PEPSA Summer Training Events!

You are invited to attend:

A Bridge to Where? Transition in the Era of College and Career Readiness

Monday, June 13, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Presented by: Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D.
Hosted by: UF Jacksonville CARD & FDLRS, FDLRS/Crown, Duval County Schools, & FDLRS/NEFEC  

Secondary school years are a critical time for students to develop behaviors and skills that they will need for employment and adult living. In this session, participants will learn about legislation related to transition preparation and services, research on transition practices, and strategies to enhance transition outcomes for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with a particular focus on post-secondary education and employment-related outcomes. Additionally, a provider fair of community organizations who offer transition-related services will be on-site with information and personnel to answer questions about their services.   
UNF University Center
12000 Alumni Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224

You're Going to Love this Kid

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Presented by: Paula Kluth, Ph.D.
Hosted by: UF Jacksonville CARD and FDLRS, FDLRS/Crown, Duval County Schools, and FDLRS/NEFEC

In this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting students with autism spectrum labels & other disabilities within a general education classroom. Topics addressed include defining (and redefining) autism, listening to the voices of those with autism, differentiating instruction, creating more active and responsive lessons, making the classroom comfortable, and providing opportunities for communication and social skill development. The session will focus on the importance of pushing beyond access and participation and asking schools to challenge students and to understand each learner as complex and capable. 
UNF University Center
12000 Alumni Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Welcome to My World: Understanding and Supporting Students with ASD in General Education

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Presented by: Brenda Smith Myles, PH.D.
Hosted by: UCF CARD

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders present a unique set of challenges for educators in Varying Exceptionalities and General Education classrooms. Neurological and research findings will be presented with implications for educational accommodations, and curriculum for addressing social, behavioral and pragmatic needs will be overviewed. The seminar is appropriate for general and special educators, support facilitators, psychologists, guidance and administrative personnel. 
1392 E Vine St
1392 East Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Working with Kids with High-Functioning Autism & Effective Behavior-Management Strategies for Kids with High-Functioning Autism: Practical Magic

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Presented by: Melisa Genaux
Hostec by: UF Jacksonville CARD and FDLRS, FDLRS/Crown, Duval County Schools, and FDLRS/NEFEC

In the morning (9:00 am to 12:00 pm), Ms. Genaux will provide information on strengths and learning challenges of students with high-functioning autism/Asperger Syndrome across the areas of language and communication, social interaction, stereotypic behaviors, executive function, academic learning, and motor skills. Many practical strategies will be discussed for addressing specific challenges in these areas. In the afternoon (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm), Ms. Genaux will provide a practical and entertaining presentation for teachers, administrators, related services staff, and other professionals. She will provide strategies to prevent behavior escalation, increase compliance with directions, decrease classroom disruption, and increase other desired behaviors (e.g., on-task; work completion) Additionally, participants will create simple and effective consequences for misbehavior, create easy and powerful reinforcement systems, pinpoint reasons why reinforcement may not be working, and decrease severe misbehaviors such as meltdowns and physical aggression. Many practical methods for behavior change will be discussed, that may be adapted to any grade level and that may be implemented immediately in the classroom and at home. In addition, these strategies are applicable to all students in both general education and special education settings.  
UNF University Center
12000 Alumni Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Motivating and Inspiring Students with ASD Through Interests

Friday, June 17, 2016 from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presented by: John Miller
Hosted by: UF Gainesville CARD  

One of the biggest difficulties in educating students with autism is getting them to start and complete assignments. Mr. Miller will explain the obstacles students with autism face and why. He will explain different strategies and concepts to make the learning environment more interactive and relevant to their needs. Attendees will learn a variety of ways to motivate and encourage student development and progress.
Santa Fe College - Student Services Building, Room 326
3000 NW 83 Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Embedding Self-Advocacy from School to Adulthood

Friday, June 17, 2016 from 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Presented by: John Miller
Hosted by: UF Gainesville CARD  

Individuals with autism have difficulty expressing and advocating for themselves. The lack of self-advocacy creates situations where individuals are taken advantage of, bullied, and are not able to let anyone know their needs. Mr. Miller will examine why people with autism have difficulty with self-advocacy, the consequences of it, and strategies that will foster such skills.
Santa Fe College - Student Services Building, Room 326
3000 NW 83 Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Which Road is to be Taken: A Critical Look at the Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's

Friday, June 17, 2016 from 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Presented by: John Miller
Hosted by: UF Gainesville CARD  

Adults with high-functioning autism face many obstacles to establishing stability and independence in their lives. Drawing on his own experiences the presenter will explore what skills and strategies are needed for a successful transition to adulthood for individuals with high–functioning autism. The presentation will be wide ranging, examining education, employment, finding and keeping a job, making friends, relationships, and managing finances. Attendees will learn through practical steps how an individual with autism can develop the skills, tools and self-confidence needed to succeed.    Training Objectives: Participants will learn: The difficulties that individuals with autism face during the transition to adulthood. Strategies to foster a successful transition to adulthood. Important skills to become more independent.
Santa Fe College - Student Services Building, Room 326
3000 NW 83 Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Scaling the Summit: Getting a Job and Keeping it

