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December 2012

Holiday Tips for Navigating the Busy Season

As the holidays approach, VCU-ACE hopes the following weblinks to tip sheets and ideas for navigating the busy season will be helpful to you and your family!

Autism Spectrum Therapies -- “Stress-Free Holiday Tips and Toy Recommendations for Families of Children with Autism” by William Frea, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Autism Spectrum Therapies - Parent Tip Sheets - including one on Reducing Holiday Stress among many others

Autism Speaks – Holiday Tips – “Helping Parents of Kids with Autism Handle the Unique Challenges of the Holiday Season”

Autism Society“Twelve Tips for Helping Individuals with Autism Have a Happy Holiday Season”

Happy Holidays from VCU-ACE!!


Register Now for Upcoming VCU-ACE Webcasts!

Don’t miss the January and February, 2013 VCU-ACE Webcasts! Kathy Morris, founder of igivuWings, a consulting company for autism spectrum and behavior disorders, will be sharing resources for management strategies for after the meltdown. In Prevention, Intervention, Post-Vention: What to do After the Meltdown - Part 1 (January 8, 2013) and Part 2 (February 12, 2013) Kathy will discuss practical strategies to use throughout the meltdown cycle. She will also explain preventative techniques and intervention strategies to teach coping skills to the student with ASD prior to the meltdown. You won't want to miss these informative presentations!


VCU-ACE Offers Paraprofessional Training in the Northern Neck

In November, VCU-ACE provided live training to 30 paraprofessionals who work in the Northern Neck region. Paraprofessionals from Lancaster, Northumberland, Westmoreland, West Point, and other localities attended the 3 day event. The training was a collaboration between VCU-ACE and Rappahannock Community College. Training targeted the characteristics of ASD, roles and responsibilities of the paraprofessional, instructional strategies, providing positive behavior supports, and strategies to enhance social and communication skills. VCU-ACE is currently developing its live training schedule for 2013 and will be providing additional training throughout the state. If you have questions about live training opportunities for paraprofessionals, please contact Selena Layden at


VCU-ACE Participates at OCALI Conference

Dawn Hendricks, VCU-ACE Training Director, and Carol Schall, Technical Assistance Director, presented at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) Conference in November 2012. Several presentations highlighting the work of VCU-ACE were on the conference agenda, including: The Paraprofessionals in Autism Resource and Achievement Project; Building Capacity: Statewide Professional Development; Project SEARCH: Successful Transition to Competitive Employment for Young Adults with ASD; and Thinking about Transitions: The 3 T’s.

In addition, OCALI held an Autism Summit which provided leaders from many states across the country the opportunity to work together to share and discuss training and Technical Assistance activities. As a part of the Autism Summit, Dr. Hendricks and Dr. Schall participated in a national panel providing information about efforts in training and technical assistance transpiring throughout VA.


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