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    Mary Penrice
    Participant
    TOMORROW! May 10th, 6pm to 8pm at Capilano University.
    Katie Allen M.S., BCBA will be presenting on the Functional Analysis of Problem Behaviour. The first step in treating persistent challenging behaviour is functional analysis. Come learn about these procedures.
     
    Door Entrance will be:
    Parents & Students: $2.00
    BCBA & other professionals: $5.00
    CEUs: $10
     
    Seating will be limited, so please register for the event by emailing studentrep@bc-aba.org
    #22677

    Stella Li
    Participant

    The Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group proudly presents:

    “The ABCs of ABA” by Crystal-Lee Clark, MA, BCBA, Behaviour Consultant;

    *Summer camp/activities information for autism

     

    What is and why ABA? Isn’t it for more affected children only?  Whether you’re currently running an ABA program or not, whether you’re caring for/teaching a child, teen or adult, come to explore the science and art of ABA with Crystal-Lee Clark, behavior consultant, who will help us learn how to effectively use ABA for our special loved ones.

    *What will you do in the summer? Need summer camp/activities information for people with autism? Come receive information and bring your questions.

     

    Date: Friday May 12, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 12 noon
    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings Street, Burnaby

     

    Topic:
    “The ABCs of ABA”

    In British Columbia an Autism diagnosis means that you will hear about a mysterious therapy known as “ABA”. You will probably be told by diagnostic professionals that it’s the best scientifically supported therapy for children with Autism. You might hear from parent groups that it’s great! You might hear from parent groups that it’s evil. It might even be going on in your house right now. But what exactly is it?

    The answer: It’s not just flashcards and M&Ms! It’s so much more than that and more flexible than you think. This talk aims to give you a basic idea of what Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is and how it can be used with a broad spectrum of learners, ages, and environments.

    This talk will:

    • explore the basic framework of ABA as a scientific method
    • explore the variety of ways in which ABA can be used
    • explore the variety of learners that ABA is best suited for
    • discuss how to get the ABA you need and want

    Speaker:
    Crystal-Lee Clark, MA., BCBA

    Crystal-Lee has worked with individuals with autism since 2004 and received her Master’s Degree in Autism Studies in 2012. She has been a Behaviour Analyst at Able Developmental Clinic since 2013 and has recently launched her own behaviour consultation group, Celerate Behaviour Innovations. Crystal-Lee loves to work with individuals of all ages, believing that learning and skill acquisition are a continuous journey. Her practice centers on using Applied Behaviour Analysis as a science and lens to create therapies, environments, and supports that will facilitate meaningful growth and accessible learning for her clients and families. Crystal has a special interest in social skills/communication, and continues to facilitate social groups with Jenny Sojat at Able Clinic in addition to her own behaviour consultation.

     

    Refreshments will be provided.
    Please RSVP to Stella shui@autismbc.ca before May 10th.  Space is limited.

    #22674

    Mary Penrice
    Participant
    The first step in treating persistent challenging behaviour is functional analysis. Come learn about these procedures.
     
    May 10th, 6pm to 8pm at Capilano University, Katie Allen M.S., BCBA will be presenting on the Functional Analysis of Problem Behaviour.
    Less than a week away! Only a few seats left…register now!
    This event is open for all interested.
     
    Door Entrance will be:
    Parents & Students: $2.00
    BCBA & other professionals: $5.00
    CEUs: $10
     
    *All proceeds goes to the student alliance in order for us to continue to host more events.
    Seating will be limited, so please register for the event by emailing studentrep@bc-aba.org
    #22671

    Stella Li
    Participant

    The Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group proudly presents:

    “The ABCs of ABA” by Crystal-Lee Clark, MA, BCBA, Behaviour Consultant;

    *Summer camp/activities information for autism

     

    What is and why ABA? Isn’t it for more affected children only?  Whether you’re currently running an ABA program or not, whether you’re caring for/teaching a child, teen or adult, come to explore the science and art of ABA with Crystal-Lee Clark, behavior consultant, who will help us learn how to effectively use ABA for our special loved ones.

     

    *What will you do in the summer? Need summer camp/activities information for people with autism? Come receive information and bring your questions.
    Date: Friday May 12, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 12 noon
    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings Street, Burnaby

     

    Topic:
    “The ABCs of ABA”

    In British Columbia an Autism diagnosis means that you will hear about a mysterious therapy known as “ABA”. You will probably be told by diagnostic professionals that it’s the best scientifically supported therapy for children with Autism. You might hear from parent groups that it’s great! You might hear from parent groups that it’s evil. It might even be going on in your house right now. But what exactly is it?

    The answer: It’s not just flashcards and M&Ms! It’s so much more than that and more flexible than you think. This talk aims to give you a basic idea of what Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is and how it can be used with a broad spectrum of learners, ages, and environments.

