Ready, Set, Coach

Supporting Kids with Autism in Community Recreation Activities

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Stephanie Jull, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Program Director, Canucks Autism Network

Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops, BC

There is no online registration for this event. Please contact the ACT office at 604-205-5467 or 1-866-939-5188 to register.

Level Introductory
For Community recreation professionals, school based coaches, family members
Focus Teaching community recreation professionals to teach recreational activities to kids with autism or other developmental disabilities.
Autism-specific? No
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About the Event

This event is for recreation instructors, coaches and teachers who want to teach kids with autism in swimming, skating, soccer or other recreation programs. The day will outline different coaching strategies and provide an introduction to key skills and techniques that are proven to be successful with kids with autism. Dr. Jull uses video of children with autism in recreational activities to give practical examples. Participants will leave the event with strategies in hand and a plan for implementation in their own recreation setting.

This one day event is for recreation instructors and coaches who want to understand how to teach kids with autism in swimming lessons, skating programs, soccer programs, fitness instruction, and other community recreation activities. It will also be useful for parents who want to understand more about how to help their kids participate in community sports, and for PE teachers who want to know more about autism. The day will include an introduction to autism, outline different coaching strategies and provide an introduction to key skills and techniques that are proven to be successful with kids with autism. Dr. Jull will discuss a number of case study examples in different types of sports and show many videos of coaches working effectively to teach kids with autism a variety of skills. There will be plenty of time for questions and to brainstorm strategies with your colleagues. Participants will leave the event with strategies in hand and a plan for implementation in their own recreation setting.

 At the end of the day, participants should be able to:

  • Select strategies appropriate to your sport to support teaching kids with autism
  • Describe new strategies to peers to assist them in teaching recreation activities to kids with autism
  • Use strategies to help kids with autism focus and attend to teaching in a busy community setting
  • Assess and revise strategies appropriately depending on the sport, day or the child’s strengths and challenges
  • Build capacity in the community to support kids with autism spectrum disorders to join community recreation activities.

Participant Comments

  • "First-Then" and "Waitcards" were great strategies." (Professional)
  • "Lots of items for my tool box." (Family member)
  • "Very relevant to community recreation."(Para-professional)
  • "Enjoyed the interactive component of this workshop." (Para-professional)
  • "Very practical- kids first." (Professional, Volunteer working with people with autism)
  • "Very informative, amazing speaker, engaging, and worthwhile." (Volunteer working for people with autism&staff)

About the Presenter

Stephanie Jull, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and completed her Ph.D. at UBC researching the impact of training staff in community-based recreation settings to support children with ASD in swimming lessons. Dr. Jull works as a Program Director with Canucks Autism Network.

Cost/Funding

a light lunch will be provided. 

Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends September 15th, 2014 $60 $90
Regular Rate ends September 24th, 2014 $80 $110
Late Rate begins September 25th, 2014 $110 $140

Bursaries

ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration in the form of reduced registration fees. Please read Bursary Information. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office (info@actcommunity.ca) for more information. ACT provided over $27,000 in bursaries in 2016 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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Workshop Location

Thompson Rivers University
, Mountain Room
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC

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Hotel Information

Best Western Plus Kamloops
660 Columbia Street West
Kamloops, B.C.
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The Best Western Plus Kamloops is offering room rates beginning at $119.00 for single occupancy and $129.00 for double occupancy plus taxes, which includes a free deluxe continental breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi access. Please contact the hotel and book your room using the group code, 'ACTCONF', to receive these special rates. 

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1: What is ASD and 1 + 1 Supports
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Session 2: 1:1 Supports and Activity
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (a light lunch is provided)
1:00 - 2:15 Session 3: Group Supports and Activity
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Session 4: Technology and Additional Resources