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  1. Uniquely Human: A Different Way to See Autism and Create Pathways to Success

    June 03, 2016 8:30 AM

    Child playing with blocksAutism Spectrum Disorders are often portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulty interacting socially, problems in communicating and speaking, sensory challenges and repetitive movements. This "deficit-checklist" perspective leads to therapies that too often focus on ridding an individual of "autistic" symptoms. Dr. Prizant will share a compelling paradigm shift: the most successful approaches to autism don't aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual's experience and what underlies the behavior. Instead of classifying "autistic" behaviors as a signs of pathology, Dr. Prizant will examine them as part of a range of strategies to deal with a world that feels chaotic, overwhelming and frightening. In a similar manner, parental reactions are often misunderstood and labeled from a perspective that does not respect and appreciate the family experience. Myths surrounding parental reactions and the notion that autism is nothing more than a "tragedy" will be challenged as we strive to develop a more balanced "Uniquely Human" perspective in understanding autism and the family experience.

    Dr. Prizant will also discuss strategies for achieving greater success in collaborating with families such as: implementing family-centered practice principles, developing trust with parents, learning to listen and communicate with parents and providing innovative supports that make a difference in the life of the family. The afternoon will be spent in small group breakout discussions followed by a large group discussion.

    Learning Objectives:

    At the end of this session, learners will be able to:

    • Describe stereotypes and misunderstandings of the behavior of people with autism (ASD) and understand how to get beyond them with a more accurate, evidence-based view.
    • Identify the experiences and respond to the concerns of parents of children with ASD in order to build collaborative and trusting relationships.
    • Apply a “Uniquely Human” perspective to people with ASD to help modify and improve practices, and to help providers and service agencies be more responsive to the needs of people with autism and their families.

    Target Audience: Physicians, psychologists, pediatricians, behavioral specialists, family members, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other providers working with people with autism spectrum disorders.

    Schedule

    Friday, May 3, 2016
    • 8:30 am - 9:00 am: Sign In (Coffee and Breakfast)
    • 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Introductions: Jennifer McLaren, M.D. and Elizabeth Humphreys, Ph.D.
    • 9:15 am - 10:30 am: Lecturer Barry Prizant, Ph.D. CCC-SLP (1 hour 15 minutes)
      Uniquely Human: A Different Way to See Autism
    • 10:30 am - 10:45 am: Break (15 minute Break)
    • 10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Lecturer: Barry Prizant Ph.D. CCC-SLP (1 hour 15 minutes)
      The Essential Elements of Family-Professional Collaboration
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch (1 hour)
    • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Small Groups (1 hour and 15 minutes)
    • 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Break (15 minutes)
    • 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Small Groups (1 hour and 15 minutes)

    Accreditation:

    The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of -----AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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    Street: 29 Commerce Drive
    City: Bedford
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  2. Webinar: Apps to Support Individuals Who Experience Neurobehavioral Disabilities

    September 17, 2013 15:30 PM

    Apps to Support Neurobehavioral DisabilitiesMillions of individuals experience various symptoms associated with neurobehavioral disabilities like Tourette syndrome, executive dysfunction, OCD, ADHD, and mood disorders. Challenges that arise because of these disabilities can be addressed by hundreds of iPad or iPhone apps. Participants in this webinar will learn about apps that assist in: prompting or remembering to perform important tasks; self-regulation; reducing anxiety or depression; task transitioning; time management and organization; increasing focus, attention, and task completion; and helping to reduce cognitive fatigue associated with reading, writing, or task sequencing.

    Sponsored by Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH).

    Who Should Attend:

    Educators, paraeducators, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, family therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, assistive technology specialists, parents, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

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  3. NH Leadership Series Annual Reunion Gala & Fundraiser

    April 12, 2013 19:00 PM

    Please join us for the 2013 NH Leadership Reunion Gala and Fundraiser on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 7pm-10pm at the Yard Restaurant in Manchester, NH. Join us to reconnect with alumni, meet sponsors and the 2013 class, and enjoy an evening to support the Leadership Series.

    *JUST ANNOUNCED: New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will be in attendance from 7pm–7:30pm in support of the evening’s activities and to offer brief remarks. Governor Hassan is a 1991 Leadership Series graduate and was the inaugural recipient of the Brianna Dillon Leadership Medal.

