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Linda Hodgdon

Discovering the Possibilities with Visual Strategies:
Meeting the Communication, Behavior & Social Skill Challenges for Individuals with ASD
Presented by Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

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Communication problems are a defining feature of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The difficulties with social skills and appropriate behavior that are common in students with ASD are frequently related to the communication challenges they experi≠ence. While it is common for educational programming to focus on the development of communication skills for these students, this tends to be directed toward developing the studentís expres≠sive communication skills. Comparatively little attention is paid to increasing the studentís ability to understand the communica≠tion in his or her life.

For children with ASD, however, the struggle with communica≠tion is a far more complicated problem than just the develop≠ment of verbal language. Understanding the communication of others, trying to figure out what is happening or not happening, handling changes and transitions, and interpreting cues and sig≠nals in the environment can all be areas of difficulty that result in frustration and behavior that is seen as disruptive. Using visu≠al strategies, a strength for most people with ASD, to support communication helps students organize their lives, significantly reduces behavior problems and increases functional communi≠cation. This workshop will demonstrate how and why to expand your use of visual strategies and explore a number of strategies for use at school and home.

The use of visual strategies is effective across skill levels, for stu≠dents from early childhood through adulthood. Visual strategies work for verbal and nonverbal students.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify significant factors in student learning and function≠ing style that affect communication.
  • Informally assess the studentís communication strengths and challenges.
  • Recognize situations where communication breakdowns can affect the studentís understanding, behavior and participation.
  • Use the Guide for Assessing Behavior Situations to identify causes of behavior problems.
  • Develop visual tools to support communication, behavior & social skills
  • Use specific visual supports that have significantly improved student participation and behavior.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2008
Workshop Location: SFU - Harbour Centre Campus
Fletcher Challenge Theatre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Workshop Schedule ¬†8:00 Ė 9:00 Registration
¬†9:00 ‚Äď 10:30 Session 1
10:30 ‚Äď 10:45 Break - Coffee Provided
10:45 ‚Äď 12:00 Session 2
12:00 ‚Äď 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
¬†1:00 ‚Äď 2:30 Session 3
¬†2:30 ‚Äď 2:45 Break Ė Refreshments provided
¬†2:45 ‚Äď 4:00 Session 4
Hotel Information: Delta Vancouver Suites - 1.888.268.1133
You must request ACT's Corporate Rate when registering

YWCA Hotel - 1.800.663.1424
You must mention the non-profit rate when registering for preferred rates

Empire Landmark Hotel - 1.800.830.6144
You must mention ACT - Autism Community Training when registering for preferred rates

Tourism Vancouver - 1.877.826.1717 

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