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      11th Annual Southeastern Washington Autism Conference in Kennewick

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      August 11, 2015

      Tuesday   9:00 PM (daily until August 12, 2015)

      7016 Grandridge Boulevard
      Kennewick, Washington 99336

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      11th Annual Southeastern Washington Autism Conference

      Jed Baker, Keynote Speaker He is an award winning author of six books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior, and No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams.  His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.   Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips. Keynote:  Understanding of challenging behaviors precedes effective intervention 1.       Fear as the most common feeling behind oppositional/defiant behaviors in children with ASD, ADHD, Bipolar and multiple learning disabilities 2.       Children’s challenging behaviors create fear and anxiety in caregivers 3.       How caregivers can first manage their own anxiety before managing their children’s behaviors 4.       Developing the right attitude to manage challenging behaviors: Research on hope and attributional style of teachers and parents Breakout:  Managing and preventing challenging behaviors 1.       Developing a trusting relationship before implementing behavioral strategies 2.       Crisis management: De-escalating meltdowns though distraction/soothing 3.       Identifying the 7 common  triggers to repeat problems 4.       Creating prevention plans for each of the 7 common triggers   Breakout:  Why most social skills programs fail!  Six key Components of Social Skills Training 1.       One size does not fit all: Prioritizing relevant skill goals 2.       Knowing what to do does not mean one will do it: Establishing motivation to use skills 3.       Skill acquisition: strategies to teach skills based on language ability 4.       Generalization strategies: prompting skills in real settings 5.       Having skills does not insure peer acceptance: Creating accepting peer environments 6.       Measuring progress Breakout:  Specific Skill Lessons and Q & A Cyberbullying issues Empathy Conversational skills Play skills Conflict management Friendship seeking and maintenance Dating and sexuality issues Pre -employment issues Outcome objectives for all sessions: 1.    To understand the reasons for social skill deficits and disruptive behaviors 2.    To learn strategies to deal effectively with meltdowns and be able to put together an effective behavior plan to prevent frustrations 3.    To learn ways to motivate verbal and non-verbal students to want to socialize 4.    To learn several strategies for teaching and generalizing skills 5.    To learn how to create programs for typical peers to accept students with disabilities, reduce bullying and model positive behaviors    Jennifer O’Toole The winner of the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, a recipient of GRASP’s 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, 2012 AuKids Speaker of the Year, and a nominee for the 2012 Autism Society Book Award and Godiva’s Woman of the Year.  TV actress/Activist Holly Robinson Peete even listed Jennifer among her “Autism Parent Superstars.” Most recently, she was added to the “Who’s Who” list of International Aspie Mentors—along with Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore— to contribute to Dr. Tony Attwood’s “Been There.  Done That.  Try This.” Keynote:   Relentless Possibility (and a Little Bit of Caffeine) “Relentless Possibility (and a Little Bit of Caffeine)” is foundational.  Jennifer will share smart ideas spoken plainly in ways that challenge veteran professionals and give real hope to families just beginning their spectrum journeys.  It’s “the need to knows” everyone needs to really understand—the “evil nemesis” that is anxiety.  The real effects of sensory stuff.  T he secret power of special interests. “Obstacle illusions,” learning detours, kindness, and — in “all-caps,” RESPECT. 1.  Understand special interests as “access me here buttons,” keys to empower, inspire and connect in every way 2.  Discover the role of concrete thinking, “uncooked spaghetti” rigidity, sensory input, and anxiety-defeating tools in achieving independence and dignity 3.  Reframe the experience of living on the spectrum through first-person insight 4.  Recognize that “typical” and “normal” are not synonyms Breakout:  Mighty Beauty (Females with ASD) Breakout:  Fried Marbles and Naked Eggs                   Stephen Shore, PhD Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization.  Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure.  He books include Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies, and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.  Breakout:  Succeeding in the Adult World of Education and Employment:  Self-Advocacy and Beyond Breakout:  Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism Breakout:  Socially-Based Academic Inclusionary Strategies:  Techniques for just a few special students or extensions of good teaching practice (Part 1, 2, 3)   Stephanie Mitelman, MA, CSE She is an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) sexuality educator, and a Canadian certified family educator.  Stephanie is an instructor at McGill University in the Department of Educational Counseling and Psychology, as well as at Concordia University in Applied Human Sciences.  She started her own consulting firm in 2000, called Sexpressions which provides training as well as resources for teaching sexual health.  She works with individuals and couples with special needs, with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The ABC’s of Sexuality and ASD This three-part training is specific to the needs of families living with a person with an ASD.  