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Conference Registration - March 19-20 2018, Richmond, VA

Are You In the Zone? Strategies for Behavior, Social Communication, Social Skills, Executive Functioning & Academics for Students

Two Day Autism Conference featuring:
Kathryn Phillips, M.A. & Timothy Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP

Early Bird Pricing until February 2nd, 2018
One day (3/19 or 3/20) - $145
Two Day (3/19 and 3/20) - $195

Regular Rates after February 2nd, 2018
One Day (3/19 or 3/20) - $165
Two Day (3/19 and 3/20) - $225

If you are a special education teacher, speech & language pathologist, OT, social worker, administrator, counselor, regular education teacher, paraprofessional, psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, nurse, or parent this conference is for you! Join us to learn the latest strategies and interventions for teachers that can be used in the classroom immediately.

March 19, 2018 - Kathryn Phillips, M.A.

Strategies for Teaching and Managing Difficult Behaviors and Executive Functioning in Students (including Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Sensory Processing & Behavioral/Emotional Conditions)

Emotional regulation is an integral life skill and often times a deficit of students who have autism, Asperger's (ASD), executive dysfunction, sensory issues and ADHD. Melt downs, blowups, shut downs, and extreme reactions are all hallmarks of this complex issue, and are often misunderstood by those who work with these students. By addressing this topic in a proactive manner, oppositional behaviors, impulsivity, inflexible thinking, inattention hyperactivity and shut downs, defiance, anxiety can be dealt with effectively. Join Kathryn Phillips for this powerful seminar that provides dozens of practical strategies, resources, and lesson plans for managing difficult behaviors arising from emotional dysregulation. Evidenced-based practices that build on the concepts of Theory of Mind, Positive Behavior Supports, Applied Behavior Analysis and Trauma Informed Schools are utilized. Concrete explanations, effective and simple visuals, multi-media presentation and case examples make this workshop highly engaging and thought provoking.

Emotional regulation and executive function skills and integral life challenges for children who have sensory issues, ADHD, ASD, and executive function disorders. Common characteristics can include difficulty with task initiation, prioritization, completion, and the ability to think in an organized way to manage belongings, schedules and assignments. In this fast‑paced seminar, Kathryn Phillips will demonstrate how to recognize and assess the impact on behavior and learning and most importantly, give you a toolbox filled with practical strategies to help your students with executive function difficulties.

This is a practical strategies seminar! During this full day training you will learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop skills for self-regulation. Regular-education teachers (as well as special education teachers and support staff) will find the information presented invaluable. Strategies presented will allow regular education teachers to utilize approaches within their own classroom.

Come and learn practical strategies that will empower your student to succeed, while capitalizing on his/her strengths.

March 20, 2018 - Timothy Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP

Are You In the Zone? Social Communication, Enhancing Social Skills, & Academics for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, PDD-nos & More!

Ask any educator, having a student with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the classroom can present numerous challenges. This training will teach participants how to reframe their thinking in addressing students with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome (HFA/AS).
The first part of this conference will focus on social skills and the importance of social pragmatic communication for the student with autism. Individuals with this diagnosis possess inadequate social skills. Their ability to effectively engage and communicate is hampered by deficits that standardized tools often fail to target and many professionals have struggled to teach. This session will help participants to identify, develop goals, and learn to utilize interventions for those deficits related to social-interaction, social-communication, and social-emotional regulation, thereby allowing for more appropriate service delivery to those affected by High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s PDD-nos, and autism.

The second part of this conference will focus on high functioning autism and academics. Participants will learn a variety of behavioral supports designed to enhance the student’s ability to initiate work assignments, increase motivation, decrease distraction, compensate for gross and fine motor deficits, adapt the curriculum, modify academics, and increase cognitive processing. By employing these techniques educators will learn how to defuse power struggles in the academic environment and implement procedures that will benefit all.

Extensive recommendations designed for specialists and classroom teachers to help students succeed in the academic environment will be provided. Participants will take home numerous useful tools and creative ideas to use the very next day!

