Each year, AARC invites a nationally recognized speaker to share their message in at least two rural Alaskan locations. In 2019, AARC is excited to welcome Dr. Brenda Smith Myles to Alaska!
Brenda Smith Myles truly stands out as a powerful autism educator. She has a talent for taking complex information and breaking it down in a way that is easily understandable to all. She is personable and able to connect with her audiences on a meaningful level. This ability leaves her session attendees with new autism-related information, and ideas for how to apply this knowledge in an impactful way in their homes, classrooms, and communities.
Brenda Smith Myles is a superstar in the world of autism education. Brenda has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world! She has been the recipient of the Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome (GRASP) Divine Neurotypical Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Autism Champion, and two-time recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award.
This year, we are also thrilled to announce that each of her presentations will be available to all Alaskans via live, interactive video-stream online via BlueJeans!
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Community organizations that would like to connect via room system are welcome to do so! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-301-7372 for connection instructions.
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Additionally, Dr. Smith Myles will be presenting at the pre-conference for the Alaska Statewide Education Conference (ASSEC) February 23 & 24, 2019. This two-day pre-conference costs $60 through January 26th, and $70 after January 26th. AARC is sponsoring participants who attend Dr. Smith Myles' pre-conference presentation; regular rates are $120/$140! Register on the ASSEC website today to take advantage of this great value!
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"Critical Mass, Purposeful Practice and Autism: Creating Independent Learners"
Teach a skill from start to finish! Promote independence! Help individuals with ASD learn independently! Most individuals with ASD are taught skills only to a certain point. For example, an individual may learn to read a calendar of assignments and check it the night before; however, he is not totally independent on this task because he has not learned that you often need to check your calendar more often than one night before an activity, such as a test. As adults, they may be taught to pay bills and pay them on a timely basis when an invoice is provided. However, what if there is no invoice — such as with rent. These challenges are directly related to a lack of success in independent living, employment, and social interactions. How do we change this trajectory? This presentation focuses on describing the factors that lead to critical mass for those on the spectrum when providing instruction and supports. Critical mass, in this regard, is the point where an individual has gained enough information to apply it to situations, activities or skills in which instruction has not been provided. Learn easy-to-use strategies that can help individuals with ASD to move about their world as independently as possible, making informed decisions about their wants and needs. Teaching to critical mass will help learners to be successful with tasks they have been taught to do, but will also help them to be successful with activities on which they have not received instruction.
At the end of the presentations, attendees will be able to:
Define critical mass and its importance to life success for individuals with ASD.
Understand the neurology of ASD that supports the need for instruction to critical mass.
Describe the strategies that lead to critical mass for individuals with ASD.