Early Bird!

Ottawa, ON – April 10 & 11, 2019



Shaw Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

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


Wednesday, April 10

Carol Burmeister

Strengthen Executive Function Skills to Decrease Negative Behaviors and Build Positive Behaviors

Thursday, April 11

Kerry Mataya

Talk with Me: Teaching and Developing Conversation Skills - A Step-by-Step Framework

Conference Description

Wednesday, April 10

Carol Burmeister

Strengthen Executive Function Skills to Decrease Negative Behaviors and Build Positive Behaviors

Many individuals struggle in academic and social settings due to executive function (EF) challenges — the ability to switch between topics and activities, initiate action, cope with change, make choices, plan and organize, manage time, inhibit impulses, regulate emotions, and solve problems. Often these individuals are seen as unmotivated or behaviorally challenged. It may seem as though an individual could meet expectations if he wanted to, but doesn’t do so because he simply won’t. However, the reality is that he lacks the skills to do what is expected and, therefore, cannot meet expectations without support.

Fortunately, there are numerous evidence-based practices that can be incorporated into preschool through high school classrooms, home, community, and work routines that develop EF skills and provide a foundation for building positive behavior that supports individuals in all environments. Furthermore, individuals with EF challenges can be taught to use the strategies independently, leading to self-regulation and sustainable improvements.

This conference is designed for teachers, educational assistants, parents, related service providers, and other professionals who work with and support children and adolescents with executive function challenges. Using lecture, demonstration, discussion, and video clips, the presenter will introduce participants to a variety of strategies that can be used immediately by parents, educators, professionals, and individuals with autism themselves to achieve greater levels of success.

Carol Burmeister, M.A., has a life-long passion for supporting individuals with special needs, their families, and the schools and community settings that serve them. Her professional experience includes serving as a paraeducator, general education teacher, special educator, program specialist, university instructor, and consultant across a variety of educational settings. Burmeister has presented extensively on autism and related disorders as well as served as part of the University of California, Riverside committee that developed and implemented a certificate program for teachers of students with autism. She currently serves on the board of the Autism Society of the Inland Empire.

Armed with the knowledge that evidence-based interventions for children and youth with ASD are the basis on which effective educational programs are built, Burmeister served as a reviewer of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder’s update on evidence-based practices. For the past several years, her work has focused on the crucial topic of executive function (EF), helping parents as well as educational professionals understand the complexity of social, academic, and behavioral challenges that accompany executive function deficits and practical tools that support EF across all environments. Burmeister has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and has authored several articles on this topic. In addition, she is co-author, with Dr. Sheri Wilkins, of the book, FLIPP the Switch: Strengthen Executive Function Skills.

Thursday, April 11

Kerry Mataya

Talk with Me: Teaching and Developing Conversation Skills - A Step-by-Step Framework

Have you ever wondered if your child or student with HF-ASD will ever make progress with conversation skills? The answer is yes.The truth is that poor conversation skills impact so much more than participation in a social skills group. A student with poor awareness or timing can throw off an entire classroom discussion or instruction because of his blurting out.The difficulty that students with HF-ASD face with discerning relevant versus irrelevant information carries over into reading comprehension and conversation. All of these things improve by working on conversation skills.

During this session, you will learn the key elements and steps for teaching conversational balance and fluency. Talk with Me has been utilized with hundreds of individuals with HF-ASD across all ages in Alabama and replicated by service providers across the United States. This program is suitable for learners ages 5 to adult. Although the program’s target audience is individuals with average to above average intelligence, the program has been helpful for many students in the classroom who are struggling with conversational reciprocity. That is, the learners have the expressive language ability, but are too shy to talk or say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Kerry Mataya is the creator and visionary behind Bridgeway Services providing intervention based services including school consultations, summer camps, after-school social groups, and individualized programming for high functioning individuals with ASD. With a Master’s in Education with emphasis in Autism and Asperger Syndrome from the University of Kansas, Mrs. Mataya holds many contracts with school systems for individualized teaching, social skills programming, executive functioning skill development, behavior support, and academic support. Most recently, Mrs. Mataya authored Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Talk with Me. Mrs. Mataya has presented at numerous conferences and workshops around the United States. She is also involved with Asperger Connection, a small non-profit organization that provides funding to improve the quality of life for high functioning individuals with ASD.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Wednesday, April 10

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

Thursday, April 11

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




Professional Rates

BEFORE March 27, 2019 AFTER March 27, 2019
2 Days
$315.00 $40.95 HST = $355.95 $345.00 $44.85 HST = $389.85
1 Day Only $240.00 $31.20 HST = $271.20 $270.00 $35.10 HST = $305.10

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE March 27, 2019 AFTER March 27, 2019
2 Days $275.00 $35.75 HST = $310.75 $305.00 $39.65 HST = $344.65
1 Day Only
$165.00 $21.45 HST = $186.45 $195.00 $25.35 HST = $220.35

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

Shaw Convention Centre
55 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9J2

Hotel Suggestion

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Ottawa – 350 Dalhousie St.
Phone: (613) 241-1000 or 1-800-341-2210

Room Rate: $199 for single and double, $219 for triple and $249 for quad.

The above prices are quoted for single and double occupancy, in Canadian Funds. In addition to the quoted room rate, all guests are required to pay HST (13%), Municipal Accommodation Tax – MAT (4%, subject to HST) and any other applicable fees or charges. Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice. Additional adults are $20 extra per person, per room, per night.

At the time of check-in, your guests will be required to provide a $250 cash deposit or a valid credit card which will be authorized for $250 as a security deposit. The authorization minus any incidentals will be released by the credit card company and/or, depending on the method of deposit, a cash deposit will be refunded minus any incidentals.

Reservations can be made direct at 613-241-1000 or 1-800-341-2210. All reservations are due by: Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The Hotel’s check-in time is 5:00 PM. Checkout time is 12:00 Noon.

Parking is available for hotel guests is based on a first come, first serve basis. The rates are as follows:
– $20 per vehicle plus HST (13%)

Please note that limited public parking in the area is also available. This price is subject to change without notice.

Reservations can be made online  – Book Now

Certificates of Course 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 March 27, 2019. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until March 27, 2019. No refunds will be given after March 27, 2019 for any reason such as inclement weather, illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.  You may substitute someone in your place.


The parking nearest to Shaw Centre is a 2-storey underground facility providing 730 spaces. It is a fully-staffed facility with two entrances located on Daly Avenue and Nicholas Street South. The three exits are located on Nicholas Street South. Entry points to both the Shaw Centre and the Rideau Centre shopping complex are located on both levels on the north and west walls. There are four handicap spaces per level located on the north wall near the Rideau Centre entrances.

The parking is a fully-automated multi-level facility. There is an ambassador patrolling the pay stations and entry and exit points on a 24-hour basis.

Impark accepts the following payment methods:

• Visa
• MasterCard
• Cash


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

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Maureen Bennie:

Phone: 403-640-2710

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