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Practical Tips for Helping Families Reduce Stress
Parents of children with developmental disabilities experience higher levels of stress than parents of typically developing children. During the current pandemic, these feelings of stress have been further heightened for the many parents who are getting few breaks as they care for their children. In this webinar, a structured discussion between Dr. Fawcett and Dr. Anthony Bailey, Susan will provide some practical tips and strategies to help parents reduce their stress, including a discussion of the importance of self-care, cognitive reframing strategies, and a mindfulness practice.
The Challenges of Advocacy During a Pandemic
Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UBC, interviews three active members of BC’s special needs community about their efforts to encourage the B.C. government to protect special needs children and their families.
Coping with Behavior Challenges during COVID-19 – Setting Realistic Expectations for Families (Parts 1 & 2)
The focus of this presentation is to help parents whose children have limited language skills, making it difficult for them to understand why their usual routines have been totally disrupted by COVID-19. The idea is to provide some simple “tools for your toolbox” to help family members prevent and/or reduce the occurrence of problem behaviours by setting realistic expectations, communicating clearly, and establishing structure and routines to get through the day.
What Can I Do with My Child All Day? Strategies for Supporting Young Children
Many parents of young children are wondering how to provide some type of learning support during this challenging time. This includes children whose parents are concerned about speech/language development, children on the waitlist for autism assessment, and children who have recently been diagnosed with autism but have not yet started early intervention.In this session, a behaviour analyst/special educator and a speech-language pathologist provide a framework for thinking about how to provide support.
Using Enforced Family Time to Support Learning at Home
Many parents of children with diverse learning needs are feeling particularly pressured to keep up educational programs during this crisis, even though they have little support to do so. This is increasing stress on many overwhelmed families. This conversation between two school psychologists and a child psychiatrist focuses on the practical, to reassure families on how formal and informal learning can happen on the home front.
Autism, Anxiety and COVID-19 Q&A
To mark World Autism Day with a practical initiative, ACT invited three respected mental health clinicians, who have presented for ACT on autism and mental health, to answer questions on ‘Anxiety and COVID-19’.
Save the Date: More Upcoming ACT Events
Details & registration coming soon for these events
Two Days of Social Thinking: A Focus on Emotions
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
August 20 & 21, 2020 - Surrey, BC & Web Streaming
Educational Forum – Future of Special Education in B.C.
October 22 & 23, 2020 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming
Parent Coaching to Support Early Social and Communication Development
November 5 & 6, 2020 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming
Parents are Teachers Too! PBS Scenarios in the Home and Community
Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
November 27th, 2020 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming
Toilet Training For Everyone – Revised And Expanded
February 4 & 5, 2021 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming
Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
August 19 & 20, 2021 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming
The three events below have been postponed. ACT has processed full refunds of all registration payments. Please contact ACT at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Positive Behavior Support – A Practical Introduction for Parents & Caregivers
Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D
April 3rd, 2020
An Introduction to Autism and Anxiety – from Research to the Classroom
April 24th, 2020
Advocating within BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development – A Workshop for Parents
Deborah Pugh, M.A., Executive Director of ACT – Autism Community Training
May 22nd, 2020
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