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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Effective Strategies and Interventions with Children & Adolescents

Presented by Cara Daily, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Wednesday, April 18, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

In this hands-on seminar you will discover what it is like to have a brain with autism. Once you experience the difference between a typical brain and a brain with autism, you will be able to design more effective and successful interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years!

Join autism expert and author, Cara Daily, PhD, and learn how to integrate the latest research on brain development in your work with children with autism (0-19 years). You will walk away with up-to-date behavioral strategies to teach new skills and behaviors related to co-occurring deficits such as:

  • Social-Communication
  • Sensory
  • Anxiety/Rigidity
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Meltdowns Depression
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Social-Pragmatic Language Disorder
  • ADHD/Executive Functions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Self-Help Skills

Through dynamic discussion using dozens of case studies, video examples and experiential exercises and activities you will learn new strategies for treating autism, maintaining and generalizing positive behaviors, the ins and out of functional behavioral assessments and how to problem solve challenging behaviors with this population.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Diagnostic Criteria

  • ICD-10 updates vs DSM-5®
  • Social (pragmatic) communication disorder
  • Comorbid disorders: Conceptual framework
  • Screening and assessment tools

Brain Function:  How the Brain with Autism Works

  • Latest research in ASD brain development
  • Enhanced versus impaired abilities
  • Information processing:  Typical brain versus brain with autism
  • Key analogy to understanding autism
  • Activities: Experience what an individual with ASD might

Evidence-Based Interventions: Video Demonstrations

  • Teach self-help skills: Hygiene, toileting, getting dressed, feeding
  • Decrease aggression, self-injury, perseveration and sexual behaviors
  • Functional behavioral assessments simplified

Social-Communication Interventions

  • Visual systems to improve communication
  • Programs to assist in generalizing social skills
  • Video modeling and role play to teach social rules
  • Teach pragmatic language and other abstract issues
  • Social stories™, social autopsies, power cards, and the hidden curriculum

Sensory Interventions

  • Appropriate self-stimulatory behaviors
  • Exposure therapy
  • Coping/calming techniques that reduce meltdowns
  • Sensory Diets

Anxiety, Depression and OCD Interventions

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • What to do when they become stuck on high interest areas
  • Self-regulation strategies
  • Tools to recognize emotions
  • Relaxation techniques for stress management 

Interventions for ADHD, ODD and Other Challenging Behaviors

  • Staying on-task and motivation through schedules, time-lines, web diagramming
  • Noncompliance and oppositional behaviors
  • Reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviors by setting them up for success
  • Mistakes that escalate defiant behaviors
  • Overcome refusals to comply with even simple requests

Psychopharmacological Interventions

  • Commonly prescribed medications
  • Medication efficacy
  • Risks versus benefits

Ethical Challenges in Autism

  • Welfare of the individual
  • Informed consent
  • Use of restraints
  • Time-out vs. seclusion

Learning Objectives

  • Screen and diagnose autism spectrum disorders using DSM-5® and ICD-10 updates.
  • Differentiate between abilities that are intact versus impaired in the brain with autism.
  • Compare and evaluate empirically validated strategies for children with autism.
  • Identify the best time to teach a new behavior.
  • Utilize appropriate social communication strategies to teach new behaviors
  • Design effective strategies for treating autism spectrum disorders and challenging behaviors
  • Establish a toolbox of strategies for treating autism.
  • Reevaluate certain punishment techniques and the ethical dilemmas in using them.

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

Cara Daily, Ph.D.

Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She works directly with educators, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, BCBAs and other professionals. Dr. Daily is the president and training director of Daily Behavioral Health, a leading behavioral health provider in northeast Ohio specializing in assessment, consultation, and treatment of autism, anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders. She is the founder and executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center, which has received numerous grants to provide free and reduced cost applied behavioral analysis services to individuals with autism.


Dr. Daily has written several cognitive-behavioral and behavioral-based curriculums focusing on teaching daily living skills to children with autism and published a peer-reviewed journal article supporting evidence for success of these programs. She has presented nationally on topics of autism, disruptive behaviors disorders, anxiety and chronic health conditions in the pediatric population. Dr. Daily has been featured in radio, television, and other media platforms in northeast Ohio. She is the author of The Key to Autism: An Evidence-Based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children and Adolescents (April 2016, Publishing & Media).


Dr. Daily received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Daily is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Fairview Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Christian Association of Psychological Studies.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

* Please check back at a later time as this information will be updated when corporate/group rates are secured.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $234
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199

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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 4, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

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