Holiday Inn-Golden Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Full-day, Concurrent Courses
Developing Communication and Access Skills for Children Who Face Severe Physical and Multiple ChallengesBy Linda J. Burkhart, BS, Special Education, Technology Integration Specialist (Day one of this three day course)
School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management: Designing and Implementing Evidence-Based Positive Behavioral Support SystemsBy Howard M. Knoff, PhD, Director, Project ACHIEVE, Director, Arkansas Department of Education, State Improvement Grant, Little Rock, AR
The New Science of Learning: Brain Based Approaches to Literacy and Numeracy By Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, Northwestern University
A Year of Social Skills Activities and Games for Children with High Functioning Autism By Joel Shaul, LCSW, Autism Teaching Strategies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Visual learning in an Auditory WorldBy Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EdD, CCC-SLP, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Thursday, May 8, 2014 Full-day, Concurrent Courses
Developing Communication and Access Skills for Children Who Face Severe Physical and Multiple ChallengesBy Linda J. Burkhart, BS, Special Education, Technology Integration Specialist (Day two of this three day Course)
Teasing, Taunting, Bullying, Harassment, Hazing, and Fighting: Prevention, Strategic Intervention, and Crisis Management By Howard M. Knoff, Ph.D., Director, Project ACHIEVE, Director, Arkansas Department of Education-State Improvement Grant, Little Rock, AR
Auditory Processing Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders: interventions to Increase Academic SuccessBy Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, Northwestern University
Harnessing Fantasy and Fascination to Promote Social Skills learning in Children with High Functioning Autism By Joel Shaul, LCSW, Autism Teaching Strategies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Behavior and Language: “Behavior is Not Discipline”By Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EdD, CCC-SLP, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Friday, May 9, 2014 Full-day, Concurrent Courses
Developing Communication and Access Skills for Children Who Face Severe Physical and Multiple ChallengesBy Linda J. Burkhart, BS, Special Education, Technology Integration Specialist (Day three of this three day Course)
Disobedient, Disruptive, Defiant, and Disturbed Students: Behavioral Interventions for Challenging Students By Howard M. Knoff, Ph.D., Director, Project ACHIEVE, Director, Arkansas Department of Education-State Improvement Grant, Little Rock, AR
Moving on up to Executive Function By Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, Northwestern University
Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Principles into Classroom, Counseling and Speech therapy with Children on the Autism SpectrumBy Joel Shaul, LCSW, Autism Teaching Strategies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reading and Writing is a Language Learning ProcessBy Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EdD, CCC-SLP, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been a practicing clinician in the USA for 35 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and served on the medical staff of Evanston-Northwestern Hospital for over thirty years. Dr. Burns has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University. Dooby’s Rating Service selected her book on Right Hemisphere Dysfunction as one of the best health sciences books of the year. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test, Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by Pearson. Dr. Burns is currently serving as senior clinical specialist and Director of Professional Relations at Scientific Learning Corporation.
Dr. Burns is an engaging, dynamic and well-organized presenter who offers cutting-edge information that is essential to everyone who seeks to improve the lives of students by improving their ability to learn, and to learn to read. Her special talent is her ability to take complex information and present it in a meaningful and practical way, easily understandable by educators, clinicians and parents.
As well as speaking and presenting at many conferences and professional events in the USA, Dr Burns regularly speaks in many other countries around the world. She has been a keynote speaker at LearnFast Australia’s annual seminars and conferences since 2006.
Disclosure: Dr. Burns provides professional consultation to school districts and agencies and is employed by Northwestern University. There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.
Howard M. Knoff, PhD is the creator and Director of Project ACHIEVE. After 22 years as a university professor, he is now a full-time national consultant, author, and lecturer; and he has been the Director of the State Improvement/Personnel Development Grant for the Arkansas Department of Education—Special Education Unit for the past seven years. Formerly a Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) for 18 years and Director of its School Psychology Program for 12 years, Dr. Knoff was also the creator and Director of the Institute for School Reform.
