In addition to all of their regular sessions on transition, early childhood, behavior, etc., they are having two pre-conference workshops with Sasha Long (M.A., BCBA) from "The Autism Helper." Sasha maintains an amazing website with great resources for autism teachers, and these workshops seem like a great idea for learning from her experience! She really knows her stuff in terms of organizing and running an autism classroom. Here's the info:
Pre-Conference Autism Helper Workshops with Sasha Long
Behavior Change–the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
We are all looking for behavior change. Whether you want your child to tell you when he has to go to the bathroom, your student to complete his work more quickly, or your husband to do the dishes—we are always trying to generate some little changes. Using reinforcement & preventative interventions, we can replace negative behaviors with positive, prosocial, & functional responses.
This seminar will offer practical solutions to foster increases in positive behaviors and decreases in problem behaviors. We'll begin by exploring how to apply these strategies to everyday situations in an applicable and proactive way, focusing on changing outcomes of behaviors by looking at the entire context. However, we all know there are times when things don't go as planned. Learn how to tackle the high-stress situations when no option seems like the right one and all bets are off.
Working in the special education field, we are often tasked with the daunting job of creating a curriculum for our students. We don’t have a roadmap to follow. Nobody hands you the perfect text book for each of your students. Many individuals with autism have skills that are scattered, varied, and difficult to assess. As educators and parents, we have to do the heavy lifting to determine what our students know and what they need to learn next.
In this session, learn how to create a functional and appropriate curriculum guide for a wide range of types of learners. We will discuss how to incorporate Common Core Standards for both higher functioning and lower functioning students. Creating skills that are functional and real world-based are so important for individuals with autism. We will explore ways to combine academic and functional skills into the same task. This presentation will guide you through the planning stages, IEP goal writing, and finish with the creation of materials.
You can find more information about the conference and register here: http://community.cec.sped.org/tx/home