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New PEPSA Training Events!

2019-2020 Partnership Program


Become a PEPSA Partner!  The Partnership program is designed  to enhance the capacity of  Florida teachers to provide quality education programs to students with autism spectrum disorder. Each year, PEPSA and CARD Statewide partner with teachers to implement evidenced based programs within classrooms. 

Each educator will be matched to a Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) professional who will mentor the educator in developing a plan for implementing innovative and effective practices within their classroom. The CARD staff partner will provide support, resources, technical assistance, and training that is specific to the needs identified by the educator. In addition to embarking in this amazing professional development experience and impacting students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), accepted partners receive:
  1. Registration fee and travel stipend ($450) to offset costs of attending Annual CARD Conference. 
  2. Stipend ($300) upon the completion of the program to assist the educator or school leader with expenses associated with the Partnership Program.
  3. Certificate of completion to those who successfully complete the program.
  4. Opportunities and support to present your work professionally.
This is a competitive program.  Only 28 teachers, statewide, are accepted.
Application Deadline - Last Friday in September


For more information, please visit out website: 
http://doepartnership.fmhi.usf.edu/overview.html

First Year Application // Second Year Application

FSU CARD: Key Components to Create Quality Classrooms for Students with ASD - Online Training Series

Hosted by: FSU CARD
September 17 & October 15, 2019

ONLINE via Zoom
  Join our monthly online training series to learn more about key components of quality classrooms. The 7-month series will use a ‘flipped classroom’ model where participants watch the recorded information sessions BEFORE attending the monthly webinar. A CARD Consultant will facilitate each webinar to encourage attendees to ask questions, share information, and learn from colleagues across the panhandle.
Register Now - Session 1
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FSU CARD: Transition Talk - Online Training Series

Hosted by: FSU CARD
September 18 & October 2, 2019

ONLINE via Zoom
  Join us for our Transition Talk Online Training Series that will cover a range of topics surrounding successful transition into adulthood. Log in to our webinar via Zoom® from your computer, tablet, or smartphone and be a part of the conversation.
Register Now - Session 1
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ASD in Schools: Evidence-Based Assessment & Intervention

Presented by: Lee A. Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Hosted by: FAU CARD
September 20, 2019

Jupiter, FL
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Epidemiological studies indicate a dramatic increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, many students remain under-identified and underserved in our schools. School and mental health professionals must be prepared to recognize the presence of risk factors and/or early warning signs of autism, engage in case finding, and be familiar with screening and assessment tools and intervention strategies to ensure that students are being identified and provided with the appropriate programs and services. The call for greater use of evidence-based practice has also increased demands that professionals stay current with the latest methods of evaluation and intervention, and become skilled with the most up-to-date screening and assessment tools. The objective of this presentation is to provide participants with guidance in the selection and use of evidence-based assessment measures and intervention strategies for school-age children with ASD.

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Addressing Relationship & Sexuality Issues with Individuals Who Have ASD

Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Spence, Ph.D. and Jason Klazon
Hosted by: UF Health/Jacksonville CARD, UF Health FDLRS – MDC
October 2, 2019

Jacksonville, FL
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This training will provide information and suggested strategies for teachers and other school-based personnel supporting school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who may be engaging in sexually maladaptive behavior at school, including touching others without permission, attempting to masturbate, unwanted attempts to engage in romantic relationships, and difficulty understanding physical boundaries with others. The presenters will review current research regarding individuals with ASD who engage in sexually inappropriate behavior, as well as research-based teaching techniques to improve appropriate social interactions between students with ASD and their same-aged peers. Examples of intervention plans and suggestions for program development will be discussed along with recommendations for: differentiating different types of friendships (levels of friendship), developing personal safety plans, and assisting students in avoiding behavior defined as sexual harassment. This training is for teachers, parents, caretakers, and professionals only.  It is not appropriate for children or adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. 

CAUTION: Language, pictures, and images presented will be graphic in nature and may be offensive to some individuals.

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The RUBI Parent Training Program

Presented by: Karen Bearss, PhD
Hosted by: FAU CARD
October 4, 2019

Jupiter, FL
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The challenges parents face in raising a child with ASD has sparked interest in the use of parent training (PT) in this population, as it empowers parents to be the agent of change for their child. As a result, PT programs targeting a wide range of skills and abilities in ASD are emerging as effective. The Research Unit on Behavioral Interventions (RUBI) Autism Network developed a structured parent training manual for families of children with ASD and co-occurring disruptive behaviors. The program uses techniques grounded in applied behavior analysis to teach parents how to manage their child’s behavioral problems. We conducted a series of studies on the RUBI program and found that it is acceptable to parents, can be reliably delivered by trained therapists, and reduces children’s noncompliant and disruptive behavior. Because it is a time-limited intervention (11-13 weekly outpatient visits), this PT program can be implemented in a range of settings, including clinics and schools. The purpose of this training is to provide a greater understanding of the prevalence, impact, and treatment of disruptive behaviors in ASD and how parent training is a promising line of treatment for these challenging behaviors. 


All participants will be required to purchase and read the RUBI Parent Manual and Clinical Manual prior to the training. www.rubinetwork.org.

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FAU CARD Early Childhood Conference: Assessment, Identification and Intervention for Young Children with ASD

Presented by: Dr. Jill Kelderman, Ph.D. & FAU CARD Staff
Hosted by: FAU CARD
November 8, 2019

Jupiter, FL
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Despite the fact that ASD can be reliably diagnosed in children as young as two, the average age of first-time diagnosis of ASD remains around the age of four. This finding is especially concerning when considering the fact that the strongest predictor of optimal outcome in children with ASD is early intervention. Early intensive intervention between the ages of three to five capitalizes upon a critical window of rapid brain development. Without an accurate diagnosis, toddlers with ASD do not receive appropriate treatment and miss the opportunity to forever alter their developmental trajectory. This has lifelong consequences not only for the child’s development, but also for their family and for society as a whole.

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Tips & Tricks for Improving Written Expression for Students with ASD

Presented by: Katie M. Miller, Ph.D.
Hosted by: FAU CARD
December 5, 2019

Jupiter, FL
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This daylong training will give an overview of the writing process and the issues that students with disabilities, particularly those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), face when completing written expression. Participants will get an overview of Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), which is an evidence-based strategy in writing instruction. SRSD has over 130 published studies to date and has been implemented with students in grade 2-12, who are less skilled writers and who struggle with self-regulation. Studies have been conducted with students with learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional behavioral disorders, and ASD. In addition, some specific technology tools for written expression will be shared with participants, in hopes to make writing a more fun, authentic experience across both school and home settings.

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Interested in the Partnership Program? Visit our website for more information!
Register for the 27th Annual CARD Conference!
January 17-19, 2020 in Orlando, FL.
                                     
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.
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