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July 2013

September 2013 – February 2014 VCU-ACE Webcast Schedule Announced!

VCU-ACE is excited to announce our next series of Webcasts! Register starting July 15th and plan to join us on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30p.m. for the airing of these informative webcasts. If you are unable to view them on the date they air, remember all VCU-ACE webcasts are archived for later viewing at your convenience. Visit the VCU-ACE website for more information, webcast descriptions, and presenter bios.

September 10, 2013
DSM 5: The Impact on ASD by Carol Schall, Ph.D.

October 8, 2013
Standard Diploma Credit Accommodations for Students with Disabilities by Samantha Marsh-Hollins, M.T., Ph.D. Candidate

November 12, 2013
Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder by Staci Carr, Ed.M, Ph.D. Candidate

December 10, 2013
Sexuality Instruction and Learners with ASD by Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.

January 7, 2014
Inclusion: Making the Marriage Work – Part 1: Academics by Barbara Webb, Ed.D.

February 11, 2014
Inclusion: Making the Marriage Work – Part 2: Communication and Social Skills by Barbara Webb, Ed.D.


Register NOW for VCU-ACE Online Courses starting in September!

Registration is now open for the sessions of the Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Strategies for Supporting Positive Behaviors in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders for Paraprofessionals: Providing Effective Instruction and Supports online courses starting in September!

The Foundations course provides participants with an understanding of the primary characteristics of ASD, which include impairments in communication and social development and the presence of repetitive patterns of behavior. The impact ASD has on the person as well as the family unit is discussed. The course also provides an overview of learning styles, the history, cause, and early signs of ASD.

The Strategies course is designed to provide teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals, administrators, families and other service providers with skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD who demonstrate interfering behavior in the school setting. Participants will gain knowledge of the functional approach to behavior, providing behavioral support in the educational environment, understanding the behavior chain, the process of conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment, development and implementation of a behavior intervention plan, strategies for intervening with interfering behavior, and identifying and teaching replacement behavior.

The course for Paraprofessionals is designed to provide support staff with the skills and knowledge needed to support students with an ASD in the school setting. The course provides an overview of the potential roles and responsibilities the paraprofessional may be asked to deliver. Participants will learn how to carry out their responsibilities while maintaining respect for the students and exhibiting sensitivity to beliefs, values, and cultures. This course meets the requirements of H.B. 325 and the VDOE Training Standards for Paraprofessionals.

Space is limited in these sessions, so please register early if interested!


VCU-ACE Participates at the 2013 I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit!

VCU-ACE was honored to be invited to the I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit on June 19-21, 2013 in Harrisonburg, VA. What an exciting event this was! In attendance on the campus of James Madison University for these three days were close to 200 youth, aged 14-25, 150 parents, and 50 speakers and exhibitors/vendors! VCU-ACE exhibited at the Parent Summit and shared information with family members on resources and the free online training opportunities available on the ACE website. Becky Boswell, VCU-ACE Outreach Coordinator, also presented a Friday morning workshop on “Supporting Independence in Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Since adolescence and the emergence into adulthood can be a difficult time of transition for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, the session provided information to help encourage and promote independence and in turn support a more successful transition. Several topics were discussed including: social skills, the Hidden Curriculum, hygiene, sexuality, and bullying. A list of references was also provided for those wanting to do additional research on the information provided. VCU-ACE is already looking forward to next year’s Summit!


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