High Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviours with Children & Adolescents
Day Three: The Calgary Educators' Conference
Presented by Meghan Barlow, Ph.D.
Friday, May 10, 2019 | Calgary, ab
This intensive, full-day workshop provides proven intervention strategies, essential treatment tools, and behavioural techniques to help you analyze behaviours and actions, identify consequences for behaviours, and teach new skills to children, adolescents and young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA). Walk away with practical intervention techniques for social success, behaviour changes and overcoming challenging co-occurring behaviours that deliver success through adulthood.
The challenging co-occurring issues to be addressed are:
- Social Skills Deficits
- Communication Deficits
- Meltdowns, Outbursts, and Non-Compliance
- ADHD & OCD
- Psychotropic Medications
Gain valuable insight into how information processing, communication, and social skills deficits lead to difficulty in the home, school, occupational, and social settings. Learn how to prioritize a plan for intervention and implement strategies in order to improve functioning across all areas. We will explore HFA and the new DSM-5® diagnosis of Social- Pragmatic Communication Disorder. You will receive the necessary tools to gain effective collaboration between clinicians, educators and parents.
Through case studies, video clips and class participation you will leave this workshop with an improved understanding of HFA and the confidence to develop and implement effective treatment plans. Don’t just manage these individuals; provide interventions that lead to successful independence into their adult years!
Agenda & Learning Objectives
DSM-5® and ICD-10 Updates
- Social-Pragmatic Communication Disorder
- Impact on service delivery (school/community)
- Successfully link home, school and therapy
- IEP/504/Do they qualify for school services?
- Co-morbid disorders: Why the difference is important
Social Skills Interventions
- Improve social skill deficits
- “Kid Cop” behaviours and why other kids get angry
- How to get peers to recognize them in positive ways
- Group activities that have a proven track record
- Help peers and family members relate
- Verbal interventions that overload processing
- The importance of incorporating visuals in communication
- Pragmatic language and other abstract issues
- Coping/calming techniques that reduce meltdowns
- Sensory diet
- Anxiety-reducing activities
- How anxiety impacts rigidity
- Help them “self-regulate”
- Successful transitions
- Assessing for mood disorders
- Therapy that works for people with HFA
- Solitude vs. loneliness
- ADHD vs. hyper-focus
- Commonly prescribed medications and possible benefits and side effects
- Specific triggers and what fuels the rage
- Reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviours
- Mistakes that escalate defiant behaviours
- Overcome refusals to comply with even simple requests
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Interventions
- Differences between ASD and OCD
- Specific medication interventions
- Impact on socialization and behaviours
- Explain how the DSM-5® updates impact service delivery
- Utilize several social skill interventions to improve long-term success for children/adolescents with HFA
- Employ specific coping and calming techniques for children/adolescents with HFA
- Identify medication side effects that can mimic behavioural issues and may even cause behavioural issues
- Design effective strategies for successful transitions for children/adolescents with HFA
- Select specific behavioural interventions that target the most difficult behaviours in children/ adolescents with HFA
- Summarize the new DSM-5® diagnosis of Social- Pragmatic Communication Disorder and design treatment interventions
Continuing Education Credits
This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
- Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
- Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
- Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
- Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
- Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
- Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)
† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.
* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.
Meghan Barlow, Ph.D., is a licensed pediatric psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. She also has a wide range of experience working with children who have a variety of anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, attention deficit disorders, mood disorders, behavioral concerns, genetic and metabolic syndromes and acute or chronic medical conditions. Dr. Barlow is the owner of a private practice, Meghan Barlow and Associates, where she provides assessment, treatment and group therapy services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Barlow has developed trainings and workshops for parents, school professionals, and mental health providers on topics related to social skills, autism spectrum disorder, depression and anxiety. She speaks in a variety of settings offering education and practical strategies for managing children’s behaviour, facilitating social skills and navigating developmental transitions. Dr. Barlow earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University
“Excellent speaker – engaging and able to differentiate teaching/information to suit the needs of a very diverse group (teachers, parents etc.)”
– Angie Reichenbach | London, ON | October 27, 2017
“Excellent presentation. Dr. Barlow is knowledgeable, extremely engaging and provided very helpful, practical examples and strategies. Thank you very much Dr. Barlow!”
– M.Pasma | London, ON | October 27, 2017
“Meghan Barlow presented her workshop with passion and interest in her field. She used real-life cases and stories that she has experienced first-hand to help others understand the concept she is teaching. Great workshop and wonderful instructor who has a terrific way of sharing knowledge in the field of autism.”
–Teija O | Oakville, ON | October 26, 2017
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.
Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB
May 7 – May 9, 2019
Block ID: 10548
Single/Double Rate – $135
Triple Rate – $150
Quad Rate – $165
Single/Double Rate – $160
Triple Rate – $175
Quad Rate – $190
Release Date: April 7, 2019
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 1 Day Enrolment||$249||$269|
|Individual 2 Day Enrolment||$449||$469|
|Individual 3 Day Enrolment||$619||$639|
All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).
Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).
Early bird cutoff date: April 24, 2019
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
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