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.

 
 

Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills 2018

In-Person Seats Sold Out! Web Stream Spots Available

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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Social Stories with Carol Gray

July 19 & 20, 2018 - Nanaimo, BC

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

Social Stories can play an essential role in enhancing communication and bringing down anxiety among individuals with ASD.  Over the past two decades, Social Stories, and their innovator, Carol Gray, have earned the respect of parents, professionals, and people with autism, for their utility in providing clear explanations of what is often a confusing social world. 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 practicing skills and discussing new strategies.   

Join us at the beautiful Nanaimo Conference Centre, to polish your Social Stories skills or discover the versatility of this instructional strategy for the first time. No previous experience of Social Stories is required.

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Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Surrey)

July 30 - August 3, 2018 - Surrey, BC

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

This 5-day, 30-hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. A pre-requisite for teaching assistants to work with students with autism in many B.C. school districts, this course has been enthusiastically received by classroom teachers, administrators, social workers, SLP’s and OT’s, as well as parents. The focus is on practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and individual coaching, and emphasizes the diversity of students with ASD. There is an optional exam for those who require an official POPARD Certificate.

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Social Thinking Conference 2018

August 16 & 17, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Michelle Garcia Winner,  MA, CCC-SLP
Pamela Crooke, PhD, CCC-SLP
Social Thinking Collaborative, San Jose, California

Social Thinking methodology teaches individuals with social learning challenges to think about the social world, in order to communicate more effectively. It provides practical frameworks and strategies to help interpret and respond to abstract social information. It is relevant to individuals with autism and/or ADHD, whose academic performance is in the normal range but who face significant challenges in social understanding.

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Non-Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours

August 24th, 2018 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!

Andrew McDonnell, PhD, BCBA-D
Director of Studio3 Training Systems

Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.  All times are Pacific Standard Time.

This one-day workshop will focus on how to manage behaviours of concern using a low arousal approach, developed by Dr. McDonnell to help support personnel in schools and group homes  manage ‘highly aroused’ and stressed individuals. The emphasis will be on verbal and nonverbal strategies to de-escalate crisis situations. In addition, the approach involves ‘reflective practice’ that is, ‘What is my own contribution to the situation? Low-arousal approaches include interaction, diffusion and distraction strategies; coping with challenging behaviours including debriefing – why it is necessary and how to do it, managing versus changing behaviours, physical avoidance skills and physical intervention strategies.

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Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies

September 27 & 28, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Judy Reaven, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Colorado

Children and adolescents with ASD are at high risk for developing anxiety symptoms that interfere with functioning at home, school and in the community. Research has shown that children and teens with ASD and anxiety demonstrate significant reductions in anxiety following participation in modified Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) interventions. Facing Your Fears (FYF) is a group CBT intervention for managing anxiety in youth with ASD. Throughout the training, participants will learn about FYF, identify core components of the clinic based FYF program, learn how to modify FYF for teens with ASD and intellectual disabilities, as well as strategies for delivering FYF in school settings. Video examples and interactive small group activities will occur throughout the training

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Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)

October 29 - November 2, 2018 - Vancouver , BC

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

This 5-day, 30-hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. A pre-requisite for teaching assistants to work with students with autism in many B.C. school districts, this course has been enthusiastically received by classroom teachers, administrators, social workers, SLP’s and OT’s, as well as parents. The focus is on practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and individual coaching, and emphasizes the diversity of students with ASD. There is an optional exam for those who require an official POPARD Certificate.

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INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD

November 2nd, 2018 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!

Dori Zener, MSW, RSW

Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.  All times are Pacific Standard Time.

Girls and women with ASD largely camouflage their characteristics in an effort to pass as neurotypical. Due to their difficulties reading social cues, girls and women with ASD are disproportionately victims of bullying, sexual assault and abusive relationships. Mental health challenges such anxiety, depression, panic, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and addictions often come to the attention of professionals before an ASD diagnosis is given, if at all.

INVEST: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen and Thrive has been developed by Dori Zener based on her extensive clinical experience with women and girls with ASD.

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Save the Date: More Upcoming ACT Events

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

Past ACT Events

ACT’s Community Training Program 2003 – 2016
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