Conference Location
Double Tree- Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Blvd
(804) 379-0973

A courtesy block of rooms is available at the Double Tree Midlothian for $109 until February 25, 2018. Please refer to AEP Connections, when booking for group rate.

1)Graduate Credits: 1-3 credits offered through Marian University. Cost is $260/credit. Registration and payment for the credits will occur at the conference. A syllabus will be available at
2)ASHA CEUs- each program (day) is offered for .6 ASHA ceu’s each day for a total of 1.2 cue's for both days. (Intermediate level; professional area). Full attendance and a completed evaluation required for satisfactory completion of ASHA ceu’s
3)Certificate of Attendance: up to 12 clock hours available
4)NBCC: "AEP Connections, LLC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program." ACEP number: 6680
5)ASWB: “AEP Connections, LLC (# 1332) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AEP Connections, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (1/27/15-1/27/16). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours.” License #1332
6)IBCCES: International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Provider# CE143465 Registration and payment will occur at the conference (25% discount through AEP Connections).
7)AOTA: Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association for 6 contact hours (0.6 CEUs) for one day, 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) for both days. Intermediate level. Occupational Therapy Process: Assessment, Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

7:00 – 8:00 AM - Registration
8:00 – 9:30 AM - Behavior challenges, five key points; prevention, proactivity, and comorbidity
9:30 – 9:45 AM - Break
9:45 – 11:30 AM - Teaching the replacement behaviors; tips, tools and practical strategies
11:30 – 12:30 PM - Lunch-on your own
12:30 – 2:00 PM - Specific strategies for anxiety, impulsivity and anger
2:00 – 2:15 PM - Break
2:15 – 3:30 PM - Dealing effectively with meltdowns, blowups and after care

Speaker & Recommended Books:

Speaker Books -Day One:
* Assessing Behavior in Children: A Workbook for Solving Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings - $9.00
* Simple and Practical Applied Behavior Analysis for Classroom Teachers k-12 - $12.00
* Increasing Positive Learning Outcomes for Your Students with ADHD - $12.00
*Teaching Executive Function Skills - $12.00
*Practical Solutions for Challenging Students K-12 -$12.00
*Ideas that Work for Children with Sensory Integration Disorders and Their Difficult Behaviors -$12.00

All Day One Books - $65

Tim Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP
* Asperger Syndrome Explained (Tim Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP) - $45.00
* Are You In The Zone? (Tim Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP) - $10.00
* Me, Myself, and You Workbook (Tim Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP) - $15.00
* Understanding Emotions (Tim Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP) - $15.00
* Social Pragmatic Success for Asperger Syndrome and Other Related Disorders (Tim Kowalski, M.A., CCC-SLP) - $40.00

All Day Two Books - $115

***ALL SPEAKER BOOKS*** - $185.00

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AEP Connections, LLC
3524 N. Winterset Dr., Appleton, WI 54911 Phone: 920-224-4794
Fax: 920-482-1270

  One Day Conference Registration - March 19, 2018  $145.00
  One Day Conference Registration - March 20, 2018  $145.00
  Two Day Conference Registration - March 19 & 20, 2018  $195.00
  Option (4):"Assessing Behavior in Children: A Workbook for Solving Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings"  $9.00
  Option (5):"Simple and Practical Applied Behavior Analysis for Classroom Teachers k-12"   $12.00
  Option (6):"Increasing Positive Learning Outcomes for Your Students with ADHD"   $12.00
  Option (7):"Teaching Executive Function Skills"  $12.00
  Option (8):"Practical Solutions for Challenging Students K-12 "  $12.00
  Option (9):"Ideas that Work for Children with Sensory Integration Disorders and Their Difficult Behaviors "  $12.00
  Option (10): "Asperger Syndrome Explained "  $45.00
  Option (11): "Are You In the Zone?"  $10.00
  Option (12): "Me, Myself, and You Workbook"  $15.00
  Option (13): "Understanding Emotions"  $15.00
  Option (14): "Social Pragmatic Success for Asperger Syndrome and Other Related Disorders"  $40.00
  Option (15):All Speaker Books Day One   $65.00
  Option (16):All Speaker Books Day Two  $115.00
  Option (17):All Speaker Books Both Days  $175.00