Early Bird!

Edmonton, AB – March 5 & 6, 2020

Registration

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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!

 

Thursday, March 5

Amy Buie

Rage to Reason: Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Explosive Behavior 
in Children with Emotional Disorders

Friday, March 6

Brenda Smith Myles

Critical Mass, Purposeful Practice and ASD: Creating Independent Learners

Conference Description

Thursday, March 5

Amy Buie

Rage to Reason: Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Explosive Behavior 
in Children with Emotional Disorders

Rage to Reason is a new workshop for teachers, professionals, and parents who work with and support children and adolescents with Emotional Disorders who exhibit explosive behavior. This behavior often occurs when asked to follow a direction, do school work, or are told “no”. The training includes an understanding of the deficits that cause explosive behavior and teaches professionals/parents to work with students to follow directions without refusals and meltdowns; Rage to Reason also teaches both social and coping skills.

This workshop is designed for those children who have average to above average cognitive skills and some ability to reason and understand problem solving. These children may have a diagnosis of Bipolar, ODD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), DMDD, PTSD, Autism Spectrum and other Emotional Disorders; although students may not have a diagnosis—just explosive.

Amy Buie, MEd, BCBA, LBA, has over 25 years of experience working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is the CEO of Learning Momentum, an agency specializing in the treatment of children with emotional disorders who have challenging behavior. She is also the founder and organizational consultant for The Center for Autism Education, a not-for-profit agency working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Amy teaches course work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the field of Autism and Behavior Studies. She presents at workshops and conferences across the Midwest. She is the author of Behavior Mapping, Teaching Appropriate Behavior to Children with Autism and Related Disorders and Rage to Reason. Her area of expertise is teaching reinforcement based strategies and working children in both the school and home setting who have significantly challenging and explosive behavior due to an emotional disorder or anxiety.

Friday, March 6

Brenda Smith Myles

Critical Mass, Purposeful Practice and ASD: Creating Independent Learners

Most individuals with ASD and other related disorders are taught skills only to a certain point. For example, an individual may learn to read a calendar of assignments and check it the night before; however, he is not totally independent on this task because he has not learned that you often need to check your calendar more often than one night before an activity, such as a test.

As adults, people on the spectrum may be taught to pay bills and pay them on a timely basis when an invoice is provided. However, what if there is no invoice — such as with rent. These challenges are directly related to a lack of success in independent living, employment, and social interactions. How do we change this trajectory?

We can help individuals reach critical mass. Think of critical mass as beyond generalization — über generalization, if you will. It is the point where an individual has gained enough information to apply it to situations, activities or skills in which instruction has not been provided.

This presentation focuses on describing the factors that lead to critical mass for those on the spectrum or other related disorders when providing instruction and supports. Learn easy-to-use strategies that can help individuals with ASD to move about their world as independently as possible, making informed decisions about their wants and needs.

Teaching to critical mass will help learners to be successful not only with tasks they have been taught to do, but will also help them to be successful with activities on which they have not received instruction.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Define critical mass and its importance to life success for individuals with ASD.
2. Understand the neurology of ASD that supports the need for instruction to critical mass.
3. Describe the strategies that lead to critical mass for individuals with ASD.

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., Brenda has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. She has served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee, was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium, and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has also worked with the National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and served as Project Director for the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Teachers (TARGET).

Dr. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE), College Internship Program, Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation Network, and ASTEP – Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Thursday, March 5

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

Friday, March 6

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

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS February 20, 2020

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS February 28, 2020

Professional Rates

BEFORE February 20, 2020 AFTER February 20, 2020
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 February 20, 2020 AFTER February 20, 2020
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

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

Phone: (780) 444-3000
Toll Free: 1-800-RESERVE (1-800-737-3783)

The rate for the Fantasyland Hotel is $164.00 (Sun-Thur) & $210.00 (Fri/Sat) ** per night for a Superior Room, plus 4% provincial room tax and 5% GST. Rates are based on single or double occupancy. Triple and quadruple accommodations are only available in certain room types. The additional cost over double occupancy is $20.00 per person, per day. The Fantasyland Hotel allows a maximum of four (4) adults per guestroom, where more than two (2) guests are allowed. Children under the age of 18 years, sharing a room with their parent(s), stay at no charge. All other room types are subject to an upgrade fee. The room rate cut off is February 3rd.

Individual Reservations can be made by contacting our Hotel Reservations Department directly at (780) 444-3000 or toll-free 1-800-737-3783. Callers MUST mention they are attending the Autism Awareness Centre event to receive the negotiated rate. They may also provide the Group Code number 9823670.

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 February 20, 2020. A $50.00 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued after February 20, 2020 for any reason such as inclement weather, illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.  You may substitute someone in your place.

Parking

Overnight self-parking is provided on a complimentary basis. Observance of parking signage and regulations is required. The Fantasyland is not responsible for damage or theft to vehicles, which are parked on West Edmonton Mall property. Valet parking is available at a daily rate of $18.00 per vehicle.

Bookstore

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

Brochure

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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

To Display a Product or Service at an AACI Event

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