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    FEAT BC Admin
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    In this topic area, discussion is on all issues relating to setting up and running a home-based intervention program. Please feel free to bring up any problems or suggestions. Parents can help each other greatly by sharing information and giving suggestions.

    In addition to parents helping parents, A.B.A. professionals on in the Discussion Group can also help provide insight and guidance.

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  • #574

    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/

    #575

    Just a reminder:

    The Autism Society of BC is pleased to present the following as part
    of the North Shore Parent Support Group series:

    'Early Start Denver Model ('ESDM') – the latest in behavioural
    treatment for infants and toddlers'

    Presented by Hilary McClinton & Michelle Shilvock Lannon of the ABLE
    Developmental Clinic.

    Wed. Feb. 10, 2016 7-9pm
    West Vancouver Public Library (Welsh Hall West – downstairs)
    1950 Marine Drive, West

    This presentation will outline the theoretical background and research
    supporting the Early Start Denver Model as an early intervention for
    infants and toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
    Components of ESDM will be reviewed (Denver Model, Pivotal Response
    Training and Applied Behavior Analysis), as well as emerging best
    practices when working with infants/toddlers and their families and
    how to best support their unique learning needs. The presenters will
    also discuss their experiences implementing ESDM in our community.

    Hilary McClinton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She obtained
    her Masters Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism
    and Developmental Disabilities from U.B.C. Hilary has worked in the
    field of autism intervention for over 15 years, beginning her career
    as a Behaviour Interventionist. Hilary has worked with a wide range of
    ages, from infants to teenagers, gaining experience with early
    intervention as well as individuals who exhibit severe behavioral
    challenges. Hilary has experience working within home-based programs,
    as well as collaborating with educational and residential settings.
    Currently, Hilary is pursuing certification as an Early Start Denver
    Model Therapist, focusing her practice on very early intervention for
    infants and toddlers with ASD.

    Michele Shilvock Lannon is a board certified behaviour analyst with
    over 15 years of experience working in the field of autism. During
    this time she has worked both in private practice and as the director
    of clinical services for a not for profit, providing direct clinical
    support to children and their families in the home, community and
    school settings and also supervising BCBA candidates. She has a strong
    passion to share her knowledge with others and help bridge more
    collaborative working relationships across various environments and
    professionals. Her focus in practice ranges from working with infants
    and toddlers, to supporting skill development through the preschool
    years and into adolescents and teen years, all while applying the
    principles of ABA. However, more recently she has been working towards
    completing her ESDM certification and focusing her practice on
    providing services to very young toddlers.

    *Please note that this presentation and all others (unless specified)
    are for adults only. Unfortunately we are unable to provide childcare.
    Coffee and snacks provided.

    RSVP Dave at dbridges1@shaw.ca

    #576

    Mike & Jean
    Participant

    Please read and share the following letter in response to: "Why do autism specialists want to stamp out autistic traits?"

    Dear Editor:

    Re: "Why do autism specialists want to stamp out autistic traits?",
    published in the Globe and Mail on January 29, 2016.

    Anthony Easton is a fortunate man. Despite being diagnosed, "late" according
    to him, with autism spectrum disorder ("ASD"), he has evidently been able to
    earn not one but two master's degrees. In what discipline exactly he doesn't
    say. While apparently unable to find gainful employment, notwithstanding his
    academic achievements, he appears to live a fulfilling life of speaking
    engagements and writing assignments. He can speak and write well. I'm
    confident he can also tie his shoe-laces, feed and toilet himself. Not so
    everyone diagnosed with ASD.

    The grim reality for thousands of other Canadians living with ASD, as well
    as for their families, is a far cry from Mr. Easton's not unenviable
    existence. It is a life of frustrating social isolation, where even the
    smallest tasks essential to living a dignified human life are beyond reach.

    Contrary to Mr. Easton's assertion, "most of us", Canadians that is, believe
    ASD should be, if not cured, at least ameliorated as far as possible
    respecting its most debilitating traits. As for Applied Behavioural Analysis
    ("ABA"), which is science-based and evidence-driven, in 2004 the Supreme
    Court of Canada found it to be "medically necessary treatment", while lower
    courts have held that "There are no effective competing therapies". Despite
    these legal findings, to Canada's great shame, we have yet to include
    science-based treatment for ASD in our so-called "universal" national
    MEDICARE health insurance coverage. This remains so even though, at present,
    the incidence rate of ASD diagnosis is one in 68 children in North America
    and rapidly rising. This is an epidemic of staggering proportions and our
    governments do nothing but dither, build worse than useless web-sites and
    convene myopic gab-fests where folks bloviate about "national strategies for
    autism".

    Apart from the moral bankruptcy of denying treatment that is medically
    necessary to thousands of our most vulnerable fellow Canadians, it is
    financially irresponsible. The reliably estimated cost to our society of
    untreated, or inadequately treated, individuals living with ASD is enormous
    and fast growing.

    I do not have an autistic child, yet have been involved in advocacy on
    behalf of such children and their families for over a decade. During this
    time, I have often been struck by how people such as Mr. Easton, who argue
    in favour of preserving their "neuro-diverse identity", so often engage in
    excessive self-referencing, while showing little, if any, empathy for those
    living with a more severe type of ASD. Over time, this becomes as tedious as
    it is unhelpful.

    The Globe and Mail would better serve its readers and, most particularly,
    Canadians living with ASD if you devoted your limited and valuable editorial
    space to coverage of the positive work that is being done in our country and
    elsewhere to improve the lives of persons living with ASD.

