7:00 – 9:00 PM
DEVELOPING SOCIAL COMPETENCE IN INDIVIDUALS WITH AN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Dr. David Worling has worked at BC Children's Hospital for 7 years in their adolescent inpatient unit and anxiety outpatient psychiatric setting. He began the Westcoast Child Development Group in 2003 and is now in full time private practice while teaching a course on Autism with the Psychology Department at UBC. Back by popular demand, Dr. Worling will examine the core social challenges associated with ASD and link them to existing social skills/competence techniques and programs. The overview will cover evidence-based programs/ techniques and highlight the ongoing need for data-driven and novel approaches in supporting individuals with ASD.
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
AUTISM ROCKS: A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER’S TRIUMPH
Janet Walmsley is a professional writer, actor and singer who has appeared in theatre, film and television. She is the mother of a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Jenny, who was diagnosed with Autism. Janet and Jenny have each recently published books; Janet's is about Jenny's life journey with Autism and Jenny's is the first novel of a Trilogy called Dysnomia. In their presentation, the duo will share Jenny’s journey from birth to present (age 22), and how Jenny trooped through a variety of obstacles, climbed mountains peaks and never looked back. The presentation promises to reveal living proof through Jenny that Autism rocks and how a family can positively and proactively deal with Autism.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DEVELOPING COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM
Becca Yu (MA, CCC-SLP, RSLP) is the Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Monarch House, an interdisciplinary centre that provides services for individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She will discuss common communication difficulties for individuals with Autism and strategies on how to improve interactions and communication.