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.
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.
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.
11:30-12:15 Parent Panel: Parent Perspectives: How to increase meaningful collaboration between home and school.
Leona Myburg, MiMi Johnson, and Aaron Bowman
1:00-4:00 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
Please, contact Dawn Stephens by August 1st if you need accommodations due to a disability at Dawn_Stephens@soesd.k12.or.us
Neuro-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.