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

Amy Laurent

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

Amy Laurent

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.

Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L is a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. She is also the co-director and co-founder of Autism Level UP!, a neurodiverse partnership aiming to provide accessible resources, consultation, training and services that are informed by and developed in collaboration with the autistic community.

She specializes in supporting autistic children and related developmental disabilities, as well as families, teachers, and administrators. The majority of Amy’s work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families. Her consultative services focus on the creation of educational programs and environments that facilitate children’s active engagement and learning at home, in schools, and throughout their communities. The SCERTS Model, of which she is a coauthor, along with differentiated instruction and developmental theory guide her practice.

She has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Communication Disorders Department at Emerson College and at the University of Rhode Island (URI). In these roles, she developed graduate courses focused on preparing clinicians to meet the needs of autistic individuals. She also has served as an adjunct faculty for the Departments of Education and Psychology at URI, teaching courses related to developmental psychology, research methods, and educational frameworks.

Amy’s current research interests involve examining the relationship between characteristics of young children diagnosed as autistic and strategies used by parents to support them within the context of natural routines and play. Her publications have highlighted social communication and emotional regulation in individuals diagnosed with Autism. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on the SCERTS Model, emotional regulation, neurodiverse collaboration and perspective, and on utilization of the free resources created by Autism Level UP!

Amy strives to practice what she preaches and uses her love of play, dance, and movement to meet her own regulatory needs.

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
Amy Laurent 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Amy Laurent 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch on Own 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Amy Laurent 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Refreshment Break 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Amy Laurent 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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