Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference

Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2018

Lynn Kern Koegel, CCC-SLP
Clinical Professor, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, California
Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Professor and Chair, Special Education, University of Washington

SFU Downtown Campus - Harbour Centre
Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!

Early Bird rate ends September 19th, 2018
Positive Behavior Support in Schools Conference

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Level Intermediate/Advanced
For Educators, Counsellors, Psychologists, Therapists, Parents
Focus School –age children with ASD and related special
Autism-specific? No – relevant across special needs

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About the Event

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

This two day conference will feature a number of presentations focused on the use of PBS strategies in the school environment with children with special needs.


Practical Ways to Decrease Challenging Behaviors in School, Home, and Community Settings with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel, Stanford University, California

This presentation will discuss various intervention procedures for decreasing challenging behaviors. The emphasis will be on Positive Behavior Support evidence-based procedures that are coordinated, multi-component, and systematically implemented throughout the individual’s day.


PBS – Working Together to Support Children and Families with Dr. Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington

Supporting students with disabilities and their families takes a village. The village includes the student, their peers, family members, friends, and a variety of professionals from different disciplines. Sometimes these professionals let their disciplinary differences create barriers to providing seamless services to students and families. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss strategies that professionals can employ to work collaboratively to enhance outcomes for students with disabilities.

About the Presenters

Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel

Dr. Koegel has been active in the development of programs to improve communication in children with autism, including the development of first words, grammatical structures, pragmatics, and social conversation. In addition to her published books and articles in the area of communication and language development, she has developed and published procedures and field manuals in the area of self-management and functional analysis that are used in school districts and by parents throughout the United States, as well as translated in other major languages. Dr. Lynn Koegel is the author of Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum with parent Claire LaZebnik, published by Viking/Penguin and available in most bookstores. Lynn Koegel and her husband, Robert, are the developers of Pivotal Response Treatment which focuses on motivation. The Koegels have been the recipients of many awards, including the first annual Children’s Television Workshop Sesame Street Award for “Brightening the Lives of Children”, the first annual Autism Speaks award for “Science and Research” and the International ABA award for “enduring programmatic contributions in behavior analysis.”


Dr. Ilene Schwartz

National Authority on Autism, Inclusion, Early Childhood Education, Developmental Disabilities, and Applied Behavior Analysis

Dr. Ilene Schwartz earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Child and Developmental Psychology and is a Professor of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education on the UW campus, an interdisciplinary, research and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities. Dr. Schwartz has had continuous funding from the US Department of Education since 1990 to support her work in the areas of autism, developing educational interventions for young children, and preparing staff to work with people with disabilities. She is the author of 3 books and over 75 scholarly articles and book chapters.

Dr. Schwartz has spoken to audiences around the world on topics such as “Understanding Autism”; “Why Inclusion is Important for all Children”, and “Getting an ‘A’ in ABA*”. Her TED talk, “The Power of Inclusive Education” has been viewed by thousands of people. Her recent book, “The Project DATA Model for Teaching Preschoolers with Autism**” describes her 20-year ground-breaking project designed to provide state of the art services for children with autism in public school settings. The Project DATA model is used across the country and internationally and is the standard of care for young children with autism in Washington state.


Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends September 19th, 2018 $250 $300
Regular Rate ends October 5th, 2018 $300 $350
Late Rate begins October 6th, 2018 $325 $375


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 on how to register, please see Workshop Registration Using Autism Funding.

Workshop Location

SFU Downtown Campus - Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!

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Parking is expensive downtown, however this venue is very accessible by public transit. Contact Translink for directions and schedules for the West Coast Express, Skytrain, Seabus and bus routes.

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