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Autism Summit 2017 - Team Empowerment Conference

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Easterseals Capper Foundation

3500 SW 10th Ave

Topeka, KS 66604

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Morning Keynote

7 Steps to Empowered Autism Parenting for Success at Home, at School and in the Community

Cornelia Pelzer Elwood is the mother of two sons, one of whom has Asperger’s Syndrome. She received her BA from Vanderbilt University, trained as a life coach, and earned a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University New England. She has many years of experience collaborating with her son’s providers and interacting closely with his schools. She is based in the Boston area of Massachusetts.

D. Scott McLeod, PhD is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Aspire Program (www.massgeneral.org/children/Aspire), clinical instructor of psychology for Harvard Medical School, and clinical psychologist for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families in his private practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. He obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University.

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Strategies to Help Children with Challenging Behaviors

Presented by Darla Nelson-Metzger, Education Advocate Coordinator & Family Resource Specialist, Families Together, Inc. and mother of five children from elementary to high school age. Darla enjoys working with families of children who present with challenging behaviors and often works with teams in the development of behavior intervention plans. In this workshop, parents will learn strategies to use at home and school to help their children who have challenging behaviors. We will discuss multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) and school-wide positive behavior supports. Parents will understand the functional behavioral assessment process and how to use those results to develop a positive and meaningful behavior intervention plan to create change for their children.

From Isolation to Celebration

Presented by Leia Holley, Family Resource and Health Specialist, Families Together, Inc. and mother of two spectacular young men, JP and Sean. Sean has autism and health care needs. Join Leia as she shares her family’s story. Their journey begins with Sean’s diagnosis of autism and the words ‘he will never’ and continues through Sean’s incredible journey as the first student with significant autism and health care needs to be included in his school and community. Throughout this presentation, Leia will share strategies and resources that empowered her to go from an ‘outsider’ to a vital member of Sean’s IEP and medical teams. Participants will gain resources and a better understanding of how to effectively advocate for their own children or for students in their educational settings.

  • Important details:
  • Registration ends April, 24, 2017

  • Lunch and materials are provided FREE of charge to individuals who pre-register.

  • A $50 child care voucher is available to parents of children with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs who attend the entire training. For more information call (785) 233-4777.

  • If you need special accommodations please let us know by April 14, 2017.

  • Dress comfortably and bring a sweater or jacket.

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