All Children Can Succeed: Effective interventions for behavioral and social challenges

Jed Baker, Ph.D.

Date: coming soon

Time: coming soon

Topic: All Children Can Succeed: Effective interventions for behavioral and social challenges

Speaker: Jed Baker, Ph.D.

Description: Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The presentation also details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers

Empowerment Strategies for ASD Parents : More than Just Coping

Chantal Sicile-Kira

Date: April 10, 2011

Time: 9:00am Pacific Time

Topic: Empowerment Strategies for ASD Parents : More than Just Coping

Speaker: Chantal Sicile-Kira

Description: This motivational and practical presentation provides parents the opportunity to explore the feelings that are inherent to having a child with an autism spectrum disorder, and gives practical and positive strategies for attitude adjustment. Challenging the notion of a ‘grief cycle’ and the loss of expectations; personal beliefs about disability and today’s society’s striving for perfection;  and how to begin to develop positive relationships with service providers and school districts are areas that are  explored Chantal’s presentation leaves parents charged and empowered to move forward with their lives.

Educating Students on the Spectrum: Using Evidence-Based Practices

Dr. Cathy Pratt

Date: April 10, 2011

Time: 3:00pm Pacific Time

Topic: Educating Students on the Spectrum: Using Evidence-Based Practices

Speaker: Dr. Cathy Pratt

Description: While there continues to be some disagreement, a body of literature is emerging that articulates evidence-based practices.  Many of these are practices that are commonly used in schools, however, may not be used correctly or with fidelity.   This session will provide practical information about evidence-based practices that can be used in school settings.

How Medications Can Help A Good Plan Work Better

Dr. Josh Feder

Date: April 10, 2011

Time: 11:00am Pacific Time

Topic: How Medications Can Help A Good Plan Work Better

Speaker: Dr. Josh Feder

Description: Medications cannot take the place of a comprehensive program, but they might help reduce some symptoms and allow a good plan to be more successful.  This talk will cover some major classes of medications used to help a broad range of symptoms common in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Food Matters for Autism – Learn WHY and HOW

Julie Matthews

Date: April 10, 2011

Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time

Topic: Food Matters for Autism – Learn WHY and HOW

Speaker: Julie Matthews

Description: Autism’s greatest secret is that those with autism can get better, and even fully recover from the disorder; their physical and cognitive health can improve when specialized attention is given to the foods they consume. Children with autism typically have food sensitivities that need to be addressed, and their bodies have a difficult time digesting particular substances – so attention to diet is crucial.

Parents and physicians can learn that making strategic/calculated food choices can help children’s bodies heal, and that following a specific healing diet leads to improved health and a reduction of the symptoms of autism. Most people with autism benefit when following a healing diet.

Julie Matthews is an autism nutrition expert, conference educator, and award-winning author who inspires hope and healing. In this presentation you will:

• Understand that autism is whole-body disorder – that body, brain, and behavior are connected

• Realize how food intake affects the symptoms of children with autism

• Know which food omissions and additions are most imperative

• Learn which dietary strategies are effective for autism

• Become empowered to get started on a healing path

Presentation Title: Fitness for the Autism Population

Eric Chessen

Date: April 10, 2011

Time: 11:00am Pacific Time

Topic: Presentation Title: Fitness for the Autism Population

Speaker: Eric Chessen

Description: This presentation will focus on the importance of physical fitness for the Autism/ASD population, what fitness is, and how to achieve it. There is a great deficit in fitness information for the autism and special needs population. This lecture will dispel misinformation and provide a fresh new look at exercise and physical wellness. Main topics will include; The myth of fitness, Fitness vs. Sports, A new model of Physical Education, Goal planning for short- and long-term success, and using the PAC Profile for optimal results.

Making Inclusion Work – A Commitment to Excellence at School, at Home, and in the Community

Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS

Date: April 10, 2011

Time: 9:00am Pacific Time)

Topic: Making Inclusion Work – A Commitment to Excellence at School, at Home, and in the Community

Speaker: Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS

Description: Nancy Brady is an Inclusion Specialist and an Assistive Technology Specialist in Southern California.  Nancy has been working to end segregated education based upon a disability and support inclusive education for those with the most severe disabilities since 2002.  Her approach to successful Inclusion is a cooperative venture starting with students and their families, empowering classroom aides and providing teachers with simple ideas and accommodations that are easy to implement on a moment’s notice.  Using Assistive Technology and simple classroom accommodations, students with autism who are nonverbal can have access to the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment as Congress and IDEA intended.

Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS

Communicating on the Spectrum: Best practices in supporting work-place communication for people with Autism

Dr. Brian King

Date: April 9, 2011

Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time

Topic: Communicating on the Spectrum: Best practices in supporting work-place communication for people with Autism

Speaker: Dr. Brian King

Description: Communication challenges and Autism go hand in hand. A winning employment situation requires a unique partnership between those on the Autism Spectrum, their employer and coworkers. Fortunately, strategies for creating such a partnership exist and Brian R. King, an adult, parent and social worker on the Autism Spectrum will teach you ten strategies for creating an ideal match between a person with Autism and their workplace.