Friday, June 17, 2016 from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Presented by: John Miller
Hosted by: UF Gainesville CARD  

Depending on the survey, nearly 85% of individuals with autism are unemployed or underemployed. The speaker will explain the reasons why individuals have found it difficult to get a job and keep one. Mr. Miller will speak from both his personal and professional experiences. He will explain the strategies and skills needed to secure employment. In addition, he will show how people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) navigate their work place efficiently, avoid pitfalls, and seek support when needed. 
Santa Fe College - Student Services Building, Room 326
3000 NW 83 Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Supporting Students with Autism, Communication, & Behavioral Challenges

Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:30 AM until Friday, June 24, 2016 3:30 PM
Presented by: Pat Mirenda, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Hosted by: UM-NSU CARD

Day 1: Evidence-based AAC for Students with ASD - The first day familiarizes participants with the current evidence base for the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Topics include a brief tutorial on evaluating AAC practices as “evidence-based,” an overview of recent meta-analyses that examined the efficacy of various AAC techniques for individuals with ASD, and the use of functional behavior assessment (FBA) for problem behavior with examples of how FBA has been used in the AAC literature.

Day 2: Including Students with ASD & Other Developmental Disabilities in General Education Classrooms - All Means All - Day 2 focuses on inclusive education as a school reform issue that emphasizes social engagement and active participation in grade-level curricular content for all students. Topics include supports needed at the district and school levels, social supports, and the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to students with ASD and other developmental disabilities across the range of age and ability. 
Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division - Room 2102
3200 S. University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

Autism Summer Institute 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday July 26, 2016 from 8:30 - 3:30 PM

Hosted by; USF CARD
PLEASE NOTE: If you work in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, or Polk Counties, please register with your district. Do NOT register here. See district registration information below!  

Please register for each day separately.  

Day 1: Tuesday, July 26, 2016  Day one will feature an all day presentation by Dr. Lori Ernsperger.
6 Critical Elements for Teaching Individuals with ASD: School personnel working with students with ASD are faced with a myriad of intervention options for the classroom. Unfortunately, the challenge is selecting evidence based methods which meet the unique needs of the student. In this workshop, Dr. Lori Emsperger will guide the participants in a review of the current research and provide practical strategies for applying interventions to the classroom. She will give you ready-to implement ways to develop predictable schedules, organize the environment, teach social skills, and address problem behaviors. Videos, case studies, and hands-on activities will be utilized to enrich this session.
Day 2: Wednesday, July 27, 2016   Day two will consist of a series of breakout sessions on a variety of topics: Topics Include: Reaading & Writing Pragmatics Sensory Strategies Social Thinking Work Systems Trauma Informed Care Mental Health Pre-K and ASD Adult Transitions.
*If you are an employee of Hillsborough County Schools, Pasco County Schools, Pinellas County Schools or Polk County Schools you MUST register through your county’s system below.
  • Hillsborough County: 
IDEAS PDS Registration:
Course Title: ASD Summer Institute
Dee Koshy -
  • Pasco County: 
ESE-Autism Summer Institute Day 1
ESE-Autism Summer Institute Day 2
Contact: Jeannine Welch - 
  • Pinellas County:
Day 1: 78058
Day 2: 78059
Contact: Stephanie Long – 
  • Polk  County:
Section 17951
Contact: Denisse Santos -
St. Petersburg College: Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765

Summer Literacy Institute - Reading Comprehension: Success in the Classroom - Live and Online!

Monday, August 1, 2016 9:00 AM until Tuesday, August 2, 2016 3:30 PM
Presented by: Dr. Kristina Ordtex
Hosted by: UF Gainesville CARD

*This training will be held concurrently, live in Gainesville and online via Adobe connect.  Please register only for the session you wish to attend.

Day 1: An overview of neuro-diversity and common diagnoses that align with poor reading comprehension will be reviewed, with an in-depth look at the warning signs and characteristics of hyperlexia. The correlation between language and reading comprehension, including the development of mirror neurons and Theory of Mind skills, will be addressed as critical deficits in students who present with hyperlexia. The five essential components of reading, the importance of early identification, and the critical effect of an engaging, multi-sensory learning environment will be discussed so that educators may set the stage for successful learning and comprehension. Participants will gain an understanding of the application of brain-based, project-based, and executive function-based learning approaches in the classroom. The day will end with an overview of the Five Dimensions of Learning.
Day 2:This session will begin with an overview of the previous day’s content. On-going formative and summative assessments will be defined and discussed. Participants will also identify the importance of best-practice assessments and the potential impact on student performance and ability. Eight strategies for improving reading comprehension in struggling readers will be targeted. Samples and example activities will be included for each. Participants will complete various activities to demonstrate the impact on the student’s learning experience.   
UF CARD Office
2046 NE Waldo road Suite 3200
Gainesville, FL 32609


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