Alana Shields Barker has presented to and run workshops for parents, educators, service providers and people with autism, at the Geneva Centre for Autism, Kerry’s Place and Autism Ontario York Region. She has also given social skills classes for preteens and adolescents based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, Brenda Smith Myles and Dr. Peter Vermeulen. For information on upcoming presentations, please see our calendar (coming soon), or

email

alana@improvability.ca

 

This three-hour interactive presentation is an introduction to the principles and practice of Social Improv™.

Target Audience:

• Parents

• Providers

• Educators

• Autistics (HFA/Asperger’s Syndrome)

 

 

Social as a Second Language™

 

This 90-minute presentation explores how to strengthen Theory of Mind in those with Social Learning Gaps, using Social Improv™.

Target Audience:

• Parents

• Providers

• Educators

• Autistics (HFA/Asperger’s Syndrome)

 

 

That's My Idea!

 

This three-hour presentation explores the importance of enthusiasms in people with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome. In this presentation, participants are shown how to “think out of the box” to extend those topics into work and social opportunities. Part 1 introduces The Social Vocational Map™.

Target Audience:

• Parents

• Providers

• Educators

• Autistics (HFA/Asperger’s Syndrome)

 

 

From Special Interest to Life Skill, Part 1

 

Using the Social Vocational Map™, this presentation introduces the Transition Action Plan and teaches participants how to use it to track steps toward life and outcomes.

Target Audience:

• Parents

• Providers

• Educators

• Autistics (HFA/Asperger’s Syndrome)

 

 

From Special Interest to Life Skill, Part 2

 

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS©) is an evidence-based program originated at the UCLA Semel Institute. This program is designed for teens and their parents to take concurrently. An application process and pre-screening are part of the program, which runs weekly for 14 weeks. Alana is a certified PEERS© trainer.

 

 

PEERS©: Friendship Training for Teens (Ages 13-19)

 

This program is for children in elementary school who have difficulty making and/or keeping friends. Designed for children and their parents to take concurrently. An application process and pre-screening are part of the program, which runs weekly for 12 weeks.

 

 

Children’s Friendship Training© (Ages 7-12)

SOCIAL AS SECOND LANGUAGE

FROM SPECIAL INTEREST TO LIFE SKILL 1

FRIENDSHIP TRAINING FOR TEENS

THAT'S MY IDEA

FROM SPECIAL INTEREST TO LIFE SKILL 2

FRIENDSHIP TRAINING FOR CHILDREN