Early Bird!

Calgary, AB – November 15 & 16, 2019

Registration

Clear

Delta Calgary South Hotel
135 Southland Drive SE, Calgary, AB

Learn practical skills that can be immediately implemented into existing curriculum and training programs, at home or in school!

 

Friday, November 15

Ryan Hendrix

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners Ages 5 - Young Adult

Saturday, November 16

Lauren Kerstein

Supporting Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with ASD

Conference Description

Friday, November 15

Ryan Hendrix

ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners Ages 5 - Young Adult

This day focuses on developing rule-based social learning activities that connect to educational standards and support the student with significant social attention and social interpretation challenges. We will concentrate specifically on students who are described as Challenged Social Communicators (CSC) or Emerging Social Communicators (ESC) on our Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile. These students are more literal, more aloof, miss sarcasm, are less organized, show marked difficulty reading social contextual cues from people and situations, comprehending reading material, and expressing themselves through writing, and they appear more awkward in their attempts to socially engage with their peers. (See this article for more common characteristics of people described as described as Challenged Social Communicators or Emerging Social Communicators.) The day will explore the power of social attention using video clips to provide explicit and practical examples for teaching basic social concepts to encourage the development of theory of mind (perspective taking), sharing social attention, and awareness of trickery.

Video case studies will explore the social learning trajectory of academically bright students who are more literal interpreters. Throughout the day we will explore the assumptions made about social attention and learning in a group, how test scores remove socially based critical thinking and executive functioning making it more difficult to truly understand a student’s real time learning abilities, and how aloof students enjoy social relationship building.

Attendees will receive checklists featuring characteristics associated with different types of social learners, information inspired by the Social Thinking–Social Communication Profile.

Examine how social learning is embedded within many academic standards and how the roots of social learning fan out across a large variety of information explored across a school day (e.g., reading comprehension, narrative language, peer engagement and group work, etc.). The use of rubrics to help with measurement of treatment* goals will be introduced.

Activities for different age groups will also be explored to promote social learning in the group treatment setting. Across the day we explain how this learning is slow and deep, with the goal being to help each student improve when compared to their own baseline abilities. Attendees appreciate the honest and very practical information shared on this day.

*Treatment refers to using conceptual and strategy-based frameworks to help individuals improve their social competencies.

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe two or more core characteristics of Challenged and/or Emerging Social Communicators and explain the impact on social and academic learning.
2. Explain the connection between academic standards, social learning, and the challenges of literal learners using the Social Thinking Social Learning Tree.
3. Explain the process for creating a rubric for measuring outcomes related to perspective taking (point of view) for students who are more literal learners.
4. Describe two practical lessons for developing theory of mind.

Ryan Hendrix is a Social Cognitive Therapist at Social Thinking Stevens Creek in San Jose and a private therapist in San Francisco. She trained and works directly with Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke. Her diverse caseload experience includes preschool-age children through young adults with varying levels of social cognitive learning challenges.

In addition to running groups, she actively collaborates with families and related professionals (teachers, resource specialists, psychologists, etc.) on ways to promote carryover and generalization of learning outside of the clinic setting. Ryan also helps supervise and train graduate students and clinicians in their clinical fellowship year and does ongoing mentorships within the Social Thinking Stevens Creek clinic.

Ryan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Art Therapy and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arizona. While at the U of A, Ryan met Dr. Crooke, who introduced her to the unpredictable, quirky world of Social Thinking. Having grown up with a close family friend with Asperger’s syndrome, the concepts and lessons resonated strongly with her. Throughout graduate school and during her clinical fellowship year as part of the Autism Clinic Extension, Ryan conducted evaluations, designed and implemented treatment programs, and developed and led individual and group-based programs for children and adolescents ages 4-15 on the autism spectrum. Together with Dr. Crooke, she put together a research project to examine the efficacy of Social Thinking therapy. They later authored a published journal article discussing the results of the pilot study and presented the preliminary results in a technical session at ASHA in 2007.

Following graduation, Ryan continued implementing Social Thinking principles as a speech-language pathologist at the Tucson Medical Center. There she worked with children ages 1-12 with a variety of cognitive and communication impairments. She also collaborated and co-treated with occupational and physical therapists. When opportunity knocked in late 2007, she followed Dr. Crooke west to the Center for Social Thinking.

Saturday, November 16

Lauren Kerstein

Supporting Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with ASD

Anxiety disorders are a challenge for many children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Unfortunately, anxiety is often mistaken for willful behavior, which can lead to ineffective interventions. Anxiety can include:

• Physical symptoms such as stomachaches, difficulty breathing, sleep disruption, and headaches.
• Cognitive symptoms such as distorted thinking, difficulty making decisions, trouble concentrating, and challenges learning new tasks.
• Behavioral symptoms such as challenges with separation, refusal, increased rigidity, and shutting down.

With this presentation, attendees will learn how to identify characteristics of anxiety in their child or adolescent. Specific intervention strategies will be demonstrated and modeled that are rooted in:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy,
• and Positive Psychology.

Strategies will apply to home, community, and school settings. Although this presentation will primarily focus on children and adolescents who communicate verbally, interventions will be offered for children and adolescents who are not as verbal. Participants will leave this presentation with a new toolbox of strategies that they can put to immediate use.

Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children through adults with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, and relationship skill difficulties. Lauren is the author of A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible; My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children; and a textbook about high-functioning autism.

Lauren is the co-author of a chapter about sibling work in Autism: From Research to Individualized Practice. Additionally, she has written articles for online blogs and publications including AuKids, The Autism NoteBook, and Expert Beacon. Lauren’s latest book, tentatively titled: Emotion Regulation: Helping Children and Adolescents Take Charge of Their Feelings will be available soon. Lauren’s debut fiction picture book: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves is swimming to shelves in June 2019.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Friday, November 15

Registration 7:30 am – 8:45 am
Opening Remarks 8:45 am – 9:00 am
Ryan Hendrix
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Ryan Hendrix 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch on Own 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Ryan Hendrix 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Refreshment Break 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Ryan Hendrix 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 16

Registration 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Opening Remarks 8:45 am – 9:00 am
Lauren Kernstein 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Lauren Kernstein 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch on Own 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Lauren Kernstein 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Refreshment Break 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Lauren Kernstein 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Wednesday, October 30, 2019

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Thursday, November 7, 2019

Professional Rates

BEFORE October 30, 2019 AFTER October 30, 2019
2 Days
 $325.00 + $16.25 GST = $341.25 $355.00 + $17.75 GST = $372.75
1 Day Only $240.00 + $12.00 GST = $252.00 $270.00 + $13.50 GST = $283.50

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE October 30, 2019 AFTER October 30, 2019
2 Days $285.00 + $14.25 GST = $299.25 $315.00 + $15.75 GST = $330.75
1 Day Only
$165.00 + $8.25 GST = $173.25 $195.00 + $9.75 GST = $204.75

Registration Includes

Sessions, session materials, refreshment breaks. If you do not receive a confirmation 7 business days prior to the conference please contact Autism Awareness Centre. Registrations received after the deadline may not be sent a confirmation before the conference.

General Information

Conference Location

Delta Calgary South Hotel
135 Southland Drive Southeast  Calgary, AB
Local Phone: 1 (403) 278-5050
Toll Free: 1 (800) 268-1133

Room Rates:
The rooms are $144 plus tax for standard room with 2 Queen beds.
Hotel room reservations can be made directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 268-1133 or (403) 278-5050.

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Thursday, October 10, 2019. Please mention the Autism Awareness Centre conference at the time of booking in order to receive the conference rate.

Dress Code

Dress is business casual. Delegates are reminded that the room may be chilly at times and are encouraged to wear a sweater.

Meals, Refreshment Breaks

Delegates are on their own for lunch. Refreshment breaks will be served in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and received prior to October 30, 2019. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until October 30, 2019.  No refunds will be issued after October 30, 2019. Please note that there are no cancellations granted for weather or any other unforeseen circumstance past the date of October 30th. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to find a substitute to take your place.

Parking

Parking is available on site.

Bookstore

The Autism Awareness Centre Bookstore will be open throughout the conference. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit or cash.

Brochure

pdf_icon-20px

Download the Calgary Conference Flyer »

pdf_icon-20px

Download the Calgary Conference Brochure »

Autism Awareness Centre Inc.

To Register by Phone or Email or For Books and Resources:

Maureen Bennie:

Phone: 403-640-2710
Toll Free: 1-866-724-2224
maureen.aaci@shaw.ca

To Display a Product or Service at an AACI Event

Maureen Bennie:

Phone: 403-640-2710
maureen.aaci@shaw.ca

You may also like…