AP Conference-Maximizing Progress(Shanghai)

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Begin: April 1, 2017
End: April 2, 2017
Email: workshops@autismpartnershiphk.com
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Over the two-day conference, Mr Toby Mountjoy will share a wealth of knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and treatment.


Drawing from over 40 years of research and clinical application of Applied Behaviour Analysis, he will discuss the most effective elements of treatment to maximize the potential of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Despite deficits in language, social and recreation skills, children have the ability to learn to fully communicate and acquire the necessary social skills so that they can have meaningful friendships. Toby will also share the strategies that Autism Partnership has developed over decades and that have helped children reach their potential.

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Date: April 1-2, 2017
Time: 9am – 4pm
Speaker: AP Director Mr Toby Mountjoy
Location: Auditorium (Level 1), Science and Teaching Building, Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, Kong Jiang Road 1665, Shanghai 200092
Language: English ( Simultaneous Interpretation – English to Mandarin )

Topics:

1. Facts and Fiction
There is a great deal of misinformation and confusion regarding issues such etiology, prognosis and treatment options. In order to effectively navigate the maze of ASD it is essential to critically analyze the issues that parents and professionals confront on a daily basis so as to develop the most effective intervention strategies.
2. Maximizing Progress
Students with ASD have tremendous potential. Unfortunately, the expectations for students with ASD have historically be way to low. This has greatly effected how children are taught. Lower expectations have influenced decision on educational strategies as well as curriculum. Effective programing efforts can help our student’s reach their potential and most importantly maximize the quality of their lives.
3. Dealing with Challenging Behaviors
Disruptive behaviors such as aggression, non-compliance, inattention and not responding directly interfere with the learning process. Unfortunately, many of the strategies that are employed such as ignoring, timeout or reprimands are simply not effective in the long term. Moreover, they often are not practical for teachers and parents to effectively utilize. Surprisingly, reducing or eliminating disruptive behaviors can not only be effective but rapid as well as teacher and parent friendly.
4. “Learning How to Learn”
Acquiring “learning to learn” skills is absolutely pivotal in a child’s success. It is teaching children the process of learning. It is the foundation, perhaps the pivotal skill necessary for them to acquire all other skills. Often when a child is struggling in learning beginning or even advanced skills it is often because the child is deficient in this area. Learning how to understand feedback, remaining calm, and paying attention are just a few of the skills that are critical to accelerate the learning process.
5. From Non-Verbal to Verbal
Communication and language problems are a major part of treatment. Many children with ASD may still be non-verbal or have very limited language skills compared to their peers. Research based techniques and numerous videos will be shown to illustrate effective methods for developing speech and communication.
6. Developing language understanding
As well as helping students to be more spontaneous it is also critical to enhance their understanding of language. Speaker will present how Autism Partnership develops curriculum in this area. In addition there will be programs and helpful hints on how to improve articulation problems.
7. Enriching Social Lives of Children with Autism
Relatively limited attention has been devoted to the social area, and has typically focused on basic skills. Some approaches attempt to address more complex social skills, yet commonly propose experiences that merely produce social effects. Presenter will discuss why development of social skills and a social skills curriculum is critical in a good intervention program. As well as discussion of currently available approaches will also present the social skills taxonomy which was created to help people develop and conceptualize the social skills curriculum.
8. Developing Meaningful Relationships
In an effort to better meet this need, Autism Partnership has developed a wide range of programs and effective techniques to build social skills for children with autism. Dr. Parker will show a variety of videos demonstrating a broad scope of curriculum and how it is implemented with students of different levels.

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