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Autism awareness trainings offered at no cost

Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School will host a series of autism awareness trainings by Dr. Kristin Knapp-Ines from the Center for Autism and
Related Disabilities on April 10, 19 and 26 from 3-5 p.m. in the auditorium.

There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is requested by contacting Melissa Schoeffler at (518) 295-6657. Persons may attend one, two or all three of the presentations.

On April 10, Dr. Knapp-Ines will present, "Learning Better Ways to Cope: Teaching Individuals with ASD Skills to Replace Challenging Behaviors."

The training will focus on practical ways to teach coping skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Techniques to assist with anxiety and problem-solving difficulties are discussed.

Emphasis is placed on evidence-based strategies that can be taught and used in both the home and school environment. The training focuses on children with ASD.

The training is designed as a basic course and is appropriate for general and special education teachers, educational support staff, related-service providers (SLP, OT, PT, counselors, social workers and school psychologists), support coordinators, in-home caregivers, and school administrators.

On April 19, Dr. Knapp-Ines will present, "How to Be an Effective Paraprofessional in the School Environment."

 Paraprofessionals play a crucial role in their daily interactions with students with autism spectrum disorders. Over the years, the duties of paraprofessionals have significantly increased.

The training provides the paraprofessional with the tools needed to successfully support students with autism spectrum disorders in the classroom. The core characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and effective educational supports arc presented.

The training is designed as a basic course and is appropriate for educational support staff, other school personnel, related-service providers (SLP, OT, PT, counselors and social workers), in-home caregivers, and school administrators.

On April 26, Dr. Knapp-Ines will present, "Strategies to Motivate: Using Positive Approaches to Teach Social, Academic, and Daily Living Skills to Individuals with ASD."

The training focuses on the basic theories of motivation, basic principle school-age individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Discussions include ways to teach, reinforce, and motivate to develop social, academic, and daily living skills in a variety of settings.

The training is designed as a basic course and is appropriate for general and special education teachers, educational support staff, related-service providers (SLP, OT, PT, counselors, social workers and school psychologists), support coordinators, in-home caregivers, and school administrators.

 

 

 

[3/28/18]

 

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