STAS Autism Symposium

The UW Autism Center and St. John’s Masonic Lodge are excited to present the 4th annual STAS Autism Symposium to educators interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  STAS is FREE for educators in Washington state.  A SEPARATE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH DAY.

See below for more information and to register.

July 25, 2018: Strategies to Support Adolescents w/ ASD
August 1, 2018: Strategies for Students w/ ASD in the General Education Classroom
August 8, 2018: Strategies for Students w/ ASD in the Special Education Classroom


July 25, 2018
Strategies to Support Adolescents with ASD

In this one-day workshop, three distinct topics will be presented including ASD and adolescent development, teaching daily living skills, and how to transition skills to adulthood.

In the morning, participants will learn how adolescence and puberty impacts individuals with ASD and strategies for talking about the challenges of adolescence.  Additionally, participants will be introduced to the changes in social relationships adolescents experience and how help individuals with ASD navigate those changes.

Participants will learn:

  • How adolescence and puberty is different for people with ASD
  • Tips and strategies for talking about puberty
  • Concrete strategies to help their children/students understand the changes in adolescence and puberty
  • How social relationships are impacted by adolescence and puberty

In addition, participants will learn strategies to teach teens and adults Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) that will increase their independence.  Participants will learn how to determine what ADLs are appropriate to teach and where to start when teaching.  Participants will learn teaching strategies that are effective and manageable to implement.  Additionally, participants will learn how to set up a system of reinforcement that will maintain motivation and independence.

Participants will learn:

  • How to assess ADLs
  • A variety of strategies to teach ADLs
  • How to encourage independence with ADLs

In the afternoon, participants will learn strategies to increase independence in young adults experiencing ASD and strategies to transition those skills into adulthood.  In addition, a Q and A session with a panel of adults with ASD will be included.  Participants will learn:

  • How to identify needs and create programs to address those needs
  • How to identify student strengths and build on those strengths to encourage independence
  • Strategies to increase independence in young adults experiencing ASD
  • Strategies to transition those skills into adulthood.

Who should attend:
Educators working with students with ASD in general education classrooms across all grade levels.

Content Level: Beginner

Presenters:
Kathryn Holley, M.Ed., BCBA
Laura O’Rourke, M.S., BCBA, LMHC

Cost: Free
Clock hours for certificated school staff are available for a fee.

Dates:
July 25, 2018
9:00am-3:30pm
UW Autism Center – Seattle

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August 1, 2018
Strategies for Students w/ ASD in the General Education Classroom

Increasingly, students with ASD are being included in general education classrooms and classroom teachers and support personnel would benefit from additional information and support for this population. This one-day workshop focuses on how to help individuals with ASD be successful in general education classrooms.  In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How to use students’ interests as motivators and reinforcers for participation and work completion.
    • How to identify preferences that can be used as potential reinforcers and motivators
    • How to build an environment rich in natural reinforcers
    • How to schedule reinforcers to enhance learning
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • Tips for modifying the environment and classroom materials to increase the likelihood of success
    • Using routines effectively
    • Using visual supports to increase independence
  • How to modify academic material while still meeting learning objectives
  • How to design and implement appropriate and effective accommodations

Who should attend:
Educators working with students with ASD in general education classrooms across all grade levels.

Content Level: Beginner

Presenters:
Kawena Begay, Ph.D., NCSP
Cameron Sinquimani, M.Ed., BCBA

Cost: Free
Clock hours for certificated school staff are available for a fee.

Dates:
August 1, 2018
9:00am-3:30pm
UW Autism Center – Seattle

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August 8, 2018
Strategies for Students w/ ASD in the Special Education Classroom

In this introductory one-day workshop, participants will learn about strategies to support students with ASD in special education classrooms.  This workshop will present information on two distinct topics including using teaching strategies based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) and teaching language through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the classroom.

The morning  is specifically designed for educators working with students with ASD in a special education classroom.  We will introduce Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and provide examples of how you can use ABA with your students.  Topics discussed include understanding the A-B-C’s of behavior, reinforcement, and the use of shaping to teach new behaviors.  In addition, strategies and guidelines for effective group instruction will be reviewed.  Last, strategies for promoting independence using work systems.

Participants will learn:

  • The basic principles of ABA
  • How to increase motivation and teach new skills using reinforcement and shaping strategies
  • The importance to identifying roles in group instruction and strategies to shadow students in a group setting
  • How to create and teach independent work systems in the classroom setting

 

The afternoon will focus on integrating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies into everyday school routines and activities to support the communication and academic needs of children in the special education setting. Participants will explore how to choose AAC supports and strategies and how to implement them within existing school day routines to teach language and communication skills that build a foundation for academic success.  Participants will also consider how to engage support staff in their role of communication partner for these students with complex communication needs.   Teaching strategies encouraged in this workshop will emphasize the importance of “parallel programming” for complex communicators, balancing the need to optimize student-led communication opportunities alongside teacher-led academic goals.

Participants will:

  • Identify a variety of current classroom activities and routines that offer robust communication opportunities for students with complex communication needs.
  • Discover basic strategies for choosing AAC supports (student specific and group supports) to utilize in the routines and activities identified in Objective 1.
  • Explore teaching strategies to integrate use of AAC supports for receptive and expressive language growth within targeted classroom routines and activities.
  • Develop strategies for integrating use of AAC support into appropriate elements of a student’s IEP goals and accommodations.
  • Explore basic strategies for educating and training other members of the education team in “smart partner” communication strategies.
  • Discover resources for ongoing collaboration and learning.

Who should attend:
Educators working with students with ASD in special education classrooms across all grade levels.

Content Level: Beginner

Presenters:
Tannalynn Neufeld, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ashley Penney, Ph.D., BCBA
Amy Rodda, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Robin Talley, M.Ed., BCBA

Cost: Free
Clock hours for certificated school staff are available for a fee.

Dates:
August 8, 2018
9:00am-3:30pm
UW Autism Center – Seattle

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For more information, please contact us at 1.877.408.UWAC (8922) or uwautism@uw.edu.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received at least two business weeks prior to course start date are eligible to receive a full refund less a $20 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail, fax, or U.S. mail prior to the stated deadline. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will forfeit the full registration fee. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend a class. UW Autism Center reserves the right to cancel a course due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other circumstances that would make the course non-viable. If UW Autism Center cancels a course, registrants will be notified within 24 hours of the first class date and offered a full refund or the option to transfer registration to another course.

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