2014 Texarkana Autism Conference Schedule Released!

2014 Texarkana Autism Conference Schedule Released! - jenniferajanes.com

*Disclosure: I am an advisory board member for the local autism support group working with FEAT-NT on the 2014 Texarkana Autism Conference.

2014 Texarkana Autism Conference Schedule Released!

When I initially wrote about the 2014 Texarkana Autism Conference, I promised to let you know when more information became available. That time has come! The finalized speaker schedule and sessions descriptions have been published. You can see them at texarkanaautism.com, and I’ll post the highlights here:

Friday, October 24, 2014

1:15 to 2:45pm

Administrator Tool Box
Presented by Cindy L. Peavey, M.S.

Administrators have to deal with a wide range of topics on a daily basis. When you throw a student with autism into the mix, it requires the administrator to do some “out of the box” thinking. This session will focus on providing tools for administrators to appropriately address routines, schedules, and discipline for students with autism, as well as maintain positive and productive relationships with key stakeholders.

1:15 to 2:45pm 

The Sibling Relationship: The Unique Needs of  Siblings of Special Needs Children & Sibshop Programs
Presented by Laurie Snyder, President of Families for Effective Autism Treatment – North Texas

The sibling relationship is a unique one within a family. This presentation will bring to light the special concerns of siblings of special needs children, how autism impacts the family and siblings specifically, ways that we can support them and how important it is to acknowledge their special perspectives.  The nationally recognized program, Sibshops will be briefly covered with examples of the program’s fun activities that approach these concerns and promote open communication in families and lift up siblings of special needs children.

3:00 to 5:00pm
Using Phonics to Teach Language
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Come learn strategies for teaching reading to individuals with limited language or who communicate non-vocally. This presentation includes strategies for teaching phonics, vocabulary building and testing for comprehension in a meaningful way.  Video demonstrations and case studies are reviewed during this session.

 3:00 to 4:30pm 

Sensory Processing in the Home and Classroom
Presented by Mia Kemp, OT

Come learn how Sensory Processing Disorder also known as Sensory Integration Disorder affects children in the classroom and at home. Understand how to identify when a child is struggling due to sensory issues and how sensory processing affects a child’s ability to function appropriately and effectively. In this presentation you will learn sensory diet strategies and techniques that can be incorporated into the child’s daily schedule, that will help improve his/her sensory processing. Practical information will be provided to help guide the child to be better aware of their own special sensory needs and how to help them begin to self-regulate.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

8:45 to 10:15am 

Understanding Why and How Behavior Changes
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is founded on over 500 studies supporting the effectiveness of working with children with Autism and related disabilities. Changing behavior is the first step to teaching new skills and motivation is key!
Learn functions of behavior and how to address problem behaviors effectively by learning to create an effective Behavior Intervention Plan based on the evidence based strategies through the science of ABA.

8:45 to 10:15am 

Transition – What Families Need to Know

Presented by Janis McClure, LPC, Region 8

“What does transition mean?” This presentation will provide information on what the transition process includes, when it begins, and how it helps students and parents better prepare for adulthood. Information will be provided on vocational education, continuing education, independent living, community participation and adult services. Understanding individual rights, transition options and considerations will also be covered to help better prepare the individual and their family for a successful future.

10:30 to 12:00pm

Verbal Behavior 101: Language is Behavior
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Understand how language is behavior and how to apply ABA to shaping speech and language. We will walk through the verbal operants as mentioned in the ABLLS-R and VBMAPP. Teaching strategies will also be demonstrated. Handouts, demonstration and videos are included.

10:30 to 12:00pm

Welcome to Asperger’s, Now What?
Presented by Daniel Durany, Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies
Daniel will be sharing his experiences in what life is like for him with Asperger’s Syndrome since his diagnosis. He offers insightful information about how to cope with the condition, goal setting strategies, and helpful tools toward becoming a contributing member of society. His insightful information on how and why his struggles can directly affect how others view and/or understand an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Come share in Daniel’s personal story and gain perspective, knowledge and strength from his journey.

1:45 to 3:15pm (Part 1)

Breaking Down the Barriers to Effective Social Skills
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Kimberlee Flatt, MA, LPC, BCBA

Let’s teach social skills that lead to meaningful relationships!
Social skills are dynamic and complex. Social skills not only require a learner to actively interpret cues from their environment and respond fluently based on the unique context of the social moment, but to be effective require one to navigate and understand others perspectives all while processing and organizing abstract information. This training will provide strategies for social understanding, and provides practical strategies targeting a breaking down of social barriers that are common in non-verbal learners and verbal learners with Autism.

1:45 to 3:15pm 

Having a Successful Parent and Professional Relationship
Presented by Laurie Snyder, President of Families for Effective Autism Treatment – North Texas

Have you often felt a little weary trying to work with one another? Do you feel your perspective and situation as a Teacher or Parent is misunderstood or not fully appreciated? Lack of or ineffective communication can thwart the best efforts and intentions of any parent or professional. When we stop to consider the various aspects of each other’s position, we are better capable of respecting and supporting one another. Strategies for helping one another for the common goal of the child’s progress will be provided. This interactive presentation will include opportunities for collaborative communication while being led by Laurie Snyder, a parent and professional with over 12 years’ experience mentoring and working with both parents and professionals throughout North Texas.

3:30 to 4:30pm (Part 2)

Breaking Down the Barriers to Effective Social Skills
Presented by Dr. Regina Crone, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Kimberlee Flatt, MA, LPC, BCBA

Let’s teach social skills that lead to meaningful relationships!
Social skills are dynamic and complex. Social skills not only require a learner to actively interpret cues from their environment and respond fluently based on the unique context of the social moment, but to be effective require one to navigate and understand others perspectives all while processing and organizing abstract information. This training will provide strategies for social understanding, and provides practical strategies targeting a breaking down of social barriers that are common in non-verbal learners and verbal learners with Autism.

3:30 to 4:30pm 

Transitioning Smoothly from High School to College
Presented by Daniel Durany, Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies

Daniel will be discussing an in-depth awareness about the transition from high school to college. Transitioning Smoothly from High School to College discusses several points: key factors toward a smoother transition, typical struggles for people during the transition and Daniel’s personal experience while transitioning from high school to college. His insightful information on how and why his struggles can directly affect how others view and/or understand an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Come share in Daniel’s personal story and gain perspective, knowledge and strength from his journey. Daniel Durany is a public speaker and advocate for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. He pioneered an adult asperger’s support group and volunteers with FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment). Durany received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University.

For more information about sessions, registration, SibShops, the Casino/Silent Auction fundraiser, and more, visit texarkanaautism.com.

 

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