8/25/11: Autism Workshop for Educators and Para-Educators

The registration deadline for this event was August 1.  Registration is now closed, and registrations will be not be available at the door.  If you already have registered for the event and have questions or need to change your registration details, please contact The Birchtree Center at 603-433-4192.

Agenda & Schedule

8:15-8:45  Check-In & Coffee

8:45-10:00  Welcome & Panel Discussion
Supporting individuals with autism in an educational setting requires collaboration between home & school.  Understanding the unique experiences of families living with autism helps educators develop effective partnerships with families to help students succeed.  A panel of parents who have children with autism in public & private schools will discuss their experiences accessing special education services & identifying the necessary supports to develop an effective & collaborative educational program for their child.
10:15-11:30 Morning Breakout Sessions (choose one):

A. Accommodations & Modifications to Support Students with ASD (K. Johnson & S. McKenna) Explore accommodations & modifications geared toward helping students with autism participate more effectively in specialized programming during their school day.   Learn strategies for facilitating access to the general education curriculum and teaching independent living skills while addressing cognitive, communication, medical, sensory & behavioral barriers.

  B. Behavioral Approaches to Teaching Language (E. Conlan) Learn techniques to help students with autism who have lower-level communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, use of PECS, sign language and use of augmentative devices) and who need direct training to learn new words or communicate without prompting.   Discuss behavioral approaches to increasing natural learning opportunities for teaching language.   Learn to apply Natural Environment Teaching (NET), to understand assessments that help determine what communication skills to target & the order in which to begin instruction, and to understand techniques & tools to use throughout the school setting.

  C. Social Skills Interventions (S. Pierce-Jordan) Simply providing social opportunities for students with ASD does not result in sufficient development of social skills.  Some students will learn & perform social skills only if provided direct, systematic instruction, numerous opportunities to practice skills, and consistent, effective positive reinforcement to make it “worthwhile.”  Hear suggestions for implementing social skills interventions and incorporating social-skills training within an educational setting for students with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Disorder.  

11:30-12:30 Lunch (included with registration fee) 

12:30-1:45 Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions (choose one):

C. Social Skills Interventions See above.

 D. Data-based Programming in the Classroom (K. Al Jenaibi) Get an overview of strategies to track & evaluate student progress accurately & objectively.  Learn to use various data collection techniques that capture IEP objectives accurately for both behavioral & academic programming.  Discuss practical solutions to making data collection work in the classroom setting.

E. Addressing Challenging Behaviors (S. Morin & R. Walsh) Get an overview of behavior management strategies, including the use of preventative techniques & positive intervention plans that address the function of a student’s challenging behaviors. Learn to identify patterns of disruptive behavior & discuss strategies for managing students’ behavior at school using function-based interventions.

2:00-3:15 Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions (choose one):

D. Data-based Programming in the Classroom See above.

 E. Addressing Challenging Behaviors See above. 

 F. Developing a Meaningful IEP (S. Fagen) This workshop is geared towards professionals who develop and monitor students’ IEPs.  Review the key components required in an IEP and learn how to develop a good plan that reflects the student’s strengths & weaknesses based on assessment results. Hear guidance for developing measurable goals & objectives, tips for monitoring a student’s progress across targeted skill areas, and how to clearly document necessary supports that reflect the student’s unique learning profile. 

3:15-3:30 Question & Answer Forum

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