January 5, 2016


Happy New Year!!!!

What are your resolutions for the New Year? Perhaps learning more about ASD is on your list! If so, be sure to check out the many activities on our website. We offer courses, seminars, webcasts, and how to videos! You can find these on our website: www.vcuautismcenter.org. Remember, all of these activities are free if you live or work in Virginia!

Understanding Autism as an Information Processing Disorder

Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D.

Students with ASD have significant information processing deficits that impact functioning in many areas. Recent research has shown how neurologically based processing problems lead to the types of social, communication, sensory, and behavior symptoms we see in this population. During her webcast, Dr. Nicole Beurkens will review the current research on processing in ASD in order to lay a foundation for understanding the types of strategies that are helpful to address these deficits.

This webcast is part one of a two part series on information processing and students with ASD. Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, is the founder and director of the Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Caledonia, Michigan and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in special education. Dr. Beurkens holds a professional teaching certificate and has been certified in many specialized therapies for autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Additionally, Dr. Beurkens has authored numerous articles, research studies, and books, and writes a popular newsletter for thousands of subscribers each week.

To view her upcoming webcast, visit our website to register: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/webcasts/details.cfm?webcastID=344

The VA ABA Consortium will be accepting applications January 19, 2016!

The Virginia ABA Consortium program is excited to announce a new cohort starting in the Fall 2016 semester! The VA ABA Consortium provides a university-based partnership designed to provide participants with high quality coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and to prepare participants to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) exam.

The VA ABA Consortium is comprised of four cooperating Universities including George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The VA ABA Consortium provides coursework in ABA that is consistent with requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). Each university also offers an optional supervised internship or fieldwork experience that can be used to meet the requirements to apply to sit for the BACB® exam.

There are six required courses. Students complete this intensive coursework as a cohort across two years. Courses are offered using interactive videoconferencing and web conferencing technology so all sites may see, participate, and interact with the professor and fellow students throughout the state. Students attend a class each week at one of the four University locations.

For more information and to apply, please visit the consortium website: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/coursework/abac.cfm.