Early Bird Registration
Early bird rates will be available beginning Monday, November 2nd, 2015 through Wednesday, January 13th, 2016. General rates will apply January 14th until pre-registration closes on March 18th, 2016.
We strongly encourage reviewing the FAQ document below, which addresses important information on conference rates, the hotel room block, and more.
Robert Pennington, Ph.D BCBA-D
Creating a Climate for Competency: An Instructional Approach to Challenging Behavior
Challenging behavior serves as one of the greatest barriers to the access of a range of important contexts by learners with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. In this fun and engaging workshop, participants learn how to design programs that build critical skills while reducing individuals’ need to engage in problem behavior. Participants will learn key elements of functional assessment, how to design instructional programs and behavior intervention plans, and how to deliver staff training. In addition, we will emphasize the role of communication in behavioral assessment and teach participants how to design programs that incorporate functional communication training.
Keynote Address, April 8
Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.
Many intervention and therapy programs available today, for people with and without ASD, report to change the brain. But how true are these claims? This talk will examine the research evidence for neuroplasticity due to evidence-based interventions for ASD. Connections will be drawn between neural changes and changes in mood and mental health, as an overall indicator of increased quality of life due to effective therapies.
Unable to attend the conference? Join the Resource Information Table for only $50.00. This is reserved for companies or organizations who would like to display their materials on a shared table. Materials must be shipped 2 weeks in advance, at your own expense to: Autism Society of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 66, De Pere, WI 54115.
Place an advertisement about your company's products and/or services in our 2016 Conference Program. This is an additional opportunity to reach individuals with ASD, parents, educators, therapists, agencies, school districts and others, making them aware of the services you provide. Unless indicated all advertisements are printed in black and white, additional charges apply for color. Contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-973-6636 for more information.
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