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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.

    Registration for the Fall 2018 Professional Development and Parent Seminars will be available in early September!

    2017-2018 Session Topics:

    • Session 1 (8:30a-11:30a) - Working Toward Greater Inclusion and Increasing Independence for Individuals with ASD
      • Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present unique challenges to school personnel trying to plan effective instructional programs. In this session, participants will gain a better understanding of factors that affect successful inclusion for individuals with autism, including evidence-based strategies that foster independence and strategies to improve the culture of inclusion in their setting.
    • Session 2 (12:30p-3:30p) - Promoting Academic Success in Students with ASD: Improving Reading Comprehension and Written Expression
      • Learning to read for understanding and effective written expression are essential skills all students must acquire to be successful in school and later in life. Reading comprehension and written fluency skills are often extremely difficult for students with ASD to gain given the social communication and behavioral characteristics present in ASD. In this session, participants gain a better understanding of how the deficits of ASD influence acquisition of reading and writing skills, will recognize how these skills affect success in all academic areas, and will learn evidence-based strategies to increase reading and writing skills to foster overall academic success.