Colloquium Videos – 2020

November 18, 2020

A Secondary Prevention Model of Family-Centred PBS: The Low-“Down”

November 17, 2020 | 10:30 – 12:00 PST | Zoom 

This presentation will summarize the results of research examining a secondary prevention, family-centred, positive behaviour support (FCPBS) program for parents of young children with Down syndrome, some of also had autism spectrum disorder. The session will describe the 14-week group parent training program and will also outline universal FCPBS strategies that are broadly applicable to families of young children with developmental disabilities who engage in
mild-to-moderate problem behaviour. Techniques for facilitating group parent training sessions will also be discussed.

Presenters:

Susan Fawcett, RSLP, Ph.D., Director of Therapy, Behaviour, and Family Support, Down Syndrome Resource Foundation

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October 14, 2020

“Best Things”: Parents Describe Their Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Over Time

October 14, 2020 | 10:30 – 11:30 am | Zoom 

This presentation will summarize the results of a study that examined parental perceptions of the character strengths of their children with autism from early childhood to age 11. Parental descriptions of the “best things” about their children were coded using the basic framework of the Values in Action Classification of Strengths. Results are congruent with a contemporary neurodiversity perspective that emphasizes strengths and resilience.

Presenters:

Katherine Cost, Ph.D., Research Associate, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Anat Zaidman-Zait, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., Professor, University of British Columbia

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February 24, 2020

A Preliminary Evaluation of a Modified, School-Based Facing Your Fears Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anxiety

February 12, 2020 | 2:30 – 4:00 pm | Neville Scarfe Room 308A

With a high prevalence of anxiety among youth with autism spectrum disorder, researchers have noted that implementing effective treatments in real-world settings is a top priority. This presentation will describe the results of two related studies that examined an adaptation and delivery of the Facing Your Fears (FYF) intervention for anxiety in school settings.

Karen Kester is the Director of the Linking Autism to Fmailies

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January 27, 2020

Executive Function and Autism Spectrum Disorder Measurement, Context, and Implications for Daily Life

January 22, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | Neville Scarfe Room 308A

This session will include a brief overview of executive function (EF) in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, comparing the results of performance-based and parent-report studies. It will focus on a discussion of the relationships between EF, mental health, social competence, and adaptive functioning in this population.

Emily Gardiner is a Postdoctoral Fellow at BC Children’s Hospital.

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