The Robin Gavin Symposium for Parents and Professionals is a workshop intended for anyone interested or concerned with the care and well-being of children with special needs. The content focus is on children, but it can be adapted to young adults and adults. The cost of the workshop is $25.00 ($40.00 total when two parents attend) and includes continental breakfast and a box lunch. You may also receive 5 C.E. hours towards E.I. credentialing. Please R.S.V.P. by October 31, 2005.
The Symposium will take place at Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd., 3105 N Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 (located between Dundee and Rand Roads, Wilke is the frontage road east of route 53).
The schedule for the November 5, 3005, event includes two outstanding programs and training opportunities presented by Barbara T. Doyle, M.S.:
Schedule for the Day, Saturday, November 5, 2005, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.:
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration, Welcome and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 noon “Creating Lifetime Plans"
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. “Teaching Ten Important Goals to People with Special Needs of All Ages”
"Creating Lifetime Plans"
A Lifetime Plan is a process through which everyone who is committed to being a part of the life of a person with special needs comes together to create a vision for the person’s future. When everyone agrees on the best possible life that can be envisioned for a person, it becomes easier to work in harmony with each other. It becomes easier for families to explain to others what is important to them. Teams can then choose and implement goals and strategies that are most likely to result in the acquisition of the skills needed to live a successful life, as described in the plan.
"Teaching Ten Important Goals to People with Special Needs of All Ages"
Staff and families often struggle in an effort to choose the most important and relevant behavior and skills to teach people with disabilities. This presentation takes a positive and proactive approach to prioritizing goals when working with people with disabilities of all ages. The information can help teams commit to building more positive and targeted lifelong skills and behavior. It helps parents work actively as full team members to address their fears, concerns and hopes for their child's future and ensure a more positive, safe, acceptable and accepting outcome for every person.
Call 847-255-8690 for additional information.
Barbara T. Doyle, M.S. is a Clinical Consultant who specializes in enhancing the learning and communication of people with disabilities. Ms. Doyle has focused her attention on special populations (autism, deafness, deafblindness) and has developed special and effective approaches to learning, teaching and communicating. She consults to schools, agencies and other entities interested in improving services to people with autism related disorders. She is an engaging trainer who is noted for her practical and “ready to apply” information. Barbara has Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education, with a focus on deaf and hard of hearing children. Interested in adult learning, she earned a Master of Science degree in Business Management in 1991, focusing on Human Resource Development issues and the challenges of teaching adults. Barbara is an adjunct faculty member of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, Division of Developmental Disabilities. She provides support to clinic clients with autism spectrum disorders and helps teach medical students about patients with autism.
Barbara is a founding member of the board of directors of the Illinois Assistive Technology Project, a federally funded program designed to disseminate information about assistive technology to the citizens of Illinois. Barbara is the co-author of ASD from A to Z, a comprehensive, two-volume autism manual for staff and families. This book was written with Barbara’ sister, Emily Iland, who is the parent of a son with an autism spectrum disorder. Volume one was published by Future Horizons in 2004. Barbara is a family member of three people with disabilities and is fluent in sign language. She enjoys traveling and teaching when not at home in Springfield, Illinois.