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 BC parents and professionals.

 
 

Picturing Success: Visual Support Strategies for Individuals with ASD

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE SOLD-OUT! Web Stream Attendance Still Available

October 20 & 21, 2017 - Vancouver , BC

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D

Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.

Visual support strategies have been used to successfully support children, youth and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for decades. Many are familiar with the use of visual schedules, but there are many ways in which visual support strategies can be used. These supports have been demonstrated to increase independent functioning, teach specific skills, improve environmental awareness, teach rules and social expectations, reduce problem behavior and so much more! There is a large body of research to support the use of these strategies with children, youth, and adults in home, school, community and employment settings.

This two-day session will focus on the use of visual support strategies to meet the needs of children, youth, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Topics covered will include:

• Determining the right type of visuals for a specific individual
• Selecting specific visual support strategies to address specific needs or skills
• Strategies for effectively implementing visual support strategies in a variety of contexts

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Two Social Thinking® Days for Young Children

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November 16 & 17, 2017 - Vancouver , BC

Kari Zweber Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP
Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP 
Social Thinking Training and Speakers' Collaborative, San Jose, California

Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming. 

Day 1 - Teaching Social Thinking®  through Stories and Play

An introduction to the development that underlie social learning in preschool and early elementary aged children. What looks like pure fun 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 as the executive function skills to integrate all of the above!

Day 2 - What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning?  Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Learning for Early Learners

Social executive functioning is at the heart of developing Shared, Collaborative, Interactive Play (SCIP). On this day the focus is on moving from the five basic Social Thinking lesson sets (in We Thinkers! Volume 1**, early learner curriculum) to the more complex lessons presented in We Thinkers Volume 2: Social Problem Solvers.

This day is filled with creative activities, aligned with the research, extending our thinking about how to work, play and learn in groups.  Attendees will engage in group learning activities and learn strategies to use in their classroom or home. 

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Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)

January 22 - 26, 2018 - Vancouver , BC

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

This 30 hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, with a small group of participants, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. 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 autism.

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“I’m going to be a video game designer!”- Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World

February 23rd, 2018 - Sidney, BC

Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP
Director, Social Thinking Training and Speakers' Collaborative, San Jose, California

Adolescence, angst, and apathy - the characteristics routinely used to describe teens and young adults who yearn for independence, but often have no plan for getting there. Developmentally, this time is called the “Transition to Adulthood". This conference focuses on helping parents and professionals (e.g., teachers, counsellors, psychologists, speech language pathologists) prepare for - and respond to - this transition. We will explore the more nuanced expectations that come with the emergence into adulthood, including strategies to help individuals develop a more mature social mindset. 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact that social learning challenges have on academics and relationship building during the teen/young adult years.
  2. Discuss how the Cascade of Social Attention relates to styles of learning (concrete vs. nuanced based).
  3. Explain how anxiety can be a "stop sign" in an individual's ability to use Social Thinking and related skills.
  4. Explain how a student can learn to identify and prioritize his or her own treatment* goals.

*Treatment refers to conceptual and strategy-based frameworks for building understanding and use of social skills and social thinking.

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Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey)

March 5 - 9, 2018 - Surrey, BC

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

This 30 hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, with a small group of participants, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. 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 autism.

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Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills

May 3 & 4, 2018 - Surrey, BC

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
Co-Director, Cognitive Connections LLP, Boston

Live stream: Watch and participate live by registering for web streaming. This event is only available to web streaming registrants in British Columbia.

After a sold-out appearance last summer in Sidney on Vancouver Island, Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, is coming to Surrey to teach hands-on practical strategies to improve Executive Function skills. Whether you've seen Sarah Ward before, or this is all new, you're sure to walk away with practical strategies to help you better assist clients, students, or your own children, that you can implement immediately.

Through demonstration and practice, you will learn how to teach students the following executive control skills: awareness; forethought; waiting and planning skills; shifting; pacing; flexibility; speed of information processing.

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Save the Date: More Upcoming ACT Events

ACT’s 14th Annual Focus on Research Conference
April 5 & 6, 2018 in Vancouver, BC
Details & registration coming soon

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