Pre-Congress Academy Workshop – International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

rhonda fleming diet

Rhonda fleming diet

Full Day Workshops
09:30 – 16:30

Workshop 1
Co-operative Research – Exchanging knowledge with self-advocates and their allies
Presenters: Alice Schippers and Paula Sterkenburg

Through the experiences of inclusive research teams (with people with and without ID/DD) we aim to focus this workshop on the most important issues in conducting inclusive research with a mixed group of people. The workshop aims at knowledge transfer and exchange with all stakeholders involved (mix of researchers, co-researchers, persons with disabilities and others who are interested) in inclusive research and the application in future research and research agendas

Workshop 2
Demonstration of the Parenting Interaction Model (with the Parenting SIRG)
Presenters: Maurice Feldman and Marjorie Aunos

It has been over 15 years that the Parenting Interaction Model (Feldman, 2002) was first published describing impediments and supports to successful parenting and leading the way to supporting researchers and clinicians to a formal model of parenting assessment variables and processes for parents with ID
Drs Feldman and Aunos would like to facilitate an evidence-informed discussion (roundtable/workshop format) about updating parenting capacity models with elements of different variables (impediments and supports) that have since been shown to be associated with parenting or been associated with key variables as illustrated in the parenting interactional model.

Researchers and practitioners from several countries who have conducted research on some or all of the model variables will be invited to participate in this workshop. Their contributions have been essential to the growing of the field of parenting by persons with IDD and we are hoping to integrate their conclusions into to a revised, updated model that will move the field forward.

Workshop 3
Conversation Analysis: a tool to improve engagement of people with intellectual disabilities and prevent Disabling Communication Patterns
Presenters: Deborah Chinn, Chris Walton and Thomas Doukas

A great deal of research on communication with people with intellectual disabilities focuses on their perceived communicative deficits. Alternatively, from time to time people with intellectual disabilities are asked to comment on how others (for instance medical staff or care workers) communicate with them. There are concerns voiced by people with intellectual disabilities (‘doctors use words we don’t understand’) and recommendations that are often vague and hard to implement (‘check the understanding of your patients with intellectual disabilities’).

Conversation analysis (CA) takes a very different approach to understanding communication involving people with intellectual disabilities. CA research with people with intellectual disability show that even people with considerable impairments use linguistic resources skillfully. The workshop will cover Introduction to theory, method and existing research (am) and Application of CA to data analysis and development of interventions (pm).

Workshop 4
Demonstration of Adapted Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder who display challenging and/or offending behaviours
Presenters: Joseph Sakdalan, Sabine Visser and Yvonne Maxwell

There is a paucity of therapeutic strategies that can be utilised with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have challenging or offending behaviours. The use of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which is strength-based and habilitative in its approach, has expanded to populations with personality disorders, substance misuse, mental health issues and offending issues. This workshop will focus on providing the participants knowledge and skills on the use of DBT coping skills with their work with clients with ASD who have difficulties with emotion regulation, distress tolerance, cognitive rigidity and sensory issues.

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