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.

 
 

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

At ACT, we hear from many families concerned that their teens with ASD are unprepared to graduate. Academically able students also need help to develop the life skills they need to thrive in higher education and employment.  School and home teams are more effective when they consider these issues at 12 rather than 17! This one day workshop with Dr. Pamela Crooke, who works extensively with able teens and young adults, will provide school teams and parents with a practical approach to helping young people with ASD thrive either in higher education or employment.

Dr. Pamela Crooke, Chief of Research at Social Thinking, is an SLP and academic with long experience in working with youth and young adults with social learning challenges. She is an excellent presenter, blending humour and compassion. Her most recent book geared to adults, Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care?, was co-authored with Michelle Garcia Winner.

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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Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention

March 10th, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D

Since the iPad was first released in 2010, the use of iPads and other tablets have become common learning tool in the educational environment. For individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, they have been seen as “miracle” devices. However, for these devices to be effective, there is a lot to be considered. This workshop will review a number of skill areas in which the iPad can be a useful instructional tool and/or an aid for daily living. Current research regarding the effectiveness of iPad and other tablet-based applications in a variety of skill areas, including communication, academic, daily living, social and employment skills will be reviewed. Relevant apps will be discussed and/or demonstrated. This presentation will address the age range, from young children to adult. It is aimed at those who need considerable support in communication and behaviour.

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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, & Web Streaming!
Details & registration coming soon

Social Stories
Carol Gray
July 19 & 20, 2018 in Nanaimo, BC
Details & registration coming soon

Social Thinking Conference
August 16 & 17, 2018 in Vancouver, BC
Details & registration coming soon

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Judy Reaven, PhD
September 27 & 28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming (Day 1)!
Details & registration coming soon

Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference
October 19 & 20, 2018 in Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!
Details & registration coming soon

INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD
Dori Zener, MSW, RSW
November 2nd, 2018 in Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!
Details & registration coming soon

Past ACT Events

ACT’s Community Training Program 2003 – 2016
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