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Structured Programming for Children and Youth with Autism/Complex Needs (based on TEACCH)
Presented by: Heather Linski
Monday, October 07, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Balmoral Bible Chapel 2700 55 St., Red Deer , AB
About the Session:

The initial content provided in the 2 day intensive workshop will function as the foundation for this multi-disciplinary, TEACCH based programming:

Day 1

The Culture of Autism

  • the Autism iceberg
  • complex needs
  • supports across the lifespan

Physical Structure and the Environment

  • planning for structured supports
  • assessments

Daily Visual Schedules

  • functions..."But my child knows what to do"
  • introduction to Behaviour Management using schedules

Day 2

Daily Visual Schedules: Behaviour Management continued

Work/Activity Systems introduction

  • function: independence goals
  • behaviour management using Work/Activity Systems

Work Systems: Task Baskets (as we all know them)

  • how to set up
  • creating your own
  • implementation
  • exemplars/case studies--across a variety of ages, abilities and settings
  • how to access....don't leave them too long!
  • what's next?

Activity Systems: going beyond the walls....

  • leisure
  • life skills
  • a job?
  • how to....


About the Presenter(s):
Heather Linski

Heather Linski has been a K-12 educator for over 25 years;  the past 15 working with complex children and youth. She was the resource teacher for a District Behaviour program, and a District  Low Incidence program, as well as teaching in a program for Young Offenders.  Most recently she was the Principal of Horizon School, a District Office Coordinator for Autism/Low Incidence and a sessional EA instructor at Red Deer College.  Heather holds a B.A. (Psych), B. Ed, and M. Ed (Special Ed.) with a focus in Autism. She has had advanced training at University of North Carolina TEACCH centers, and has implemented school and home-based autism programs for pre-schoolers to adults on the spectrum.  In addition, Heather is a certified Trainer for  the internationally acclaimed;  Studio III-Low Arousal Autism/Behaviour Management  program and a certified Neufeld Institute Instructor. Heather currently lives in Red Deer with her husband, and 2 daughters.

Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 7 FULL days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide seven FULL days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. CARC also reserves the right to cancel an event within the 7 calendar days due to unforeseen circumstances such as facility closures, terrorist threats, natural disasters or extreme inclement weather (-35 C or colder). Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

Registration Deadline: October 07, 2019
Cost: $150.00
Focus(es): Inclusive Education
Grade Level(s): K-12
Audience: Administration, Teachers, Educational Assistants Parents, FSCD staff, Community Support Workers Speech Language, Occupational Therapy Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration
Special Notes: This 2 day workshop is a prerequisite for subsequent sessions in this series.