Our company, Stark & Watson, in cooperation with TalkTools are happy to welcome you to the two Workshops: “Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Using Tactile Therapy Techniques” and “Sensory Intervention Techniques for Speech-Language Pathologists” that will take place between 20th – 21st May 2017 in Athens, Greece.
Autism is a developmental disability that affects, often severely, a person’s ability to communicate and socially interact with others. According to recent statistics from Cure Autism Now, autism is believed to affect 1 in every 50 people and the rate is on the rise. The intensity of symptoms varies widely; however, all people on the spectrum display impairments in communication, social relationships and patterned behaviors. Due to high incidence of communication issues with the ASD population, Speech Pathologists are almost always part of a team of professionals who treat these individuals.
This course will look at the current methodologies and treatment techniques when working with children who present with Autism. Various methodologies will be outlined and discussed including Applied Behavioral Analysis, Verbal Behavior, DIR methods, Oral Placement Therapy and Biomedical Theories. Combining approaches allow therapists to assess children with ASD and implement a comprehensive tactile approach to therapy. Issues such as problematic behavior, food refusal and tactile sensitivities will be discussed.
The term Sensory Differences has recently been added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition (DSM-5) as a characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorders. However as Speech and Language Pathologists we see many individuals with different diagnosis that exhibit sensory differences which effect how they perform in therapy, school or their home setting.
An individual’s sensory system is the foundation in how they are able to interpret, process, and react in their environment. As Speech and Language Pathologists often times our education does not reflect the importance of addressing the sensory system. Addressing an individual’s sensory differences is an important component to a speech therapy session. Sensory differences affect every facet in an individual’s life from eating, articulation, language, social and academic skills to self-care skills and play.
This sensory course will allow therapists to evaluate their own sensory differences, which will give insight and perspective toward their clients. Understanding the importance of modulation, under responsive or over responsive actions in order to guide and create a successful therapy sessions. The importance of recognizing how a client may be processing information, understanding which strategies and evidence based practices to use will help the individual both in therapy and other environments such as school, work, church, home and play groups. The importance of working with an occupational therapist in treatment or consultation will be addressed.
Key Note Speaker
Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP has more than 14 years of professional experience specializing in helping children with special needs to communicate.
Monica is PROMPT and SOS trained, familiar with sign language, and well-versed in the use of augmentative devices. She is the owner of Kids Abilities Pediatric Therapy Clinic in Indianapolis, IN. In addition to her private practice, Monica is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau and has been invited to speak at numerous conventions and seminars across the U.S. and internationally.
She is a graduate of Ball State University.
The Workshop could be attended by Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Students and Parents/Relatives that would like to be informed more on the subject.
The participants will receive:
The Workshop will take place in Athens. The exact venue will be announced soon.
You can download the Announcement here.
You can download the Registration Form here.