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Jed Baker chosen for ASCEND’s Annual Fall Conference! Early Bird Registration Now Open! 

Jed Baker, Ph.D., is the director of the Social Skills Training Project,
an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems.

Title: All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges
Friday, 11/6/15 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
Williamson Caterers
500 Blair Mill Rd, Horsham, PA 19044

About Dr. Jed Baker: Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of six books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior, and No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

About the Workshop: Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers.

Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.

To view our flyer and print downloadable form, please click here.(Early bird registration is now in effect and after 10/6/2015 prices increase by $25) 

Pennsylvania Psychological Association Members can obtain a discount of 15% off Conference Fees. Please email info@ascendgroup.org with your PPA ID number to obtain the discount code.

To receive a discount for this conference as well our other membership benefits, join now!

ASCEND Speaker Meetings: 

Aspergers and Self-Advocacy
Presenters: ASCEND Board Members Karen Myers & Robert Schmus, MSW
Thursday, 9/10/15, 7:00PM-8:30PM
Cornerstone Fellowship Church 
101 Kylies Ln. Coatesville, PA 19320

Karen and Robert joined the ASCEND board of directors this year and have much to share about growing up on the spectrum, including what they see as their strengths and challenges and how an official diagnosis can be a benefit. They will also cover a variety of topics such as hyper-focus, sensory issues, bullying, anxiety and the myth of “lack of empathy.” Karen and Robert hope to provide encouragement to families by discussing the many positives that can come with this neurological difference as well as the challenges and the various coping skills that have helped them. Karen will also bring attention to females on the spectrum, including how they present differently than males and are often "missed" or misdiagnosed. Robert will highlight the services that have been helpful to him. Karen and Robert’s talk will be followed by a Q&A period. 
Ideal for individuals aged 18 and up, with ASD and the families and professionals who support them.
Click here to view full flyer including bios on our speakers.
ASCEND Members attend free! Non-members: $5
Please register here


Family Strengths: Practical Strategies for Building Relationships to Grow and Learn

Presenter:  Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD (Click here for bio)
Date & Time: 10/1/15 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
2910 Jolly Road Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Description:  Families come together for healthy and meaningful purposes. The
modern family is challenged by life's realities even under the best of circumstances.
Sometimes unforeseen challenges occur, such as having a child with special needs.  Establishing and growing a perspective of family strengths lay the foundation for negotiating the inevitable ups and downs, as well as individual issues, such as sleeping, eating, aggression, and social development.

Please register here.
Price for Non-members: $5.00
ASCEND members attend our speaker meetings for free. 
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ASCEND is a community of
people in the Greater Philadelphia
area who are concerned about the
many ways that Asperger Syndrome
and other autism spectrum disorders
affect children and adults and their
families in the home, at school
and in every area of
their lives.

By working together, we raise public awareness about Asperger Syndrome
and related disorders, advocate for
improved education and services,
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