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Fulfilling Potential Workshop series

The Fulfilling Potential workshops are a series of classes developed by Manitoba’s leading experts in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). To reach as many people as possible, this workshop series is offered in two different formats:

  • Classes for parents and caregivers of children currently receiving supports from St.Amant.
  • Classes for anyone else in the community who is interested in learning more about autism and effective support strategies

The series currently includes five topics and we will be adding additional topics in the coming months and years. All participants will receive a formal certificate of completion for the classes they attended.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behaviour Analysis

Participants are introduced to the common signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The goal in class 1 is for participants to have a better understanding of what life is like for kids with autism and to imagine how the symptoms of autism can influence the skills and knowledge that children develop as they grow up.

Understanding & Managing Challenging Behaviour 1

**This class is a prerequisite for Understanding & Managing Challenging Behaviour 2**

In this class, participants are introduced to a practical way of understanding challenging behaviour. Using the tools of Applied Behaviour Analysis, participants will be empowered to investigate the causes of challenging behaviour in the lives of the people they support. This class is an essential prerequisite for Challenging Behaviour 2, in which today's knowledge will be used to begin developing behaviour support plans.

Understanding & Managing Challenging Behaviour 2

**Participants must first complete Understanding & Managing Challenging Behaviour 1**

Challenging behaviour can be disruptive, it can be an impediment to learning important skills, and it can interfere with the development of meaningful relationships with peers. In the last class, participants were introduced to the behavioural interpretation of challenging behaviour, why it happens, and the elements in our environment that influence learning. Today we will use that knowledge to begin developing behaviour support plans of our own to help the people we care about to reach their fullest potential.

Effective Goals and Teaching Strategies

We are usually pretty good at identifying big-picture, long-term goals for the people we support (e.g. more independence, meaningful relationships, academic skills, etc.) It can be much more difficult; however, to establish a step-by-step process to reach those goals that takes into account the individual's strengths, preferences, and unique challenges. Today, effective teaching strategies will be introduced to help participants set goals, teach important skills, and remain optimistic about the future.

Potty Training Like a Pro

In this class, participants will learn to potty train like a pro! Readiness signs for toilet training are covered, and a behavioural plan to toilet training is explained.  Practical tips and discussion about common barriers met during toilet training are also a part of this interactive workshop.

Registration

  • To register or for more information, please email April Plett, Administrative Assistant at aplett@stamant.ca.