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New PEPSA Training Events!

A Land We Can Share - Literacy for Students with ASD

Presented by Paula Kluth, Ph.D.
Hosted by UF-Jacksonville CARD
February 15, 2018
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During this workshop, participants will learn strategies for including and supporting students with autism and related needs in reading, writing, and listening activities. Dr. Kluth will illustrate how teachers can respond to communication, sensory, movement, and learning differences during literacy lessons in their inclusive classrooms. Many teacher-tested ideas will be shared, including integrating fascinations (e.g., trains, American Idol, roller coasters, WWII) into lessons, using social media as a teaching tool, designing peer supports, and creating regular opportunities to practice communication and social skills in the context of standards-based instruction. This workshop will be interactive, practical, and appealing to general and special educators, therapists, and administrators. Filled with classroom stories, information, video clips, and interactive exercises, this workshop is designed to provide both a new understanding of autism and some tips you can try immediately in the classroom.

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PEERS® For Professionals

Presented by Tammy Dasher, M.A., BCBA
Hosted by FSU CARD
February 16, 2018
Panama City, FL
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The PEERS® Curriculum for School-Based Professionals is a social skills training curriculum for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Created by Elizabeth Laugeson in 2014, the curriculum provides lessons to help students develop and maintain friendships. This presentation will provide an overview of the research that supports this system of teaching social skills, a guide to the components of the lessons, and tips for successfully incorporating the curriculum into the classroom. Participants will also be encouraged to begin planning their own implementation of the curriculum with time available for questions and troubleshooting.

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Engineering is Everywhere

Presented by Tyler Ley, Ph.D.
Hosted by UF- Jacksonville CARD
February 22, 2018
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Dr. Ley intends this training to be used to supplement the elementary science and math curriculum and to highlight career applications of these basic skills. While there are a number of excellent online STEM career videos targeted for young adults, such as The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, his plan with this project is an innovative combination of virtual media, student-led activities, and teacher resources that will fill a new niche. This project will provide an age-appropriate career mentoring model that will encourage and broaden participation of individuals that are underrepresented in Oklahoma STEM education and the workforce. This unique curriculum pathway and accompanying activity trunk offer hands-on opportunities for students to explore how microstructures are important to structural and material engineers. Three video lectures and super cool handheld microscopes encourage students to explore how real-life engineers, like Dr. Ley, use math and science to improve their designs.

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Making Self-Employment Viable for Everyone!

Presented by Boaz & Minerva Santiago with Picasso Einstein – Special Guest: Dr. Stephen Shore
Hosted by FSU CARD
February 23, 2018
Tallahassee, Chipley, Panama City, Pensacola & ONLINE
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This workshop will explain why and how to think differently about meaningful employment for persons with developmental disabilities. Examples of how to design self-employment that is both meaningful and sustainable will be provided. The presentation will utilize peer-learning, discussion, and activity-based projects with the support of worksheets and media to drive home the training objectives and visualize the outcomes. Participants have the option of attending the live session in Tallahassee, joining one of the satellite viewing locations, or logging on from their home computer. See flyer for location details.

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A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Intervention for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Presented by Tracy Muran Stackhouse, M.A., OTR & Sarah Scharfenaker, M.A., CCC-SLP
Hosted by UM - NSU
March 10, 2018
Coral Gables, FL
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This workshop will provide participants best practices from the fields of speech and language and occupational therapy to develop multidisciplinary interventions for students with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Kids Who Challenge Us: Reducing Anxiety & Defiant Behavior in Students with Autism and Related Disabilities

Presented by Jessica Minahan, M. Ed., BCBA
Hosted by UM-NSU CARD
April 7, 2018
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Many children with autism and related disabilities experience anxiety. Without intervention, they are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and the use of preventive strategies is key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Individuals with ASD

Presented by Joshua M. Nadeau, Ph.D.
Hosted by FAU CARD
May 11, 2018
Jupiter, FL
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This presentation will introduce Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as an evidence-based intervention in working with individuals with ASD. CBT strategies will be modeled along with techniques and modifications.

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This product was developed by the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with ASD, a project funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.
Copyright © 2018 Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism, All rights reserved.

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