    Those in attendance can expect plenty of hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a large silent auction, raffles, the third annual Brianna Dillon Leadership Medal presentation, and inspirational stories from Leadership graduates. In addition to several generous gift baskets and gift cards, fundraising items include: 

    • Kindle Fire
    • Bruins tickets
    • A week's stay in the Shenandoah Valley in October 2013
    • Handmade items including a large quilt and jewelry
    • A 50" LCD HDTV
    • Keurig coffee maker
    • Original artwork
    • And much more!

    We are still seeking donations for the silent auction! We count on your support to secure the year-to-year funding for the Leadership Series. Please consider contributing goods, services, or gift cards. For more information and to arrange a donation, call 603.228.2084 or email the Leadership team.

    If you would like to volunteer at the event, contact Beth Dixon at 603.228.2084 or via email.

    Hope to see you there!

    The NH Leadership Series is an innovative annual training program that provides participants with state-of-the-art information and strategies to effectively impact organizations and policies on issues related to disabilities. For more information, visit the Leadership website.

    Street: 1211 South Mammoth Road
    City: Manchester
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  4. When Behavior Gets in the Way: Creating Caring Schools and Communities

    July 29, 2013 8:00 AM

     
    Street: 700 Elm Street
    City: Manchester
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  5. Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics

    November 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    Registration for this event is now closed. Due to security regulations at U.S. Capitol buildings, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

    However, you may access this event online live, free of charge:

    Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics - Live Webcast
    Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 9am–3pm EST

    • AM Session: Compendium Release Briefing – 9am–11:30am
    • Lunch – 11:30am–1:00pm (During lunch there will be a break in the live webcast—broadcast resumes at 1pm)
    • PM Session: Research-to-Policy Roundtable – 1pm–3pm

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    You are cordially invited to attend the release of the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and the Second Annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC. Both events will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-G50.

    The Compendium Release Briefing*, held from 9:00–11:30am, will include a briefing and a one-hour workshop on the sources and uses of disability statistics. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier. It will prove invaluable to your work.

    The Research-to-Policy Roundtable, scheduled from 1:00–3:00pm, will provide an opportunity for disability advocates, policymakers and researchers to discuss ways that research can assist policymakers in developing programs, policies, and legislation that support people with disabilities.

    Lunch (optional) will be provided free of charge for all participants.

    *For individuals who cannot attend the Compendium Release Briefing in person, this session will be available live via webcast. Individuals who register to attend online will receive more information and a link to the public webcast a week prior to the event. In addition to the live webcast, the video will be archived and available for viewing a later date.

    Presented by Kessler Foundation in partnership with the Institute on Disability / UCED at the University of New Hampshire.

    The StatsRRTC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research under cooperative agreement H133B080012, from 2008 - 2013. The information developed by the StatsRRTC does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government (Edgar, 75.620 (b)).

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  6. NH Leadership Series Annual Reunion Gala & Fundraiser

    April 13, 2012 19:00 PM

    This year's NH Leadership Reunion Gala and Fundraiser is Friday, April 13, 2012 from 7pm-10pm at the Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, NH. Please use the link to the right to RSVP in order to reconnect with alumni, meet sponsors and the 2012 class, and enjoy an evening to support NH Leadership.

    Those in attendance can expect plenty of hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a large silent auction, the second annual presentation of the Brianna Dillon Leadership Medal, and inspirational stories from around New Hampshire. In addition to several generous gift baskets, auction items include:

    • Vacations including a weekend at the Attitash Grand Summit
    • A pair of Red Sox and Patriots tickets
    • Kindle Fire
    • Flat screen HD Television
    • Art from a Portsmouth Gallery valued at $800
    • And much more!

    If you would like to be an event volunteer, please contact Beth Dixon by phone at 603.228.2084 or by email.

    Hope to see you there!

    The NH Leadership Series is an innovative annual training program that provides participants with state-of-the-art information and strategies to effectively impact organizations and policies on issues related to disabilities. For more information, visit the Leadership website.

