Early Bird!

Ottawa, ON – April 2 & 3, 2020



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!


Thursday, April 2

Erin Brooker Lozott

Addressing Emotional Regulation in Children 
and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Friday, April 3

Bo Hejlskov Elvén

Self Control and Challenging Behaviour: The Why’s and What’s of Behaviour Management in Autism

Conference Description

Thursday, April 2

Erin Brooker Lozott

Addressing Emotional Regulation in Children 
and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Emotional Regulation, the maintenance of emotional states and energy is a significant challenge for many individuals on the spectrum. Difficulties staying well regulated can impact relationships, learning, daily activities and fun!

The course will begin with a brief review of the core developmental challenges faced by autistic individuals at various stages in development (i.e., pre-verbal stages, emerging language stages, and conversational stages). This introduction of regulatory challenges and social communicative difficulties will then be followed by a discussion of the interplay between these areas and their impact on an individual’s social communicative competence. This relationship will be addressed from both a developmental standpoint, as well as a situational one.

This talk will explore the numerous factors that impact an individual’s ability to be organized and engaged with others. Practical guidelines for prioritizing the support of emotional regulation for autistic individuals across a wide developmental range will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on supports that can be used proactively and reactively.

Please note – Erin Brooker Lozott (M.S., CCC-SLP) is replacing Amy Laurent as she is now unable to present on April 2nd. Erin, Amy’s colleague, will deliver Amy’s presentation on her behalf. There is no topic or content change – it will be the same presentation. There will be no other changes to the Ottawa conference.

Erin Brooker Lozott, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the Director of Clinical Services and Global Support at Els for Autism Foundation. She oversees the development and delivery of all therapeutic services across the lifespan. Erin is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities across ages and settings for over 20 years. Prior to joining Els for Autism Foundation, Erin worked for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Marcus Autism Center as the Community Interventionist Manager, participating in research and educational outreach projects.

Erin has co-authored publications on topics related to ASD. She has presented and consulted extensively on a national and international level and she is an appointed member of a scientific advisory committee for an international non-profit autism association. Erin is currently pursuing her doctorate in special education with a focus of applied behavior analysis at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.

Friday, April 3

Bo Hejlskov Elvén

Self Control and Challenging Behaviour: The Why’s and What’s of Behaviour Management in Autism

Most challenging behaviour consists of strategies in order to maintain self control. By acknowledging that, we can change our view on behaviour and our behaviour management methods. Good behaviour management supports the person’s self control instead of controlling the person with autism.This talk will emphasize both theoretical and hands on aspects of behaviour management.

Bo Hejlskov Elvén is a clinical psychologist based in Sweden. His work with guidance and lecturing concern managing challenging behavior. Bo’s field is care and special education, mainly concerning children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Asperger´s syndrome, ADHD or intellectual disabilities. Bo also works in the psychiatric field and in juvenile correction facilities.

The basis of Bo’s methods is developmental neuropsychology, stress and affect theory. The methods are part of an increasing knowledge base in the tradition often named the Low Arousal Approach


I really like his stories. The day had very useful strategies relevant to my job. Very happy I attended!
– Early Learning Inclusion Facilitator

Bo did an amazing job – what an excellent speaker!
– Program Coordinator

A very knowledgeable speaker. It was beneficial to get strategies/tools for various situations for both teaching and dealing with behavioural situations.
Special Education Teacher

Bo was so interesting! His talk will significantly impact the way I approach my class and individuals with autism.
Classroom Teacher

Great information – I am a parent and professional!
Outreach Worker

Great analogy using Bo’s car workshop – he really made me think about a lot of the reasons our students act the way they do and how a changed mindset can help me use more tools in my tool box.
Resource Teacher

Bo’s talk had a new approach that really helped me to problem solve myself instead of trying to fix everything else. Very informative and useful.
Extended Program Support Teacher

Tentative Daily Schedule

Thursday, April 2

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

Friday, April 3

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




Professional Rates

BEFORE March 12, 2020 AFTER March 12, 2020
2 Days
$325.00 + $42.25 HST = $367.25 $355.00 + $46.15 HST = $401.15
1 Day Only $240.00 + $31.20 HST = $271.20 $270.00 + $35.10 HST = $305.10

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE March 12, 2020 AFTER March 12, 2020
2 Days $285.00 + $37.05 HST = $322.05 $315.00 + $40.95 HST = $355.95
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: 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed, $199.00 for single or double occupancy plus applicable taxes and fees.

Triple/Quad Occupancy: $20.00 per extra adult person (age 18+)
Above rates do not include applicable taxes (13% HST and 4% MAT, subject to change)

Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.

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.

Book your group rate for Autism Awareness Center Inc.

or contact the Marriott directly through Cassandra Michael, Reservations Coordinator. They can be reached directly at 613-244-9812 or reservations@courtyardmarriottottawa.ca.

All reservations are due by: March 2, 2020.

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:
– $20.00/night plus taxes with in and out privileges.

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

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 12, 2020. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until March 12, 2020. No refunds will be given after March 12, 2020 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