While the sexual needs of individuals with an ASD may not be very different from others, the way in which information is processed can be.  Stephanie will provide practical strategies to deal with the challenges of teaching sexuality in this population.  This training offers an overview of ASD and how it relates to sexuality, from childhood into adolescence, and in to adulthood.  Her three-part session will cover information on sexual development at all ages, and directions on how to address appropriate behaviors.  Group interaction and questions are welcome!  (Part 1, 2, 3) Part 1 Objectives: 1.       Understanding how ASD affects various elements in sexual development 2.       Becoming more comfortable discussing sexual issues Part 2 Objectives: 1.       Teaching appropriate behaviors 2.       Understanding sensory issues Part 3 Objectives: 1.       Addressing Dating and Relationships 2.       An Overview of Healthy Sexuality      Mark Olson Mark is the father of a 19-year-old daughter with Autism.  He founded LTO Ventures and its Autism Entrepreneurs Center to serve adults with ASD, following a successful 25-year marketing and business development career in New York and Silicon Valley with F500 leaders and venture-funded startups.  He is a founding member of the Coalition for Community Choice, a new alliance of organizations, businesses, and housing professionals striving to meet the housing and employment demand for an array of life options for those with Autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).  He is chair of the Adults and Aging Subcommittee for the Nevada Autism Commission and an appointed member of the Nevada Governor’s Task Force on Integrated Employment.  Breakout:  Choosing the Life You Want Adults with Autism have the human and civil rights to live, work, socialize, recreate, learn, love and worship in the settings and manner they choose for themselves and with the support and guidance of their parents, families and caregivers.  The number and variety of options available to them for housing, employment, community involvement, personal living and financial self-sufficiency are growing every day.  To be able to take advantage of these opportunities, they need to begin their research and person-centered planning well before adulthood.  This presentation will highlight a range of extraordinary existing and developing projects and programs, explain how they can find and choose the options they want, and provide a guide for making their own ideas and dreams a reality. Objectives: 1.       Attendees will have a robust understanding of options and their rights to choose the life they want 2.       Attendees will have enough information to take action on the options they choose Breakout:  What You Need to Know About Person-Centered Planning The person-centered plan of care (PCP) is the single most important document for persons with disabilities receiving supports and services funded by Medicaid under Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) 1915(c), (i) and (k) waiver programs. The PCP describes what services and supports are important to help the person achieve their needs and desires, who will deliver them, how they will be delivered, and in what type(s) of settings they will be provided. In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers home and community-based services, published a Final Rule that requires a PCP in order to receive HCBS waiver funding.  This presentation will help adults with disabilities and their families understand what they need to know about the PCP process to be able to choose the life they want to live. Objectives: 1.       Attendees will understand what a PCP is and how the PCP process should go 2.       Attendees will understand how to use the PCP process to choose the life they want to live  Arzu Forough Ms. Forough is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy.  In 2007, she founded Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy, and developed the “Autism IEP supplement:  Best Practice Guidelines for educating students with autism.”  Her IEP supplement as well as guidelines for training teachers was legally adopted by the Washington State legislature in 2008, and became required for all teachers working with learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders statewide.  Arzu introduced “Shayan’s Law, Autism Insurance Parity” to the Washington State legislature, petitioned the State Health Technology Assessment of evidence-based treatment of Autism, and ignited multiple legal actions that have clarified state and federal laws mandating insurance benefits for those with Autism and other developmental disabilities.   Breakout:  Autism Insurance Benefits in Washington State An overview of state and federal laws that require insurance companies to cover treatment, health-related supplies and services for autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. About Autism Indicators of autism as it relates to insurance benefits How is autism typically treated (Evidence based treatment) ASD Medical Home  About Autism Insurance Benefits Autism insurance benefits prior to 2010 Autism and Mental Health Parity What's been court tested in Washington State and the nation Health Care Reform Rulemaking  Advantages of Autism Insurance Benefits Cost containment Transparency Impact  Continuing Education Information:  CEU's will be available from Heritage University at the conference for an additional $25. Certificates of attendance will be provided on request.  Clock Hours will be available.   *Scholarships are available. Send written request to:  KNRC  1268 Lee Bldg. Richland, WA 99352  or email  Please call 509-943-8455 if you have any questions.

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