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Archived News: What's New
May 2012

VCU-ACE Sponsors Training on the ADOS in April

One of the goals of VCU-ACE is to lower the age of identification so children on the spectrum can receive the intensive services they need at a young age. In an effort to address this goal, VCU-ACE recently sponsored a two-day workshop on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). The workshop was presented by Dr. Barbara Webb, School Psychologist and Autism Consultant. Dr. Webb resides in Arizona and delivers ADOS training across the country.

Participants in this workshop were taught how to use the ADOS in educational assessment to assess and diagnose or determine eligibility of autism. Instructional methods included lecture, videotaped administration and scoring, and discussion. Participants also had the opportunity to practice scoring while observing the administration of the ADOS, and to practice administering the ADOS themselves.

Training was provided to school psychologists, administrators, and early childhood special education teachers. Although most participants were from the Newport News and Hampton Public School Divisions, many other divisions were also represented, including, the Northern Neck Regional Special Education Program, Greensville, Tazewell, Isle of Wight, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Gloucester. Some participants in the two-day workshop had previously received training on using a tiered model of assessment for children and students who may meet criteria for autism. "The training provided by Dr. Webb was extremely valuable and will lead to a more effective assessment process," noted a school psychologist from Newport News.


Don't Miss the VCU-ACE Summer Webcast Series – Autism Spectrum Disorder and Adulthood!

Register now for the VCU-ACE Summer Webcast Series featuring Dr. Gena Barnhill on Asperger’s Syndrome and the Transition to Adulthood: Considerations for Success; Dr. Carol Schall on Supporting Adults with ASD in the Workplace using Behavior Supports; and Dr. Paul Wehman on Transition for Youth with Autism from School to Adulthood: Critical Considerations.

Remember if you are not able to watch the live broadcasts, all VCU-ACE webcasts are archived for future viewing. Be sure to check out the ones you might have missed!


Check It Out -- Several New Resources for Adults and Transition Just Added to the VCU-ACE Website!

The previous OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD has been revised and formatted into a series of free web–based booklets. Each booklet focuses on one aspect of the transition from school to adult life – IEP’s, School Programming, Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment, and Employment.

Forward Motion Coaching has released several new guides on employment, including Getting Hired: A Primer for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome & NLD; Asperger’s Syndrome, NLD and Employment: 10 Strategies for Success; Workplace Disclosure: Strategies for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and NLD; and The Employer’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.

Brief descriptions and links to these and other resources on Transition and Adulthood can be found on the VCU-ACE website.


Henrico County Schools Work on Coaching and Tools to Support Students with Autism

Henrico County Public Schools and VCU-ACE are ending the first year of their partnership with a flurry of activity. Henrico had previously developed an ‘Autism Classroom Rubric’ to help their administrators support teachers in educating their students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. As part of the VCU-ACE technical assistance, the rubric is now being used as a coaching tool to assist autism specialists in the division in providing teachers with evidence-based tools in their classrooms.

Another of the tools that Henrico has adopted is the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior- Milestones Assessment and Placement Program). The VB-MAPP is currently being utilized by several school divisions in Virginia as well as many private schools. VCU-ACE is working closely with Henrico to provide trainings and in-classroom support to assist in the adoption of this tool. Trainings have taken place throughout the division and are currently being expanded to include paraprofessionals who work with students on the spectrum.


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