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February 2020

The Invisible End of the Spectrum: Older Autistic Adults

Friday, February 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

When people hear the word “autism,” they often think of children and teens. Older adults on the spectrum are a very real, but little-understood, group. In this workshop, we will review what we know about this population, including recent findings from an international study of 150 people.

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March 2020

Trauma-Informed FBAs and BIPs: An Interdisciplinary Team Assessment & Intervention Approach

Friday, March 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trauma has a pervasive impact on a child’s development, often manifesting in challenging behaviors at school that interfere with his/her ability to learn. Assessing and planning effective interventions for students with a trauma history can be a difficult task for school-based BCBAs and social workers. This workshop will present a practical guide for conducting school-based Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Workshop participants will learn specific ways to expand on the core components of a FBA and ten evidence-based behavioral interventions for students with a trauma history. Ethical considerations and MA state initiatives will be integrated throughout the workshop. Specific case examples will be discussed and participants will have access to a “tool kit” and resources for practical implementation.  

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Behavioral and Therapeutic Tips and Tools from the Trenches for Teachers and Clinicians

Thursday, March 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Is your tool box empty or need a refresh? This co-facilitated workshop will provide behavioral and therapeutic tips and tools for professionals working with clients (young children-young adults) who may present with problem behaviors that interfere with their quality of life as learners and their ability to navigate their social world. This full day professional development opportunity has been designed in two parts. The co-presenters although differing in educational backgrounds and professional expertise cross over in both disciplines of behavioral…

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May 2020

Resilient Survivors: Strong at Broken Places

Wednesday, May 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The myth of “once damaged goods, always damaged goods” posits that a survivor of trauma is destined to continue patterns of abuse – against self or others. Quite to the contrary, most survivors go on to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Many, in fact, derive their greatest strengths in the very areas were they’ve been hurt the most, not only becoming strong, but “strong at the broken places.” This presentation will include a showing of the documentary short story “Strong…

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