Added: Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton 5th Annual Conference

I have added the following conference to my list of autism conferences in 2012.

Conference Name: Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton 5th Annual Conference
Conference Date(s): January 19-21, 2012
Conference Location: 300 East Lapotac Blvd. Enoch, Alberta
Conference Venue: Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort
Conference Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:
Eustacia Cutler – Eustacia Cutler recieved her Bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University and is a singer, actress, writer and mother of 4 children. She has written past television productions such as “The Innocents”, “The Disquieted” and “Teachers Guides to Television”. She is the author of “Thorn in My Pocket” and the mother of Temple Grandin. Eustacia lives in New York and will be sharing her personal experiences and life lessons with us. It is a privilage to have Eustacia Cutler as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference!

Other Speakers:
Dr. Winnie Dunn – Dr, Winnie Dunn is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is the leading authority and is internationally recognized for her research about how people respond to sensory experiences in their everyday lives, Dr, Dunn has published widely and her work on sensory processing includes development of a set of measures, called the Sensory Profiles, which are used by many disciplines internationally. She lives with her husband Tim in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Pat Mirenda -Dr. Mirenda is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia and has been on faculty since 1996. She was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a Fellow of The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and the Director of The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism at UBC. Dr. Mirenda is an engaging and captivating speaker and we are so pleased to have her present once again at our conference.

Sue Mitchell – Sue Mitchell BScOT(C) brings enthusiasm and over 20 years of experience working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist. She has extensive knowledge and skills in working with children who have sensory processing challenges. She provides practical information and strategies to teachers, assistants and caregivers within both home and school settings. Sue has worked in a variety of settings in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, with children with a wide range of ages and developmental needs. Currently, Sue is the OT Program Coordinator at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton.

Emily Rubin – Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the director of Communication Crossroads, a private practice in Carmel, California. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and relation social learning disabilities. As an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she has served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. Emily rubin is co-author of The SCERTS Model.

Dr. David Nicholas – Dr. Nicholas is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary; and is cross-appointed to the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, the Research Institute, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Nicholas’ area of research addresses quality of life, family support, and parenting with a focus on Autism. Dr. Nicholas is currently involved in several nationally-funded studies addressing the impact of autism on families both at the point of diagnosis and over the course of child and adult development. He is also involved in a study examining the impact of autism interventions on child and family outcomes. Dr. Nicholas has two children with autism. His session will address: the challenges and dilemmas faced by families in which a young person has autism, ways that some parents have managed the challenges they face, and steps in moving forward.

Conference Topics:
Dr. Winnie Dunn – Sensory Processing in School, Home, and Community: How to Make the Best of Every Moment

Dr. Pat Mirenda – Video Modeling; What, Why and How Using AAC for Social Interaction

Sue Mitchell – Promoting Independence: Strategies for Developing Self-Help Skills

Emily Rubin – Addressing Social Communication Skills in Children and Adolescents with High Functioning Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome
Introduction to the SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Educational Curriculum for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. David Nicholas – Pervasive Parenting Dilemmas in ASD; Families in complex terrain

Contact Phone Number: (780) 495-9235
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