting a device and/or preparing your learner for the transition? This training will help get your questions answered!

This full-day workshop will describe procedures for analyzing a learner’s current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a Speech Generating Device (SGD). The course will also cover choosing a device, teaching functional use of the device, and why we must teach the basic principles of communication to our learner first to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.

Further details and information about registration can be found here.

*Participants should bring a Speech Generating Device (SGD) to the training for use during a variety of activities to get the full experience.

Hill Country Summer Institute App Available

Hill Country Summer Institute LogoCheck out it out! ESC Region 13 has launched a multi-event conference app and this year’s Hill Country Summer Institute is included!  Like last year, we have three versions of our app available.  The app features:

  1. Schedule– From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  2. Speakers– Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  3. HandoutsPlease Note!  Printed handouts will not be available at the institute. Links to the handouts will be found in the session descriptions. At the top of each session description, look for the documents tab. We will be posting handouts as they are received from the presenters.
  4. Floor Maps– Have our floor maps in the palm of your hand!
  5. Twitter– Tweet about Hill Country directly through the app. You can use this hashtag: #r13hillco. You can also follow us @SLPRegion13

Region 13 conference app icon

Versions 1 & 2

ESC Region 13 app is available for iOS and android devices. Visit our app’s landing page for download information and ways to share with your colleagues:  Once inside our conference app, look for the Hill Country Summer Institute Event. Set up a profile and follow your favorite topics and presenters!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Version 3

The Hill Country Summer Institute web app is located here:  This is a great option for individuals following the conference on their computer or laptop.