One of the most challenging parts of working with students with autism is the maladaptive behaviors often associated with these students. As educators, it is important to understand that students use these behaviors to communicate a variety of things. In order to effectively eliminate maladaptive behaviors we have to understand what the student is trying to communicate. The process to do this is called a Functional Behavior Assessment…
Research has shown that students with autism learn best when behaviorally based strategies are used. In this edWebinar, Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, President of Nina Finkler Autism Services, explained a variety of behaviorally based strategies and how to implement them in small groups, whole class lessons, and other settings.
Art, music, and recreational therapy are often used independently to treat individuals on the autism spectrum. Multi-disciplinary sessions, which incorporate numerous visual supports including video models and organizational charts, appeal to the students’ creativity, are relevant to their everyday lives, and help them acquire important skills in a refreshing manner. Learn more about…
Individuals with autism tend to have difficulty with communication – including comprehension, expression, and social pragmatics. Research and clinical observations demonstrate that individuals with autism often benefit from the use of visual supports. The Visual Immersion System™ (VIS™), created by Dr. Howard Shane and his colleagues from Boston Children’s Hospital, establishes a robust foundation to address communication deficits. In this webinar, Dr. Shane discussed the Visual Immersion System and how to enhance communication and expand language by repurposing consumer products/technology to provide Just In Time Communication (JITs).
A growing body of research reveals that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a heightened interest in all forms of visual materials. This, coupled with strong visual processing skills, makes individuals with autism excellent candidates to benefit from technology-based instruction. In this webinar, Christian Karter discussed current technologies (e.g., hardware, software, apps) that have proven effective for individuals on the autism spectrum.
A variety of comorbid mental health conditions occur regularly for many children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anxiety disorders, anxious symptoms, and developmentally appropriate “worries” present themselves in students with ASD in as many ways as they do in more typically developing children, and they often lead to behavioral challenges for students with ASD. There are highly effective, well-known behavioral and cognitive strategies and interventions for helping manage anxiety but these methods are largely geared toward more “typical” youth. The ways of training professionals to assist youth with anxiety symptoms and conditions focus almost exclusively on language-driven, cognitive methods, which aren’t always effective with children on the autism spectrum…
STABLE Accounts were launched in June 2016 by the Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio to offer savings and investment solutions for people with disabilities. This national program is available to residents of ALL states in the United States. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. This is the federal legislation that allows families and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to create tax-advantaged accounts that can be used to help maintain health, independence, and quality of life, without losing eligibility for certain government benefits like Medicaid, SSI or SSDI. In this webinar, Juliana Crist, STABLE Account Director, Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio, and Eric Ochmanek, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio covered the following topics…
In this webinar Julie Collison, M.Ed., took and in-depth look at adult transition services, especially for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The presentation focused on the steps required to ensure a smooth transition from school to adulthood, including when the process should begin. School professionals will gain an understanding of where to start and how to guide families to the appropriate services.
Most educators realize the importance of teaching digital citizenship to all students, but students with autism face unique challenges. Learn how to differentiate digital citizenship for students with autism.Instructional Technology Specialist Jennifer Lang shared the strategies she uses leading the digital citizenship efforts at Cumberland Academy, an independent school that serves students with autism and other neurobehavioral differences.
In this webinar, Dr. Christine Barry discussed neuropsychological evaluations for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as useful intervention techniques. Dr. Barry addressed the following topics as they relate to ASD…
Lauren and ShyJuan presented an in-depth look at evidence-based strategies to help reduce and/or replace challenging behaviors utilizing functional communication training (FCT).
Reinforcement is a critical component to changing a student’s behavior in the classroom. In this webinar Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA gave participants a better understanding of reinforcement, strategies for implementing and using reinforcement in the classroom, and specific ideas of what to use for reinforcement.
We’ve learned a lot about how to help students on the Autism Spectrum achieve success at school. But research shows that half the time we don’t apply what we know works. Using a few simple tools and tweaks can change stress into easy, meltdowns into smiles, and fear into fun. In this webinar, Linda Hodgdon highlighted her list of 12 “must haves” for every classroom with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The nerves have set in. The first day of school is rapidly approaching. In this webinar, Lauren Stafford provided tech tips and tricks for starting the first day of school with confidence.
In this webinar based on her Gryphon House publication, Practical Strategies for Supporting Young Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders, author Tricia Shelton shared instructional strategies that lead to the successful inclusion of students with ASD in early childhood classrooms.
Students with autism present many unique challenges within a classroom environment. In order to effectively address these behaviors, educators must first understand them, then develop individualized treatment strategies. After showing viewers how to identify each of the four functions of behavior, this webinar will provide specific strategies to treat behaviors, explain ways to collect data to monitor behaviors, and discuss the importance of reinforcement.
The process of transition planning should not fall solely on the school district. Educators can help parents play an active role in planning as well providing opportunities for instruction within the home and community. When having the discussion about transition, there are five critical skill areas that must be considered and included in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This webinar focused on these five critical areas and their importance.
Many children with autism have atypical sensory behaviors, which may negatively impact their participation in the community. Research indicates that using a desensitization approach, which emphasizes the child’s needs while creating a positive and structured experience, can significantly improve community participation…
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provides us with many useful tools for addressing challenging behaviors in the classroom. Often the most effective interventions involve an interdisciplinary approach, which combines ABA with Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and more. This collaboration enables us to address the needs… read more →
Take an in-depth look at the combined effect of autism and co-existing mental health conditions. The presenters discussed the impact on day-to-day function, and strategies to support improved behavior, learning and performance of students with dual diagnoses.
Behavior! As teachers, you have to deal with a variety of student behaviors on a daily basis. Children with autism especially have challenging behaviors that can be perplexing and confusing. Understanding these behaviors and being able to decode what your students need are vital skills for any teacher.
This webinar addressed common questions about the “when, how, who, and what” of new programs such as Data, IEP monitoring, personalized learning, standards based instruction, collaboration, and more. Get ready to move new programs and tech from concept to reality using a well developed implementation plan for your district!
A growing body of research reveals that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a heightened interest in all forms of visual materials. This, coupled with strong visual processing skills, makes this group an excellent candidate to benefit from technology-based instruction. This webinar focused on current and emerging technologies that impact learning and communication and detailed the experience of implementing technology at Monarch Center for Autism.
Puberty is a challenging time for all youth, but can present unique challenges for youth with disabilities. In this webinar, Ruth M. Eyres shared instructional strategies for teaching the social skills, self-awareness, and safety skills necessary to provide appropriate sexuality education.