Training & Workshops

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Six Series Workshops Spring 2018

*All of these workshop will be available at our Burnaby location

Introduction to Contemporary ABA & Autism

DATE: Wednesday March 7th, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Fawkes Burnaby, 103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, V5C 2J3
COST: $50.00 per person
This educational session teaches basic information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and why ABA-based autism treatments are the most effective and scientifically validated treatment approach for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

Social Referencing & Joint Attention

DATE: Wednesday March 14th, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Fawkes Burnaby, 103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, V5C 2J3
COST: $50.00 per person
Two key, related skills that children normally acquire early in their development are social referencing and joint attention. These skills are thought to be especially important for children to efficiently learn from the people and events in their environment. Children on the autism spectrum usually show significant deficits in these areas, and so intervention to address these skill deficits is very important. This workshop will define and explain what social referencing and joint attention are, elaborate on their importance, and provide guidance, with examples, on how these skills are taught to children with autism using behaviour analytic methods within the context of a verbal behaviour program.

Pairing & Manding

DATE: Wednesday March 21st, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Fawkes Burnaby, 103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, V5C 2J3
COST: $50.00 per person
This educational session teaches the importance of pairing preferred items and activities with the parent or interventionists to make the adult a “conditioned reinforcer”. This increases the likelihood of cooperation with instructions, which leads to more efficient teaching/learning opportunities.
Participants are also taught the importance of teaching the child to make requests for things the child wants. This is “manding” and participants are supported in understanding how manding can be accomplished through voice, sign or picture exchange.

Intensive Teaching

DATE: Wednesday 28th, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
LOCATION: Fawkes Burnaby, 103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, V5C 2J3
COST: $50.00 per person
Participants are taught that in a Verbal Behaviour program, discrete trial teaching is called Intensive Teaching and it is an empirically proven technique known to teach specific skills and behaviours to children with autism spectrum disorders. It is important for participants to gain understanding and participate in hands-on practice of Intensive teaching so they are able to facilitate generalization of the taught skills.

Natural Environment Teaching

DATE: April 4th, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
LOCATION: Fawkes Burnaby, 103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, V5C 2J3
COST: $50.00 per person
This session shows participants that teaching can permeate every activity and that they can support the child’s learning by following the child’s lead using activities in the child’s daily life to encourage the use of language targets and other skills taught explicitly. Each child has particular interests and motivation, and participants are shown how to use the child’s motivation for some preferred activities and reinforcers to encourage learning and practice of referencing, communication, play and social skills. A NET lesson plan will be developed and discussed by the participants.

Dealing With Problem Behaviour

DATE: April 11th, 2018
TIME: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
LOCATION: Fawkes Burnaby, 103-4181 Hastings Street, Burnaby, V5C 2J3
COST: $50.00 per person
This workshop teaches parents, Behaviour Interventionists (BIs), and school teams about the dynamics of problem behaviour and the different functions of challenging behaviour(s) and discusses the steps required to develop support plans that are likely to be effective. A variety of video examples and scenario questions will be used throughout the presentation.

To find out more information or to register for this workshop, please contact joseph@abacentre.ca

For more information on upcoming Autism Community Training (ACT) Workshops visit www.actcommunity.ca

NEW ABA LEARNING CENTRE WORKSHOPS 

Developed and Presented by Dr Suzanne Jacobsen

When Should You Tell Your Child He/She Has ASD?

The event has now been completed. Check back in January 2018, as a video of the presentation will be made available through our website .

Parents are often unsure when or if to tell their child they have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This introductory workshop presents three considerations:

  • Why you tell your child
  • When to tell your child
  • What to tell your child

Time will be allocated for sharing concerns or ideas regarding the wisdom of telling the child considering the unique qualities of each child. After attending you should have an understanding of the importance of including your child in understanding the diagnosis of ASD and have direction about the appropriate time and way to begin the discussion.

To find out more information or to register for this workshop, please contact joseph@abacentre.ca or call 604-232-4122