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Heartspring Conference/Webcast Series

October 30 2008 at 10:52 AM
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The Heartspring Conference Series is proud to announce it's spring line-up.

Event Name: Getting Children in Sync with Fun and Functional Activities with Carol Kranowitz.
Date: Friday, February 20, 2008
Location: Heartspring Conference Center located at 8700 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS, 67226. This conference will also be available for Live Webcasting.
Sponsor: Heartspring
Contact: Bethany Lippe
phone: 316-634-8723
fax: 316-634-0555
web: www.heartspring.org
www.heartspring.tv
Abstract:
Getting Children in Sync with Fun and Functional Activities

Some children are “out-of-sync,” responding atypically to touch, movement, sight and sound. They don't behave as we expect – not because they WON'T, but because they CAN'T. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) causes misinterpretation in the central nervous system of sensations coming from their bodies and surroundings.

Parents, teachers, and other professionals are invited to learn not only about how SPD affects children’s behavior and learning, but also about sensible strategies that help children with this common, but misunderstood, developmental problem. Attendees will be shown -- and will participate in -- invigorating and fun sensory-motor activities, which they can easily incorporate into their children’s home and school experiences. Like “over-the-counter therapy,” these activities help children get in sync by emphasizing social interaction, heavy work, messy and not-so-messy play, body awareness, balance, rhythm and timing, visual-spatial relationships, auditory-language processing, motor planning, crossing the midline, oral-motor skills, and calming down.

Also available for LIVE Webcast






Event Name: Visual Strategies for Improving Communication with Linda Hodgdon.
Date: Friday, April 24, 2008
Location: Heartspring Conference Center located at 8700 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS, 67226. This conference will also be available for Live Webcasting.
Sponsor: Heartspring
Contact: Bethany Lippe
phone: 316-634-8723
fax: 316-634-0555
web: www.heartspring.org
www.heartspring.tv
Abstract: One of the major areas of difficulty for students with autism spectrum disorders is the development of social and communication skills. Communication breakdowns can be a "root" cause of problems in social interaction, educational performance, and behavior. While it is common for educational programming to focus on developing communication skills, that focus in most settings tends to be directed toward developing the student's expressive communication. Comparatively little attention is directed toward increasing the student's ability to understand the communication in his life. This book demonstrates why an inability to effectively take in and understand information can be a significant factor in these student's performance. Visual Strategies for Improving Communication contains numerous easy to use systems and strategies that have proven to help these students significantly improve their ability to understand, express themselves, participate in home and school routines and improve overall behavior.

Also available for LIVE Webcast


Event Name: Social Thinking with Michelle Garcia Winner.
Date: Friday, April 24, 2008
Location: Heartspring Conference Center located at 8700 E 29th St N, Wichita, KS, 67226. This conference will also be available for Live Webcasting.
Sponsor: Heartspring
Contact: Bethany Lippe
phone: 316-634-8723
fax: 316-634-0555
web: www.heartspring.org
www.heartspring.tv
Abstract: Day One: Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day.
Designed for parents & professionals to understand the inner mind of persons high on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS or High Functioning Autism), ADHD, Non-Verbal Learning Disability or have no working diagnosis but they fit the clinical picture! Participants will learn not only functional treatment strategies they can use both at school and at home, but they will also better understand why these students react and respond the way they do.

On this day we will introduce the I LAUGH model of Social Cognition which helps to demonstrate how social processing difficulties impact not only social skills but also the ability to work as part of a group and focus on specific academic tasks such as written expression, reading comprehension and organizational skills for many of our students. We will also address how best to approach writing IEP goals that impact real, albeit, slow change in how students understand the world around them. Concepts related to assessment will also be introduced and the problem with using only standardized tests to qualify these students will also be explored. This workshop is noted for its depth in explaining WHY students with social skills difficulties have related academic challenges which impact them across their school and home day.

Day Two: Looking into the Mind of ASD and Like Disabilities: How Informal Assessment, Mental Health and Adult Transition Issues Links to Practical Program Development.

The autism spectrum and related disabilities represents a very heterogeneous population across a large range of functioning. The core social challenges experienced by this population are complex based on the dynamic and synergistic process of communication.

In this workshop, we will take a fascinating look at videos representing students across Michelle Garcia Winner's "Three Steps of Perspective Taking". Exploring in depth different informal assessment tasks, related pathways to treatment and information to consider when deciding how best to include the student with the mainstream population across the day. A handout will be provided to discuss different types of treatments across the autism treatment, recognizing there is no singular treatment for people who have autism spectrum disorders.

Video presentations of clients will range in age from early elementary school to adulthood and across a range of cognitive and social cognitive functioning.

The information, while very helpful to professionals who are on the assessment and/or treatment teams, will also prove useful to parents and paraprofessionals to help understanding the core thinking of the mind with social learning weaknesses.

Mental health issues related to this population will be explored; cognitive behavioral approaches will be reviewed. Strategies to help promote better transitions to adulthood will be discussed along with strategies specific for working with the older student and adults.

The audience discussion will relate to how to blend social and academic teaching to better prepare students for more competent daily functioning.



For more information on any of these conferences, please visit www.heartspring.org or www.heartspring.tv

 

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