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ACT’s Summer 2019 Events – Carol Gray & Sarah Ward


Posted May 14, 2019

Web-streaming or in-person

In-person seats are limited!

Presented in collaboration with Surrey Schools and the
Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

Social Stories 10.2 with Carol Gray

Thursday & Friday, August 15 & 16, 2019
Surrey, BC

Carol Gray, Founder and Innovator, Social Stories Satellite Schools and Services, and Carol’s Club, Michigan

Join ACT for this two day workshop and discover why Carol Gray has earned respect of so many within the autism community over the past two decades. Carol Gray is respected both as the developer of Social Stories, and as a insightful presenter who inspires us to reconsider our views of supporting those with social-communication challenges. A Social Stories approach, when used properly, can play an essential role in enhancing communication and bringing down anxiety among individuals with ASD. They are very useful in reducing challenging behaviors which are often provoked by confusion and fear of the unknown on the part of the individual with ASD.

Social Stories is considered an evidence-based practice endorsed by research. This Social Stories 10.2 workshop, led by Carol Gray, will devote two full days to the art and science of Social Stories, with the focus on practising skills and discussing the many new strategies developed in recent years.

Join us at the Surrey School District Education Centre or via live web-streaming to polish your Social Stories skills, learn new techniques, or discover the versatility of this instructional strategy for the first time. No previous experience of Social Stories is required.

Register before July 11th to save $25!

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School District staff please contact ACT to check whether your district has a special rate for this event.


Sarah WardNew Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills

Wednesday & Thursday, September 25 & 26, 2019
Surrey, BC
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP

Co-Director, Cognitive Connections LLP, Boston

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, is coming to Surrey to teach hands-on practical strategies to improve Executive Function skills. These two days include many new strategies, so whether you’ve seen Sarah Ward before, or this is all new, you’re sure to walk away with fresh strategies that you can implement immediately.

Sarah Ward is the co-developer of the award-winning 360 Thinking Program which combines core concepts at the heart of executive functioning: situational and intention awareness, mental dress rehearsals, future thinking, time awareness and visualisation, which promote efficient and accurate completion of tasks. This model facilitates the development of 6 key skills for students: initiation, transition, planning, time management, self-regulation and meta-cognition. As the steps of a task are envisioned, potential obstacles can be anticipated for students to problem solve and achieve independence. See event details for a breakdown of each day. Day 2 builds on Day 1 so all registrants for Day 2 need to have attended Day 1.

Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders.

Join us at the Surrey School District Education Centre or via live web-streaming.

Register before August 22nd to save $25!

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School District staff please contact ACT to check whether your district has a special rate for this event.


Web streaming discounts for groups

Cost-effective training solutions for school districts and agencies

Is your school district, agency or community group looking for a low cost way to make excellent, practical training, featuring internationally respected speakers, available to your teams with reduced fees and without the cost of travel? Join us at our live events! All you need is a comfortable venue, good internet connection, big screen, and a sound system.

ACT uses a professional film crew, streaming high-quality video and sound along with a live-chat your registrants can use to ask speakers questions.

Groups of registrants watch together on one screen and pay a reduced registration fee. ACT sends all registrants links to the handout and the password for the web stream to the organizer.

Contact info@actcommunity.ca to arrange for your group’s web stream registration today!

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Bursaries for web streaming

Bursaries for those most in need, including para-professionals, parents who have children with special needs, and adults with ASD are available for web streaming, to the best of our financial ability.

For information on how to apply for an ACT bursary, please visit the Bursaries FAQ page