4/14/11: Autism Workshop for Parents & Caregivers

Agenda & Schedule

8:30-9:00  Check-In & Coffee

9:00-10:15  Welcome & Keynote Address

Living with Autism: Creating the Family that Works for YOU (Sandra Pierce-Jordan, Ph.D., BCBA-D) Get some suggestions for how to be a family first, how to define your child’s role within that family, and how to decide when and how to commit your time.  Hear tips for improving the overall success of your family.

10:20-11:35  Morning Breakout Sessions
(sessions available: A, E & F)

11:35-12:20  Lunch (included with registration fee)

12:20-1:35  Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions (sessions available: B, D & F)

1:40-2:55  Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions (sessions available: A, B & C)

3:00-3:30  Question & Answer Forum

This workshop includes 5.5 hours of instruction; attendance certificates will be provided. 

Available Breakout Sessions
(Participants can choose to attend 3 of the following topics;
some sessions will be offered twice.)

A. Developing a Meaningful IEP for Your Child (Shelly Fagen, MIT) This workshop focuses on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of their child’s Individualized Education Plan. Learn the key components of an IEP and how to develop a good plan that reflects your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Hear guidance for developing measurable goals and objectives and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.

B. Understanding Challenging Behaviors: Why is My Child Doing That? (Rebecca Walsh, MSEd, BCBA, and Stephanie Mariano Morin, MSEd, BCBA) This workshop focuses on helping parents understand and cope with challenging behaviors.  Begin to learn the basic functions of behavior and discuss strategies to manage your child’s behavior challenges at home and in the community.

C. Promoting Play that Works (Katie Al Jenaibi, MS, BCBA) Join us for a hands-on exploration of strategies to decrease a child’s stereotypic play and increase their interactive and appropriate play through the use of independent leisure routines.  Learn tips for helping to keep your child functionally engaged. 

D. Strategies For Managing Your Child’s Sensory Processing Needs (Blake Delaney, OTR/L) Children with autism often experience challenges with sensory processing, which is the ability to interpret information the brain has received from the body.  Learn strategies for helping your child regulate their sensory systems at home and in the community.  

E. Toilet Training (Erin Conlan, MSEd, BCBA) Join us for an in-depth analysis of successful strategies to toilet train individuals with autism of any age.

F. Visual Strategies to Support Literacy Development at Home (Sarah McKenna MAT, MEd, BCBA, and Judy Enos, BS) Learn strategies and instructional techniques to enhance literacy development in the home for students on the autism spectrum.  Tap into your child’s unique learning styles to promote engagement, pre-reading/ reading skills, and increased comprehension through the use of visual supports.

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