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The Sound Connection: Auditory Integration Training 

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Time: 6:00 pm Pacific Time ( 9pm Eastern) Description: This Presentation will focus on AIT (Audio Integration Training), a sound and music therapy developed by Dr. Guy Berard that helps normalize the hearing and the way the brain processes information. Many individuals that suffer from Autism Spectrum, and other learning […]

Improving Speech and Language Skills for Individuals with Autism 

Event Date:2012-10-17 Event Time:6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) Speaker:Valerie Herskowitz   Description: This webinar will focus on what families can do to help improve speech and language skills for their loved one with autism. Ms. Herskowitz will introduce a hierarchy to determine what stage of language the individual is currently in, provide goals for each one […]

The Immune System in Autism Spectrum Disorders 

An in depth discussion on the varous Biomedical Treatments of ASD given by Dr. DeMio the top 2011 of the year award by autism community. The discussion will include Hyperbaric treatments, biomedical treatments and Far Infrared treatments.

Autism Fitness: Making Physical Activity Fun for Anybody 

This webinar presentation by Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen will focus on developing physical education and exercise programs for ASD and special needs populations. Through the unique lens of best practices approaches in both Exercise Science and education/behavior therapy, Eric will discuss the common myths and mistakes in providing fitness for individuals with autism, and how educators, professionals, and parents can develop ideal, individualized programs in the home, classroom, or fitness center. Eric will discuss the Autism Fitness PAC Profile approach to assessing ability, goal-planning, and making physical activity fun for anybody.

Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Rules in Social Situations 

The Hidden Curriculum refers to the set of rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known (Garrett, 1984; Hemmings, 2000; Jackson, 1968; Kanpol, 1989). This curriculum contains items that impact social interactions, school performance, and sometimes health and well-being. The curriculum also includes unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language etc. While this information may be intuitive for neurotypical individuals, but it is not those with autism or other special needs. This session includes practical tips for teaching these hidden social needs to children and to adults and stresses the importance of making these a part of everyday life. Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

define the hidden curriculum
explain the hidden curriculum’s applicability to school, community, and home
identify hidden curriculum areas and items across preschool, middle school, high school, and adulthood

How do we decide what to do for our kids? 

There are so many people who tell us so many things about what we ought to do or ought not to do for our children with autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This talk will sort through how we decide what we do for our children, and includes discussion of current important concepts of Evidence Based Medicine to help families demand real informed consent and have real parental choice in selecting interventions for their children with ASDs.

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

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 

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 

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 

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.