Winnipeg, MB - October 26 & 27, 2020 - Autism Awareness
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Winnipeg, MB – October 26 & 27, 2020

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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!

 

Monday, October 26

Amy Laurent

Addressing Emotional Regulation in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Tuesday, October 27

Gareth Morewood

Developing Low Arousal Approaches to Support Learning

Conference Description

Monday, October 26

Amy Laurent

Addressing Emotional Regulation in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Emotional Regulation, the maintenance of emotional states and energy is a significant challenge for many individuals on the spectrum. Difficulties staying well regulated can impact relationships, learning, daily activities and fun!

The course will begin with a brief review of the core developmental challenges faced by autistic individuals at various stages in development (i.e., pre-verbal stages, emerging language stages, and conversational stages). This introduction of regulatory challenges and social communicative difficulties will then be followed by a discussion of the interplay between these areas and their impact on an individual’s social communicative competence. This relationship will be addressed from both a developmental standpoint, as well as a situational one.

This talk will explore the numerous factors that impact an individual’s ability to be organized and engaged with others. Practical guidelines for prioritizing the support of emotional regulation for autistic individuals across a wide developmental range will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on supports that can be used proactively and reactively.

Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L is a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. She is also the co-director and co-founder of Autism Level UP!, a neurodiverse partnership aiming to provide accessible resources, consultation, training and services that are informed by and developed in collaboration with the autistic community.

She specializes in supporting autistic children and related developmental disabilities, as well as families, teachers, and administrators. The majority of Amy’s work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families. Her consultative services focus on the creation of educational programs and environments that facilitate children’s active engagement and learning at home, in schools, and throughout their communities. The SCERTS Model, of which she is a coauthor, along with differentiated instruction and developmental theory guide her practice.

She has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Communication Disorders Department at Emerson College and at the University of Rhode Island (URI). In these roles, she developed graduate courses focused on preparing clinicians to meet the needs of autistic individuals. She also has served as an adjunct faculty for the Departments of Education and Psychology at URI, teaching courses related to developmental psychology, research methods, and educational frameworks.

Amy’s current research interests involve examining the relationship between characteristics of young children diagnosed as autistic and strategies used by parents to support them within the context of natural routines and play. Her publications have highlighted social communication and emotional regulation in individuals diagnosed with Autism. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on the SCERTS Model, emotional regulation, neurodiverse collaboration and perspective, and on utilization of the free resources created by Autism Level UP!

Amy strives to practice what she preaches and uses her love of play, dance, and movement to meet her own regulatory needs.

Tuesday, October 27

Gareth Morewood

Developing Low Arousal Approaches to Support Learning

Educational Adviser Gareth D Morewood will be speaking about how to practically implement Low Arousal Approaches in schools and other learning environments using a whole-school, inclusive model. The day will look at provision in its widest sense – from individuals learning at home, small specialist educational settings and centres, to mainstream schools and colleges. The day will be suitable for families, teachers and allied professionals and have a clear focus on improving outcomes and reducing stress.

Drawing on his 25 years of experience, Gareth will explain how working collaboratively with families to personalize provision is possible, and how it can be done.

Gareth D Morewood is the Educational Advisor for Studio III (www.studio3.org).  Previously he has worked for 25 years in U.K. schools; the last 17 of which were as SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in a large, inclusive secondary school in the North West of England.

Gareth has extensive ‘front-line’ experience supporting schools, families and working directly with young people in the U.K. and abroad; most recently Chile, Dubai, Portugal, Scandinavia and Ireland.

Gareth has a significant body of published works, films and resources, which can be found on his website (www.gdmorewood.com).

As part of his role as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, Gareth has worked on a range of projects; predominantly to do with the inclusion of young people with complex needs and in supporting autistic learners in their local schools as part of the wider inclusion agenda.

Gareth is Co-Director of the Studio III LASER Programme, which fuses his critically acclaimed Saturation Model (Morewood, Humphrey & Symes, 2011) with Low Arousal approaches (McDonnell & Deveau, 2018) as part of a system-led model of inclusive practice.  The first LASER courses will run during 2020.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Monday, October 26

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

Tuesday, October 27

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

 

Registration

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Wednesday, October 14, 2020

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS CONFERENCE IS Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Professional Rates

BEFORE October 14, 2020 AFTER October 14, 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 October 14, 2020 AFTER October 14, 2020
2 Days $285.00 + $14.25 GST = $299.25 $315.00 + $15.75 GST = $330.75
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 Rates:
The standard room rate is $115 plus all applicable taxes.
Rates quoted are per room, per night, single or double occupancy and based on availability at the time of booking. 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 the Autism Awareness Centre to quality for the group rate. Confirmed reservations must be guaranteed by an advance deposit or valid credit card number with expiration date.

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 14, 2020. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until October 14, 2020.  No refunds will be issued after October 14, 2020. Please note that there are no cancellations granted for weather or any other unforeseen circumstance past the date of October 14th. 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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Maureen Bennie:

Phone: 403-640-2710
maureen.aaci@shaw.ca