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    FEAT BC Admin
    Keymaster

    In this discussion area, please feel free to share your experience in implementing A.B.A. programs in the school system. We would particularly like to hear from those parents who converted their school teams to A.B.A. We’d like to hear the nightmares as well as the success stories.

    Any insight that can be shared by school-based special education assistants to help parents would also be very meaningful.

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  • #3593

    Theresa Jouan
    Participant

    Posting on behalf of a family:

    Full time ABA SW required by South Surrey family starting in Sept 2016 for a Grade 3 boy.
    Some familiarization sessions with the student will be required this summer to learn our Behaviour Plan and work on building a relationship with our son. Home sessions are based on when student support is needed, as this is a very advanced student.
    Our home team is under the direction of Theresa Jouan, Behavior Consultant
    Please contact Jennifer Jones (jennvander *at* hotmail.com) for more information.

    #3594

    Hello fellow parents,

    I am seeking feedback on the support program at Point Grey Secondary school in Vancouver. The School District has recommended my son attend the Life Skills program at Point Grey for grade 8 next year. I would sincerely appreciate any comments you may have (good or bad) about the program and staff. Please respond to the email address noted below. Thanks so much.

    Regards,
    Jaswant
    c d r a n u @ yahoo . com
    (with out the extra spaces of course) :-)

    #3595

    Bev Sharpe
    Member

    Hi everyone, the latest edition of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment publication is here!

    This free publication is a must-read for parents, friends and family of all who are navigating treatment options for a child.

    When it comes to selecting ASD treatments for your family member, knowledge is power.

    This publication will give you information about the research behind many of the common treatments for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Some treatments are backed by strong scientific evidence, but others have little or no research support. ASAT's goal is to provide you with a resource to assist you when making treatment decisions or when confronted with new treatment options.

    This publication is free and available on line at:

    http://www.asatonline.org/siat-winter-2016/

    #3596

    Theresa Jouan
    Participant

    Posting on behalf of a family:

    Full time ABA SW required by South Surrey family starting in Sept 2016 for a Grade 3 boy.
    Some familiarization sessions with the student will be required this summer to learn our Behavioural Plan and work on building a relationship with our son. Home sessions are based on when student support is needed, as this is a very advanced student.
    Our home team is under the direction of Theresa Jouan, Behavioural Consultant
    Please contact Jennifer Jones for more information.

    #3597

    ASBC is bringing our Basics Training Workshop to Victoria on January 30th & 31st, 2016 from 9:30AM-4:30PM!

    The course provides foundational training for individuals interested in working with a home-based Behavioural Intervention team under the supervision of an ABA Consultant and Lead Therapist, and/or parents and professionals looking to gain a better understanding of ABA Therapy.

    This two-day training on the implementation of behavioural autism treatments is run by highly experienced behavioural consultants. Day 1 introductory level covers the core elements of discrete trial teaching, functions of behaviour, reinforcement techniques, prompting techniques, ethics and data collection. On day 2, participants delve deeper into the mechanics and learn about antecedent and established operations, reinforcement assessment of preferences, token economies, prompting and fading techniques, and data analysis.

    If you are interested in registering for this workshop, please follow this link:
    https://autismbc.z2systems.com/np/clients/autismbc/eventRegistration.jsp?event=37&

    We offer discounts for ASBC members and 20% group discounts (If five or more people register at one time, with one payment, ASBC offers a 20% discount. This discount cannot be combined with the membership discount. To receive this discount please contact our Events Coordinator by phone at 1-888-437-0880).

    #3598

    L Suk
    Member

    Hi All,

    I'm posting on behalf of a family in Surrey.

    My son, who is high functioning in ASD spectrum, would be moving on to secondary school next year. We live in Surrey, and I would like to ask of any stories or feedback that you would like to share regarding ABA supports in schools in Surrey/White Rock.
    He has been having very successful intensive ABA therapy both at home, and at school with ABA support worker. We wish him to have the ABA support at secondary school continuously.
    Thank you!

    Pls share at hksaba@yahoo.ca

    Thank you!

    #3599

    Cathy Fitzhugh
    Participant

    {Oh Dear}

    Hi Featers…. Starting our daughter off at the Lifeskills program at Eric Hamber has been a total disaster. It's been beyond a total disaster, in fact. The situation is getting progressively worse and I'm very worried.

    I've got a meeting on Monday at the school board (with Eleanor Cramb) to discuss other program and placement options but really feel as if I need to go in armed with a very clear idea of BC Special Education policies and… my legal rights.

    I also am doing much of this on my own, need support and am wondering how I can find a social worker that might be able to help. And/or, I need to get in touch with other agencies that could help steer and educate. .Any idea or suggestions?

    Please feel free to email me at:
    cathy.fitzhugh@gmail.com

    Thanks Very Much, In Advance

    {Cathy Fitzhugh}

    #3600

    ASBC’s Behavioural Interventionists Basics Training Workshops

    WHERE:
    Surrey
    November 7th & 8th – 9:30am to 4:30pm

    At Queen Elizabeth Secondary – 9457 King George Blvd., Surrey BC V3V 5W4

    Prince George
    November 28th & 29th – 9:30am to 4:30pm

    At University of Northern British Columbia – 3333 University Way, Prince George BC V2N 4Z9

    WHAT: The Autism Society of BC offers Behavioural Interventionists Basics Training Workshops at various times throughout the year. The course provides foundational training for individuals interested in working with a home-based Behavioural Intervention team under the supervision of an ABA Consultant and Lead Therapist, and/or parents and professionals looking to gain a better understanding of ABA Therapy.

