OPI MONTANA AUTISM EDUCATION PROJECT NEWW - MAY 2017
If you have students with autism who are receiving an extended school year or other summer program our Autism Consultants are available visit. Summer can be a great time for a consultation as there are fewer distractions in the classroom. Contact Doug Doty at email@example.com to schedule a consultation visit.
If you wish to schedule an August PIR day related to autism, we can prepare a presentation customized to the needs of your students and staff. Contact Doug Doty at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a presentation.
Managing Frustration, Anxiety, and Teaching Social Skills
Billings, June 5th and 6th
Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety.
The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.
You can find more information and register here.
PECS Level I Training
Billings, June 12th and 13th
This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting.
NOTE: You must buy or borrow the Second Edition PECS Training Manual with Data Forms CD prior to the training to participate in the training. You will not be admitted to the training if you do not bring that manual.
2017 Summer Institute
June 13 - Language of Emotions: In this session we will review traditional approaches to teaching children with autism to communicate about their emotions as well as respond to such language from other people.
June 14 - Managing Challenging Behavior: Discussion focuses on the importance of addressing students’ skill deficits prior to or simultaneously with addressing behavior excess or other unwanted behavior. Other key elements of the training include the description and the design of effective educational settings that emphasize the use of systematic reinforcement
June 14 - PECS Critical Communication Skills Training: You will be able to define functional communication; identify and evaluate the nine critical communication skills; design effective teaching strategies to promote these skills independent of modality; incorporate effective visual strategies for all communicators.
June 15 - PECS Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviors: You will learn how to operationally define behavior; identify and conduct a functional assessment; select and teach functionally equivalent behavior to unwanted behavior; measure, assess, and maintain the efficacy of behavior intervention
Building Communication: Supporting Parents of Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties
Billings, June 22nd
For more information or to register please email Ann McCulloch (email@example.com)
or call 406-281-5885
Hanen More Than Words
Billings, June 23-25, 2017
The More Than Words workshop provides the speech-language pathologist with highly practical tools for helping parents understand their child’s challenges and strengths and well-defined strategies for building both social and communication skills. Participants learn how to show parents how to accommodate their child's sensory preferences, provide the structure and predictability that help their child learn, and integrate the strategies that support their child's social interaction and communication into everyday activities and routines. With this support, parents become engaged and empowered.
Find more information and register here. (Note: this workshop is not sponsored by the OPI Montana Autism Education Project and we do not have scholarships available.)
Helping Children Become Active Learners Using the DIR/Floortime Model
Bozeman, June 26th
Floortime offers interactive techniques that can be used to help children learn to attend and self-regulate, to become engaged and reciprocal in interactions with others, and to begin to understand social problem solving. This presentation will introduce key principles of the DIR/Floortime model that can help children become active learners though a better understanding of how biologically based individual differences in communication, motor planning, and sensory processing, impact the learning process.
Autism for Administrators
Billings, August 2nd.
This presentation will review the identification of students with autism, potential accommodations and assessments, classroom and academic interventions and supports.
Advanced Treatment Concepts and Anxiety and ASD: The Psychological Equivalent of Fever
Billings, August 10th
Advanced Treatment Concepts: The purpose of this presentation is to convey the generic power of behavior analysis by describing an array of behavior analytic treatment concepts, all of which are readily applicable to the behavior problems of persons on the spectrum and, indeed, to the behavior problems of all persons.
Anxiety and ASD: The Psychological Equivalent of Fever
This talk will discuss anxiety in straightforward terms; illuminate the extent to which it affects virtually everyone to a certain degree and the extent to which it affects persons with ASD even more
Social Thinking Returns to Montana!
Missoula, August 17 and 18
Zooming In: Strategies for Concrete Learners (August 17th) and Zooming In: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems (August 18th.)
2017 Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities
Billings, October 3 and 4, 2017
The Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities will cover special education legal issues, including the latest information from due process hearings, circuit court cases, OSEP/OCR guidance letters, and basic IDEA procedural requirements. This conference is designed for general/special education staff, administrators, related services staff, parents, and other stakeholders.
Online Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavior Interventions
We offer subscriptions to a highly-rated online training in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral interventions. The training provides 55+ hours of instruction in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral interventions. The training must be completed in 90 days. OPI renewal units and ASHA CEUs are available. New groups start the middle of each month.
If you are interested in taking the training please go here to register.
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Novelty is a slippery concept in genetics: Literally, it simply means that a gene’s connection to a certain condition has never previously been noted. But many researchers say that being first to implicate a gene isn’t enough. Genes also must pass a stringent statistical bar to become candidates, or they remain merely curiosities.
The strongest evidence of a cause: genetics
But “of all the causes of autism, the thing we know with the greatest certainty is that it’s a very genetic disorder,” said UCSF geneticist and autism researcher Stephan Sanders. “If you look at a child with autism, then look at their siblings, you’ll find the rate of autism is 10 times higher in those siblings than in the general population. This has been looked at in populations of millions.”
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In many cases, you need that underlying genetic predisposition or mutation to collide with a range of potential environmental triggers. And finding those environmental risk factors is where things get murky pretty quickly.
The Montana Autism Center exists to connect, discover and support. We connect families, individuals, educators, researchers and many others so that we can learn from each other. Current research and evidence-based resources are made available to a variety of audiences. We support visitors with the information they need to make informed and solid decisions.
The Montana Autism Center concentrates on the lifespan needs of Montanans with ASD, their families, and those who serve and support them.
We are interested in your feedback and recommendations for the Montana State Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Act Early Team.
The 6-item survey will take 5-7 minutes to complete.
Want your students to take ownership over their learning?
Snap: Take a picture of any worksheet using the iPad camera, or import a worksheet from email, photo library or Google Drive.
Type: Tap anywhere on the screen to add text using the iPad keyboard.
Personal Emergency Profile
Click here to download from the National Autism Association. This is a great thing for a student to carry and learn to present when lost or when asked, “Do you have any identification?” by law enforcement or emergency personnel.
UPCOMING AND ARCHIVED WEBINARS
July 25, 2017, 11:00 am CST - 60-minutes
This presentation from Tony Gentry will include discussion of: (1) the strengths and weaknesses of consumer handhelds as cognitive-behavioral aids, (2) onboard apps for task support, (3) add-on apps for task management, behavioral support, way-finding, and healthy living, and (4) strategies for leveraging these tools for people with cognitive-behavioral challenges to support functional independence in everyday life.
June 08, 2017, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes
Google extensions and other cutting-edge tools will be discussed, along with simple implementation strategies to increase access to content and improve student engagement and productivity, with special emphasis on high school aged and transitional students.
Archived Webinar: Misbehavior is a Puzzle, Not a Threat. Discover the STOIC Framework for Behavior Support
You'll discover how the STOIC framework, a multi-tiered system of prevention and intervention, empowers special educators. Structure for success, Teach expectations, Observe systematically, Interact positively, and Correct calmly are the pieces of the puzzle you've been looking for!
Staff from the Montana Autism Education Project are available to provide on-site trainings, classroom-level consultations or consultations on individual students. These services are available for no charge. Please contact Doug Doty at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in scheduling a consultation visit.
OPI also has Behavioral Consultants
The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) wishes to announce the availability of Behavioral Consultants for districts needing help in developing functional behavioral assessments (FBA) and behavioral intervention plans (BIP) for individual special education students without autism. If you are in need of a consultant, please contact Dale Kimmet at (email@example.com).
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Doug Doty, Statewide Coordinator
OPI Montana Autism Education Project