    This talk will:

    • explore the basic framework of ABA as a scientific method
    • explore the variety of ways in which ABA can be used
    • explore the variety of learners that ABA is best suited for
    • discuss how to get the ABA you need and want

    Speaker:
    Crystal-Lee Clark, MA., BCBA

    Crystal-Lee has worked with individuals with autism since 2004 and received her Master’s Degree in Autism Studies in 2012. She has been a Behaviour Analyst at Able Developmental Clinic since 2013 and has recently launched her own behaviour consultation group, Celerate Behaviour Innovations. Crystal-Lee loves to work with individuals of all ages, believing that learning and skill acquisition are a continuous journey. Her practice centers on using Applied Behaviour Analysis as a science and lens to create therapies, environments, and supports that will facilitate meaningful growth and accessible learning for her clients and families. Crystal has a special interest in social skills/communication, and continues to facilitate social groups with Jenny Sojat at Able Clinic in addition to her own behaviour consultation.

     

    Refreshments will be provided.
    Please RSVP to Stella shui@autismbc.ca ASAP.  Space is limited.

     

    #22640

    Mary Penrice
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Reminder TOMORROW (April 4th) is the Reinforcer Swap & Shop 4pm to 6pm at Capilano University’s Birch building Room 126, organized by the BC-ABA Student Alliance.
    Come and swap out your reinforcers for new ones or simply donate them to others who need them!
    Also, it’s a great opportunity to network with others in the field of ABA.</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Entry by donation to the Student Alliance.</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>There will be a door Prize!</p>
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>We hope to see you there!</p>

    #22639

    Mike & Jean
    Participant

    Dear Prime Minister:

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    Today is “Autism Awareness Day”, when some suggest we should celebrate this neurological disorder as just another way of being. This is bizarre and offensive in equal measure.

     

    Last May, delegates to the Liberal Party of Canada’s national convention, held in Winnipeg, recognized the right way to respond to this national epidemic of staggering proportions when they overwhelmingly passed a priority health-care policy resolution calling upon the Government of Canada to work with provinces and territories to include under our supposedly universal MEDICARE plan science-based treatment for autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”), specifically Applied Behavioural Analysis. A copy of the resolution is enclosed. This initiative was assisted and encouraged by our not-for-profit organization, the Medicare for autism Now! Society (“MFAN”).

     

    To date, almost one year later, you and your Cabinet colleagues have failed to do what your extra-parliamentary party has instructed and literally hundreds of thousands of Canadians desperately need. This inaction is in spite of the Government of Canada having concluded “Health Accords” with every province except Manitoba, most of which purport to involve an emphasis on increased federal funding for mental health issues. Why do you and your colleagues continue to ignore the plight of persons afflicted with ASD and their families, and continue to deny appropriate funding for what our courts have long ago ruled to be the medically necessary treatment of this often devastating neurological disorder?

     

    According to the report “PAY NOW OR PAY LATER, Autism Families in Crisis” released by a Senate committee in March, 2007, the number of ASD diagnoses was then one in 166, which indicated that, fully ten years ago, there were some 48,000 children, aged 19 and under, and 144,000 adults living in Canada with this condition.

     

     

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    Today, in North America the incidence rate of ASD is estimated by the world-renown Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, to be one in 68. We are reliably advised that this ratio translates into roughly 129,000 children and 386,000 adults living in Canada with ASD. Clearly, it is long past time for action, as has been undertaken in the United States where, at last count, fully 44 states require health insurance providers to include in their policies coverage for science-based treatment for ASD, specifically Applied Behaviour Analysis. No further consideration should be given to expensive proposals calling for yet another self-serving bureaucracy and perennial gab-fests, such as the one recently put forward by the Canadian Autism Partnership Project. As a former premier of Ontario, and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Hon. Bob Rae, said, in his letter of April 21, 2016 endorsing the enclosed resolution, “It is long past time to end this unacceptable discrimination by including treatment for this neurological disorder where it rightfully belongs in our country’s health-care system.”

     

    In February, 2016, in talking about old age pension entitlements, you said, “How we treat vulnerable people in our society is very important.” We agree. There can be few more vulnerable people in Canada today than those who suffer from untreated, moderate to severe ASD. In the mandate letter you sent to Health Minister Jane Philpott, upon her admission to Cabinet, you stated, inter alia, “It is my expectation that you will engage constructively and thoughtfully and add priorities to your agenda when appropriate…We will be a government that governs for all Canadians…As Minister of Health, your overarching goal will be to strengthen our publicly-funded universal health care system and ensure it adapts to new challenges.”

     

    We sent an e-mail to the Health Minister, on November 20<sup>th</sup> of last year, asking her what steps were being taken to implement this long overdue and urgently needed policy change. To date, we have yet to receive an acknowledgement of our communication. We have had a similar lack of response from Finance Minister Morneau to a letter, dated June 22, 2016, we sent him respecting this issue. A copy of each communication is enclosed. So much for a government committed to openness and engagement.