    This two-day training on the implementation of behavioural autism treatments is run by highly experienced behavioural consultants. Day 1 introductory level covers the core elements of discrete trial teaching, functions of behaviour, reinforcement techniques, prompting techniques, ethics and data collection. On day 2, participants delve deeper into the mechanics and learn about antecedent and established operations, reinforcement assessment of preferences, token economies, prompting and fading techniques, and data analysis.

    Don’t be intimidated if these things are unfamiliar to you, this is exactly why we offer the training.

    We offer these, and other workshops at discounted rates for members, so sign up today at http://www.autismbc.ca.

    RSVP: To register, please visit https://www.autismbc.ca/programs/events/

    If you are excited to see this training come to your community give us a call at 1-888-437-0880 or email events@autismbc.ca.

    #3601

    Mike & Jean
    Participant

    You can Hewko, too – School Advocacy Workshop Saturday, November 21st, 2015 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Coal Harbour Community Centre – Multi-purpose room 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver, BC

    As a parent of a special needs child, you must represent your child’s interests at school, in the community, everywhere. You cannot leave this job to others! Advocacy is not a complex or mysterious process. It requires clarity, focus and persistence. To be successful in the school setting, parents really need to understand the precedent-setting Hewko decision and its powerful implications for every BC school-aged child with autism who is in an ABA treatment program (Hewko v. B.C. 2006 BCSC 1638). It also requires parents understand their school district’s obligations under the school act as well as those ordered in the Hewko decision.

    Due to the enormous interest from parents, this workshop will focus specifically on how to leverage the Hewko decision for all school children in an ABA program, across all BC school districts.

    This workshop will teach you how to:
    Understand the basics of the Hewko decision Become your child’s case manager
    Understand your school district’s “rules of the game” and help you identify who are the players and decision makers
    Design an effective IEP
    Create effective paper trails, prepare documentation and letters
    Prepare for and manage school meetings
    Get an SEA/school aide who is trained specifically in your child’s ABA treatment protocol hired as their aide
    Gain school access for your child’s Behavioural Consultant
    Replace an SEA “who has gone bad”
    Identify when to “lawyer-up”

    We believe people learn best by “doing” rather than watching – so – be prepared to participate and receive on-the-job coaching. We’ll create some of the most common and troubling “school scenarios” for us to practice our newly-acquired advocacy skills. You will also receive examples of effective advocacy letters. We promise you’ll have fun!

    This workshop is for parents only, and will focus on ABA advocacy as defined in both the Auton and Hewko decisions.

    Admission is by a minimum donation of $20.00 per person – all proceeds will go to Medicare for Autism Now’s advocacy initiatives.
    Spaces are limited so register today.
    Register today at: http://youcanhewkotoo.eventbrite.ca or email sherri@medicareforautismnow.org

    About the presenters:
    Dr. Sherri Brown is a lecturer at Simon Fraser University with research interests and experience in the politics of access to health care and treatment. She has lectured widely in HIV treatment access issues in Africa and has also been an organizer of community lecture and fundraising events around these issues. She is an award-winning scholar, including Canada’s Trudeau Scholarship. Sherri is also a published author and a book co-editor whose works address issues on advocacy and access to health care in Canada and the developing world. In 2013, following her son’s autism diagnosis, Sherri’s research and advocacy interest shifted as she navigated complex public health and social service systems to access health care and treatment for her son. She now orients part of her research and volunteer efforts to the autism community. She is the Vancouver facilitator for the Autism Support Network as well as the founder of http://www.projectbearings.com; a new website and blog dedicated to providing evidence-based and empowerment-centred navigational and advocacy resources for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

    David Marley has spent his professional career as a trial lawyer, public policy analyst or senior political advisor at both the federal and provincial government levels. Since 1972, he has performed leading roles in over a dozen election campaigns in BC or Ontario. David’s political activity has involved organizing and presenting at many campaign schools and constituency association training sessions. Throughout his career, he has served as a director of various not-for-profit organizations including, Medicare for Autism Now! and Civil Rights Now!, providing them with strategic counsel. In 2005 and 2008, David designed and helped implement a national political strategy for FEAT of BC and is a co-founder of the Medicare for Autism Now! Society. David is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary, Medicare’s Orphans. In recognition of his outstanding work on behalf of persons with autism, David Marley was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Jean Lewis has been actively involved in the autism treatment movement since 1996, when her youngest son was diagnosed with autism. She became the co-founder and leading spokesperson for FEAT of BC (Families for Early Autism Treatment of BC), an organization dedicated to obtaining science-based autism treatment (ABA) within BC’s healthcare system. Jean was the co-chair of the litigation steering committee for Auton, a Canadian landmark Charter disability case. She performed the same role in Hewko, litigation aimed at ensuring children with autism gain equal access to BC’s education system. In 2008, Jean co-founded the Medicare for Autism Now! Society, a non-partisan, national advocacy group focused on making science-based autism treatment (ABA) universally accessible and covered under Medicare. Since 1996, Jean has advised hundreds of parents about advocacy, treatment and education issues related to autism. Jean is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary, Medicare’s Orphans. In recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of persons with autism, Jean Lewis was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.She has presented at numerous rallies, workshops and conferences in BC, Ontario and the Maritimes. Jean is also a member of Civil Rights Now! board of directors.