    Street: 295 Ocean Boulevard
    City: Hampton
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  7. Webinar: iPad 201

    April 03, 2012 15:30 PM

    iPad 201For iPad users with disabilities, supportive accessories, adaptations, and resources exist in abundance and are easy to incorporate into everyday use. Using a combination of short video clips, photos, and an extensive resource list, this 90-minute live webinar will help individuals select the appropriate apps, accessories, and adaptations. This session will also demonstrate how to make an iPad stand, how to adapt a stylus, several ways to mount an iPad, and ways to protect an iPad. Accessory examples will focus on specific functional limitations, including supports for low vision, hearing, grip, and communication issues. Finally, this webinar will discuss creative uses for the iPad’s accessibility features and built-in apps.


    Who Should Attend:

    Educators, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, transition coordinators, and related service providers.

    Sponsored by Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH)

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  8. Apps for Autism: Behavior Tracking and Video Modeling

    March 19, 2012 16:00 PM

    iPad Learning SeriesBehavior regulation and skill development can be challenging for individuals with autism. A number of techniques, including video modeling, have been proven to increase skills and support positive participation and social connections. This workshop will demonstrate iPad and iPhone apps used for behavior tracking, skill tracking, and video modeling. All participants will have access to an iPad during this session. 

    Series Description:
    Since its release, the iPad has been an important tool in achieving educational success for all students, especially students with disabilities. Its accessibility, reasonable cost, and plethora of available applications make it an incredible resource for both students and teachers. This series will address the basics of operating an iPad as well as how to:

    • Teach with an iPad.
    • Manage iPads in a school.
    • Use applications (apps) for specific disabilities and activities.

    Workshops are limited to 25 registrants.


    Who Should Attend:

    General education teachers, special education teachers, speech pathologists, paraprofessionals, and others are encouraged to attend.

    Sponsored by ATinNH.

    Street: 56 Old Suncook Road
    City: Concord
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  9. Apps for Autism: Social Stories and Visual Schedules

    March 05, 2012 16:00 PM

    iPad Learning SeriesHow can we enhance comprehension of language and social situations and promote independence in activities and transitions for students with autism and other related disabilities? Get visual! This hands-on workshop will review apps for creating social stories and schedules. Participants will learn practical guidelines for these tools and which apps can provide visual supports to meet individual needs. All participants will have access to an iPad during this session. 

    Series Description:
    Since its release, the iPad has been an important tool in achieving educational success for all students, especially students with disabilities. Its accessibility, reasonable cost, and plethora of available applications make it an incredible resource for both students and teachers. This series will address the basics of operating an iPad as well as how to:

    • Teach with an iPad.
    • Manage iPads in a school.
    • Use applications (apps) for specific disabilities and activities.

    Workshops are limited to 25 registrants.


    Who Should Attend:

    General education teachers, special education teachers, speech pathologists, paraprofessionals, and others are encouraged to attend.

    Sponsored by ATinNH.

    Street: 56 Old Suncook Road
    City: Concord
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
  10. Eureka! I’ve Got it!: Demonstrating Science Skills Using the NH Alternate Science Learning Progressions

    December 12, 2011 16:00 PM

    Instruction and Assessment for Alternate LearnersThis workshop will focus on understanding and using the Alternate Science Learning Progressions to support critical-thinking skills and scientific process skill development in instruction and assessment for students with disabilities. Participants will review resources from the NH Department of Education, learn to use the Learning Progressions as a developmental pathway for achieving scientific knowledge and process skills, and explore a variety of ways that students can demonstrate scientific skills while maintaining authorship.

    Series Description
    The recently released New Hampshire Alternate Assessment Learning Progressions (NH-ALPs) present an amazing opportunity for both teachers and students to focus on the most important Grade Level Expectations necessary to become proficient in a content area. This series will take an in-depth look at each of the four content areas assessed by the NH-ALPs: Reading, Mathematics, Writing, and Science. In addition, these workshops will focus on how using the Learning Progressions can support IEP development, instruction that connects to the general education curriculum, and assessment for students who have a variety of sensory profiles, levels of communication, and learning styles.


    Who Should Attend:

    General education teachers, special education teachers, speech pathologists, and others putting together Alternate Assessment portfolios are encouraged to attend.

    Street: 56 Old Suncook Road
    City: Concord
    Country: USA
    State: New Hampshire
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