Tuesday, September 5, 2023

OCALICON - Virtual Conference - November 14-17, 2023

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer attendance scholarships ($250.) But with 264 sessions, many of them one hour, it may be worth spending the money to attend.

You can find the Session Sorter and link to register here.  

A couple of sessions that caught my interest: 

But They Hardly Use It! Effective Strategies for Increasing AAC Use in School and Beyond

Educators, SLPs, and other professionals often encounter people with complex communication needs whose use of AAC is limited. They may use their AAC device/app infrequently or only to ask for things they want/need. This presentation discusses beliefs, practices, and strategies that can be used to increase the amount, range, and complexity of communication through AAC. 

Double Empathy: How It Changes What We Think About Autism and Encourages Neurodiversity

The Double Empathy theory and its supporting research are transforming what we believe about autism and how autistics and non-autistics communicate. Communication breakdowns between autistics and non-autistics are not a result of communication deficits, but instead a mismatch in communication styles between the autistic and non-autistic.

Effective Sensory Regulation Programs for Academic Achievement: A Research-Based Approach

Self-regulation and executive functioning are essential life skills for all children in all environments. Learners have more access to technology-based opportunities than ever before. However, more technology is not necessarily the answer. Many struggling students are dysregulated and have difficulty coping with academic and social skills expectations. In this presentation we will provide practical and effective methods of combining a sensory regulation approach together with careful technology use as an important basis for effective learning. Progress monitoring ideas will be shared.

Hallmarks of Autism from the Perspective of Autistic Women

A panel of autistic women will discuss how their experience of autism differs from that of their male counterparts. The panel will cover topics including how they define autism and how their characteristics compare to the "official" diagnostic criteria historically based on the male presentation. They will discuss how well the current criteria apply to them and their observations on what may be missing.