PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY SURGERY CONFERENCE
AND FAMILY REUNION
JULY 5 - 8, 2017
HILTON ORLANDO • ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Surround yourself with people who get it, learn from experts, and form lifelong bonds. This year’s event will be held at the spectacular Hilton Orlando resort, with two temperature-controlled pools, lazy river, whirlpool, a winding water slide, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, an inexpensive trolley ride away from International Drive‘s shopping, attractions, and dining experiences, including SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, and a 7-mile shuttle ride away from DisneyWorld, Epcot, and other area attractions! For more information, including registration, see the General Information tab below.
Therasuit Method Intensive Program (sometimes called TMIP) is an intensive individualized therapy program that accelerates functional progress. The program uses the Therasuit® (a soft canvas suit with bungee-like cords attached) and the Universal Exercise Unit (“Spider Cage”) to allow the child to learn new & correct patterns of movement through strengthening and functional skills practice. The Therasuit Program is ideal for those looking to meet functional goals at an accelerated rate as compared to traditional therapy.This session introduces parents to TMIP and addresses how it can:
Speaking is how we communicate with those around us. It allows us to interact with other people and influence the world around us to get our needs met. But for many children, verbal speech is not an option. These children, often labeled as “non-verbal”, may have plenty that they want to communicate with us, but they are unable to speak the words. However, every child has the right to communicate and the fact that these children cannot speak should not take that right away from them.
For these children, there is another option. The term Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) describes any means of communication, aside from traditional speech, that allows someone to use language. This can include using pictures, gestures, sign language, visual aids, or speech-output devices like computers.
This session will show you exactly how to try some of these techniques to help a non-verbal child learn to communicate.
Every adult is assumed to be capable of making his or her own decisions unless a court determines otherwise. If an adult is incapable of making responsible decisions due to a cognitive disability, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker, often called a "guardian," but in some states called a "conservator" or other term. Guardianship is a legal relationship between a competent adult (the "guardian") and a person who because of incapacity is no longer able to take care of his or her own affairs (the "ward").
This session will introduce attendees to how guardianship or conservatorship is attained for an adult with cognitive disabilities.
The relationship of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with epilepsy is well known. This session will emphasize early diagnosis of ASD, before it is ASD, and how to recognize the early features of social cognition and the importance of early intervention in epilepsy from a neurodevelopment perspective.
Most of us do not follow a visual schedule for our time at home. However, individuals with special needs often have greater difficulties coping with unstructured time than neurotypical people and benefit from increased structure in their lives. The advantages to using a visual schedule with individuals with special needs include:
Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
This session will introduce attendees to the principles of ABA therapy, as well as provide them with techniques to provide address challenging behaviors.