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VCU-ACE Kicks off Technical Assistance for 12 Districts with the Autism Excellence Academy.
After a rigorous application and selection process, twelve districts were chosen for targeted technical assistance - Botetourt, Wise, Arlington, Henrico, Hampton, Newport News, Greensville, Richmond City, and the districts within the Northern Neck Special Education Regional Program. These districts will receive technical assistance by VCU-ACE for three years. To kick off these efforts, VCU-ACE is hosting representatives from these districts at The Autism Excellence Academy during the week of March 28th. Teams will create a needs assessment and identify goals which will drive upcoming system change efforts. During the month of April, the Technical Assistance Associates will continue their division wide assessment and the Autism Services Teams will continue refining their strategic plans that will chart the course for future technical assistance support.
Register Now for the Webcast, Supporting Social Emotional Development in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, April 12, 2011.
Dr. Maureen Conroy will present a webcast on social competence in individuals with ASD. An overview of social competence will be provided, including what it is and how it affects individuals with ASD, as well as how to assess and teach social competence. Don’t miss it!
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View the Webcast Archive on Teaching Communication to Young Children with Autism Spectrum.
Dana Childress, M.Ed. presented on effective strategies for supporting the communication development of individuals with ASD in school, home, and the community. Communication characteristics of ASD, receptive and expressive communication, and natural environment teaching strategies were discussed. If you missed the live webcast, check out the archived presentation!
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Missed Dr. Gentry’s webcast on handheld technologies for individual with ASD? Check out the archives here!
PDAs, Smartphones and Tablet PCs as Cognitive-Behavioral Aids in Autism
Thanks to the ever-changing world of technology, options to assist individuals with autism are exploding! Tony Gentry, Ph.D., OTR/L led us through the exploration and use of various handheld technologies as supports for activity cueing, task-sequencing, communication assistance, and more! Learn about the various applications and strategies for implementation and hear case studies and practical examples for everyday use.
VCU-ACE selected 12 school divisions in the Commonwealth to receive targeted Technical Assistance for system-wide change in service delivery for students with ASD.
The response for the request for proposals for participation in the VCU Autism Center for Excellence Division Wide Exemplary Services to Support Students with ASD Project far exceeded expectations. The application review committee carefully analyzed 41 proposals using a screening tool and numeric scoring rubric in order to determine the divisions most ready to engage in a “bottom up-top down” division wide embedded technical assistance process.
The top 5% of these applicant divisions were chosen. They include:
· Botetourt County Public Schools,
· Wise County Public Schools,
· Arlington Public Schools,
· Henrico County Public Schools,
· Richmond City Public Schools,
· Northern Neck Regional Program,
· Hampton Public Schools,
· Newport News Public Schools, and
· Greensville County Public Schools.
Join Dr. Tony Gentry for a webcast on handheld technologies for individual with ASD, March 21 at 3:30!
Thanks to the ever-changing world of technology, options to assist individuals with autism are exploding! Join us as Tony Gentry, Ph.D., OTR/L explores the use of various handheld technologies as supports for activity cueing, task-sequencing, communication assistance, and more! Learn about the various applications and strategies for implementation and hear case studies and practical examples for every day use. March 21, 2011, 3:30 pm.
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