Early Bird!

Vancouver, BC – February 16 & 17, 2018

Registration

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Marriott Vancouver Airport Hotel
7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

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

Friday, February 16

Bo Hejlskov Elvén

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

Saturday, February 17

Peter Gerhardt

Adulthood Begins in Preschool

Conference Description

Friday, February 16

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

Saturday, February 17

Peter Gerhardt

Adulthood Begins in Preschool

According to Roux, et al (2015, p. 8) “[y]oung adults with autism have a difficult time following high school for almost any outcome you choose – working, continuing school, living independently, socializing, community participation, and staying healthy and safe.” While there may be any number of reasons for continued poor outcomes many of them are, either in whole or in part, well within our ability to change. To do this however, both parents and professionals need to start thinking about, and programming for, adulthood much earlier than is typically done. This presentation will provide an overview of the process by which complex adult competencies can be developed by targeting the simpler prerequisite skills early on in life. From toilet training to safety skills; from discrimination training to personal sexuality; or from learning readiness to community employment adulthood begins in preschool. 

This presentation is suitable for preschool aged children to young adults.

Learner Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the central importance of adaptive behavior intervention in promoting independence across the age and ability spectrum.
2. Discuss the practical importance of reverse engineering instructional goals from the desired, long term outcome.
3. Understand safety as being a combination of personal skills and community involvement or interdependence.
4. Discuss sexuality and sex education from the point of view of interest, knowledge, social competence, and safety.
5. Work to improve overall post-graduation outcomes in students with ASD.

Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.  Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.

Dr. Gerhardt is one of the founders of the Organization for Autism Research and is currently Co-Chair of their Scientific Council. In addition, he serves on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.  He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Friday, February 16

Registration 7:30 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 – 2:45 pm
Bo Hejlskov Elvén 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, February 17

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

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Thursday, February 1, 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS February 8, 2018

Professional Rates

BEFORE February 1, 2018 AFTER February 1, 2018
2 Days $315.00 + $15.75 GST = $330.75 $345.00 + $17.25 GST = $362.25
1 Day Only $240.00 + $12.00 GST = $260.00 $270.00 + $13.50 GST = $283.50

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE February 1, 2018 AFTER February 1, 2018
2 Days $275.00 + $13.75 GST = $288.75 $305.00 + $15.25 GST = $320.25
1 Day Only $175.00 + $8.75 GST = $183.75 $205.00 + $10.25 GST = $215.25

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

Marriott Vancouver Airport Hotel
7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

Phone: 1-604-233-3991
Toll Free: 1-877-323-8888

Hotel Room Pricing until February 1, 2018:

Suites: $149.00 One Bedroom Suite including High Speed Internet Access

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 16.15%) in effect at the time of check-out.

Reservations can be made directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (877) 323-8888 or (604) 233-3991.

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 1, 2018. A $50.00 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued after February 1, 2018.

Parking

Parking is available on site.

Bookstore

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
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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