    #3602

    Mike & Jean
    Participant

    You can Hewko, too – School Advocacy Workshop Saturday, November 21st, 2015 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Coal Harbour Community Centre – Multi-purpose room 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver, BC

    As a parent of a special needs child, you must represent your child’s interests at school, in the community, everywhere. You cannot leave this job to others! Advocacy is not a complex or mysterious process. It requires clarity, focus and persistence. To be successful in the school setting, parents really need to understand the precedent-setting Hewko decision and its powerful implications for every BC school-aged child with autism who is in an ABA treatment program (Hewko v. B.C. 2006 BCSC 1638). It also requires parents understand their school district’s obligations under the school act as well as those ordered in the Hewko decision.

    Due to the enormous interest from parents, this workshop will focus specifically on how to leverage the Hewko decision for all school children in an ABA program, across all BC school districts.

    This workshop will teach you how to:
    Understand the basics of the Hewko decision Become your child’s case manager
    Understand your school district’s “rules of the game” and help you identify who are the players and decision makers
    Design an effective IEP
    Create effective paper trails, prepare documentation and letters
    Prepare for and manage school meetings
    Get an SEA/school aide who is trained specifically in your child’s ABA treatment protocol hired as their aide
    Gain school access for your child’s Behavioural Consultant
    Replace an SEA “who has gone bad”
    Identify when to “lawyer-up”

    We believe people learn best by “doing” rather than watching – so – be prepared to participate and receive on-the-job coaching. We’ll create some of the most common and troubling “school scenarios” for us to practice our newly-acquired advocacy skills. You will also receive examples of effective advocacy letters. We promise you’ll have fun!

    This workshop is for parents only, and will focus on ABA advocacy as defined in both the Auton and Hewko decisions.

    Admission is by a minimum donation of $20.00 per person – all proceeds will go to Medicare for Autism Now’s advocacy initiatives.
    Spaces are limited so register today.
    Register today at: http://youcanhewkotoo.eventbrite.ca or email sherri@medicareforautismnow.org

    About the presenters:
    Dr. Sherri Brown is a lecturer at Simon Fraser University with research interests and experience in the politics of access to health care and treatment. She has lectured widely in HIV treatment access issues in Africa and has also been an organizer of community lecture and fundraising events around these issues. She is an award-winning scholar, including Canada’s Trudeau Scholarship. Sherri is also a published author and a book co-editor whose works address issues on advocacy and access to health care in Canada and the developing world. In 2013, following her son’s autism diagnosis, Sherri’s research and advocacy interest shifted as she navigated complex public health and social service systems to access health care and treatment for her son. She now orients part of her research and volunteer efforts to the autism community. She is the Vancouver facilitator for the Autism Support Network as well as the founder of http://www.projectbearings.com; a new website and blog dedicated to providing evidence-based and empowerment-centred navigational and advocacy resources for parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

    David Marley has spent his professional career as a trial lawyer, public policy analyst or senior political advisor at both the federal and provincial government levels. Since 1972, he has performed leading roles in over a dozen election campaigns in BC or Ontario. David’s political activity has involved organizing and presenting at many campaign schools and constituency association training sessions. Throughout his career, he has served as a director of various not-for-profit organizations including, Medicare for Autism Now! and Civil Rights Now!, providing them with strategic counsel. In 2005 and 2008, David designed and helped implement a national political strategy for FEAT of BC and is a co-founder of the Medicare for Autism Now! Society. David is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary, Medicare’s Orphans. In recognition of his outstanding work on behalf of persons with autism, David Marley was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

    Jean Lewis has been actively involved in the autism treatment movement since 1996, when her youngest son was diagnosed with autism. She became the co-founder and leading spokesperson for FEAT of BC (Families for Early Autism Treatment of BC), an organization dedicated to obtaining science-based autism treatment (ABA) within BC’s healthcare system. Jean was the co-chair of the litigation steering committee for Auton, a Canadian landmark Charter disability case. She performed the same role in Hewko, litigation aimed at ensuring children with autism gain equal access to BC’s education system. In 2008, Jean co-founded the Medicare for Autism Now! Society, a non-partisan, national advocacy group focused on making science-based autism treatment (ABA) universally accessible and covered under Medicare. Since 1996, Jean has advised hundreds of parents about advocacy, treatment and education issues related to autism. Jean is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary, Medicare’s Orphans. In recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of persons with autism, Jean Lewis was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.She has presented at numerous rallies, workshops and conferences in BC, Ontario and the Maritimes. Jean is also a member of Civil Rights Now! board of directors

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