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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
November 2011

Professional Development Opportunities on Evidence-Based Practices for Autism Offered in Blacksburg and Abingdon by the T/TAC at VA Tech

The T/TAC at VA Tech is offering free two-hour monthly professional development opportunities on specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) for kids with autism. These workshops will be beneficial for teachers, therapists, specialists, psychologists, principals, paraprofessionals, and parents. Please refer to the VT T/TAC website for a listing of dates, topics, descriptions, and to register. Space will be limited, so please register early. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Kate Daby,, or call (800) 848-2714 for additional information.
Most of the trainings will be offered at two locations:
• VT address: Kent Square, 250 South Main Street Suite 326, Blacksburg, VA 24061
• Abingdon address: The Campus, 610 Campus Drive Abingdon, VA 24201
Sessions will also be recorded and available for check out from the T/TAC Library after the sessions take place. Participants will receive verification of attendance.


Autism Training Solutions is Hosting a Free Webinar on Asperger's Syndrome on November 14 & 15, 2011.

On November 14 & 15, 2011, Autism Training Solutions will be hosting a free webinar on Asperger Syndrome. The target audience will include educators working with elementary, intermediate, and high school students. The presenter, Jamey Wolff, M.A., CAS, has over 30 years of experience supporting individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. During the webinar, Ms. Wolff will answer a wide range of questions, including -
What is Asperger's Syndrome?
How does Asperger's Syndrome affect individuals' daily lives?
What difficulties do students with Asperger's Syndrome have in the classroom?
What unique strengths, talents and perspectives are associated with Asperger's Syndrome?
What is the status of Asperger Syndrome as a diagnostic category?
Why is a diagnostic evaluation important?

For more information and to register click here.


Autism Society, Central VA November 11th Meeting to Focus on Physical Fitness and Autism.

The Autism Society, Central VA's November 11th chapter meeting will feature Eric Chessen, M.S, founder of Autism Fitness. Physical fitness is one of the most crucial yet commonly forgotten areas of development for the autism population. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn exactly why exercise is so important for individuals with ASD, and concepts that can be used to develop effective and fun fitness programs in any environment for any individual or group.

Topics covered in the discussion include:
- Understanding the connection between fitness and autism
- The Myth of Sports
- Deconstructing Adaptive Physical Education
- Play-based fitness programs
- Individual vs. Group programming
- Using the PAC Profile approach for assessing needs and creating an effective individualized fitness program

Please RSVP so enough materials will be available.
Autism Society meetings take place at River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Road in Richmond. Meetings are free and open to the public. The library opens at 6:30 p.m. and meetings begin promptly at 7 p.m.


Workshops on Activity Schedules and Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism, George Mason University, December 10, 2011.

George Mason University is hosting workshops on “Activity Schedules in Working with People with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities” and “Learning to Use the Toilet: For Those Caring for Children with Autism and
Intellectual Disabilities” on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Please see the information below for time, location, and workshop details, and share with any who might be interested!

“Activity Schedules in Working with People with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities”

-- Robert Ross, Ed.D., B.C.B.A.-D

Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Register today at

George Mason University - Prince William Campus 10900 University Dr.
Occoquan Building, Verizon Auditorium
Manassas, Virginia 20110
United States
Phone: (703) 993-4496

Current GMU ABA Student: $20.00
General Public: $40.00
3 BACB Type II ACE hours

Workshop Description:
The purpose of this intermediate workshop is to train participants in the use of various forms of visual activity schedules. Activity schedules will be described and explained and instruction given on how to effectively establish stimulus control using activity schedules. Activity schedules have been employed with individuals with autism to promote independence and increase on-task behavior. In addition to addressing their use with individuals with autism, this workshop will describe their expanded use to a variety of conditions at home and school. Specifically, this workshop will focus on novel uses of activity schedules including the use of activity schedules to: increase social and play skills, food acceptance, self-help skills; incorporate choice; facilitate transitions, and address community behavior. Lastly, instruction on the use of computer schedules will be provided. This will include demonstrations of computerized activity schedules that incorporate sounds and video clips.

