The Autism Project, based in Johnston, Rhode Island, is a unique collaborative group of parents and professionals whose objective is to develop a comprehensive system of education, health, vocational, career, and social and community supports for children and adults with autism and their families.
The Autism Project's National Speaker Conference is set to take place this year on Tuesday, February 11, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.
The conference will kick off at 8:00 AM with a continental breakfast, followed by a seminar on the practical understanding of cognitive skills and how they can be enhanced for students with autism. After a brief break, a lecture will follow on the impact of function skills on self regulation, and strategies to teach forethought for task initiation and competition.
A special lunch presentation will be delivered at noontime by Rhode Island's own Carolyn Dalgilesh, member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and author of the new book "The Sensory Child Gets Organized," teaching parents how to "tap into systems, routines, and visual aids to organize and empower" their children with autism.
In the afternoon, another seminar will commence on practical strategies to teach goal directed awareness, support task initiation, and completion & impulse control.
The conference will be punctuated by a lecture on how to infuse executive function based instruction to support academics.
Boston-based therapist Sarah Ward, who specializes in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits, is the keynote presenter at this year's National Speaker Conference.
The conference is open to school professionals, therapists, PASS workers, parents, extended family members and individuals who struggle with executive functioning.
You can find more information on the Autism Project's website, theautismproject.org.