Joey Center Virtual Conference

Saturday, May 15, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Cost: FREE


Amy Allison, Vice President of Education and Advocacy for the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

Seminar Descriptions

Fostering Independence in Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Is your child prompt, praise, and reward dependent? Do you spend a significant amount of the day trying to find ways to motivate your child to stay on task, engage in non-preferred tasks, try new things or make transitions successfully? This seminar will highlight strategies for fostering independence and how to address and reduce challenging behavior. Attendees will also learn how to help their child learn to manage their emotions and self-regulate while developing coping strategies.

Setting the Stage for A Good Life!
Families that have a vision for the future and a plan for achieving that vision are more likely to accomplish their agreed upon goals. Learn how to create a vision statement and build a support team that will embrace and support your long term plan. The Charting the LifeCourse framework was developed to help individuals with disabilities and families at any age or stage of life develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find, or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. This session will help you organize your ideas, vision, and goals, as well as problem-solve, navigate, and advocate for supports.

Your Presenter: Amy Allison serves as the Vice President of Education and Advocacy for the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. Amy has a double bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Brigham Young University and began working in the field of developmental disabilities in 1995. She has provided support to thousands of families at all ages and stages across the lifespan and regularly consults with service providers, disability organizations and schools to help them implement best practices and increase positive outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities.