Early Bird!

Calgary, AB – November 3 & 4, 2017

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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 3

Elizabeth Sautter

Make Social Learning Stick: Practical Tools to Build Social Regulation

Conference speaker Andrew McDonnell

Saturday, November 4

Dr. Andrew McDonnell

Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours

Conference Description

Friday, November 3

Elizabeth Sautter

Make Social Learning Stick: Practical Tools to Build Social Regulation

Social Regulation (Kuypers and Sautter, 2011) is the ability to adjust one’s level of alertness and modify how emotions and behaviors are revealed in order to meet social goals.  Our world is filled with complicated social situations that can be sticky to navigate—both emotionally and socially.  It’s important to realize that within these situations, regulating emotions/behaviors and managing social communication go hand in hand. Understanding this connection helps to broaden the lens, look at the whole child, and focus on working as a team to put together the practical applications that work for each child.

This presentation (for parents/caregivers, educators, and other professionals who work with individuals with social cognitive, executive functioning, communication, and emotional regulation challenges) offers the glue that makes social learning stick. It will provide an overview of the components of social regulation, explanations of what various challenges look like, and commonly used curricula/frameworks. With a focus on the whole child, the roles of all areas of the child’s life will be reviewed with reflection on how to create a partnership and integrate school, home, and community.  The majority of the presentation will focus on practical tools, concepts, and suggestions that can easily be used the next day to support social regulation in all aspects and environments of a child’s life. Participants will learn to embrace teachable moments using new and time-tested strategies in order to create a “social learning diet” for success. Strategies and tools presented can be readily integrated into the Zones of Regulation framework or used on their own in a variety of settings and for different ages.

Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech and language pathologist and co-director and co-owner of Communication Works, a private practice offering speech, language, social, and occupational therapy for children and adults in Oakland, CA. She has worked with preschool to adult clients and their families since 1996 in private practice, schools, and hospitals. Following her professional passion, Elizabeth has specialized in social communication, self-regulation, and executive functioning and supervises a Center that provides individual and group therapy. She conducts trainings for parents, caregivers, and professionals and thrives on learning and developing functional and creative intervention tools and programs to support her clients.

Saturday, November 4

Dr. Andrew McDonnell

Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours

Working with individuals who have challenging behaviours can be stressful and can produce a
great deal of anxiety for both the educator/caregiver/support person and the individual.
Although many advances have been made in supporting people with autism, the management
of behaviours is not as well understood.

This presentation will focus on how to manage behaviours using the Low Arousal Approach.

What is the Low Arousal Approach to behaviour?

  • Practical strategies to help educators/caregivers/support workers support “highly agitated” and
    stressed individuals.
  • Verbal and nonverbal strategies to de-escalate crisis situations.
  • The approach involves ‘reflective practice’ – that is, “What is my own contribution
    to the situation?”

Low Arousal Approaches include:

  • Interaction, diffusion and distraction strategies
  • Coping with challenging behaviours including debriefing
  • The why’s and how’s
  • Managing vs. changing behaviours
  • Physical avoidance skills and physical intervention strategies

Dr. Andrew McDonnell is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Studio3 Training Systems located in Warwickshire, UK. He has a special interest in arousal mechanisms in people with autism and the management of severe challenging behaviours. Other areas of interest are stress management, person centred approaches to behaviour management, arousal mechanisms and their application to human behaviour, and sensory perceptual processing differences. Andrew’s doctoral thesis evaluated the impact of staff training in low arousal approaches and has been the subject of his book Managing Aggressive Behaviour in Care Settings: Understanding and Applying Low Arousal Approaches. The low arousal approach was first developed by Dr. McDonnell. He has lectured on this subject in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Friday, November 3

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

Saturday, November 4

Registration 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Opening Remarks 8:45 am – 9:00 am
Dr. Andrew McDonnell
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Dr. Andrew McDonnell 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch on Own 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dr. Andrew McDonnell 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Refreshment Break 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Dr. Andrew McDonnell 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Friday, October 20, 2017

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Monday, October 30, 2017

Professional Rates

BEFORE October 20, 2017 AFTER October 20, 2017
2 Days
$315.00 + $15.75 GST = $330.75 $345.00 + $17.25 GST = $362.25
1 Day Only $230.00 + $11.50 GST = $241.50 $260.00 + $13.00 GST = $273.00

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE October 20, 2017 AFTER October 20, 2017
2 Days $275.00 + $13.75 GST = $288.75 $305.00 + $15.25 GST = $320.25
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
Telephone: 1-877-278-5050
Local phone: 1-403-225-5800

Room Rates:
Delta Standard Single or Double guest room $139.00 CAD per night plus applicable taxes.

Each extra person sharing a room will be charged an additional $15.00 (must be same as individual reservation charge) per night. There will be no charge for children up to and including the age of 18 years who share with their parents. Maximum occupancy per room (4 people/room).

Delegates are responsible for making their own individual reservations. Please call the Marriot Reservations at 1 (800) 268-1133 or (403) 278-5050. For ease of booking, callers must identify themselves as being with the Autism Awareness Centre Conference.

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 5pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

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 20, 2017. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until October 20, 2017.  No refunds will be issued after October 20, 2017.

Parking

Parking is available on site.

Bookstore

The Autism Awareness Centre Bookstore will be open throughout the conference.

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Autism Awareness Centre Inc.

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Maureen Bennie:

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