Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D

SFU Harbour Centre

Faster than a Speeding Bullet: iPads in Autism Intervention

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Level Introductory/Intermediate; some experience with a tablet or iPad is assumed
For Family Members, Educators and Para-Professionals, SLPs, Behaviour Consultants/Analysts
Focus Lifespan - Particularly for children and adults who require adapted educational, communication or life skills supports
Autism-specific? No - Relevant for a range of special needs

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About the Event

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.

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.

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

Dr. 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
9:00 - 10:15 Session 1
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Session 2
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Session 3
2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon break
2:30 - 3:30 Session 4


Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends February 7th, 2018 $125 $175
Regular Rate ends March 4th, 2018 $175 $225
Late Rate begins March 5th, 2018 $225 $275


ACT continues to offer bursaries for para-professionals and professionals, as well as parents of children with other special needs, to improve accessibility to both our live and web streamed events. Please apply early and before you register for the event. ACT provided $31,000 in bursary funding in 2017 in the form of reduced registration fees and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to ACT's bursary fund.

MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD

Please note that MCFD Parent Bursary funding has been exhausted. Since April 1, 2017, ACT has used MCFD Parent Bursary funding to provide $60,000 in bursaries in the form of reduced registration to families & caregivers from across B.C. to enable them to build their skills by accessing training. Regular registration rates are now in effect however parents of children with ASD are welcome to apply for an ACT Bursary if the registration cost is a barrier preventing attendance. 

For more information on ACT's Bursary programs, see our Bursary FAQ page.

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. For more information, please see Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.