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Saskatoon, SK – October 12 & 13, 2018

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TCU Place 35 – 22 Street East, Saskatoon, SK

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

Friday, October 12

Carol Burmeister

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

Saturday, October 13

Elisa Gagnon

Special Interests and Kindness: Evidence Based Practice 2.0

Conference Description

Friday, October 12

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.

Although many educators and professionals associate EF challenges with students on the autism spectrum, the reality is that many young people struggle with executive functioning. In fact, it is accurate to say that all young people are learning executive functioning as these skills are not fully developed until people are well into their twenties.

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. Many of these strategies, which can be used to support students in special and general education classrooms, are also effective for individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, emotional disturbance, social/communication challenges, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and traumatic brain injury.

Outcomes:
At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of executive functions (EF) and how EF challenges can impact learning and behavior in children and adolescents.
2. Understand how EF challenges are manifested and what disorders exhibit these deficits.
3. Implement practical tools and strategies to support individuals in developing EF skills and building positive behaviors critical to success in all environments.

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.

Saturday, October 13

Elisa Gagnon

Special Interests and Kindness: Evidence Based Practice 2.0

This workshop is for teachers, support personnel, therapists and families who work with and live with children and youth with ASD, emotional disorders and related disabilities. The emphasis is on understanding underlying characteristics and creating an environment that focuses on strengths, interests, kindness and mindfulness rather than consequences and punishment. Participants will leave with practical ideas and pro-active strategies that can be immediately implemented and will benefit all children and youth.

During this session, participants will also have the opportunity to practice creating and using the Power Card Strategy, a research based strategy that focuses on using a child’s special interest to modify behavior, teach expected social skills and enhance the relationship between children with ASD and the adults who work with them and care for them.

Elisa Gagnon is the creator of the Power Card Strategy and the co-author of the award winning book Power Cards, 2.0. For over 25 years she has taught children and youth with ASD and emotional disorders and providing practical support and information to teachers, support personnel and families.

Her passion is taking the research to practice and sharing the message that many of the strategies that work for children and youth with autism are good for all children. Elisa has presented across the United States focusing on using strengths and interests when working with those with ASD. She continues to work in the field every day as an educational consultant for a suburban school district in the Kansas City.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Friday, October 12

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

Saturday, October 13

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

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS October 2, 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS October 5, 2018

Professional Rates

BEFORE October 2, 2018 AFTER October 2, 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 October 2, 2018 AFTER October 2, 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

TCU Place
35 – 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK.
Telephone: 306-975-7777

Parking

TCU Place is surrounded by 2,000 parking spaces. Across the street is Midtown Parking, a pay parking lot, which also has heated underground parking for those cold winter days; and across from Midtown Parking is another pay parking lot.

Hotels

There are a number of hotels in the area. Here are two suggestions:

Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
405 – 20th Street East, Saskatoon, SK.
Phone: 1-306-665-3322

Room Rate – $139 per night (plus applicable taxes).
Please use the code AAC when booking the room.
Room rate based on availability.
The room price is in effect until September 24, 2018.

Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown
90 – 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK.
Phone: 1-306-244-2311

 

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 October 2, 2018. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until October 2, 2018. No refunds will be issued after this date.

Please note that there are no refunds granted for any reason past the October 2nd date. This includes reasons such as weather, injury, illness, or any other unforeseen event. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send a substitute in your place.

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
maureen.aaci@shaw.ca

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