The Helix School Presents:

Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Friday, April 27, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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Four Points by Sheraton
1010 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

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Marjorie McMorris or     Tel: 415-569-5062

About Dr. Barry Prizant

Dr. Barry Prizant is recognized as one of the leading scholars in autism spectrum disorders and communication disabilities, with more than 40 years of experience as a researcher and international consultant for individuals with autism and related disabilities. He is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, an Adjunct Professor at Brown University, and Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Formerly, he was a Professor of Communication Disorders at Emerson College and Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Brown University Medical School. Publications include four books, 130 chapters and articles and The SCERTS Model manuals, an educational approach now being implemented in more than a dozen countries.

Barry has presented more than 800 seminars and keynote addresses internationally, and has developed, and for 20 years, has co-facilitated an annual retreat weekend for parents of family members on the autism spectrum. He was an invited featured speaker for World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations in 2013 and 2017. Barry has received many honors including the 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA’s highest honor), 2005 Princeton University-Eden Career Award in autism, and the 2013 Divine Neurotypical Award of GRASP (Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership). His new book is Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (Simon & Schuster, 2015), is the recipient of the 2017 “Dr. Temple Grandin Award for the Outstanding Literary Work of the Year” of the Autism Society of America. 


About The Helix School

The Helix School is a non-profit school located in Mill Valley, California.  We provide educational and social-emotional interventions for children in the mild to moderate autism spectrum.  We are a dynamic, balanced, integrated curriculum in a relationship-based environment tailored to each individual’s developmental level, sensory processing differences and emotional-regulatory needs.  We are small, well-staff, and flexible.

Our teaching strategies are based on naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions, with an emphasis on pivotal response training. Different curricula and programs are integrated into the school depending on the needs of the student. Helix provides effective programming for children with ASD by staying current with best practices in education and clinical research.

We value a collaborative relationship with parents, caregivers, and other professionals to provide a caring and consistent environment across school and home. Our priorities are to respect, appreciate, and encourage each child’s strengths, while providing support and structure to improve attention, self-regulation, language, focus, and life skills.

Our mission is to prepare children on the autism spectrum for a fulfilling future though dynamic relationship-based interdisciplinary education.

We are thrilled to be hosting Dr. Barry Prizant, a true leader in communication disabilities and in autism spectrum disorders.

Registration Information

Registration for both Days:  $350

Registration for Day One: $195

Registration for Day Two: $195

We have a limited number of space that we are making available to students at a discounted rate of $85.  Please email a copy of your student ID to: Marjorie McMorris at



Two-day Workshop on

SCERTS & Uniquely Human:

A Different way of

seeing Autism. 

Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is recognized as one of the leading scholars in autism spectrum disorders and communication disabilities. We are pleased to host Barry for a two-day conference in Marin. This workshop is for teachers, SLPs, parents/caregivers and anyone who works with children with autism or with learning differences.

Workshop Participants Learning Objectives:

This presentation will provide an introduction to the SCERTS Model, a comprehensive evidence-based framework for prioritizing goals and implementing practices that focus on the core challenges in ASD: Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Supports for children with Autism and related social-communicative disabilities and their families.  The SCERTS model is a flexible and individualized approach that is 1) grounded within a developmental framework, 2) focused on learning functional skills in every-day activities, 3) based on the unique learning style of persons with autism, and 4) team-based, allowing for interdisciplinary practice and collaboration with family members.  It is not an exclusive approach, in that it provides a framework in which practices from other approaches may be integrated.

Day One

Participants will be able to identify 3 behavioral patterns in ASD that have been inaccurately identify as “deviant” rather than “unique”

 Participants will be able to apply three ways to help “de-pathologize” autism

 Participants will apply strategies to support students and parents in school and at home.

Day Two

Participants will be able to identify critical developmental underpinnings for the domains of SCERTS Model, and curriculum components of the model.

Participants will learn about the SCERTS curriculum, focusing on Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports.

Participants will be able to identify individual intervention goals, objectives and strategies for: (a) Preverbal children (social partner), (b) Children with emerging language and/or who produce echolalia (language partner), (c) Children with more sophisticated language abilities (conversational partner)

Workshop Agenda - Day One

8:30am – 9:00am Registration – Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 12:00pm Uniquely Human: A different way of seeing autism. In this presentation, myths surrounding 1) behaviors observed in autism, 2) the view of autism as a tragedy and 3) the belief that autism is only experienced by the individual with the ASD diagnosis will be challenged, and a paradigm-shifting perspective will be offered. 

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm – 4:00pm The presentation will conclude with a summary of evidence that leads to a compelling new way of understanding and living with autism, by honoring the uniqueness of each individual, by building on interests and strengths and by providing a range of appropriate supports.  Specific educational/treatment implications will be presented that challenge approaches that focus on “fixing” people with autism and that measure progress primarily on the basis of eliminating symptoms.

4:30pm – 6:00pm Cocktail hour & book signing: Uniquely Human: A different way of seeing autism

Workshop Agenda - Day Two

8:30am – 9:00am  Registration – Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 12:00pm The SCERTS Model – An overview of the SCERTS components

12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm – 4:00pm Developing individualized intervention goals and strategies for children at preverbal and verbal states of communication in: (1) Social Communication - preverbal, emerging language, language levels; (2) Emotional Regulation - interactional and environmental considerations; (3) Transactional Support - use of visual support, positive behavioral support, inclusion challenges/issues/strategies.

CEU Credits: This two-day workshop offers CEU credits.


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Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Four Points by Sheraton located at 1010 Northgate Drive in San Rafael. The group rate is $169 per night. Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently at 12.2%. There are two different room options available, traditional king and double queen.

To register for a room please click here. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-325-3535.  Callers should ask for "The Helix School" room block.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton - 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael

Extended Stay America - 1775 Francisco Blvd, San Rafael

Marin Lodge - 1735 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael

Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn - 215 Alameda del Prado, Novato

Marinwood Inn & Suites - 275 Alameda del Prado, Novato

Inn Marin Hotel - 250 Entrada Drive, Novato

Courtyard by Marriott Novato - 1400 Hamilton Parkway, Novato