Temple Grandin


Dr. Temple Grandin has served as inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique presentation, Temple eloquently and candidly describes the challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Temple shares her valuable insights on a wide variety of topics, and offers useful do’s and don’ts.

By attending, participants can:

- Modify the learning environment to accommodate sensory challenges
- Recognize and accommodate neurological differences in home or classroom setting
- Distinguish between voluntary behaviors and involuntary behaviors
- Responsibly utilize alternative and/or conventional medicine
- Assist individuals develop their talents into career path
- And more!

Sue Mitchell

Promoting Independence: Strategies for Developing Self-Help Skills

Children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs often experience difficulty in learning basic self-help skills such as dressing, feeding, toileting, and hygiene tasks such as washing hands, bathing and brushing teeth. These challenges can affect their independence at home, school and in the community.

This presentation will provide greater understanding of factors that affect a child’s development of self help skills and importantly will provide a thought process for how to assist children to develop these skills. Videos and examples will be used to present a variety of practical strategies to help the child achieve greater independence. Strategies including use of visual, sensory and regulation supports, appropriate levels of prompting, backward and forward chaining approaches and planning using a CO-OP approach will be discussed.

- Identify factors that impact the development of self-help skills.
- Utilize strategies that are a good fit for the child’s needs.
- Provide intervention that is sensitive to the priorities of the family in the context of the child’s daily routines at home, in school and in the community.