Upcoming Live Events

Join us for information and inspiration! ACT’s live events cover a wide-range of autism related topics. ACT invites leading practitioners and researchers from across the world to share their insights with BC parents and professionals. If you have any questions about if an event is appropriate for your circumstances, please email us at info@actcommunity.ca or call us at 604-205-5345 or 1-866-939-5188.

Please note that these events are not suitable for children or preteens – please arrange child care so that you can devote your attention to the event.

April 2014

Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories & Play for Preschool and Early Elementary School
Kari Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP & Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP
Saturday | April 26, 2014 | KELOWNA

What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative pretend play depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self regulation, and solid social-emotional development as well the executive function skills to multi-task the use of all of the above! The new common core standards highlight the importance of “listening and collaboration” in the classroom, which are hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and during the early elementary years.

June 2014

Solving Sleep Problems in Children with ASD
Beth Ann Malow, M.D. Professor of Neurology and Director of Vanderbilt University’s Sleep Division
Friday | June 20, 2014 | VANCOUVER

A good night’s sleep is fundamental to all children being able to learn and for their parents to function, and this event is relevant to both professionals and parents who are looking for practical steps that parents can take to reap the benefits of improved family health and quality of life. While developed specific to autism, many of the strategies that Dr. Malow will describe are relevant to children with a range of special needs.

August 2014

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Applications (POPARD)
Kenneth D. Cole, Ph.D., R.Psych. August 11-15 or 18-22, 2014 | VANCOUVER August 25-29, 2014 | VICTORIA

This 30 hour course has recently been revised to reflect current research and evidence-based practice in teaching students with ASD. Instruction includes pre-readings, practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration and coaching. In addition, course participants complete applied exercises in the key elements of teaching and supporting students with ASD.

September 2014

1st Annual Canadian Social Thinking® Providers Conference Applying Social Thinking and Teaching Executive Function Skills: Where, When, How and with Whom?
Wednesday & Thursday | September 17 & 18, 2014 VANCOUVERKeynote speakers: Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ABA; Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP; Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP; Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

The 1st Annual Canadian Social Thinking® Providers Conference is an opportunity for Canadian practitioners of Social Thinking to come together to learn, share ideas and network. As the international “Social Thinking movement” grows, the hope is for attendees to gain knowledge and avoid “re-creating the wheel” as they develop practical programs and services allowing for them to build on what others have shared.

Save the Date! details and registration information coming soon

October 24 & 25, 2014 - Promoting Speech and Language in Individuals Across the Autism Spectrum: Collaboration for Success. Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director of Eden II Programs.

Past ACT Events

Download our archived events from 2013 (pdf)