Early Bird!

Vancouver, BC – February 7 & 8, 2020

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 7

Amy Buie

Rage to Reason: Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Explosive Behavior 
in Children with Emotional Disorders

Saturday, February 8

Lauren Kerstein

Supporting Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with ASD

Conference Description

Friday, February 7

Amy Buie

Rage to Reason: Behavioral Intervention for the Treatment of Explosive Behavior 
in Children with Emotional Disorders

Rage to Reason is a new workshop for teachers, professionals, and parents who work with and support children and adolescents with Emotional Disorders who exhibit explosive behavior. This behavior often occurs when asked to follow a direction, do school work, or are told “no”. The training includes an understanding of the deficits that cause explosive behavior and teaches professionals/parents to work with students to follow directions without refusals and meltdowns; Rage to Reason also teaches both social and coping skills.

This workshop is designed for those children who have average to above average cognitive skills and some ability to reason and understand problem solving. These children may have a diagnosis of Bipolar, ODD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), DMDD, PTSD, Autism Spectrum and other Emotional Disorders; although students may not have a diagnosis—just explosive.

Amy Buie, MEd, BCBA, LBA, has over 25 years of experience working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is the CEO of Learning Momentum, an agency specializing in the treatment of children with emotional disorders who have challenging behavior. She is also the founder and organizational consultant for The Center for Autism Education, a not-for-profit agency working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Amy teaches course work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the field of Autism and Behavior Studies. She presents at workshops and conferences across the Midwest. She is the author of Behavior Mapping, Teaching Appropriate Behavior to Children with Autism and Related Disorders and Rage to Reason. Her area of expertise is teaching reinforcement based strategies and working children in both the school and home setting who have significantly challenging and explosive behavior due to an emotional disorder or anxiety.

Saturday, February 8

Lauren Kerstein

Supporting Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with ASD

Anxiety disorders are a challenge for many children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Unfortunately, anxiety is often mistaken for willful behavior, which can lead to ineffective interventions. Anxiety can include:

• Physical symptoms such as stomachaches, difficulty breathing, sleep disruption, and headaches.
• Cognitive symptoms such as distorted thinking, difficulty making decisions, trouble concentrating, and challenges learning new tasks.
• Behavioral symptoms such as challenges with separation, refusal, increased rigidity, and shutting down.

With this presentation, attendees will learn how to identify characteristics of anxiety in their child or adolescent. Specific intervention strategies will be demonstrated and modeled that are rooted in:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy,
• and Positive Psychology.

Strategies will apply to home, community, and school settings. Although this presentation will primarily focus on children and adolescents who communicate verbally, interventions will be offered for children and adolescents who are not as verbal. Participants will leave this presentation with a new toolbox of strategies that they can put to immediate use.

Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children through adults with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, and relationship skill difficulties. Lauren is the author of A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible; My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children; and a textbook about high-functioning autism.

Lauren is the co-author of a chapter about sibling work in Autism: From Research to Individualized Practice. Additionally, she has written articles for online blogs and publications including AuKids, The Autism NoteBook, and Expert Beacon. Lauren’s latest book, tentatively titled: Emotion Regulation: Helping Children and Adolescents Take Charge of Their Feelings will be available soon. Lauren’s debut fiction picture book: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves is swimming to shelves in June 2019.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Friday, February 7

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

Saturday, February 8

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

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Friday, January 24, 2020

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Friday, January 31, 2020

Professional Rates

BEFORE January 24, 2020 AFTER January 24, 2020
2 Days $325.00 + $16.25 GST = $341.25 $355.00 + $17.75 GST = $372.75
1 Day Only $240.00 + $12.00 GST = $252.00 $270.00 + $13.50 GST = $283.50

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE January 24, 2020 AFTER January 24, 2020
2 Days $285.00 + $14.25 GST = $299.25 $315.00 + $15.75 GST = $330.75
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.

Autism Funding Unit (AFU)

This conference is eligible for parents to apply for autism funding. Parents need to send a request to pay to Autism Funding Unit to attend the conference. Once you have attended the conference, Autism Awareness Centre will bill AFU. Be sure not to exceed your 20% cap per funding year that includes equipment, training, travel, or supplies including books. Please see the Parent Handbook for more information. If you have any further questions, you can contact the AFU at mcf.autismfundingunit@gov.bc.ca or call 1-877-777-3530. If you need to cancel your registration, this must be done 7 days prior to the conference taking place. The 7 day cancellation notice only applies to those receiving funding from AFU.

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 Thursday, January 16, 2020:

One Bedroom Suite – $185 for single or double occupancy, $205 for triple occupancy, $225 for quad occupancy.

Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable provincial and local taxes, currently 17.16% (5% GST, 11% Hotel Room Tax, 1.16% Destination Marketing Fee), in effect at the time of check-out. These taxes and fee are subject to change without notice.

Reservations can be made directly with Marriott Reservations at 1-877-323-8888.
Individuals need to state that they are attending the Event to receive special group rates no later than Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Book your group rate for Autism Awareness Conference Feb 2020

Hotel Check-In Time: 4:00PM. Any request for arrival prior to 4:00PM is subject to availability and additional charges.

Hotel Check-Out time: 12:00PM. Any request for departure after 12:00PM is subject to availability and additional charges.

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 January 24, 2020. A $50.00 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued after January 24, 2020 for any reason such as inclement weather, illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.  You may substitute someone in your place.

Parking

All delegates staying at Hotel will be subject to overnight parking rate of $21.00 per day inclusive of applicable taxes (21% parking levy and 5% GST). All delegates attending functions will be charged according to the posted metered rates. Parking rates are subject to change without notice.

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