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Archived News: Across Virginia
March 2011

ODU and VCU T/TACs present

Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA presents his unique take on the Verbal Behavior Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis. This video filled workshop will teach the basics of ABA while highlighting the important motivational aspects of Verbal Behavior. Robert's 7-Steps to Earning Instructional Control will be detailed as well as several other important teaching techniques designed to help you teach even the most unmotivated or severely affected learners in the classroom.

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Workshop Flyer


On April 8, Virginia Department of Education will host the Spring 2011 Autism Specialist Network Meeting

This meeting will highlight: autism updates from VDOE; information on the newly revised Virginia Autism Council Professional Competencies; training and technical assistance opportunities through the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (ACE); and roundtable discussions on online resources and implementing the use of the National Professional Development Center’s Evidence Based Practices for students with Autism. The Autism Specialist Network Meeting is uniquely designed for school division specialists who are working in a leadership capacity. The Virginia Department of Education will support up to two people who serve in an autism leadership capacity from each division.

If you have questions about this event please contact Sam Marsh via email,, or by phone at (804) 371-7421. If you have questions about registration please contact Beverly Wynter via email,, or via phone at (804) 786 - 8079.


Commonwealth Autism Services offers

The prevalence of children with autism spectrum disorder continues to increase. Evidence has indicated that early identification and intervention can significantly improve outcomes. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of autism for childcare providers. Participants will be introduced to the core deficits of autism, early warning signs, and common screening tools. Participants will also be provided with strategies to discuss concerns with family members. Evidence based interventions and strategies for successful inclusion in both the public and private childcare environment will be discussed. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

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Workshop Flyer


March 12, GMU T/TAC presents Eating Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders: What They Are and What To Do.

The George Mason University Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a day long workshop with Keith Williams, Ph.D., B.C.B.A-D. Williams will provide information detailing the range of feeding and eating problems found among children with autism spectrum disorders and will discuss a variety of empirically-proven treatments for these problems. The event Is Saturday March 12, 2011 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM.

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March 13-16, The Virginia Transition Forum 2011: Taking Steps to Person-Centered Thinking in Norfolk

The Virginia Transition Forum brings together students, parents, educators, rehabilitation professionals, and others to guide youth with disabilities to achieve successful employment and life outcomes. Recognizing an individual’s right to take charge of his or her own future, the 2011 conference emphasizes the importance of focusing on an individual’s interests, strengths and abilities, and using that information to create a specific plan of action to achieve the individual’s goals.

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The Virginia Transition Forum 2011


Speech Language Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) 2011 Annual Conference March 17-19 in Richmond

The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) is an independent non-profit professional association representing speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Join them for their 2011 annual conference: Leading our Professions through Self-Empowerment.

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SHAV 2011 Annual Conference


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