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Conference Description

This conference will explore the wide range of neurodiversity that exists in our communities. The Conference seeks to promote a shared understanding of neurodiversity: a concept where neurological (brain development) differences are recognized and respected as variations rather than disorders, like any other human differences. Speakers will share evidence-based information as well as practical strategies that can be implemented into daily life. Participants will  be able to select from a variety of sessions to meet their own learning needs. 

Presentors

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

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Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction.  Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1200 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe. 

Thomas Armstrong

Sarah Ward

Sarah Ward

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 Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker who has been an educator for over forty-five years. Over 1.4 million copies of his books are in print in English on issues related to learning and human development.  His books include:  If Einstein Ran the Schools, Neurodiversity in the Classroom, You’re Smarter Than You Think, and The Power of the Adolescent Brain.  His books have been translated into twenty-eight languages.  Dr. Armstrong has given over 1000 keynotes, workshop presentations, and lectures on six continents in 29 countries over the past 33 years.  

Dori Zener

Sarah Ward

Dori Zener

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 Dori Zener, MSW, RSW Individual, Couple and Family Therapist,  has been working with families affected by autism, learning disabilities, ADHD and intellectual disabilities for over fifteen years. Her clinical practice Dori Zener & Associates champions Neurodiversity and autism acceptance. As an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist, Dori uses evidence-based therapy techniques to help each client achieve their goals and enhance their lives. She works with individuals across the lifespan, and has expertise supporting autistic girls and women. Dori presents regularly at conferences on the topic of autism and mental health.  

Dori is the founder and co-facilitator of Asperfemme Toronto, a free support group for adult women with official/self-diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Members meet monthly to validate, inform and support each other, and to foster friendships and social contacts. 

Margaret Newberry Jones

Margaret Newberry Jones

Dori Zener

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 Dr. Margaret Newbury Jones has been working in the disability field for her entire career, 25+ years and counting.  She is known for her easy-going manner and facilitating fantastic, interactive workshops with self-advocates, professionals, paraprofessionals and families.  She operates SHADE Consulting and Counselling (www.shadeconsulting.ca) based in Kelowna.  She provides individual counselling, team consultations, training workshops, and whatever else she can think of.  She works specifically with folks with IDD including those living with FASD, autism, mental illness and those who have experienced trauma.  She also works with families and support teams.  She loves to work with folks with complex needs and their teams; being compassionately curious comes naturally to her.  She worked as a special education teacher in the public system for 15 years and has been providing sexuality education and counselling since then.  

Jay Goddard

Margaret Newberry Jones

Jay Goddard

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 Jay Goddard, BA, Med, is currently a lecturer in the school of Social Work & Human Services at Thompson Rivers University. He recently relocated to the Kamloops Campus from Williams Lake. He has over 30 years of experience teaching and supporting neuro-diverse individuals in classroom, vocational and community settings. His interest in FASD AND neurodiversity began in the Mid 1990s and has led to the development and delivery of Introductory courses in FASD and ASD for frontline practitioners in Human Service and Educational Support. He has presented locally, provincially and internationally on FASD education, and neuro-diversity awareness. Jay is also the parent of three beautiful talented neuro-diverse children who continue to teach him new lessons about being different in a neurotypical world.  

Schedule Day One

April 27, 2020

Registration

7:30am - 830am

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 27, 2020

Registration

7:30am - 830am

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 27, 2020

Keynote Speaker - Sarah Ward

8:30am - 12:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

Event Details

April 27, 2020

Keynote Speaker - Sarah Ward

 

Future Thinkers: A New View of Executive Function Skills 

Gain a new understanding on how students demonstrate executive function skills and...

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8:30am - 12:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 27, 2020

Lunch Break

12:30pm - 1:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 27, 2020

Lunch Break

Lunch will be provided.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

Afternoon Breakout Session

April 27, 2020

Helping Dysregulated Students Reduce Impulsivity, Develop Task Persistence and Independence

1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 27, 2020

Helping Dysregulated Students Reduce Impulsivity, Develop Task Persistence and Independence

Sarah Ward 

Executive function challenges, processing speed and impulsivity often go hand-in-hand. All of these skills are developed during d...

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 27, 2020

Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies for Students with Special Needs

1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 27, 2020

Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies for Students with Special Needs

Thomas Armstrong 

The focus in this workshop will be upon five specific diversities:  autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADD/AD...

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 27, 2020

More alike than different – Sexuality and Disability

1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 27, 2020

More alike than different – Sexuality and Disability

Margaret Newberry Jones 

All people are sexual beings. Full stop. Having an intellectual disability, autism, FASD, or any other kind of disab...

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 27, 2020

What autistic girls and women want you to know.

1:30p - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 27, 2020

What autistic girls and women want you to know.

 Dori Zener 

Girls on the spectrum are often missed, misdiagnosed or identified much later than males. Rote learning of social skills and cam...

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1:30p - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

Schedule Day Two

April 28, 2020

Registration

8:00am - 8:30am

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 28, 2020

Registration

8:00am - 8:30am

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 28, 2020

Keynote Speaker - Sarah Ward

8:30am - 12:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

Event Details

April 28, 2020

Keynote Speaker - Sarah Ward

 Helping students develop independent time management skills and the Get Ready – Do -Done model to teach students to break down and complete...

Event Details

8:30am - 12:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 28, 2020

Lunch

12:30pm - 1:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

Event Details

April 28, 2020

Lunch

Lunch will be provided

12:30pm - 1:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

Afternoon Breakout Session

April 28, 2020

The power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students

1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

Event Details

April 28, 2020

The power of the Adolescent Brain: Strategies for Teaching Middle and High School Students

 Thomas Armstrong 

This workshop will begin by presenting eight key neuroscience research findings concerning how the adolescent brain develo...

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 28, 2020

Neurodiversity and Environmental Fit: Taking a Walk with a Brain

1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 28, 2020

Neurodiversity and Environmental Fit: Taking a Walk with a Brain

 Jay Goddard 

Individuals diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and other neuro-diversities experience a variety of primary and seco...

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 28, 2020

5 steps to achieving mental wellness in girls and women on the spectrum using INVEST

1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 28, 2020

5 steps to achieving mental wellness in girls and women on the spectrum using INVEST

Dori Zener 

INVEST is a clinical framework designed for autistic girls and women. INVEST stands for Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Streng...

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

April 28, 2020

More Than a Buzzword – Thinking about what Trauma-Informed means in our practice

1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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April 28, 2020

More Than a Buzzword – Thinking about what Trauma-Informed means in our practice

 Margaret Newberry Jones 

Everyone has a variety of experiences in their lives. How we perceive these experiences informs how we respond to t...

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1:30pm - 4:30pm

TRU Campus Activity Center

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 Please register online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/88925788427  


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Refunds will be made (minus $20.00 processing fee) if written notice of withdrawals is received by March 30, 2020.  No refunds will be granted for withdrawals after that date. 

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Insight Support Services Inc. reserves the right to cancel or move the program if registration is insufficient. In the event of cancellation, a refund (minus $20.00 handling charge) will be granted. 

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TRU Campus Activity Centre 

1055 University Drive Kamloops, B.C. Telephone: 250 828-5000 

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