Early Bird!

Edmonton, AB – February 5 & 6, 2018

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Fantasyland Hotel – West Edmonton Mall – 17700 – 87 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta

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

Monday, February 5

Kelly Mahler

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

Tuesday, February 6

Leah Kuypers

The Zones of Regulation

Conference Description

Monday, February 5

Kelly Mahler

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

Interoception is an extremely important sensory system that helps us to ‘feel’ the internal states of our body. For example, the interoceptive system helps us feel many diff erent internal sensations including: hunger, thirst, needing the bathroom, pain, body temperature, sexual arousal, heart rate and muscle tension. Additionally, interoception is a key component to our emotional experience. Research indicates that interoception (our ability to clearly sense body signals, like an increase in heart rate or tingly stomach), enables us to accurately identify, understand and control our emotions.

Many individuals with high functioning ASD have an underlying disconnect with their interoceptive system. In fact, brain research has revealed the brain’s ‘Interoceptive Center’ as an area that is consistently impacted in people with autism, making interoception a crucial consideration when addressing skills in these individuals. Not only can difficulties with interoception cause significant challenges when regulating emotions and regulating body functions (such as hunger, thirst and pain), it has far reaching effects to skills such as perspective taking, problem solving and empathy.

This presentation will provide teachers, therapists, parents and individuals with high functioning ASD a firm understanding of interoception including an overview of what research tells us about interoception, and how to apply this research when developing programming for individuals with high functioning ASD. Discussion will focus on the link between interoception and many important skill areas including emotion regulation, perspective taking, problem solving and empathy. Many practical strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared. Finally, a special segment will provide new and unique emotion regulation ideas, developed by individuals with ASD, that highlight their extraordinary way of thinking and viewing the world.

Kelly Mahler earned a MS in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is an occupational therapist and autism consultant who supports school-aged individuals and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In the evenings, Kelly is co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization providing fun opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in young people with ASD. Kelly has presented numerous seminars and workshops at the international and national levels. Kelly is the author of four books: Sensory Issues and High Functioning Autism (with Myles and Robbins)—winner of 2015 National Parenting Publications Bronze Medal; Destination Friendship (with Benton, Hollis, and Womer); Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders–winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal 2011 and Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System—which this conference presentation is based on. She currently resides in Hershey, Pennsylvania with her husband, Nicholas and her 2 daughters, Olivia and Madeline.

Tuesday, February 6

Leah Kuypers

The Zones of Regulation

This presentation provides teachers, therapists and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics such as: the brain’s involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and executive functioning.

Participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide individuals in utilizing The Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states to social demands. Visuals and student work samples are highlighted to illustrate numerous learning activities. A variety of tools (sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) are explored to help individuals recognize their internal emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns in each zone, when shifting from one zone to another, and then to self-regulate within zones. Participants explore ideas on how to teach, when, why, and how to use tools effectively. The Zones of Regulation presentation also incorporates core concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® framework to help teach individuals about perspective taking so they better understand how being in the different zones impacts the thoughts and feelings of other people around them.

About The Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is a framework and curriculum designed to foster skills in self-regulation, including emotional control, sensory regulation, and executive functions. It is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach that uses four colors to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment given their emotions and state of alertness. The model incorporates Social Thinking® concepts to help individuals use perspective taking, to identify how they are thinking and feeling, and understand how their thoughts and behavior impact those around them. Through using the curriculum individuals become more self-aware and learn tools they can use to regulate to a more expected state. The Zones of Regulation curriculum is published by Social Thinking Publishing. It can be used effectively in home, school, and clinical settings, as well as in conjunction with previously taught regulation strategies.

Leah Kuypers earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism, and a MA in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. Leah created The Zones of Regulation®, a curriculum designed to teach self-regulation, and is author of the book by the same name (2011, Social Thinking Publishing). In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals, and offers workshops on the Zones to groups across the country and Canada.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Monday, February 5

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

Tuesday, February 6

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

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS January 23, 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS January 30, 2018

Professional Rates

BEFORE January 23, 2018 AFTER January 23, 2018
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 January 23, 2018 AFTER January 23, 2018
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

Fantasyland Hotel – West Edmonton Hotel
17700 – 87 Ave., Edmonton, AB.
T5T 4V4

Phone: (780) 444-5500
Fax: (780) 444-5238
RESERVATIONS ONLY: 1-800-RESERVE (737-3783)

www.fantasylandhotel.com

Attendees must clearly indicate attendance of events with Autism Awareness Centre to qualify for group rate which is valid until Friday, January 05, 2018.

Superior guest room $179.00 CAD per night plus applicable taxes.

The Group Code number is 1149695

Superior rooms come with 2 Queen Size bed and can accommodate up to 4 adults. There’s $20.00 per person extra charge for third and the fourth occupant.

Reservation can be made by calling our Reservation department directly at 780-444-3000 or toll free 1-800-737-3783 ( 1-800—RESERVE)

Certificates of Completion

Delegates will receive a certificate of course completion for 6 hours of training for each day of the conference.

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 January 30, 2018. A $50.00 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued after January 30, 2018.

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.

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

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