Life Long Planning for Your Relative with Special Needs
- Family & Education
- The Arc of Adams County, Quincy IL
8:30–10:30 a.m. - “Obstacles Into Opportunities”
presented by Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
Going against conventional wisdom, this presentation examines how deficits and challenges so pervasively attributed to autism can be reframed as strengths. Employing an autobiographical structure combined with experiences of others with autism, participants will come away with practical solutions for considering characteristics of autism as potential springboards to success in education from preschool to post graduate, employment, effective self-advocacy, meaningful engagement in the community as building blocks for leading a fulfilling and productive life.
The conference participant will be able to: list at least 3 situations where deficits can become strengths; develop a familiarity as to how strengths can be used to navigate around challenges; learn that considered decisions can be made to avoid areas of challenge while still leading a fulfilling and productive life; and understand the importance of people with autism and other disabilities in understanding themselves as a key factor in success.
10:45-11:45 a.m. - “Positive Behavioral Change”
presented by Barbara T. Doyle, MS
Replacing dangerous or problematic behavior with more functional and adaptive behavior is a key goal for all programs and for all people with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities. Participants in this keynote will become better able to define, discuss and change problematic behavior in a positive, effective manner focusing on practical environmental manipulations and effective communication-based strategies. Participants will learn: unifying assumptions that will make behavioral interventions more effective, accurate, working definitions of behavior, behavior management and behavioral programming; the importance of the “can’t vs. won’t” dilemma; simple, effective ways to collect and analyze data; how to communicate more effectively with others regarding behavior in order to have better team decision making and much more!
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Luncheon (included in registration) & Networking
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. - "Positive Behavioral Change" by Barbara T. Doyle, MS continued
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - “You’re Going To Love This Kid”: Educating Students
with Autism In Inclusive Schools and Community Settings”
presented by Dr. Paula Kluth
In this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting students with autism spectrum labels and other disabilities within general education classrooms and community settings. Topics addressed include defining (and redefining) autism, listening to the voices of those on the spectrum, differentiating instruction, creating more active and responsive lessons, making the classroom comfortable, and providing opportunities for communication and social skill support.
2013 Living With Autism Conference
● Dr. Paula Kluth - Back by Popular Demand!
● Dr. Stephen Shore - Self-Advocate, Professor and Author
● Barbara T. Doyle, MS - Popular Trainer & Author
● Earn 6 CEUs for QIDPs, Social Workers and Nursing Home Administrators or 6 Educator CPDUs.
The Arc of Illinois is a non-profit organization committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.