Creating meaningful opportunities that enrich the lives of people with autism, their families and their communities.

Autism Services Inc.

The Autism Society WNY and Autism Services, Inc.
have decided to hold our fall workshop using a virtual platform instead
of an in-person event to ensure the health and safety of our attendees due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Registration is now closed.

Materials (i.e. registration links, handouts, etc.) will be e-mailed to attendees prior to the workshop.

Supporting Self-Care Skills During Stressful Times
Using a Sensory Perspective
Paula Aquilla, B. Sc., OT
Occupational Therapist

DATE: Saturday, October 17, 2020
TIME: 8:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.

Paula Aquilla loves her work as a mom, an Occupational Therapist, and as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and has practiced in a variety of clinical, home, and community settings since 1986.

Paula founded the Yes I Can! Nursery School and summer camps, and the I Love My Baby Program in Toronto. She was also the founding executive director of Giant Steps. Paula is now the director of Aquilla Occupational Therapy; a family-oriented practice that works with both children and adults with ASD. Paula is proud to serve her community in Toronto, and is passionate about collaborating with First Nations Communities across Canada. Paula has taught workshops about sensory processing and development in many countries and has been a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Humber College.

Paula is published in the field of as a co-author of Building Bridges through Sensory Integration (1998), and The Sensory Detective (2016), and is a contributor to the book Children, Youth, and Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Paula has also contributed to magazines and special interest newsletters in Canada, the US, and UK. She is the technical editor for the SI Focus Magazine. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and adults on the spectrum and their families.

When we view those with ASD from a sensory perspective, it helps us to understand potential underlying reasons for challenging behavior. Using this “sensory lens” you can understand how to better support function and regulation in those with ASD. Learn how the environment, our relationships and our activities support regulation during stressful times. This presentation will address sensory strategies which contribute to a calm, organized, nervous system that can actually thrive in today’s world.

Workshop will focus on:

  • What is sensory processing?
  • What is a sensory lens?
  • How does stress affect our nervous system?
  • What does the research say about the effects of stress?
  • How your environment, relationships, and activities can support the nervous system during stress?
  • How can you teach those with ASD to assess and self-regulate their own sensory status?
  • How to develop self-care skills in individuals with ASD and in the parents and professionals who support them?

This workshop will include ample time for discussion and questions.

It is applicable to caregivers of individuals of all ages, individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), SLPs, OTs/COTAs, PTs/PTAs teachers, administrators, mental health professionals, and any other professionals/paraprofessionals working with those with ASD.

The cost and CEU credit information are listed below:

Registration Category Price   Continuing Education Credits Available
Parent/Individual with ASD $10.00 per person   n/a
Speech-Language Pathologists
& Audiologists
$30.00 per person   .35 ASHA CEUs
OTs and COTAs $30.00 per person   3.0 NYS Continuing Competency Hour for OTs/OTAs. Please note that these hours may be used towards completing AOTA continuing competency requirements, but are not offered through an AOTA approved provider.
PTs and PTAs $30.00 per person   .3 NYS Approved PT Board CEUs
Other Professionals/ Paraprofessionals/Students $20.00 per person   No CEUs awarded

All SLP/OT/PT attendees obtaining continuing education credits will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Parents, other professionals and students will receive a Certificate of Attendance (NOT conferring CEUs) if requested prior to the event.

Download the Workshop Brochure