Conference Preview Events
There’s No Crying in IEP Meetings: Turning Your Emotions into Practical Goals
Featuring Beth Thompson, MSSA, LSW
Date: Tuesday April 18, 2017
This session will review evidence-based strategies for managing natural emotional reactions that often occur in IEP meetings and how to work more collaboratively to achieve the child’s educational goals. Participants will learn what key strategies to use in managing feelings of anxiety, anger or frustration when working with schools and how to harness their emotional energy into effective advocacy efforts for their child. Taking real life examples of common conflicts, the speakers will review what supports are available for parents and when to bring those supports onto your IEP team.
Be Prepared! Practical Behavior Management
Featuring 2016-2017 Milestones Conference Speaker
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
For parents and professionals who work with children with autism, dealing with negative behaviors is often the most challenging aspect. Negative behavior can interfere with communication, socialization, and academics. Some children’s behavior limits their involvement with typical peers, stigmatizes them, or even creates a danger to themselves or others. It does not have to stay that way! During this session, “Be Prepared! Practical Behavior Management”, participants will learn ways to reduce negative behavior and improve their child’s life. Participants will learn about the four functions of behavior which explain the why the behavior is happening. For each behavior, the participants will learn possible functional alternatives to replace that behavior. The key to changing behavior is to prevent it from happening instead of jumping in after it has occurred. In other words….the key is to be prepared!