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Autism

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UW ECHO in Autism provides ongoing support for educators and other professionals working with students with Autism by providing professional development and specific program planning for students.

Network participants include school administrators, general and special education teachers and paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers, including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Autism is a collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, weekly, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
via Zoom video conferencing technology.


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Learning Topics - Fall 2017

September 19

Strengths and Challenges of Kids with Autism: General Ed and Resource Settings
Discussion will cover common strengths and challenges across language/communication, social interaction and behavior, executive function, academic learning, and motor skills, and their impact in the classroom (interaction with peers, academic performance, work completion, classroom disruption, behavior challenges).

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

September 26

Common Strengths and Challenges: Individuals with ASD who Require High Structured Environments and Intensive Supports
Session will focus on the pervasive problems in behavior, communication and socialization for individuals on the autism spectrum who require highly structured environments as well as intensive supports.

Presenter:
Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA - Autism/Behavior Specialist

October 3

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for the Classroom: Practical Magic, Part 1
: Part 1 will focus on preventing student behavior escalation by (1) eliminating adult behaviors that trigger it and (2) teaching adult replacement behaviors that increase student compliance.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

October 10

Components of Effective Behavior Management: Practical Classroom Strategies, Part 2
Part 2 will focus on (1) quick and effective consequences for non-compliance and (2) increasing behavior management consistency across settings and staff.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

October 17

Components of Effective Behavior Management: Practical Classroom Strategies, Part 3
Part 3 will focus on improving the effectiveness of positive reinforcement by (1) eliminating common errors in its implementation and (2) adding vital components that increase its impact.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

October 24

Intensive Behavior Supports in a Highly Structured Setting
Discussion will focus on specific intervention approaches in regards to antecedent based strategies to prevent behavior, teaching replacement behaviors, and responses for when target behaviors occur. Specific ideas for intervening with individuals with ASD who have intensive obsessive behaviors, aggression, and SIB will be offered.

Presenter:
Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA - Autism/Behavior Specialist

October 31

Behavior Supports for Students in Resource and General Education Setting, Part 4
Part 4 will focus on teaching rules, routines, and procedures as critical components in preventing problem behaviors. Many examples for special ed and general ed settings will be provided.

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

November 7

Interventions for Other Mental Health Issues – Based on Coping Cats Model (Facing your Fears)

Presenter:
Judy Reaven, Ph.D., University of Colorado

November 14

Using the Autism Classification System of Functioning for Social Communicating
(ACSF:SC): Moving beyond "high,” “low”, “mild,” “moderate,” and “severe” labels.

Discussion will focus on learning about the social communication tool ACSF:SC and considering how your autism team might use it.

Presenter:
Briano Di Rezze, Ph.D., OT, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University

November 21

No Session

November 28

Communication Strategies for Individuals Performing at ACSF:SC Level V
Communication partners may have difficulty engaging students who exhibition this Level V communication. This session will describe some strategies to identify communicative behaviors and support multiple methods of communication

Presenter:
Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, PhD, MS, MA, CCC-A/SLP

December 5

Communication Strategies for Individuals Performing at ACSF:SC Level III or IV
Students may not consistently initiate or respond to social communication. This session will describe strategies to increase social communication with a student's familiar communication partners.

Presenter:
Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, PhD, MS, MA, CCC-A/SLP

December 12

Communication Strategies for Individuals Performing at ACSF:SC Level I or II
Although students may initiate social communication with with familiar and unfamiliar communication partners, students may have difficulty in discussing topics that are not their preferred interests and/or have difficulty repairing communication breakdowns.

Presenter:
Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, PhD, MS, MA, CCC-A/SLP

December 19 - January 2

No Sessions

January 9

Teaching Strategies/Discrete Trial
DTT is the most common ABA- based treatment approach for children with ASD. In the DTT approach, students are provided with many repeated opportunities (called learning trials) to practice specific skills and receive direct feedback from an instructor.

Presenter:
Staci Horsley, M.Ed., BCBA - Autism/Behavior Specialist


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