Early Bird!

Winnipeg, MB – October 25 & 26, 2018

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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, October 25

Ruth Aspy

Positive Strategies for Supporting Self-Regulation

Friday, October 26

Peter Vermeulen

Autism as Context Blindness: Absolute Thinking in a Relative World

Conference Description

Thursday, October 25

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.

Friday, October 26

Peter Vermeulen

Autism as Context Blindness: Absolute Thinking in a Relative World

Anyone wanting to support people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) needs to understand how people on the spectrum perceive and understand the world. Anyone who wants to empathize with people with autism, should learn to see the world ‘through autistic glasses’. 

In this presentation, we will present a framework that helps us to gain a deeper understanding of the typical information processing style in ASD, which we have named context blindness. The concept of context blindness unifies the existing cognitive models in autism (theory of mind/extreme male brain, executive functioning, and central coherence) and it is embedded within the new findings in brain science about the predictive mind: the brain is not computing, but guessing and it makes its guesses based on contextual sensitivity; but most of all, the concept of context blindness offers a unique and practical understanding of autism. 

Difficulties understanding and using context can explain why communication, social interaction and (unpredictable) changes are so challenging for people with autism. We will explain the concept of context blindness in interaction with the audience and provide concrete examples and anecdotes. We will explain how a good understanding of the autistic mind is the cornerstone of autism friendliness and the first step in striving for Quality of Life and happiness for people with autism.

Detailed programme

Session 1: Why autism is like an iceberg and why a rabbit can also be a duck
• Understanding autism from within: the “outside” and the “inside” of autism spectrum disorders. Understanding the ‘why’ of autistic behaviors: the autistic information processing as the bridge between brain and behavior.
• The role of contextual sensitivity in the human brain: why context is pivotal in understanding the world around us. What is context, why do we need it and how do we use it? Experience your own contextual sensitivity!

Morning Break

Session 2: Why we don’t need faces to recognize emotions and why some people put a parrot on their head
• What if you miss the context? Autism spectrum disorders as Context Blindness.
• Consequences of context blindness on sense making and giving meaning to the world around us.
• Consequences of context blindness on social cognition (e.g. understanding emotions) and social interaction

Lunch

Session 3: Why people never say what they mean, why you never know when later is and why even pictures can be confusing
• Consequences of context blindness on communication, both verbal and non-verbal.
• Context blindness as an explanation for the routines and rituals in ASD.

Afternoon Break

Session 4: Why pushing the context button is the cornerstone of autism friendliness
• Context Blindness: lessons for education and approaches in autism.
• How can we deal with context blindness? Autism friendly teaching style and communication: pushing the context button!
• Understanding autism from within as the key towards Quality of Life.

Learning objectives:

• Understanding that context blindness is the common pathway in the main cognitive deficits/differences associated with autism
• Identifying the role of context in social interaction, communication and flexibility in thoughts and actions
• Knowing what ‘pushing the context button’ means and how it is pivotal for creating an autism friendly environment
• Reflecting on the extent to which your own practice (teaching, therapy, ….) supports your clients/students in seeing and using context

Peter Vermeulen, MSc and PhD in Psychology and Educational Sciences, has worked with people with ASD and their families for more than 30 years. He is a Senior lecturer at Autisme Centraal, a training and education centre for autism spectrum disorders. Peter is an internationally respected lecturer/trainer and he presents all over Europe and beyond. Peter has written more than 15 books and several articles on autism. His books include, “This is the title: on autistic thinking” (2001), “I am Special: handbook for psycho-education” (2000, revised edition 2013), and “Autism as Context Blindness” (2012), a book than won several awards in the USA.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Thursday, October 25

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

Friday, October 26

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

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Thursday, October 11, 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Saturday, October 20, 2018

Professional Rates

BEFORE October 11, 2018 AFTER October 11, 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 11, 2018 AFTER October 11, 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

Viscount Gort Hotel
1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Phone: 1-204-775-0451
Toll Free: 1-800-665-1122

Room Rate – $115 per night (plus applicable taxes)
This is for single or double occupancy. A charge of $10 per additional adult will be added to the above rate up to a maximum of 4 adults per room.

Reservations can be made by calling the Reservations department at 1-204-775-0451.
Attendees must clearly indicate attendance of events with Autism Awareness Centre to qualify for the 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 October 11, 2018. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until October 11, 2018.  No refunds will be issued after October 11, 2018. Please note that there are no cancellations granted for weather or any other unforeseen circumstance past the date of October 11th. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to find a substitute to take your place.

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

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