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Webinar: How Islands of Brilliance uses interests to drive outcomes and engagement in a community practice setting
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM CDT
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How Islands of Brilliance uses interests to drive outcomes and engagement in a community practice setting

Course Description:  The under/unemployment rate for those with autism is over 80%! In this webinar you will hear about a non-profit in Milwaukee that leverages strengths and interests for youth and young adults with autism to drive outcomes related to the development of social emotional learning and self-determination skills. You will also hear how occupational therapy has contributed to the development of programming at Islands of Brilliance.  Using an occupation-based approach combined with coaching techniques and a learning model built on empowerment, Islands of Brilliance connects with students online in art and design workshops. Hear about our student successes and learn about strategies that you can employ in your own occupational therapy practice.


Learning Objectives: 

1. Understand how to leverage interests to maximize engagement in a learning or therapeutic environment

2. Identify key indicators of success for youth and young adults who have goals around transition to post-secondary environments like employment or school.

3. Identify how the mission and philosophies at IOB can inform engagement and success in any OT client base.


Amy Mason: As Director of Integrated Learning at Islands of Brilliance, Amy leverages her background as a school-based occupational therapist and university faculty member. Focused on the learner, she strives to make sure that all students who participate at Islands of Brilliance are self-directed, self-aware, and self-determined. Understanding the goals of students and helping them achieve those goals are where she begins her relationships with them. In her free time, Amy likes to ride her bike around Milwaukee, swim, and travel with her husband on their motorcycle.

 Margaret Fairbanks: Margaret has been a special education teacher for the past 10+ years after earning her Masters in Special Education from the University of Minnesota. She started her teaching career at Milwaukee College Prep, an urban charter school, where she supported the first student enrolled at MCP who lived with autism. She then moved on to Whitefish Bay High School, wearing the hat of Transition Coordinator and working in a self contained classroom. She now leads the IOB Education team as well as helping local schools as an autism consultant, writing blog posts, and working with families to navigate life supporting a person with autism. Her life as a special educator truly began when her son, Harry, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at the age of 3. That changed everything. She is now able to share her story to help others in the community who love and live with someone with autism. When she isn’t meeting with parents or leading workshops, Margaret loves to spend time with her family. Whether it be taking a long walk with their dog, Hobbes, or playing board games, as long as Mark, Charlie, and Harry are there all is good in the world.

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