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.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD  Albany) offers these seminars at no cost to participants living in New York State through a grant from the New York State Education Department. The funding is administered by The Research Foundation for SUNY.

Each participant must individually register for the seminars. Please do not share the link with other individuals.

     

    FALL 2020/ SPRING 2021 SEMINAR TOPICS:

    Our live stream dates have concluded for the fall 2020/spring 2021 semesters. We have an archived format of the sessions available below. Registration is required.

    Seminar I: What Does "Quality Education Programming" Mean for Children Diagnosed with Autism?

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    This presentation is a primer regarding autism programming for success!  We will discuss characteristics of autism and how these necessitate modification/enhancement in assessment, curriculum, and instruction. A summary of current research regarding practices designed to support and enhance instruction for students with autism will be included.  Key variables related to creating quality programming will be discussed. 

     

    Seminar II: Increasing Engagement and Motivation in Students with ASD

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    Students with ASD and other disabilities are often exposed to academics and homework assignments that are challenging or simply uninteresting to the students.  Active participating in academics is important and students are expected to engage in and practice these fundamental skills both within and outside of the classroom.   This presentation will focus on what factors influence motivation, different strategies that support motivation as well as how Executive Functions play a role in motivating students with ASD.   

     

    Seminar III: Encouraging Independence with Emotion Regulation in Students with ASD

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    Learners with ASD across the age range from preschool to high school can benefit from self-management interventions.  The use of self-management interventions is not limited to a particular skill domain.  This presentation will focus on how the deficits in ASD affect individuals’ ability to maintain emotional regulation and multiple evidence-based interventions that can support individuals’ attempts to regulate their emotions and maintain prosocial behavior. 

     

    Continuing Education Credits for Fall 2020/Spring 2021:

    CARD Albany is an approved provider for the following continuing education credits:

    School Psychologists (NASP), Social Workers (LMSW & LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), and Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). General certificates of attendance will be provided to all participants.

    Each session is eligible for 1.25 contact hours. There is a $ 5.00 processing fee per session for each CEU selected. CEUs can be selected during registration and payment can be submitted online with a credit card.

     

     

    SPRING 2020 SESSION TOPICS (ARCHIVED):

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

    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 (Part II)

    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

    Registration for Online Seminar:


    Registration is required. There is a registration for Part One and a separate registration for Part Two. Each part consists of two videos. The videos are archived and can be viewed at your convenience.

    Part I Registration: Click Here
    Part II Registration: Click Here

     

    Continuing Education Credits for Spring 2020:

    CARD Albany is an approved provider for the following continuing education credits:

    School Psychologists (NASP), Social Workers (LMSW & LCSW), and Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). General certificates of attendance will be provided to all participants.

    Each session is eligible for 3 contact hours. There is a $ 7.50 processing fee per session for each CEU selected. CEUs can be selected during registration and payment can be submitted online with a credit card.