Professional Development and Parent Seminar

Professional Development and Parent Seminars are regional seminars throughout New York for school professionals and parents that disseminate information on effective programs, including, but not limited to, individualized supports and services and specialized curricula designed to address the skill deficits of students with autism spectrum disorders (i.e. social relationships and communication).

The goal of the PDPS is to provide participants with an understanding of essential components of educational programs to better prepare them to develop effective educational interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders. Participants will become familiar with identifying and integrating evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of individual students with ASDs, as well as the needs of their families and the professionals with whom they are associated. Participants will also recognize the need for specialized programs for students with ASD and learn strategies for using best practices that target areas of deficit in students with ASDs. The target PDPS audience is school personnel, including general and special education teachers, administrators, related-service providers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and paraprofessionals, working with students with autism spectrum disorders, and parents.

Theses seminars are offered AT NO COST to participants living in New York State through a grant from the New York State Education Department. Refreshments will not be provided. Participants may attend both seminars or choose to attend only one of the seminars.





    Fall 2019 Session Topics:

    Session 1: Improving the Flexibility and Motivation of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Addressing Repetitive Behaviors and Interests in the Classroom and Beyond

    Objectives:
    1. Participants will list at least 3 restricted and repetitive behaviors that interfere with learning
    2. Participants will describe the functions of these behaviors in the classroom
    3. Participants will identify several effective interventions to teach more adaptive behaviors and skills

    Session 2: Improving the Flexibility and Motivation of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Addressing Repetitive Behaviors and Interests in the Classroom and Beyond

    Objectives:
    1. Participants will describe at least 3 cognitive-restrictive behaviors and interests 
    2. Participants will summarize the role emotions and self-regulation play in managing behaviors and interests
    3. Participants will identify appropriate classroom interventions to facilitate learning and social development



    Handouts will be available in early October.