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Winnipeg, MB – March 9 & 10, 2017

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Viscount Gort Hotel
1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

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

Thursday, March 9

Brenda Smith Myles

Individuals with ASD who Present with Challenging Behavior: Understanding the Role of Self- Regulation

Friday, March 10

Kelly Mahler

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

Conference Description

Thursday, March 9

Brenda Smith Myles

Individuals with ASD who Present with Challenging Behavior: Understanding the Role of Self- Regulation

Individuals with ASD who Present with Challenging Behavior: Understanding the Role of Self- Regulation Self-regulation challenges are inherent in many individuals on the spectrum and interfere with learning and socialization. This session will discuss the characteristics of ASD that are related to self-regulation challenges and then provide a variety of evidence-based self-regulation interventions that can help a learner on the spectrum understand, monitor, control, and redirect his self-regulation system. Strategies that promote critical mass — a method of supporting generalization — will also be discussed. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define self-regulation and its relation to autism spectrum disorders
  2. Describe how self-regulation impacts individuals with ASD in the home, school, and community.
  3. Identify interventions that can be used to teach and support self-regulation.

Brenda Smith Myles, a consultant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. Brenda has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 200 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee; was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium; and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and served as Project Director for the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Teachers (TARGET). Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE) and ASTEP – Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Friday, March 10

Kelly Mahler

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System: Practical Considerations and Strategies for Improving Emotion Regulation and Other Related Skills Interoception is an extremely important sensory system that helps us to ‘feel’ the internal states of our body. For example, the interoceptive system helps us feel many different internal sensations including: hunger, thirst, needing the bathroom, pain, body temperature, sexual arousal, heart rate and muscle tension. Additionally, interoception is a key component to our emotional experience. Research indicates that interoception (our ability to clearly sense body signals, like an increase in heart rate or tingly stomach), enables us to accurately identify, understand and control our emotions. Many individuals with high functioning ASD have an underlying disconnect with their interoceptive system. In fact, brain research has revealed the brain’s ‘Interoceptive Center’ as an area that is consistently impacted in people with autism, making interoception a crucial consideration when addressing skills in these individuals. Not only can difficulties with interoception cause significant challenges when regulating emotions and regulating body functions (such as hunger, thirst and pain), it has far reaching effects to skills such as perspective taking, problem solving and empathy. This presentation will provide teachers, therapists, parents and individuals with high functioning ASD a firm understanding of interoception including an overview of what research tells us about interoception, and how to apply this research when developing programming for individuals with high functioning ASD. Discussion will focus on the link between interoception and many important skill areas including emotion regulation, perspective taking, problem solving and empathy. Many practical strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared. Finally, a special segment will provide new and unique emotion regulation ideas, developed by individuals with ASD, that highlight their extraordinary way of thinking and viewing the world.

Kelly Mahler earned a MS in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is an occupational therapist and autism consultant who supports school-aged individuals and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In the evenings, Kelly is co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization providing fun opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in young people with ASD. Kelly has presented numerous seminars and workshops at the international and national levels. Kelly is the author of three books: Sensory Issues and High Functioning Autism (with Myles and Robbins)—winner of 2015 National Parenting Publications Bronze Medal; Destination Friendship (with Benton, Hollis, and Womer) and Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders–winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal 2011. She currently resides in Hershey, Pennsylvania with her husband, Nicholas and her 2 daughters, Olivia and Madeline.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Thursday, March 9

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

Friday, March 10

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

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS February 21, 2017

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS March 1, 2017

Professional Rates

BEFORE February 21, 2017 AFTER February 21, 2017
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 February 21, 2017 AFTER February 21, 2017
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

Viscount Gort Hotel
1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Phone: 1-204-775-0451
Toll Free: 1-800-665-1122

Queen Standard – $109 per night

Rates quoted are per room, per night, single or double occupancy and based on availability at time of reservation. A charge of $10.00 per additional adult will be added to the above rate, up to a maximum of four adults per room.

Reservations can be made by calling the Reservations Department at 1-204-775-0451, by faxing to 1-204-772-2161, or by emailing to reservations@viscount-gort.com. Confirmed reservations must be guaranteed, by a valid credit card number with expiration date.

Attendees must clearly indicate attendance of events with Autism Awareness Centre to qualify for group rate.

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 21, 2017. A $50.00 administration fee will be charged. No refunds will be issued after February 21, 2017.

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.

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