Addressing Everyday Challenges of Autism

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from Thursday, May 15, 2014
to Friday, May 16, 2014

ALBANY, NY - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Capital Region BOCES, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road

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With millions of children already diagnosed with autism, and tens of thousands being diagnosed every year, parents and teachers need real help…..and they need it NOW!

Addressing the varied needs of a child with autism can be overwhelming for parents and teachers, often leaving them with more questions than answers: Which skills do I teach?  When do I teach them?  How do I teach them?

This two-day training will help teachers and parents by zeroing in on the core deficits that define the diagnosis:  functional communication, social skills, and problem behavior. The presenter will demonstrate, through extensive use of video case studies, how basic behavioral principles can be applied effectively across settings and people to address everyday challenges to improve the  quality of life for children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.

Specifically, participants will learn about practical strategies that can help them to:

  • Establish rapport with unwilling learners
  • Expand a child’s interests and activities
  • Utilize criterion-referenced assessment to target developmentally-appropriate IEP goals
  • Teach functional communication skills to vocal and non-vocal children
  • Engage children in meaningful social situations with their peers
  • Expand language repertoires during individual and group natural environment teaching (NET) activities
  • Utilize research-based teaching procedures to establish and maintain instructional control during discrete trial training (DTT)
  • Implement reinforcement-based approaches that reduce problem behavior
  • Develop effective schedules that maximize learning opportunities and eliminate down-time