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July News Round-Up

Posted July 31, 2015

In this edition: New autism video, Tax planning, Transitioning & more…

ACT News

New Autism Video @ ACT – Best Practices in Early Intervention: an Update

Best Practices in Early Intervention: An Update on the Research and Helping Families Build the “Team”

Presented by Karen D. Bopp, Ph.D., RSLP; Senior Behaviour Consultant /Autism Policy, MCFD and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Educational Counselling Psychology and Special Education, Faculty of Education, UBC

This is a new presentation building on Dr. Bopp’s 2012 video on Best Practices. This update provides an overview of current best practice treatment approaches for children and youth with ASD with a new section on alternative and complementary treatments. It focuses on developing collaborative partnerships between behavior consultants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and other professionals in order to enhance outcomes for children with ASD and provide their families with meaningful support. Dr. Bopp has spent over 20 years in the autism field, as a clinician, researcher and in policy development.

Topics covered include:

  • Evidence-Based Practices: Key Elements
  • Intervention Models
  • Alternative and Complementary Treatments: What Do We Know?

Access all 16 of ACT’s videos online at These free videos can be viewed on your computer or mobile device. Each video is edited into smaller chunks, so you can watch a few segments at a time on a range of topics.

Upcoming Live Events (August – October)

August 13 – 15, 2015 − Vancouver – Five non-certificate spots remaining!
PEERS® Certified School-Based Training
Presented by: Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD

September 17 & 18, 2015 − Vancouver – New presentation from the Social Thinking Collective
Social Thinking and Mental Health Frameworks – Blending Strategies to Reach Our Students
Presented by: Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP & Nancy Cotton, PhD

October 2, 2015 – Kamloops
Advocacy Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Presented by: Deborah Pugh, Executive Director of ACT – Autism Community Training

October 3, 2015 – Kamloops
Positive Behavior Support: What Parents Need to Know!
Presented by: Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D

October 23, 2015 – Vancouver
Thriving in Youth with ASD – What Does it Take?
Presented by: Jonathan Weiss, Ph.D.

Row4Autism Raises Funds, Awareness for Autism

John Carinha, new ACT Board Member, is back on the water, rowing up the Johnstone Straight to raise autism awareness and the message of Row4Autism. The fundraising he did last year helped fund a new platform to showcase the free Autism Videos @ ACT. His project also helped ACT and Canucks Autism Network (CAN), produce and publish a free new video,  Ready, Set, Coach, presented by Dr. Stephanie Jull, Program Director at CAN. You can follow John on his Facebook page, or on his website, and you can donate.

Tax AID Program from Disability Alliance BC (DABC)

Tax AID is a free, confidential provincial program that will assist people with the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation with basic income tax filings and information/referrals on tax related matters. For more information, please contact Sam Turcott at 604-872-1278/1-800-663-1278, or visit Tax AID DABC’s website.

Transition Planning Guide from Inclusion BC

Inclusion BC has updated its Transition Planning Guide for Students and Families. Browse or download the document online.

New Canadian Autism Spectrum Working Group

The ASD Working Group is bringing together key autism organizations, including the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA), to consult stakeholders in the development of a plan for a Canadian Autism Partnership. Consultations will address important topics such as information sharing and research; early detection; diagnosis and treatment; and ways to support Canadian families affected by ASD. Read the government announcement, the CASDA update or watch a CTV Edmonton News Story.

Online Training for Behavior Interventionists

Apply now – seats still available for Douglas College Online Autism Outreach Training, Fall 2015! Are you a BI working with a child/youth in British Columbia? Are you a family member who wants to support children with behaviour interventions based on the science of ABA? The MCFD sponsored Online Autism Training accepts applicants from across BC.

Community Notes

Walk Now for Autism Speaks – Burnaby, Sept 27th

Autism Speaks Canada’s ‘Walk Now’ at Swangard Stadium, Central Park Burnaby, Sunday, Sept 27. More food, More Kids Zone, More entertainment –more fun!! Register * Volunteer * Donate

Join the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) family

Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is always accepting new members. Membership is only $25/ASD individual per year and this fee is fully refundable through autism funding provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Sign up now in order to take advantage of their fall programs that open for registration on August 17, 2015. Learn more, or join today at this link.

Autism in the Media