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Autism Awareness Centre Presents:
February 8 - February 9$175 – $315
Friday, February 8
Ruth AspyPositive 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 GagnonSpecial 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.
- February 8
- February 9
- $175 – $315
- Event Category:
- Autism Awareness Centre Inc.
- Vancouver Sheraton Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Hwy.
Richmond, British Columbia V6X 1A3 Canada + Google Map
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