As Director of Project ACHIEVE, a nationally-known school effectiveness/improvement program that has been designated a National Model Prevention Program by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Dr. Knoff has trained over 1,500 schools or school districts over a 25-year period. As Director of the Arkansas State Improvement/Personnel Development Grant (SIG/SPDG), he helps to oversee the primary SPDG goals of: statewide implementation of Project ACHIEVE’s Positive Behavioral Support System; literacy and mathematics interventions for at-risk, underachieving, and students with disabilities; Response-to-Intervention, and technical assistance to schools/districts in School Improvement status.
Dr. Knoff received his Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University in 1980, and has worked as a practitioner, consultant, licensed private psychologist, and university professor since 1978. Dr. Knoff is widely respected for his research and writing on school reform and organizational change, consultation and intervention processes, social skills and behavior management training, Response-to-Intervention, and professional issues. He has authored or co-authored 17 books, published over 75 articles and book chapters, and delivered over 1,000 papers and courses nationally—including his most recent book, School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management: A Positive Behavioral Support Implementation Guidefrom Corwin Press, the Stop & Think Social Skills Program (preschool through high school) from Cambium/ Sopris Learning, and the Stop & Think Parent Book: A Guide to Children’s Good Behavior from Project ACHIEVE Press. Disclosure: Dr. Knoff receives royalties from his books and published materials (Cambrium/Sopris Learning and Project ACHIEVE Press) and he owns Project ACHIEVE Press, Inc., an educational consulting company. There are no non-financial relationships to disclosure.
Linda Burkhart, BS, Special Education, is an internationally known pioneer in the field of simplified technology for children with severe challenges. She has developed numerous adapted switches and innovative strategies for using these devices with children. She is the author of a number of books and software titles on topics of assistive technology and augmentative communication. Linda was a classroom teacher for fifteen years. Then for eight years, she worked as an Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Specialist for the Center for Technology in Education - a joint project between the Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland State Department of Education. Currently, Linda works as a private consultant and technology integration specialist. Disclosure: Linda Burkhart has volunteered as a consultant at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) in Melbourne Australia. She also receives financial compensation from CPEC when PODD materials are sold during her PODD workshop.
Joel Shaul, LCSW is a psycho- therapist and consultant specializing in mental health services for children and teens on the autism spectrum. In his clinical work at The Watson Institute in Pittsburgh, he provides individual therapy, group therapy and social skills training in office, school and therapeutic camp settings. Joel conducts trainings nationwide on psycho-educational interventions for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is the creator of psycho-educational kits for children on the spectrum: The Green Zone, The Conversation Train, People Points, and The CBT Mind Traveler. He is the co-creator, with Rebecca Klaw, of Ryuu Cards and CD-ROMs, which are social skills products featuring autistic dragons. Joel is the founder of Autism Teaching Strategies, a company that produces psycho-educational tools. He received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville in 1986 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1979. Disclosure: Joel Shaul benefits financially from the sale of teaching materials produced by Ryuu Endeavors, Inc. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EdD, CCC- SLP, has been a speech-language pathologist, educator, and special educator for the past 42 years. She began working with children with autism in 1972. She is the author of five textbooks, numerous articles, chapters, and monographs, and has made 100’s of presentations in the area of learning and language. Dr. Arwood has often been referred to as “a lady before her time”, as she created numerous instructional ways of helping children and adults become productive academically and socially. For example, Dr. Arwood began using drawing with nonverbal students in 1971, developing it into drawn pictures, event-based pictures, cartoons and flowcharts. Today, these types of visual materials are frequently used with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. A professor at the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, in the School of Education, Dr. Arwood enjoys an international reputation in learning and language, especially as it relates to students with neurogenic disabilities. Disclosure: Author for Apricot, Inc., Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and Autism Asperger Publishing Company. She receives royalty payments for her publications and has ownership interest in Apricot, Inc. The University of Portland employs Dr. Arwood. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
A full conference program will be available this summer. Conference on-line registration and course details coming soon. Call Rehab Seminars at 360-369-6994 or email Vicki Dohrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.