Best Practices in Early Intervention: An Update on the Research and Helping Families Build their “Team”

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Karen Bopp, Ph.D., RSLP,
Senior Behaviour Consultant, MCFD; Research Affiliate, CIRCA - UBC
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Educational Counselling Psychology and Special Education, Faculty of Education, UBC. 

SFU Harbour Centre
Vancouver, BC

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Level Introductory
For Parents/ Community Professionals
Approach Overview of Good Practices
Focus Effective Early Intervention
Autism-specific? Yes
Co-sponsored by

The Ministry of Children and Family Development & Simon Fraser University


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About the Event

This presentation provides an overview of current best practice treatment approaches for children and youth with ASD. It will also focus on developing collaborative partnerships between behavior consultants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and other professionals in order to enhance optimal outcomes for children with ASD and provide their families with meaningful support. Dr. Bopp has spent over 20 years in the autism field, as a clinician, researcher and in policy development.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Part 1:  Prevalence and the State of the Science
  • Part 2:  Evidence-Based Practices: Key Elements
  • Part 3:  Intervention Models
  • Part 4:  What the Research Says
  • Part 5:  Alternative and Complementary Treatments: What Do We Know?
  • Part 6:  Making the Most of the Intervention Team

Deborah Pugh, ACT's Executive Director, will present on new resources available from ACT from 9:00am - 9:30am.  

Please see below for the full schedule details. 

Participant Comments

"I learned a lot  that will allow me to do more research to find the best solutions for my child" (parent)

"She was clearly very knowledgeable but also engaging" (parent)

About the Presenters

Dr. Karen Bopp is an autism policy consultant for the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Senior Behaviour Consultant for the provincial government of B.C., a researcher, and a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. At MCFD, she works in the Children and Youth with Special Needs Policy department and provides clinical and best practice consultation on autism service delivery and policy. Dr. Bopp has worked extensively with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over 20 years.


Date Parents of Children with ASD Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends October 8th, 2014 $ $50 $75
Regular Rate ends November 12th, 2014 $ $75 $100
Late Rate begins November 13th, 2014 $ $100 $125


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Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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Workshop Location

SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1700 - Labatt Hall
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

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Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in
9:00 - 9:30 An Introduction to ACT Resources - Deborah Pugh, ACT's Executive Director
9:30 - 10:15 Part 1: Prevalence and the State of the Science
10:15 - 10:30 Morning Break (light snacks will be served)
10:30 - 12:00 Part 2: Evidence-Based Practices: Key Elements | Part 3: Intervention Models
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (bring or buy your own)
1:00 - 2:30 Part 4: What the Research Says | Part 5: Alternative and Complementary Treatments: What Do We Know?
2:30 - 2:45 Afternoon Break (light snacks will be served)
2:45 - 3:30 Part 6: Making the Most of the Intervention Team