    Sincerely,

    David Marley
    Director, Medicare for autism Now! Society

    http://www.medicareforautismnow.org.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/why-do-autism-specialists-want-to-sta
    mp-out-autistic-traits/article28441771/

    #577

    Dione Costanzo
    Participant

    This Thursday in South Surrey:

    Dave Taylor's Tax Talk

    Location : Sources Community Resource Centres, 882 Maple Street, White Rock

    Time: 6:30pm

    RSVP via Eventbrite:
    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dave-taylors-tax-talk-tickets-20866698858?aff=efbevent

    Dave Taylor is the parent of a child with autism and has been running a home based ABA program for 10 years. Dave has done extensive research into the financial side of managing an ABA team and has gathered information on all kinds of issues from his own experiences and from feedback from other parents.Some of the topics that Dave will cover during this meeting are:
    • The *new* Family Care Giver Amount tax credit
    • Disability Tax Credit
    • Medical Expenses
    • Federal tax credits and tips for tax time

    ** Explain the changes in the new RDSP

    This is a must-see presentation for anyone that is running or thinking of setting up a home based ABA program. The content of this presentation applies to programs for individuals from pre-diagnosis to age 18.Here are what some parents are saying about Dave’s presentation:

    “Dave Taylor really made it clear to us the importance of keeping our records organized. He has great tips and resources for parents”

    "I have been to this talk 3 times and each time I learn something new and critical. Much appreciated!!!"

    “The “tax man” can be so confusing and Dave helped us to clarify funding and tax information that autism parents need to know.”

    “Whether you have been running an ABA program for a month or 10 years – this presentation is invaluable to ALL parents.”

    “Great information – thank you Dave! We have so much more confidence that we are getting the most out of our therapy dollars now.”

    #578

    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).

    #579

    Dione Costanzo
    Participant

    This Tuesday November 24th at 7pm in Vancouver:

    Addressing Problematic Feeding Behaviours:

    Location – Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver

    Speaker:
    Dr. Lauren Binnendyk
    PhD BCBA-D has been working in the field of behaviour analysis since 1997. In addition to her successes with many families, she is recognized in the academic community for her published research and qualifications in this field.

    For the past decade Lauren has focused her research and clinical work on supporting families of young children with developmental disabilities and severe food refusal behaviour. She and her team have helped children with a variety of feeding issues including, selective eating, oral motor delay, and tube dependence.

    Presentation:
    This presentation will provide an overview of a behavioural intervention approach to problematic feeding behavior which includes parent training and implementation support in a family meal routine. Case study examples will be provided for three major feeding issues – selective eating, oral motor delay, and tube dependence.

    This is also a great opportunity to network with other parents.

    Refreshments will be served. This is a free event. PLEASE RSVP to so we can plan for space and refreshments.

    RSVP HERE http://www.eventbrite.com/e/addressing-problematic-feeding-behavioursusing-a-behavioural-approach-tickets-19267495598?aff=efbevent

    Thank you!

    Are you looking for support, information or want to connect with other parents? Follow us!

    https://www.facebook.com/austismsupportbc and Twitter @autismsupportbc
    and on our online calendar on our website – http://autismsupportbc.ca

    #580

    Dione Costanzo
    Participant

    A message from the Autism Support Network:

    Due to unforeseen circumstances we are going to be rescheduling our North Vancouver meeting which was originally scheduled for This Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30PM. There will be no meeting on the 10th.

    Our next event is scheduled for November 24th at 7pm in Vancouver:

    Addressing Problematic Feeding Behaviours:

    Location – Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver

    Speaker:
    Dr. Lauren Binnendyk PhD BCBA-D has been working in the field of behaviour analysis since 1997. In addition to her successes with many families, she is recognized in the academic community for her published research and qualifications in this field.
    For the past decade Lauren has focused her research and clinical work on supporting families of young children with developmental disabilities and severe food refusal behaviour. She and her team have helped children with a variety of feeding issues including, selective eating, oral motor delay, and tube dependence.

    Presentation:
    This presentation will provide an overview of a behavioural intervention approach to problematic feeding behavior which includes parent training and implementation support in a family meal routine. Case study examples will be provided for three major feeding issues – selective eating, oral motor delay, and tube dependence.

    This is also a great opportunity to network with other parents.

    Refreshments will be served. This is a free event. PLEASE RSVP to so we can plan for space and refreshments.

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/addressing-problematic-feeding-behavioursusing-a-behavioural-approach-tickets-19267495598

    Thank you!

    Are you looking for support, information or want to connect with other parents? Follow us!

    https://www.facebook.com/austismsupportbc and Twitter @autismsupportbc
    and on our online calendar on our website – http://autismsupportbc.ca

    #581

    Dione Costanzo
    Participant

    This Tuesday in North Vancouver!

    A parent meeting and special presentation.

    Tuesday November 10th, 6:30pm
    North Vancouver District Public Library – Capilano Branch Library, 3045 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver,

    Order FREE tickets via Eventbrite:
    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcome-to-autism-tickets-18198547345?aff=efbevent

    Presenters will discuss the journey from assessment through diagnosis and navigating the myriad of information that comes with an autism diagnosis.

    The focus of this presentation is on supporting parents to identify the components of an evidence based therapy program that will best suit their child, including evaluating and hiring service providers.

    Have a new diagnosis? Not sure if the therapy program your child is currently in is the right fit? This presentation is for you.

    Refreshments will be served. This is a free event. PLEASE RSVP to so we can plan for space and refreshments.

    About the Autism Support Network:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMnYOYO1rxs

    #582

    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.

    #583

    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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