March 10, 2016 

Susan Stokes, M.A., CCC-SLP, Educational Autism Consultant

Morning Session:

Just Relax! Understanding the Self-Regulation Needs and Subsequent Strategies for Success for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Individuals with ASD can present with varying degrees of stress and anxiety, generally related to the neurological features and characteristics of ASD. A critical life‐skill that can significantly impact future success is the ability to self‐regulate; particularly to self‐calm, relax, and refocus when stressed or anxious. This ability is not inherently present in individuals with ASD, thus necessitating direct instruction when calm to learn life‐skills for self‐regulation. This fast‐paced session will help participants understand the self‐regulation difficulties experienced by students with ASD. Numerous strategies to teach students with ASD how to recognize and understand emotional states in self and others – a foundation skill for development of self‐regulation ‐ will be explored.  Participants will leave this training with resources for curriculums, programs and strategies to teach students with ASD how to recognize signs of increased anxiety and subsequent strategies for relaxation and stress management.

Afternoon Session:

Extreme Make-over School Edition! Practical Strategies for Modifying the Educational Environment to Increase Understanding and Decrease Challenging Behaviors for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

School environments can be confusing, over-whelming, and fearful for students with autism spectrum disorder. This fast-paced training will show numerous, practical, easy to implement strategies for immediate use to modify the educational environment to increase student understanding of environmental expectations, and task expectations within various school environments. Use of these strategies has shown to decrease the occurrence of challenging behaviors in students with autism spectrum disorder, by increasing their comprehension and understanding of various school environments. Positive student behavioral change will be fostered through curriculum and environmental accommodations and modifications by implementing the instructional strategies shared in this training.

Come and learn practical strategies for school and home that will empower your student or child to succeed, while capitalizing on his/her strengths.

 Learner Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify potential sources of stress and anxiety in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Participants will learn an optimal framework to teach individuals with ASD self-regulation skills.
  • Participants will learn resources for teaching self-regulation / relaxation through various curriculums, programs and intervention strategies.
  • Participants will develop an understanding of the unique learning and processing styles of students with ASD.
  • Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of using evidence-based practices for students with ASD, particularly as PBIS to address challenging behaviors.
  • Participants will be able to describe how to engineer the physical environment by providing physical and visual structure to increase comprehension and understanding for students with ASD.
  • Participants will learn how to implement evidence-based practices to increase student understanding of task expectations within various school environments.


  • $135  Early Bird Rates Until February 12, 2016
  • $155  Rate After February 12, 2016.

Register by credit card, purchase order or check.

Location (MAP)

Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Dr., Little Rock 72208, 501-490-1000

A courtesy block of rooms is available  for $99 plus tax.  Reference PEAK Conference Group when calling 


  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM       Check-in & Registration
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Speaker
  • 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM       Break
  • 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM     Speaker
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   Lunch is included
  • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM     Speaker
  • 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM       Break
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM       Speaker