Day 1: Bo Hejlskov Elvén – Self Control and Challenging Behaviour: The Why’s and What’s of Behaviour Management in Autism
Most challenging behaviour consists of strategies in order to maintain self-control. By acknowledging that, we can change our view on behaviour and our behaviour management methods. Good behaviour management supports the person’s self-control instead of controlling the person with autism. This talk will emphasize both theoretical and hands on aspects of behaviour management.
Day 2: Peter Gerhardt – Adulthood Begins in Preschool
According to Roux, et al (2015, p. 8) “[y]oung adults with autism have a difficult time following high school for almost any outcome you choose – working, continuing school, living independently, socializing, community participation, and staying healthy and safe.” While there may be any number of reasons for continued poor outcomes many of them are, either in whole or in part, well within our ability to change. To do this however, both parents and professionals need to start thinking about, and programming for, adulthood much earlier than is typically done. This presentation will provide an overview of the process by which complex adult competencies can be developed by targeting the simpler prerequisite skills early on in life. From toilet training to safety skills; from discrimination training to personal sexuality; or from learning readiness to community employment adulthood begins in preschool. This presentation is suitable for preschool aged children to young adults.