What's happening on the day
- Keynote Presentation by Pam and Teaghan Collins
- Mayday Youth Club Choir
- Keith Landherr, Sensory Intergration and ASD
- Dr. Glen Davies, ADHD and ASD
- Jessica Folk-Faber, Communication for children 0-5
- Resource and Information Booths
- Parent Panel
- This event is FREE, but registration is required.
**Continuing education certificates will NOT be available this year.**
Schedule of the Day:
9:00 - 9:30 Registration (marketplace, booths open)
9:30 - 9:45 Mayday Youth Choir
9:45 - 10:15 Keynote Speaker Pam and Teaghan Collins
10:15 - 10:30 Break (marketplace, booths open)
10:30 - 11:30 Keith Landherr, Sensory Integration and Autism
11:35 - 12:35 Breakout #1 - Dr. Glen Davies, ADHD and Autism
11:35 - 12:35 Breakout #2 - Jessica Folk-Farber Communication 0-5 years
12:35 - 1:15 Lunch (marketplace, booths open)
1:15 - 2:00 Parent Panel - Keeping a Balanced Life
Keynote by Pam and Teaghan Collins
Pam Collins is the very proud parent of two very different thinking young adult sons! She is also a Positive Behaviour Support Consultant/Parent Trainer for Reach Child and Youth Development Society. She is a recognized educational speaker for families and teaching staff of exceptional children. She is the co-founder of the Richmond Autism Interagency Committee - a group dedicated to increasing opportunities for people with autism to be accepted and celebrated in their communities.
Teaghan Collins is a 22 year old young man with autism who lives in Richmond, BC. He attended pre-school, primary and high school in Richmond. He delivers his local newspaper, works at the local community center as a youth leader with the 5-7year olds in out of school care. He has achieved many awards one of which was U-Roc award by The Richmond Community. He is currently attending Vancouver Community College in Baking and Food Preparation Program.
MayDay Club Youth Choir:
The Mayday Club Youth Choir for Neurodiversity is a professional children’s choir that was started in 2016 by a UBC student diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, as a means to combat the stigmas and isolation that individuals who are ‘different’ often encounter.
Keith Landherr M.A., OT Little Buddies Pediatric Therapy "Sensory Integration and Autism".
Keith is a graduate of New York Universities Occupational Therapy Program and has over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist. Keith has advanced training in Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, Neuro-Development Treatment, and is a certified DIR Floor Time Trainer. He received his feeding and swallowing training from Babies Hospital of New York City. He has presented to Child Development Centers in BC and New York City, and has provided lectures for ICDL's DIR Floor Time training program, New York City Development of Education, and Babies and Children's Hospital of New York, and as an adjunct professor of Occupational Therapy at New York University. Keith has training and experience in treating services and private occupational therapy clinics. Keith strives to provide family-centered treatment to children and families while honouring their unique histories and individual differences. Keith is currently a PHD student in the Fielding Graduate School for Infant and Child Development.
Dr. Glen Davies. ABLE Clinic "ADHD and Autism"
Dr. Davies attained his PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology in 1986 from the University of BC (UBC) although his experience in the field dates back to 1975. Through his academic years at Simon Fraser University and UBC he was awarded several research awards and fellowships, including the prestigious Killam Award. Dr. Davies has specialized in servicing children, youth and adults with disabilities. He was director of psychology at a large child development center in BC, and is now the director of ABLE Clinic. Since 1990 he has presented hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout BC on Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and many related topics in clinical child psychology. Dr. Davies was instrumental in bringing early intervention services for children with autism to BC. He served as an expert witness in the supreme court of BC for the landmark Auton case in which Madame Justice Allan ruled that early intensive behavioural intervention for autistic children was a medical necessary service and that governments had an obligation to provide these services. This ruling and sustained parental advocacy led to direct funding (in BC) for all children with autism in BC and comparable programs across Canada. Dr. Davies was awarded the 2002 humanitarian Commendation by the BC Psychological Association for his "tireless efforts on behalf of families and early autism treatment in BC". In addition to leading ABLE developmental Clinic, Dr. Davies is the co-director of Autism Integrated Medical Services(AIMS) at PAFN, maintains a busy clinical practice, trains and supervises graduate students, and serves as a professional advisor to several organizations for individuals with disabilities.
Jessica Folk-Farber SLP
Jessica Folk-Farber has been a speech-language pathologist since 2003, working primarily with young children throughout her career. She works part time at the Richmond Public Health Speech and Language program and also has a part time private practice. Jessica is certified to teach More Than Words-The Hanen Program for Parent of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication difficulties and talkability - The Hanen Program for Parents of Verbal Children on the Spectrum. She also gives workshops about autism to childcare providers. Jessica lives in Richmond with her husband and two children.
Market Place and Information Provider Participants to date:
Autism Community Training
Advantage Speech - www.advantageslp.com
Autism Information Services - www.autisminfo.gov.bc.ca
Arbour Consulting - www.arbourconsulting.com
Autism Society BC - www.autismbc.ca
Avia Employment - www.aviaemployment.ca
CBI Consultants - www.cbiconsultants.com
CLBC - www.communitylivingbc.ca
Family Centred Practice Group - www.fcpg.ca
Inquiry Adventures - www.inquiryadventures.com
Kwantley Polytechnic University - www.kpu.ca
Little Buddies Therapy - www.littelbuddiespeds.ca
MayDay Club Choir - www.maydayclub.ca
New Step Consulting - www.newstepconsultation.com
PAFN - www.pacificautismfamily.com
Pivot Point - www.pivotpoint.ca
PosABilities - www.laurelbc.ca
Richmond Autism Parent Support - www.rapsupport.org
Ready Relate Educate - www.readyrelate.ca
Richmond Center for Disability - www.rcdrichmond.org
Richmond Society for Community Living - www.rscl.org
Richmond Therapeutic Riding - www.richmondtherapeuticriding.com
Richmond School District
Special Olympics - www.specialolympics.bc.ca/local/sobc-richmond
Speech Meta Therapy - www.speechmeta.com
UBC Splash Kids - www.ubcsplashkids.ca
Usborne Books - www.usborneonline.ca/justducky/
Vancouver Coastal Health - www.vch.ca