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An Extraordinary Event for Extraordinary People

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 9:30am – 4:00pm

Pre-Con Kickoff with David Finch

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Queens Sports Complex | 2229 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210

We are thrilled to announce that Psychology for All is the official philanthropy of AspieCon!

Through this partnership, a portion of our proceeds will be donated to this wonderful non-profit whose mission is to increase access to psychological services by providing financial assistance to those unable to afford psychological care.

What is AspieCon?

AspieCon is everything you love about ComicCon combined with the best aspects of a community resource fair. It celebrates the incredibly diverse interests of individuals on the autism spectrum while also providing valuable resources and support for our awesome Aspies and Auties, their families, and their friends.

The Aspire team at Southeast Psych is excited to launch our first annual AspieCon! This interactive, “out of the box” event is dedicated to building a strong community and empowering individuals on the autism spectrum.

All are invited to experience our world!

Explore the site to learn more!

Pre-Con Kickoff with David Finch 

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Queens Sports Complex

David is the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger’s Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to be a Better Husband.

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We are thrilled to have David as our special guest for the evening with

 Unmarried:

Secrets to Unlocking Your Own Happiness

and Having a Better Relationship With Your Partner 

He will once again bring his wit and wisdom to Charlotte as he discusses all things marriage and relationships!

This is an adult-only event (individuals and couples).

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres | 6:30 – 7:30pm.

Hero Zone

 This is activity central!
Here you will find details about all of the fun and interactive events at AspieCon.

Want to dress as your favorite characters and don’t know where or how to get started?  Charlotte-area cosplayer, costumer, and character performer Kalliste Cosplay will be sharing ideas, tips, and tricks with you about how to transform yourself and make the most out of a con! 

Dr. Gaskill will be giving his controversial approach to Asperger’s and Autism as a more highly developed brain which humanity needs. In addition, he will speak about the DSM-V and the role the “disease model” is played in the care for the differently wired. This panel will provide information and offer a Q&A experience.

Learn the basics of what Tabletop role-playing games and how they can be used to address psychological issues.  Also learn how to find games and places to learn more about TTRPG’s.

Growing Up Aspie: The Teenage Years, Young Adulthood, and Beyond. Advice, stories, and secrets to help your child thrive now and into the future. 

Is mind-reading for real? Decide for yourself. Psychologist and magician Dave Verhaagen will perform some amazing acts of mentalism that will have you questioning whether we can really read other people’s thoughts.

Merely Players is bringing three rounds of trivia to the con, so get your team ready!  We’ll be asking 10 questions per round – DC vs. Marvel, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, and Fun and Games.  Prizes will be awarded to each round’s winning team!

Are there times it is difficult to tell how your feeling or your child? Biofeedback is a cutting edge tool that helps kids and parents learn more about how distress impacts their body and their physiological reactions. By the use of technology, Biofeedback helps to increase one’s awareness of his/her stress level and receives feedback on how well a relaxation technique is actually working. Come check out how biofeedback works for you!

We’re excited and honored to have some of our favorite superheroes on-hand at AspieCon!  They’re taking the day to meet with all of our attendees, so come find them in our Meet and Greet area for pictures and super high-fives!  Capes not required, but certainly a lot of fun.

Triple Play Farm offers Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy [EFP] and nature based sessions as an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Our animal partners are critical to the success of our programs and the environment we create at the farm. Cooper, Milo, and Otis can’t wait to meet you! 

Kerbal Space Academy will showcase game play in Kerbal Space Program, discuss live streaming, and allow for fans to ask questions about some of their favorite KSP streamers.  This is a family-friendly educational program that teaches physics and astronautical engineering through game play.  

Panels | Therapy Animals from Triple Play Farm

Superhero Meet and Greet | Cosplay | Gaming Tournament

Food Trucks | And so much more!

Check back often for updates to the schedule of activities in the Hero Zone.

Thank you to Our Awesome Vendors!

We are so grateful for everything you do to make this event special!

Here are some of the vendors that will be in attendance:

Any organization or business that offers resources, services, and products that would be of interest and benefit to individuals on the spectrum is welcome to participate as a vendor.

Sponsors

The Aspire team at Southeast Psych is excited to bring the first annual AspieCon to Charlotte

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