At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to:
Describe and set up basic activity schedules.
Identify settings and occasions to use them and learners to use them with.
Describe various forms and modalities of activity schedules and match them to individuals' learning styles.
Implement basic activity schedules.
Troubleshoot and describe modifications enhancing usefulness of activity schedules.
Create and implement advanced activity schedules.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Ross is the Senior Vice President of Training and Research at Beacon ABA Services. Beacon provides intensive behavioral educational services to children diagnosed with PDD/Autism and behavioral and learning challenges. Beacon ABA Services works in both early intervention and school age programs. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at NOVA Southeastern University and his Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and is a nationally Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).

Dr. Ross is a primary instructor in the BCBA certification programs at Cambridge College in Cambridge Massachusetts and The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth for Beacon ABA Services. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities Dr. Ross works directly with individuals with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome as part of his active caseload responsibilities. Dr. Ross serves as a consultant to schools in MA, CT, RI, as well as California and Canada, his focus is on developing behavioral and instructional interventions for individuals with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.


Learning to Use the Toilet: For Those Caring for Children with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

-- Charlotte Crane, M.Ed., B.C.B.A and Jane Dettra, M.S., OTR-L

Saturday, December 10, 2011 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Register at:
Open to the public, and 3 Type II BACB Approved ACE hours for BCBAs

George Mason University - Prince William Campus 10900 University Dr.
Occoquan Building, Verizon Auditorium
Manassas, Virginia 20110
United States
Phone: (703) 993-4496

Current GMU ABA Student: $20.00
General Public: $40.00
3 Type II BACB Approved ACE (Continuing Ed) hours for BCBAs / BCABAs /BCBA-Ds

Workshop Description:
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related developmental disabilities often experience difficulty with toilet training. This workshop provides information on determining readiness, developing a
routine, habit training, overcoming fear, communicating the need to use the toilet, modeling and pre-teaching to support success.

At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to:
Understand the importance of toilet learning as an Activity of Daily Living (ADL)
Identify toilet learning problems from a child's perspective
Determine readiness for toilet learning
Understand the role of data collection and task analysis in supporting toilet learning
Identify strategies to support successful toilet learning
Define realistic goals to facilitate successful toilet learning
Develop a child-centered toileting routine

Speaker Biographies:

Charlotte (Char) Crane has been an Autism Consulting Teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools for the past 14 years. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Char has served children, adolescents, and adults on the Autism Spectrum for over 30 years. Prior to coming to LCPS, she worked as a teacher for students with autism for seven years, and then as a statewide consultant for the Virginia Autism Resource Center for 13 years. Char has served an adjunct professor for George Mason University and the University of Virginia, teaching graduate courses in autism and applied behavior analysis. She served on the Virginia Autism Council for over 2 years and is currently serving on the Board of Commonwealth Autism Service.

Jane Dettra graduated from Shenandoah University in 2000. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist for Loudoun County Public schools for 11 years. Jane has worked in the Early Childhood Special Education Autism classrooms for 10 years. Jane's undergraduate degree from Marymount University was in Health and Nutrition. She has presented at the state and national levels and served on the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) Board. Jane currently serves on Loudoun County's Committee for Inclusive Placement Options for Preschoolers (IPOP). In addition, Jane works with Loudoun County's Child Find Center where she is part of a multidisciplinary team that screens children who are eligible for early intervention and/or transitioning into early childhood services that may need occupational therapy evaluations.

Jane Dettra and Char Crane continue to focus on combining their knowledge to develop educational presentations that focus on building skills and increasing independence for children, while managing behaviors that may interfere with learning.


George Mason University 2012 Professional Development Seminars Announced, Topics Include Diversity & Ethics, Hidden Curriculum, and Eating Problems.

George Mason University (GMU) will host Professional Development Seminars on a variety of topics in 2012. Please click the links below for specific information and to register.

On Friday afternoon, January 20, 2012 GMU welcomes Maricio Velasquez, M.B.A. and Theodore A. Hoch, Ed.D., B.C.B.A.-D to present “Diversity and Ethics for Behavior Analysts Today, Being More Inclusive.” For more information and to register, click here.

Brenda Smith-Myles, Ph.D. will present “Understanding the Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions to Understanding Unwritten Rules” on the morning of Friday, February 3, 2012. For more information and to register, click here.

Problems with eating are common among children with ASD. On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Keith E. Williams, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.-D will present “Eating Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders: What They Are and What To Do.” For more information and to register, click here.


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