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New PEPSA Training Events!

Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Augmentative & Alternative Communication for ASD

Presented by Oliver Wendt, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Hosted by UCF CARD
February 5, 2019
Orlando, FL
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About 25-60% of children diagnosed with ASD present with little to no functional speech
and need ongoing intervention in AAC to meet their daily communication needs. This
workshop will review speech and language characteristics in ASD followed by an
introduction to diagnostic and assessment issues. Increasingly, electronic communication
aids and tablet devices are being used to support communication for children and adults
with ASD. Dr. Wendt will overview current trends, research and findings for these
strategies and introduce the new, evidence-based iPad apps, SPEAKall! and SPEAKmore!
These apps have been specifically designed for communication intervention in non-verbal
learners. The apps have intuitive and “sensory-friendly” interfaces that reduce cognitive
load and accommodate the specific learning characteristics of individuals with severe,
non-verbal autism or severe developmental speech and language delay. Practitioners and
parents will learn how to use mobile AAC applications to enhance early intervention
efforts and parent training, increase early language learning and foster social-pragmatic
behaviors. Empirical data and video-cases from recent single-subject experiments will
illustrate successful intervention strategies and their implementation into daily activities
around the family home, clinic and classroom.

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Promoting and Enhancing Self-Determination in Transition

Presented by Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D.
Hosted by UF Gainesville CARD
February 7, 2019
Ocala, FL
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This presentation will provide an overview of self-determination, its development
in adolescents with disabilities, and ways to promote its development and
expression. Research-based interventions to teach self-determination skills will
be introduced, including the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction.
Attendees will develop knowledge of ways to teach self-determination skills,
create opportunities for the use of these skills, and plan for supports and
accommodations based on individualized support needs. 

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Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (2017): Implications for Special Educators, Students with Disabilities and their Families

Hosted by FAU CARD
February 14, 2019
Jupiter, FL
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On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case
Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. In Endrew, the Supreme Court
heard arguments that there is not a clear standard for the level of benefit schools
must provide to students in special education. Is some small degree of benefit
enough? Or do students have a right to something more meaningful? In the
unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court ruled that in developing IEPs, school
districts must aim to enable a student to make academic and functional progress
in light of his or her circumstances. According to the Supreme Court, the new
standard “is markedly more demanding than the ‘merely more than de minimis’
test” currently applied by many U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals in special
education cases. The presenter, who attended the oral arguments in the Endrew
case, will discuss this extremely important case, how the decision will profoundly
affect special education and implications for the future of special education for
students with disabilities.

Follow-Up Consultative Support Session on February 15, 2019. View Flyer

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Best Practices for Assessment & Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by Celine Saulnier, Ph.D.
Hosted by UM-NSU CARD
March 15, 2019
Key West, FL

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This session will provide participants with best practices in assessment and
intervention for individuals with ASD. Clinical features of ASD, differential
diagnosis of ASD from other similar disorders and disparities in diagnosis will be
discussed. Participants will also learn how to select evidence-based practices for
intervention which are based on individual student profiles.

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The Brain and ASD: Impact on Instruction, Academics and Challenging Behavior

Presented by Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
Hosted by UM-NSU CARD
April 6, 2019
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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This session will briefly review some of the neurological research related to ASD
in laymen’s terms. Specifically, brain research related to academics/learning,
social, sensory and regulation will be addressed. Practical implications of the
findings of this research will also be discussed.

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Thank you!
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 © 2019 Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism, All rights reserved.

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