Ottawa, ON – April 16 & 17, 2018



Shaw Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Learn practical skills that can be immediately implemented into existing curriculum and training programs, at home or in school!

Monday, April 16

Scott Bellini

Building Social Relationships through Evidence Based Social Skills Programming for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tuesday, April 17

Brenda Smith Myles

Critical Mass, Purposeful Practice and ASD: Creating Independent Learners

Conference Description

Monday, April 16

Scott Bellini

Building Social Relationships through Evidence Based Social Skills Programming for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The workshop will provide an overview of the Building Social Relationships (BSR) program, a social skills instructional model developed by Dr. Bellini. The workshop integrates research on social-emotional functioning with effective strategies for teaching social skills to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The BSR program provides a systematic and comprehensive framework to guide parents and practitioners in the development and implementation of social skills programming.

Learning Objectives for Participants

• Increase knowledge of social and emotional functioning
• Increase awareness of the relationship between social skill deficits and social anxiety
• Develop skills necessary to assess social functioning
• Increase awareness of skill acquisition versus performance deficits
• Increase awareness of evidence based social skill strategies
• Develop skills necessary to implement social skills strategies

Scott Bellini, PhD is the Director of the Social Skills Research Clinic (SSRC), a university based center specializing in developing and empirically examining the outcomes of social skill interventions for youth with ASD. He is also the Program Director for the School Psychology program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and an endorsed Health Services Provider in Psychology. He is currently conducting research on social skill interventions, including video modeling for youth with ASD. He has published numerous research manuscripts and has provided consultation and training to families and professionals in over 35 states on the topic of social skills programming for students with ASD. He is the author of the book, Building Social Relationships, which was named the Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America.

Tuesday, April 17

Brenda Smith Myles

Critical Mass, Purposeful Practice and ASD: Creating Independent Learners

Most individuals with ASD and other related disorders are taught skills only to a certain point. For example, an individual may learn to read a calendar of assignments and check it the night before; however, he is not totally independent on this task because he has not learned that you often need to check your calendar more often than one night before an activity, such as a test.

As adults, people on the spectrum may be taught to pay bills and pay them on a timely basis when an invoice is provided. However, what if there is no invoice — such as with rent. These challenges are directly related to a lack of success in independent living, employment, and social interactions. How do we change this trajectory?

We can help individuals reach critical mass. Think of critical mass as beyond generalization — über generalization, if you will. It is the point where an individual has gained enough information to apply it to situations, activities or skills in which instruction has not been provided.

This presentation focuses on describing the factors that lead to critical mass for those on the spectrum or other related disorders when providing instruction and supports. Learn easy-to-use strategies that can help individuals with ASD to move about their world as independently as possible, making informed decisions about their wants and needs.
Teaching to critical mass will help learners to be successful not only with tasks they have been taught to do, but will also help them to be successful with activities on which they have not received instruction.

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Define critical mass and its importance to life success for individuals with ASD.
2. Understand the neurology of ASD that supports the need for instruction to critical mass.
3. Describe the strategies that lead to critical mass for individuals with ASD.

Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., Brenda has made over 1000 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. She has served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee, was on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s Strategic Planning Consortium, and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has also worked with the National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and served as Project Director for the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Teachers (TARGET).

Dr. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE), College Internship Program, Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation Network, and ASTEP – Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Monday, April 16

Registration 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Opening Remarks 8:30 am – 8:45 am
Scott Bellini
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Refreshment Break 10:15 am – 10:30 am
Scott Bellini 10:30 am – 11:45 pm
Lunch on Own 11:45 pm – 1:00 pm
Scott Bellini 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Refreshment Break 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Scott Bellini 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Tuesday, April 17

Registration 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Opening Remarks 8:45 am – 9:00 am
Brenda Smith Myles
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Refreshment Break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Brenda Smith Myles 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch on Own 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Brenda Smith Myles 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Refreshment Break 2:30 pm – 2:45pm
Brenda Smith Myles 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm




Professional Rates

BEFORE March 30, 2018 AFTER March 30, 2018
2 Days
$315.00 + $40.95 HST = $355.95 $345.00 + $44.85 HST = $389.85
1 Day Only $240.00 + $31.20 HST = $271.20 $270.00 + $35.10 HST = $305.10

Parent/Para-Professional Rates

BEFORE March 30, 2018 AFTER March 30, 2018
2 Days $275.00 + $35.75 HST = $310.75 $305.00 + $39.65 HST = $344.65
1 Day Only
$165.00 + $21.45 HST = $186.45 $195.00 + $25.35 HST = $220.35

Registration Includes

Sessions, session materials, refreshment breaks. If you do not receive a confirmation 7 business days prior to the conference please contact Autism Awareness Centre. Registrations received after the deadline may not be sent a confirmation before the conference.

General Information

Conference Location

Shaw Convention Centre
55 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9J2

Hotel Suggestions

Lord Elgin Hotel – 100 Elgin St.
Phone: (613) 235-3333 or 1-800-267-4298

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Ottawa – 350 Dalhousie St.
Phone: (613) 241-1000 or 1-800-341-2210

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa – 130 Besserer St.
Phone: (613) 232-2000 or 1-866-682-0879

Certificates of Course Completion

Delegates will receive a certificate of course completion for 6 hours of training for each day of the conference.

Dress Code

Dress is business casual. Delegates are reminded that the room may be chilly at times and are encouraged to wear a sweater.

Meals, Refreshment Breaks

Delegates are on their own for lunch. Refreshment breaks will be served in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and received prior to March 22, 2018. There will be a $50 administration fee applied to all cancellations until March 22, 2018. No refunds will be given after March 22, 2018.


The parking nearest to Shaw Centre is a 2-storey underground facility providing 730 spaces. It is a fully-staffed facility with two entrances located on Daly Avenue and Nicholas Street South. The three exits are located on Nicholas Street South. Entry points to both the Shaw Centre and the Rideau Centre shopping complex are located on both levels on the north and west walls. There are four handicap spaces per level located on the north wall near the Rideau Centre entrances.

The parking is a fully-automated multi-level facility. There is an ambassador patrolling the pay stations and entry and exit points on a 24-hour basis.

Impark accepts the following payment methods:

• Visa
• MasterCard
• Cash

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The Autism Awareness Centre Bookstore will be open throughout the conference.



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