Work­shop to ex­plore Autism and Be­hav­iors

Moose Jaw - - News -

The Friendly City Op­ti­mist Club is invit­ing the com­mu­nity to at­tend a work­shop on Fri­day, May 4 at the Her­itage Inn, to learn more about Autism and the Brain: Learn­ing and Be­hav­iour.

The work­shop will be led by pre­sen­ter Layne Pethick, PhD Can­di­date who will ex­plore un­der­stand­ing autism and strate­gies for learn­ing and be­hav­iors. Pethick is an autism spec­trum dis­or­ders and be­hav­ior con­sul­tant for the state of Texas.

Pethick will con­duct two ses­sions. The first ses­sion is Autism and the Brain: Neu­ro­log­i­cal Fac­tors that af­fect Be­hav­iour and Learn­ing. Par­tic­i­pants in the ses­sions will gain in­for­ma­tion on neu­ro­log­i­cal fac­tors that af­fect the be­hav­iour and learn­ing of chil­dren with autism and will in­clude top­ics such as: stress and the brain; bi­o­log­i­cal fac­tors of the brain; neu­ro­log­i­cal fac­tors re­lated to at­ten­tion and emo­tions; cur­rent and up­com­ing re­search and find­ings on pos­si­ble brain dif­fer­ences within the autism pop­u­la­tion. The pre­sen­ta­tion will be an open fo­rum with sev­eral en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The sec­ond part (ses­sion) of the work­shop will dis­cuss Strate­gies for Learn­ing Be­hav­ior. This in­cludes how to an­a­lyze var­i­ous com­po­nents in the ed­u­ca­tional and home en­vi­ron­ments, from school-wide to in­di­vid­ual class­rooms, adult in­ter­ac­tions to stu­dent in­ter­ac­tions, over­all school cli­mate to par­ent in­volve­ment. Other as­pects like com­mu­ni­ca­tion, struc­ture and rou­tines, so­cial-emo­tional health, in­put and out­put of in­struc­tion and more will be dis­cussed at this ses­sion.

The Friendly City Op­ti­mists Club says the work­shop will ap­peal to pro­fes­sion­als, par­ents, fos­ter par­ents, po­lice, so­cial ser­vices, teach­ers, school ad­min­is­tra­tors, early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors, ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tants, day­care work­ers, con­sul­tants and any­one need­ing to learn more about autism.

The cost of the work­shop is $150. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter for this work­shop be­fore April 25, email mjpro­fes­sion­alde­vel­op­ment@sask­ Reg­is­tra­tion af­ter April 25 will at­tract a cost of $200.

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