CIRCA Colloquium Series 2020

A Secondary Prevention Model of Family-Centered PBS: The Low-“Down”

Date: November 17, 2020
Time: 10:30-12:00 PST
Presenter: Susan Fawcett, RSLP, Ph.D., Director of Therapy, Behaviour, and Family Support, Down Syndrome Resource Foundation

This presentation will summarize the results of research examining a secondary prevention, family-centered, positive behaviour support (FCPBS) program for parents of young children with Down syndrome, some of also had autism spectrum disorder. The session will describe the 14-week group parent training program and will also outline universal FCPBS strategies that are broadly applicable to families of young children with developmental disabilities who engage in mild-to-moderate problem behaviour. Techniques for facilitating group parent training sessions will also be discussed.

Zoom:  Passcode: 947146

“Best Things”: Parents Describe Their Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Over Time

Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 10:30-11:30 PST
Presenters: Katherine Cost, Ph.D., Research Associate, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; Anat Zaidman-Zait, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., Professor, University of British Columbia

This presentation will summarize the results of a study that examined parental perceptions of the character strengths of their children with autism from early childhood to age 11. Parental descriptions of the “best things” about their children were coded using the basic framework of the Values in Action Classification of Strengths. Results are congruent with a contemporary neurodiversity perspective that emphasizes strengths and resilience.

Zoom:  Passcode: 947146