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Monday, 23 February 2015

Intro and Advanced SCERTS Training with Emily Rubin

Intro and Advanced SCERTS Training with Emily Rubin
May 19 - 21, 2015
Oasis Center, Edmonton or Live Webcasting (Outside of Edmonton & area)

Day 1 of this course will introduce the SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports) model, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational approach designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This model is not exclusive of other treatment approaches and methodologies, but rather provides a framework for those who are seeking guidelines for implementing a comprehensive educational plan that is based on our knowledge of the recommended tenets of educational programming. The model was designed to provide guidelines for helping children progress through the stages of becoming a competent communicator. It was also designed to provide families and educational teams with the help they may need to feel successful in supporting the child. Participants of this course will learn how to determine meaningful, purposeful and motivating goals and strategies based on a child’s developmental stage, functional needs, and family priorities. The session will cover the core values and guiding principles for working with children with autism. It will also go over Social Communication including joint attention and symbol use goals, Emotional Regulation including how to support regulation in the classroom, and Transactional Supports including specific interpersonal strategies to use when working with children with autism.

Day 2 and 3 of this course will move toward a more advanced discussion of the use of the SCERTS assessment process to determine developmentally sensible and functional goals, to determine appropriate evidence-based supports, and to monitor progress over time in meaningful, functional contexts. Day 2 will begin with the essential priorities for applying the SCERTS assessment in program development, namely writing goals and determining supports (i.e. educational planning). On Day 3, the formal assessment will be introduced with an emphasis on how to use this tool to determine a child’s stage of language acquisition, establish a profile of strengths and areas of need in those areas most impacted by the core challenges of ASD and monitor progress over time.
Additional SCERTS information can be found at www.scerts.com or watch a clip of Emily Rubin here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-3UZwFC1qI 
Costs: Intro Only (May 19th): Parent - $75 Professionals - $100.
          Advanced Only (May 20th & May 21st): Parent- $100 Professionals- $125
          Intro & Advanced (May 19th, 20th & 21st): Parent - $125 Professional - $150
          Webcasting All Three Days: Individual - $95  Group - $495

For additional information and registration please visit, http://www.childrensautism.ca/net/conference.html or phone at 780 495 9235

Working with Families in Natural Environments with Dr. Robin McWilliams

Working with Families in Natural Environments with Dr. Robin McWilliams
April 10, 2015
Oasis Center, Edmonton or Live Webcasting (Outside Edmonton & Area)
Dr. McWilliam is a leader in recommended practices in early intervention and early childhood special education. Dr. McWilliam is known for his work on children's engagement, family-centered services, natural environments, and integrated therapy. His work encompasses research, training, and advocacy. He has trained early intervention personnel and administrators all over the United States and overseas and has run a doctoral training program at the University of North Carolina. His package of strategies for providing early intervention services in natural environments has been implemented in many communities. Through discussion and guided activities, participants will learn about: Routines-Based Interviews , Functional intervention planning , Using collaborative consultation
For more information on Dr Robin McWilliam and the Siskin Children’s Institute see: www.siskin.org
Cost: Profession: $275
         Parent: $225
        Live Webcasting: $195

For registration and additional information, please go to http://www.childrensautism.ca/net/conference.html or phone at 780 495 9235

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Feeding Therapy

to me Dear Edmonton Colleagues, I am wondering who is doing feeding therapy as part of their caseload in Edmonton (and area)? I currently have 4 children with severe feeding difficulties that will require ongoing input from a therapist with training and experience transitioning kids off of g-tubes as well as kids that only drink pediasure with no other oral intake. I would like to do this transition over the course of the year as I plan to retire next year. These families would prefer in home programming if possible. If anyone would be interested in doing this, I would love to discuss this further. Please contact me at irma@childrensfeedingtherapy.com or 780 235 5818 Thanks! Irma Coumantarakis Occupational Therapist Children's Feeding Therapy Edmonton, Alberta

Monday, 2 February 2015

Studying for CAOT Exam?

If there is anyone studying for the CAOT exam and wants to study with Saranya Purushothaman, in Calgary, email: saranpurush@yahoo.com

Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Course 1

Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) Course 1 Date: November 4 to November 8, 2015 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day) Facilitator: Stefanie Bodison, OTD, OTR/L Location: Holiday Inn Conference Centre South, 4485 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, Alberta To register, click HERE.

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