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Program Happenings and Fall 2020 Group Offerings


Welcome TAP friends! We here at TAP would like to take the time to acknowledge the major upheaval we are all experiencing in these turbulent times. As we all took to Zoom last spring, you so graciously adapted with us, making this summer a stellar time for both learning and sharing. If there is one thing we can claim to all have in common, we are facing uncharted territory. Remote learning? Masked and in school? Disrupted schedules? Home all day? These are tremendously difficult circumstances in any family. Add autism to the mix, and difficult takes on a whole new meaning. Please know that when formulating our fall offerings, we considered this. We hope that as you take a look at what we have accomplished and what we have planned, you will see that we are here to serve you and your needs. We hope you will find opportunities for social and educational growth, whether inside or outside of the classroom. We hope you will find a way to feel supported. Maybe uncharted territory is easier to navigate with others who are in the same boat.
About last summer...
Summer changes brought... summer changes, as we moved all of our activities to a virtual platform.

Zoom Social Groups
College Social Group
Social Thinking Group
PEERS Group


Zoom Executive Function Group
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12 middle school students and their parents learned about strategies to compensate for executive dysfunction

Professional Trainings
Classroom Strategies for Executive Functioning
- by Jeanne Kramer, SLPD CCC-SLP
- a 5-session weekly webinar that covered 10 domains of executive function, related behaviors, and context for implementing strategies in the classroom
- attended by over 60 teachers, administrators, social workers, ancillary school staff SLP's, and OT's

Social Thinking Training for Parents and Professionals- by Joan Gorsuch, M.Ed.
- a 2-session weekly webinar introducing practical applications of Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking (R) theory
- attended by over 20 teachers and parents
College Happenings
TAP has had the privilege of partnering with Microsoft on the Lighthouse Accessibility Initiative for the past two years, working with university students on improving job readiness skills. Over these two years, we have had approximately 15 students participate in social, executive function, and employment training. Covid hit right before three of our students were set to interview for potential internships at Research Park. Despite this setback, all three participated in a supported internship at TAP UIUC, gaining experience in preparing a group presentation as well as providing individual projects for our TAP resource room. Below, please find their individual projects. I know you will enjoy their work. We are so proud of them!

How to be Funny More Than Half of the Time- by, Eitan Margalit
https://uofi.box.com/s/i5xim0ac882gpc8efwxbofx9kxta5eyk

Famous Celebrities and Historical Figures with Autism- By Jake Ingledew
https://uofi.box.com/s/z0w2xz8r0e77elkblpwhbn4d5r3iwaez

Idea Book- by Eric Dobek
https://uofi.box.com/s/3bv0or4loxbvaeib0ls78bpojg5ivd61
Remote Learning Supports
Please see these resources to assist you in preparing your student for remote learning.

Social Thinking on Zoom- by Joan Gorsuch- WATCH THIS MINI-TUTORIAL ON USING SOCIAL THINKING TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON ZOOM
https://uofi.box.com/v/ZOOMsocialthinking.

Social Distancing Challenges: Tips to Help Kids at School- By The Understood Team- a great article on remote learning.

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/choosing-starting-school/back-to-school/social-distancing-challenges-tips?fbclid=IwAR2UTDGtQfwWmBJhK56xchc-bF0lNXzxqVF6pnW-2xSQRTz0VPRiQ65f670
Community Events

Remote Learning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Tips and Tricks to Make It Work!

Join us for a webinar on Sep 02, 2020 at 11:00 AM CDT.

Learn specialized strategies to engage students with ASD of all ages in remote learning opportunities. Use incentives, liked activities and topics, music, specialized vocabulary and physical objects to enhance engagement. Discover ways to make schoolwork activities manageable and meaningful. Enhance your communication with your child’s team so everyone can provide the best adaptations for your special learner!

Our presenter is Barbara T. Doyle MS; she is a nationally known author, teacher, trainer, keynote presenter and consultant. For almost 50 years, she has provided education and technical assistance to schools, families, universities and agencies. She is an engaging trainer, noted for her practical information delivered with humor and humanity. Barbara is a family member of nine people with disabilities, seven of whom have ASD. Her website is www.barbaradoyle.com

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Assistance for Families to Keep Children with Disabilities Living ...

Everyone Can Read

Join us for a webinar on Sep 09, 2020 at 11:00 AM CDT.

Reading is the MOST important academic skill. Even a small reading vocabulary can enhance the quality of life and participation of children and adults with ASD or other special learning differences. Discover why so many students have not learned how to read.
Remote learning provides extra opportunities to teach reading. Acquire new ways to begin to easily and effectively teach functional reading vocabulary to anyone while you are at home and doing remote learning activities.
Our presenter is:
Barbara T. Doyle MS is a nationally known author, teacher, trainer, keynote presenter and consultant. For almost 50 years, she has provided education and technical assistance to schools, families, universities and agencies. She is an engaging trainer, noted for her practical information delivered with humor and humanity. Barbara is a family member of nine people with disabilities, seven of whom have ASD. Her website is www.barbaradoyle.com

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Fall Groups
Drum roll, please...….
What you all have been waiting for!
 
As always, we are here to serve your needs and your feedback is greatly appreciated. Visit us at theautismprogram.illinois.edu to fill out a brief survey today!
 
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