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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Great Falls - Breaking Through Barriers Conference April 17 - 18, 2020

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A two-day conference and vendor fair for parents of and providers for children and adults with medical diagnoses and developmental delays.
    
               
SCHEDULE:

Friday, April 17 
    
Lunch 11:30 - 1 pm Exhibit Hall Open / Pre-paid Box Lunches Available

Pre Conference Workshops
  • Pediatric Respite Worker Training by Kristen McGuire and Louisa Libertelli-Dunn (start time 12 noon)
  • Baffling Babies and Toddlers - Sensory Strategies That Work by Maureen Kane-Wineland, MOT/L and Sue Swindeman, MOT/L (start time 1 pm, required textbooks - extra fee)
5:00 pm Happy Hour / No-host Bar / Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt

6:30 pm Banquet featuring Keynote by Shyla Patera: "How to Help Your Child Live His/Her Best Life"

Saturday, April 18 Exhibit Hall Opens 8 am / Continental Breakfast Included

9 am Keynote: Effective Co-Parenting: Putting the Child First, by Joe & Susan Laudadio

10:15 - 11:30 am : Concurrent Workshops
  • The Extinction Burst: Making Behavior Plans Work by Joe Laudadio
  • Stress Relief: Powerful Tools for Caregivers by Katrin Finch
  • First Timers Guide to IEPs by Louisa Libertelli-Dunn
Lunch 11:30 - 1 pm Exhibit Hall Open / Pre-paid Box Lunches Available

1 pm - 5:00 pm: Main Workshop in Conference Hall
Sensory Tool Chest for Elementary Students (Wineland and Swindeman)

1 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Workshops in Classrooms
  • First Timers Guide to IEPs by Louisa Libertelli-Dunn
3:00 - 5:00 pm: Concurrent Workshops in Classrooms
  • Build an Exit Strategy Into Your Child's IEP by Joe Laudadio
  • Stress Relief: Powerful Tools for Caregivers by Katrin Finch

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sensitive Bunny - Missoula



This is a free event designed for children with sensory sensitivities and allows these children to meet the Easter Bunny in an inviting, sensory-friendly environment. This event is on Sunday, March 29th from 5-7 pm, when the mall is closed. This means no overhead music or crowds. Many children may have never had the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, purely because of the sensory conditions during regular mall hours. We will have fun activities designed especially for these families, plus the first 25 attendees will receive a free gift from the Bunny.

You can find more information here on Facebook.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Free Workshops - Teaching Communication Skills // Managing Challenging Behaviors

TEACHING CRITICAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS
You will learn how to teach critical communication skills that lead to greater independence in the home, work, school and community settings. We review nine specific skills: requesting reinforcers, requesting help, requesting a break, indicating yes and no, waiting, following directions, schedule-following and transitioning. Through lecture, demonstrations, video and participatory activities, you will acquire specific teaching strategies that are relevant for anyone who has limited communication skills, regardless of their communicative modality (e.g., Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS], signing, device use, speech).
Great Falls    March 23      Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites - 3701 31st St SW
Missoula        March 25      Wingate Inn - 5252 Airway Blvd

GUIDE TO MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS
Beginning with key concepts of applied behavior analysis, we focus on the conditions under which behavior occurs. We discuss the importance of designing supportive learning environments that address skill deficits prior to or while simultaneously addressing unwanted contextually inappropriate behaviors. Through discussions, video examples and hands-on activities you will identify and define unwanted behaviors, analyze why the behavior is occurring, determine alternative skills to replace unwanted behaviors, review differential reinforcement procedures, and discuss proactive strategies and reactive strategies. The workshop concludes by showing how you and your team can evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of your behavior plans as you put your new strategies into practice.
Great Falls    March 24      Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites - 3701 31st St SW
Missoula        March 26      Wingate Inn - 5252 Airway Blvd  FULL - Registration closed.

The workshops will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.  

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Links Secondary Workshop: Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence

Links Secondary Workshop: Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence

Bozeman          March 9   Comfort Inn    1370 N 7th Ave #2512
 
Billings           March 10    Quality Inn  
2036 Overland Ave
 
Missoula         March 30    WIngate Inn  
5252 Airway Blvd


This one-day workshop provides participants with information on how to implement evidence-based practices for secondary students using the Links Curriculum. Participants will learn to use a process for assessing and teaching functional routines that has been documented in the research. Extensive information will be given on selecting and individualizing routines and teaching specific skills to support success during routines. 

The Links Curriculum includes extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making, tracking student progress and writing IEP Goals. Video examples and video practice activities will be incorporated into the workshop. An on-line computerized system will be demonstrated with hands-on practice by the participants.

Attendees of the Links workshop will also need to bring their laptops or tablets to the workshop. 
Attendance at the workshop will include access to the Links Curriculum until 6/30/2020. Attendance is limited to 30 people.