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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001

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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001



Events
Speaker Meetings


2012 - 2013 

Emotional Regulation Tools: Make-and-Take

Helping our children understand their emotions is the first step in teaching them how to stay calm and to regulate themselves in challenging environments. xMinds president, Staci Daddona, will lead this workshop to explain visual tools that can be used with children to help them identify emotions and encourage self regulation. Join other parents and make one tool during the meeting to take home and receive a list of recommended resources to make others.

Neuropsych Evaluations 101

Speaker: Dr. Taruna Ahluvalia

Dr. Taruna Ahluvalia, a pediatric neuropsychologist, has worked with children and adolescents (preschool through early college years) on the autism spectrum for more than 10 years  to provide comprehensive evaluations of cognitive, academic, and social/emotional functioning.


Meltdowns vs. Tantrums: What is the Difference?
Speaker: Dr. Laura Anthony

Dr. Laura Anthony, PhD, specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her current research is focused in developing classroom teaching strategies to help children with ASD learn cognitive and behavioral flexibility. 


Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Plans                                                
Speaker: Dr. Paul Livelli, Ph.D.

What are functional behavior assessments? What do well-written behavior intervention plans include and how can they help your child be more successful in school? Back by popular demand, Dr. Paul Livelli, Ph.D. will explain what a good functional behavior assessment entails and why it is critically important when developing appropriate behavior plans. Dr. Livelli is an educational and behavioral consultant and has been a special education teacher for students with autism, emotional disturbance, and juvenile offenders in both public and private programs. He worked for a large behavioral health hospital running six special education schools for students with autism throughout the State of Maryland. Currently he works with families and school systems to improve the services for students with special needs.


Social Thinking at Home and School
Speakers: Susan M. Abrams M.A.,C.C.C/SLP and Randi Rosenblatt, M.A., C.C.C/SLP

While most children learn the skills of social thinking intuitively, children on the autism spectrum have great difficulties with this process. Originated by Michelle Garcia Winner, social thinking treatment approaches teach the “why” as well as the “how” of social interaction, so individuals can respond dynamically to a variety of interactions throughout the day. Join us to learn about this dynamic approach and strategies to help your child navigate the social world.


Workshop: Writing IEP Goals and Objectives for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Speaker: Suzie Keith Blattner, M.S.Ed.

After a presentation about the essential aspects of an IEP, parents will practice writing meaningful “Present Levels of Performance” and specific, measurable, realistic, time-limited IEP goals and objectives. 


Executive Functioning Strategies for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Speaker: Rebecca Resnik, PsyD

Executive functioning skills are complex, neurologically based processes that help us plan and carry out actions to achieve a goal and regulate our behavior. This includes organization and planning, holding information in our minds while performing tasks, impulse control, flexibility, and self monitoring. Most children on the autism spectrum have challenges with executive functioning, which can interfere with their social and academic success at school. Dr. Rebecca Resnik will explain how to strengthen your child’s executive functioning skills, and how you can help your child be a more flexible learner, as well as help make homework time easier. 

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Occupational Therapy for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Speaker: Lois Hunter, OTR/L, Senior Occupational Therapist, The Frost School/Rockville

What is occupational therapy? How are therapy needs determined and how can therapy benefit students with autism? Join us for an informative presentation about occupational therapy and learn strategies that address challenges that may impact participation in school, including sensory processing strategies, play activities to instruct and enhance social interaction and communication, coping strategies for transitioning between activities, self-help skills, and adaptive strategies to address difficulties such as handwriting.


2011–2012 Speakers Meetings

Mainstreaming Students on the Autism Spectrum
A panel of parents will share their experiences in working with teachers and school staff to help their children succeed in general education. 

Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Speakers: Janet Price and Jennifer Engel-Fisher, Weinfeld Education Group
The authors of Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens With Asperger's Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders will present information on successful IEPs for students on the autism spectrum. 

Parent Panel: Student Experiences in Special Education
Meet and talk with parents whose children receive services in Gaithersburg or Churchill Bridge Programs; elementary/middle/high school Aspergers programs; and the Cabin John, Gaithersburg, and Silver Spring International middle schools.

College and Post-secondary Education Planning Speaker: Judith Bass, Bass Educational Services
Judith Bass, founder of Bass Educational Services, will present a step-by-step process for high school planning and transition to post-secondary education; finding the best fit for your child’s unique learning needs; examining whether a “gap year,” two-year, or four-year college is appropriate; and improving student self-knowledge and self-advocacy skills.


Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in grades K-12

 
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