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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.

    2018-2019 Session Topics:

    • Part 1 (8:00a-11:00a) - Promoting Success and Independence in Individuals with Mild to Moderate ASD:  The Role of Adaptive Skills and How to Address them in your Daily Practice
      • Almost half of all children with autism spectrum disorder have average cognitive abilities, yet outcome remains poor. Because outcomes for individuals without cognitive abilities is more related to adaptive behavior skills than cognitive level it is important to address and teach adaptive behavior. In this session, participants will become familiar with adaptive skills and which ones are often difficult for individuals with ASD, recognize the importance of explicitly teaching adaptive skills, and learn to formulate goals and objectives in IEPs related to adaptive domains.
    • Part 2 (12:00p-3:00p) - Promoting Success and Independence in Individuals with Mild to Moderate ASD: The Role of Adaptive Skills and How to Address them in your Daily Practice
      • Well-developed adaptive behavior skills are essential to independent functioning for all individuals. In this session, participants will identify strategies for teaching adaptive skills and supports in everyday curriculum, recognize how social-emotional skills and mental health relate to the acquisition of adaptive skills and recognize the importance of home-school –community agency collaboration.