Upcoming Live Events

Join us for inspiration and information! At ACT’s live events, leading practitioners and researchers from across the world share their insights with parents and professionals.

Building Community Recreation Skills: Why It’s Important to Get Your Child with Autism Involved, and Where to Start

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 - Web Streaming Only

Stephanie Jull, PhD
VP Programs, Training & Community Engagement - Canucks Autism Network (CAN)

This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with ideas for how to get their children meaningfully involved in community-based recreation opportunities.

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Combating Compassion Fatigue for Families and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 - Web Streaming Only

Georgina Robinson, PhD, Certified School Psychologist
Principal, Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)

This workshop will explore the “costs of caring” and its potential physical and emotional toll, as well as research supported strategies that can empower families and build their resistance to ward off compassion fatigue. Systems supports, self-care, and mindful self-compassion will be featured.  

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Helping Your Child with Autism Thrive in Sport and Recreation

Thursday, November 5th, 2020 - Web Streaming Only

Stephanie Jull, PhD
VP Programs, Training & Community Engagement, Canucks Autism Network (CAN)

This workshop will cover a range of evidence-based strategies for supporting positive behaviour in community-based sport and recreation opportunities.

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Guided Practice in Mindful Self-Compassion – An Experiential Introductory Session for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Georgina Robinson, PhD, Certified School Psychologist/ Principal – POPARD
November 6th, 2020 – Web Streaming Only


Positive Behavior Support – A Practical Introduction for Parents & Caregivers

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
November 27, 2020 – Web Streaming Only


Parents are Teachers, Too! Embedding Instruction Into Daily Routines and Activities

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
November 28, 2020 – Web Streaming Only


IEPs… Why They Still Matter

Richard Stock, PhD, BCBA-D
December 3 & 4, 2020 – Web Streaming Only


Toilet Training For Everyone – Revised And Expanded

Pat Mirenda, PhD, BCBA-D and Katie Rinald, BCBA
February 4 & 5, 2021 – Web Streaming Only


Two Days on the Art and Science of Early Detection and Treatment of ASD

Dr. Amy Wetherby, CCC-SLP
March 4 & 5, 2021 – Web Streaming Only


Focus on Research: The Impact of COVID-19 on Children with ASD

Conference
April 22 & 23, 2021 – Web Streaming Only


Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills 2021

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
August 19 & 20, 2021 – Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming



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Practical Tips for Helping Families Reduce Stress

Parents of children with developmental disabilities experience higher levels of stress than parents of typically developing children. During the current pandemic, these feelings of stress have been further heightened for the many parents who are getting few breaks as they care for their children. In this webinar, a structured discussion between Dr. Fawcett and Dr. Anthony Bailey, Susan will provide some practical tips and strategies to help parents reduce their stress, including a discussion of the importance of self-care, cognitive reframing strategies, and a mindfulness practice.

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The Challenges of Advocacy During a Pandemic

Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UBC, interviews three active members of BC’s special needs community about their efforts to encourage the B.C. government to protect special needs children and their families.

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Coping with Behavior Challenges during COVID-19 – Setting Realistic Expectations for Families (Parts 1 & 2)

The focus of this presentation is to help parents whose children have limited language skills, making it difficult for them to understand why their usual routines have been totally disrupted by COVID-19. The idea is to provide some simple “tools for your toolbox” to help family members prevent and/or reduce the occurrence of problem behaviours by setting realistic expectations, communicating clearly, and establishing structure and routines to get through the day.

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What Can I Do with My Child All Day? Strategies for Supporting Young Children

Many parents of young children are wondering how to provide some type of learning support during this challenging time. This includes children whose parents are concerned about speech/language development, children on the waitlist for autism assessment, and children who have recently been diagnosed with autism but have not yet started early intervention.In this session, a behaviour analyst/special educator and a speech-language pathologist provide a framework for thinking about how to provide support.

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Using Enforced Family Time to Support Learning at Home

Many parents of children with diverse learning needs are feeling particularly pressured to keep up educational programs during this crisis, even though they have little support to do so. This is increasing stress on many overwhelmed families. This conversation between two school psychologists and a child psychiatrist focuses on the practical, to reassure families on how formal and informal learning can happen on the home front.

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Autism, Anxiety and COVID-19 Q&A

To mark World Autism Day with a practical initiative, ACT invited three respected mental health clinicians, who have presented for ACT on autism and mental health, to answer questions on ‘Anxiety and COVID-19’.

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The three events below have been postponed. ACT has processed full refunds of all registration payments. Please contact ACT at info@actcommunity.ca with any questions or concerns.

Positive Behavior Support – A Practical Introduction for Parents & Caregivers
Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
April 3rd, 2020

An Introduction to Autism and Anxiety – from Research to the Classroom
April 24th, 2020

Advocating within BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development – A Workshop for Parents
Deborah Pugh, M.A., Executive Director of ACT – Autism Community Training
May 22nd, 2020

Past ACT Events

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