Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention (Vancouver)

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Simon Fraser University - Downtown Campus

Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention (Vancouver)

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Level Introductory/Intermediate; some experience with a tablet or iPad is assumed
For Family Members, Community Professionals, Para-Professionals
Focus Lifespan - Particularly for children and adults who require adapted educational, communication or life skills supports
Autism-specific? No

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About the Event

It’s hard to believe that the iPad was first released only in 2010. In such a short period of time, the use of iPads and other tablets have become common learning tool in the educational environment. For individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, the iPad and other tablets have been seen as the “miracle” device but 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. Relevant apps will be discussed and/or demonstrated. This presentation will address the age range, from young children to adults

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify skill areas where the use of iPad and other tablet-based applications may be useful.
  • Describe uses of iPads and other tablets which are supported by research.
  • Identify specific apps to address specific skill areas.

Odin Books will be on-site at the event selling books - these books are pre-approved for Autism Funding.

Participant Comments

  • “Excellent ideas on how to better use the iPad to help my son.”
  • “Really useful apps and helpful ways to supporting a range of clients."
  • “Very informative presentation and speaker had a lot of energy and lots of opinion/expertise to share.”

About the Presenter

Brenda Fossett is an inspired teacher who is widely admired for her ability to convey complex concepts to those who work with children and adults with special needs, whether they are educational professionals or parent.  Dr. Fossett has been on faculty in the Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism Department at Capilano University since 2013. Prior to that she was Assistant Professor (Special Education) in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She is also a certified teacher of the deaf, as well as being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Dr. Fossett has extensive clinical experience providing behavioral/educational consultative services to children with ASD, deafness, and other developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. Her scholarly and clinical interests include: applied behavior analysis, the implementation of positive behavior support in home and school settings, and educational interventions for deaf children with developmental disabilities. For more information on Dr. Fossett see

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in; book browsing will be available
9:00 - 10:15 Session 1
10:15 - 10:30 Break (light snacks will be served); book browsing will be available
10:30 - 12:00 Session 2
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (buy or bring your own); book browsing will be available
1:00 - 2:15 Session 3
2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon break (light snacks will be served); book browsing will be available
2:30 - 3:30 Session 4


Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends October 28th, 2015 $100 $150
Regular Rate ends November 25th, 2015 $150 $200
Late Rate begins November 26th, 2015 $200 $250


ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration.  Please read Bursary Information. You are welcome to call or email ACT's office ( for more information. ACT provided $24,000 in bursaries in 2014 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund

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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