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Events in April: Social Thinking in Kelowna, and Diagnosis in Vancouver


Posted March 10, 2014

ACT is hosting two upcoming events in April for Autism Awareness Month. Early bird ends Wednesday, March 12 – Register now online or call ACT at 1-866-939-5188 or 604-205-5345

April 4 & 5th, Vancouver
ACT’s 10th Annual Focus on Research
Diagnosing and Treating Young Children with ASD: the Potential of Community-based Diagnosis and Treatment
Presented by Amy Wetherby, Ph.D, CCC-CLP, Director of the Autism Institute, College of Medicine, Florida State University.

Dr. Amy Wetherby is an international leader in autism research with a special interest in changing the developmental trajectory of children with ASD in community settings. This presentation will demonstrate that it is possible to achieve a reliable diagnosis and provide developmentally appropriate, evidence-based intervention for young children in community settings by training community professionals and parents. Dr. Wetherby will also review the newly implemented DSM5.

April 26, Kelowna 
Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories & Play for Preschool and Early Elementary School
Presented by Kari Palmer, MA, CCC-SLP & Ryan Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP

What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative pretend play depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self regulation, and solid social-emotional development as well the executive function skills to multi-task the use of all of the above! The new common core standards highlight the importance of “listening and collaboration” in the classroom, which are hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and during the early elementary years.