Equity and Neuro-Affirming Perspectives in Education- Educators

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Equity and Neuro-Affirming Perspectives in Education: Supporting Autistic Students in The Educational Setting
This event will not be recorded.

Date: August 17, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: ZOOM
Fee: Free
Target Audience:  Morning: For educational professionals, community partners, and family members who support neurodivergent individuals
                                Afternoon: For educational professionals who support neurodivergent individuals

8:30-9:30 Keynote: Russell Lehmann - https://russl.co/
Bringing Visibility to Invisible Disabilities: Understanding What We Cannot See ––  

Russell Lehmann is an award-winning and internationally recognized thought leader, speaker, poet, and advocate contextualizing autism, mental health, disabilities, and the overall human condition.   
Bio link
Attendees will learn:
How to better interact, support, and accommodate individuals with invisible disabilities.
How to broaden their perspective on the human condition.
How to initiate dialogue/conversation surrounding emotionally painful and vulnerable topics.

9:45-11:15  Amy Laurent and Dr. Jacquelyn Fede  - Autism Level Up! website: https://www.autismlevelup.com
An allistic-autistic partnership with the goal of creating accessible resources and tools for the autistic community and helping the world to level up.
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11:30-12:15 Parent Panel: Parent Perspectives: How to increase meaningful collaboration between home and school.
Leona MyburgMiMi Johnson, and Aaron Bowman

12:15-1:00 Lunch

Breakout Sessions: 

Neuro-Affirming Social Cognition Strategies for Elementary Grade Students- SOESD team presenting 

Amy Szeliga, (She/Her): Considerations for Neuro-Affirming Practices and Gender-Inclusive Language


Rowan Hill-Walko, (She/Her/Hers): Social Cognition and Library/Resources

Lauren Stewart, (She/Her/Hers): Social Cognition Strategies

Darci Mason, (She/Her/Hers): Neuro-Affiming IEP Goal Writing

euro-affirming social skills for secondary grade students– peers program by Mara McLoughlin, MS, CCC-SLP and Debra Koutnik, M.D.
Title: IRL Social Skills: A Model That Works

Mara McLoughlin, MS, CCC-SLP:
Co-Presenter: Sabastian Rubino


Socially struggling teens and young adults face a decrease or even complete end to services once they enter middle school — right when the social demands of life increase.The interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual team at IRL Social Skills uses UCLA's PEERS program — a proven curriculum taught in 150 countries and 12 languages. A parent-mediated intervention, we teach both the struggling teen/young adult and their parents, so they can continue to support their child long after the 16-week course is over. We also add in nervous system education, mindfulness, and interoception skills — all fundamental to interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. Our interactive presentation will show you the benefits of learning the most vital skills anyone can learn: how to initiate, cultivate, and sustain relationships.

Please, contact Dawn Stephens by August 1st  if you need accommodations due to a disability at Dawn_Stephens@soesd.k12.or.us






Dawn Stephens

Session Information

Start: Thursday August 17th, 2023 at 08:30 am
End: Thursday August 17th, 2023 at 04:00 pm
PDUs: 6.00
Instructor: Russell Lehman; Amy Laurent; Parent panel; Mara McLoughlin; SOESD Staff
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