Friday, April 3
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
- ACT - Autism Community Training
About the Event
Parents often assume that difficult behaviors during daily routines, including bed and meal times, are part of their child’s autism and must be endured. This workshop will provide parents and caregivers, including early childhood educators, with a practical overview of Positive Behavior Support (PBS). It will provide an introduction to how PBS strategies can help teach their neuro-diverse children functional behaviors that can make a huge difference in the child’s ability to be included in home, school and community activities and improve the quality of family life.
Core features of PBS include the application of behavioral science (ABA), the use of practical strategies to prevent problem behavior and promote desired behavior, and a focus on improving the quality of life for the individual and those who live with and support him/her.
The goal of the day is to provide practical information to help parents become aware of what a good standard of PBS service looks like so they can find a behavior consultant who can help them address these important functional skills. Importantly, parents will learn about strategies they can begin using immediately with young children, to prevent problem behavior from developing and to better understand some of the challenges they currently experience with older children.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define Positive Behavior Support
- Identify common misconceptions regarding PBS
- Identify common purposes served by problem behavior
- Identify components of a quality PBS-based intervention
- Describe common preventative strategies
CEUs for BCBAs will be available for in-person attendees. Details to be announced.
- “Truly enjoyed the expertise of Brenda – gave me hope that it will get better and easier in time!” – Parent
- “Great material and well presented. Brenda did a great job of making the material accessible for parents, but still engaging for professionals.” – Professional
- “This event reaffirmed my belief and renewed my faith that parents can and should be active participants in their child’s assessments and intervention.” – Professional
About the Presenter
Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D 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 parents. 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) at the University of Alberta. She is also a certified teacher of the deaf and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Dr. Fossett has extensive clinical experience providing behavioral and 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 www.capilanou.ca/abaa/diploma-post-bac/Faculty/
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