Ottawa Autism Conference 2018
April 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm$275 - $315
This exciting conference in Ottawa features guest speakers Scott Bellini with Building Social Relationships through Evidence Based Social Skills Programming for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Brenda Smith Myles with Critical Mass, Purposeful Practice and ASD: Creating Independent Learners.
The workshop will provide an overview of the Building Social Relationships (BSR) program, a social skills instructional model developed by Dr. Bellini. The workshop integrates research on social-emotional functioning with effective strategies for teaching social skills to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The BSR program provides a systematic and comprehensive framework to guide parents and practitioners in the development and implementation of social skills programming.
Learning Objectives for Participants
• Increase knowledge of social and emotional functioning
• Increase awareness of the relationship between social skill deficits and social anxiety
• Develop skills necessary to assess social functioning
• Increase awareness of skill acquisition versus performance deficits
• Increase awareness of evidence based social skill strategies
• Develop skills necessary to implement social skills strategies
Most individuals with ASD and other related disorders are taught skills only to a certain point. For example, an individual may learn to read a calendar of assignments and check it the night before; however, he is not totally independent on this task because he has not learned that you often need to check your calendar more often than one night before an activity, such as a test.
As adults, people on the spectrum may be taught to pay bills and pay them on a timely basis when an invoice is provided. However, what if there is no invoice — such as with rent. These challenges are directly related to a lack of success in independent living, employment, and social interactions. How do we change this trajectory?
We can help individuals reach critical mass. Think of critical mass as beyond generalization — über generalization, if you will. It is the point where an individual has gained enough information to apply it to situations, activities or skills in which instruction has not been provided.
This presentation focuses on describing the factors that lead to critical mass for those on the spectrum or other related disorders when providing instruction and supports. Learn easy-to-use strategies that can help individuals with ASD to move about their world as independently as possible, making informed decisions about their wants and needs. Teaching to critical mass will help learners to be successful not only with tasks they have been taught to do, but will also help them to be successful with activities on which they have not received instruction.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Define critical mass and its importance to life success for individuals with ASD.
2. Understand the neurology of ASD that supports the need for instruction to critical mass.
3. Describe the strategies that lead to critical mass for individuals with ASD.
- April 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am
- April 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
- $275 - $315
- Event Categories:
- Conference, Ontario
- Autism Awareness Centre Inc.
- Shaw Convention Centre
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9J2 Canada + Google Map