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Facilitating Functional Use Of Time: Skills And Motivation Workshop

June 11, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Many parents who have children/teens or young adults with ASD struggle with how to keep their active, or unfocussed child occupied for even short periods of time.  You want him or her to help with chores around the house but is it motivation or is there truly a skill deficit? Lack of skill may be misinterpreted as non-compliance.

Let’s face it, as much as you hope to, you cannot provide him or her with 100% of your attention at all times.  Sometimes when you shift your attention for just a minute (or second!), he/she somehow manages to create their own type of fun.  How can you teach them to engage in functional activities or help with those household chores independently so you can run and throw in the laundry, make a cup of tea or attempt to make a quick meal?  This is a common goal that many parents identify.  The summer months can be even harder as you try to think of fun activities that you can do as a family, out in the community.

So, where do you start?  This presentation will focus on building on their current skills and interests and expanding the repertoire of activities and tasks that they are able to engage in.  Many regular activities around the house, or outings in the community, can be broken down in smaller steps that are easier to learn.  We’ll also discuss ways that you can hopefully increase their motivation to participate.

Workshop Speakers:

Krissy Blakney graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree in 2007. Following graduation from Kinesiology, Krissy traveled and worked for two years, gaining life experience, before discovering Occupational Therapy. Krissy attended Dalhousie University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy program from 2009 to 2011. After graduating with her Masters degree, Krissy moved to Calgary in 2013 with the goal of pursuing a new and exciting career, and to enjoy all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Krissy started working at Society for Treatment of Autism in January 2015 after briefly volunteering working with children with autism. She is thoroughly enjoying the work, and everything that her clients teach her on a daily basis!

Jennifer Herman graduated from Mount Royal College in 1993 with a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development. She spent several years managing both YWCA and YMCA Childcare facilities before deciding to pursue a different avenue still connected to children and their families. Jennifer started at STA in May of 2004 and has been a behavioural consultant since 2006. She enjoys learning as much as she can in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder through conferences, workshops and e-learning. Jennifer has presented to a variety of individuals including professionals and families.

Anna Bouchard is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and native Calgarian. She has practiced as an SLP at Society for Treatment of Autism for the last two and a half years and particularly enjoys working with individuals with Autism and their families and the unique challenges that these clients face. Anna completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics at the University of Calgary in 2007 and completed her Master of Clinical Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario in 2012.”


June 11, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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