     

    What is it going to take to get you and your colleagues in the Government of Canada to recognize the seriousness of this health-care crisis (identified as such by the Senate ten years ago) and to respond by doing the morally right and fiscally responsible thing through ensuring appropriate funding within MEDICARE for the science-based treatment of ASD, specifically Applied Behaviour Analysis?

     

    Yours sincerely,

     

     

    Jean Lewis                                                                             David Marley,

    Director, MFAN                                                                     Director, MFAN

     

    #22635

    Stella Li
    Participant

    Why is adaptive behavior important yet undervalued, often not a major form of intervention for ASD?

    When shall we work on adaptive behavior and what to do?

    Don’t miss out on Peter Gerhardt’s video presentation!

     

    Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group proudly presents:

    “Adaptive Behavior: Life, Safety, Independence, and Community Competence for Adolescents and Adults with ASD”

    video presentation by

    Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research, Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, VA, USA

    with facilitated discussion

     

    Date: April 7, 2017 (Friday)

    Time: 10am-12noon (door opens at 9:45)

    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings, Burnaby

     

    Topic:     What is adaptive behaviour?  Why is adaptive behavior important for an individual on the autism spectrum to become independent and competent across different environments in the community?  What adaptive behaviors are critical intervention targets?  How to intervene/how to select goal and work on it to increase adaptive behaviors?

     

    Speaker in video:    Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt is the Founding Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research. He is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Gerhardt is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.

     

    Refreshments will be provided.  Comprehensive handouts will be provided upon request.

    Please RSVP to Stella shui@autismbc.ca before April 5.

     

    #22625

    Stella Li
    Participant

    Autism BC Burnaby Community Support Group proudly presents:

    “Adaptive Behavior: Life, Safety, Independence, and Community Competence for Adolescents and Adults with ASD”

    video presentation by

    Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research, Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, VA, USA

    with facilitated discussion

     

    Date: April 7, 2017 (Friday)

    Time: 10am-12noon (door opens at 9:45)

    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings, Burnaby

     

    Topic:     What is adaptive behaviour?  Why is adaptive behavior important for an individual on the autism spectrum to become independent and competent across different environments in the community?  What adaptive behaviors are critical intervention targets?  How to intervene/how to select goal and work on it to increase adaptive behaviors?

     

    Speaker in video:    Dr. Gerhardt has more than 35 years’ experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt is the Founding Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research. He is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Gerhardt is the Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ.

     

    Refreshments will be provided.  Comprehensive handouts will be provided upon request.

    Please RSVP to Stella shui@autismbc.ca before April 5<sup>th</sup>.

     

    #22588

    bsharpe
    Participant

    Hello everyone, here is the latest edition of the Science in Autism Treatment newsletter.  This is a not for profit, volunteer based organization that is committed to providing parents, caregivers and clinicians with science based facts behind Autism treatment.  This newsletter is free so sign up today!

    http://www.asatonline.org/siat-winter-2017-issue/

    Dr. Sabrina Freeman, the founder of Families for Early Autism Treatment of BC, is the Consumer Corner Coordinator for this publication. Her interview is on page 3 of this newsletter.  Factual, raw and unfiltered:

    Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared:
    An Interview with Dr. Sabrina Freeman, Parent, Author, and Advocate

    A wealth of information for all.  Thank you Dr. Freeman and to all of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment Directors and staff.

    #22583

    Stella Li
    Participant

    REMINDER

    The Autism BC Burnaby Community Group proudly presents:

    Financial Management for the Future: RDSP

    by

    Dan McDonald, CPA, PhD, former accounting professor at SFU, volunteer at Plan Institute

    Date: Friday March 3, 2017
    Time: 10 am to 12 noon
    Place: Studio, #301 – 3701 East Hastings Street, Burnaby

     

    TOPIC:   Financial Management for the Future: RDSP

    The Registered Disability Saving Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities.  It is a unique savings program that allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually. Canada is the first country in the world to have a RDSP, which helps those living with a disability and their families save for the future.

    What will you get out of this workshop?

    You will learn the ins-and-outs of the RDSP, how to become eligible (including important information on the Disability Tax Credit), how to open, manage and benefit from your own account.  Two stories about the RDSP will be used to illustrate.

    SPEAKER:
    Dan McDonald will be facilitating the session. Dan McDonald is a Lifetime member of PLAN as well as a Certified Professional Accountant [CPA] with a PhD and a former accounting professor at Simon Fraser University. He immediately recognized the exceptionally generous terms of the RDSP when the plan was announced in 2008 and set one up for his daughter. He volunteers as a facilitator for many of the free RDSP workshops hosted by Plan Institute.

    Coffee/Tea, refreshments and handouts will be provided.

    Please RSVP to shui@autismbc.ca ASAP.

    Do not miss this session, especially at this time of the year when you prepare to file taxes.

     

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