Early Bird!

Vancouver, BC – February 8 & 9, 2019

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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 8

Ruth Aspy

Positive Strategies for Supporting Self-Regulation

Saturday, February 9

Elisa Gagnon

Special Interests and Kindness: Evidence Based Practice 2.0

Conference Description

Friday, February 8

Ruth Aspy

Positive Strategies for Supporting Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is where successful functioning and independence starts. There is no way to get there without it.

Self-regulation is defined in many ways:

• The ability to control one’s own behavior.
• The ability for the mind to organize itself.
• The ability to modulate emotions – to soothe oneself when distressed or to express or suppress certain feelings.
• The ability to adapt to new people and new situations.
• The ability to match arousal level to the task or situation.
• The ability to set a goal and adjust behavior to reach that goal.
• The ability to deal with frustration.

ASD presents some challenges to developing self-regulation skills – sensory differences, difficulty with flexibility and change, difficulty modulating emotions, and challenges understanding the social world.

This presentation provides information on how to identify when characteristics of ASD are interfering with self-regulation. A range of strategies for supporting regulation and building self-regulation skills will be discussed.

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist. She is co-creator of the Ziggurat Model and author of the following books: Designing Comprehensive Interventions for High-Functioning Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Ziggurat Model, High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Reducing Meltdowns, and FBA to Z: Functional Behavior and Intervention Plans for Individuals with ASD.

Dr. Aspy also specializes in transdisciplinary evaluation of ASD. She speaks and consults internationally. Dr. Aspy is currently Director of Programming at Common Threads Family Resource Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Saturday, February 9

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, February 8

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

Saturday, February 9

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 – 2:45 pm
Elisa Gagnon 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Friday, February 1, 2019

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS January 28, 2019

Professional Rates

BEFORE January 28, 2019 AFTER January 28, 2019
2 Days $315.00 + $15.75 GST = $330.75 $345.00 + $17.25 GST = $362.25
1 Day Only $240.00 + $12.00 GST = $252.00 $270.00 + $13.50 GST = $283.50

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE January 28, 2019 AFTER January 28, 2019
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 January 18, 2019:

Suites: $165.00 One Bedroom Suite including High Speed Internet Access

Guestroom rates will be extended for up to three days pre and post, subject to availability.

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 17.16%) in effect at the time of check-out.

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Friday, January 18, 2019. Reservations for the hotel rooms can be made by directly contacting 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, 2019. A $50.00 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued after February 1, 2019 for any reason such as inclement weather, illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.  You may substitute someone in your place.

Parking

On-site parking, fee: $4.50 hourly, $20.00 daily

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

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Maureen Bennie:

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