Pilot Club will be sponsoring their second Autism Workshop at Barton Community College on Saturday, April 18, 2020 starting at 9:00 A.M. Our focus this year is Strategies for Children with Autism at Home and in the Classroom to teach educators, professionals and family members strategies to reduce anxiety and stress at home and in school for a child on the Autism Spectrum. Children with Autism exhibit higher levels of anxiety and stress particularly in social envoronments like school. Parents and professionas will learn how to recognize and understand the challenges children with Autism face. Skills on communication, language, sensory processing, attention span improvement and sharing through interactive play will be discussed as well as knowing what triggers aggressive and explosive behaviors in children with Autism and how to avert them.
Our keynote speaker is Beth Aune who is a pediatric occupational therapist & owner of Desert OT for Kids in California. She is co-author of Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom and Behavior Solutions in and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom. She loves working with children with special needs including Autism in their natural settings at school and providing ongoing information, support and strategies for teachers and paraeducators who work with these students on a daily basis. She believes that if a child has a behavior that is getting in the way of his learning…there is an explanation for that behavior…and there are practical solutions that can be easily and immediately implemented. Her two best tips for parents and teachers with special needs children is to celebrate and recognize his/her unique talents and gifts, rather than hyper-focus on “fixing” him/her. She suggests focusing on their strength areas and how they can be utilized as an assest to help with the weaker areas.
Jenni Halstead, RMTi consultant and RMTi intructor and occupational therapist assistant will return to demonstrate rhythmic movement applicable to children with Autism. RMT is a movement based, primitive reflex integration program that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure and self-awareness to rebuild the foundation necessary to help overcome learning, sensory, emotional and behavioral challenges for children and adults.
Lindy McDaniel, MS Ed works for S.T.A.R Support West Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative. She will address communication and social engagement skills. Lindy engages children in embedded learning opportunities and functional skills.
We will also have a panel of parents, some fathers and siblings who will talk about their experiences as a family member of a child with Autism. They will attempt to answer all your questions.