Montana Autism Education Project News – November 2016

 

Upcoming Trainings:

 

Fall Trainings with Ann Garfinkle – CAPS - Great Falls     November 8th

In this training from Ann Garfinkle, learners will focus on the multi-level comprehensive autism planning system or (CAPS) to program for students with High Functioning Autism (HFA)  and Aspergers. The topics will include sensory differences, cognitive differences, motor differences, and emotional vulnerability with reinforcement strategies for a comprehensive look at programming, service delivery, and progress monitoring. The attendees will leave with a new mind-set of how inclusive settings can be modified/adapted for a positive learning experience.

You can register here.

 

Montana Youth in Transition Conference - Helena, November 14-16

You can see the conference flyer here and find more information here and the agenda is here

  

Building Community in the Bitterroot Valley – November 14th

To help parents/caregivers of children with special needs and friends connect & ask questions related to any family, school, medical, or life issues.

Topics include: 

- Wellness 101 (advocacy starts with taking care of yourself)

- Q & A with OPI on IEP’s & 504’s

- Parent specific topics (your requests from RSVPs)


See more information and register here.

  

Zones of Regulation – November 30

We have contracted with Leah Kuypers, author of The Zones of Regulation, for a live webinar in five Montana locations. The webinar will be available at locations in Kalispell, Missoula, Great Falls, Billings and Sidney. This webinar is not available on individual computers, only at the specific locations in each city. 

The Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones.  The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.

Register here.   NOTE: Just write the city name where you are attending. A text box was used when a checkbox was intended.

 

The Birds and the Bees: “Puberty, Hygiene, Safety and Sexuality for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder."

This presentation covers a much needed and little talked about area for youths with ASD. Youths with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are twice as likely as their typically developing peers to be victims of physical or sexual abuse. Information regarding puberty, hygiene, and sexuality relates to keeping children with ASD safe. Areas covered can easily become target behaviors, objectives for IEPs, or treatment goals for youth with ASD.

Kalispell - December 7th

Missoula - December 8th

Register here.

 

You can also view trainings as they are added on the OPI Montana Autism Education Project blog

 

Online Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavior Interventions

We are offering free* subscriptions to online training in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral interventions. The training provides 35 hours of instruction in autism spectrum disorders or behavioral interventions.  The training must be completed in 90 days. OPI continuing education units are available for each hour of the training completed. New groups start the first week of each month. 

If you are interested in the online training please go here to register.

  

Montana Autism Education Project recent blog posts of interest:


Supports for Visual Supports

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism has numerous examples of visual supports. Just the “F”s alone include visual supports for Fidgeting, Field Trips, etc. 

See more here.

 

ADHD may be over-diagnosed in those with autism

New research suggests that a commonly-used screening tool for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be faulty when used with children who have autism, potentially causing kids to receive inappropriate treatments. Researchers analyzed results from the ADHD Rating Scale Fourth Edition for 386 kids ages 7 to 17 with autism. They found that children on the spectrum raised red flags on some questions whether or not the kids actually had ADHD. 

Read more here. 

 

Autism Explanation Videos for Kids and Adults

See a listing of videos here.

 

Paradise Valley Resort Offers New Options for Adults with Autism

From Trail Creek Road, Erik’s Ranch looks like many of the western-style mansions in the Paradise Valley. The sprawling main house sits above a terraced lawn and an enclosed walkway stretches to a pool house with exposed log rafters. But there’s more to the 7,500-square-foot home than white marble staircases and dining sets upholstered with fawn hides. Erik’s Ranch and Retreats is a nonprofit organization providing young adults on the autism spectrum with a place to thrive. 

Read more here.




The Other Sister

Ellie was seven when she asked for a rat. We were strapped into our bucket seats in the minivan as our mother ferried us somewhere that is now lost to history. “Not while I’m alive,” my mom said over her shoulder, cranking the wheel as she turned down another street.

My sister sat quietly for a few seconds, absorbing the rebuff. Then she turned to me and smiled, two buckteeth pushing over her bottom lip.

“Ciara,” she said. “When mom dies, we get a rat.”

Ellie still sleeps in her childhood bedroom and our mom still drives her around Bellevue, where we grew up. She schedules Ellie’s appointments and manages her money. She trims her toenails.

Ellie doesn’t want a rat anymore but when our mom dies, she’ll get me. 

Read more here. 

 


Upcoming and Archived Webinars:

Apps and AT to Support Executive Functioning - November 10

Executive function is often described as difficulty with planning, behavior control/regulation, organization and thinking skills. In this session you will learn about AT tools and Apps to support many executive functioning skills such as time management, shift and flexible thinking, emotional regulation, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, organization, attention and focus, task initiation, and more!

Register here.



Zones of Regulation – November 30

Leah Kuypers, author of The Zones of Regulation, will present a live webinar in five Montana locations. The webinar will be available at locations in Kalispell, Missoula, Great Falls, Billings and Sidney. This webinar is not available on individual computers, only at the specific locations in each city. 

The Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones.  The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.

Register here.   NOTE: Just write the city name where you are attending. A text box was used when a checkbox was intended.

 

How to Improve Transition Results for High School Students with Disabilities - December 6th.

Transition challenges are top-of-mind for every special educator. How can we improve achievement for students with disabilities and prepare them to transition from high school to college and career? With heightened accountability, special educators are using a range of tools and methods that go beyond core academics and include non-academic skills, while considering student motivation and engagement. Now, there is a growing need for an organizing framework that ensures all students with disabilities are college and career ready. 

Read more and register here. 


You can find many, many more upcoming and archived webinars here.


 

Other items:

Consultation Visits:  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 ddoty@mt.gov if you are interested in scheduling a consultation visit.


OPI Now 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 via e-mail (dkimmet2@mt.gov).

 

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Doug Doty, Statewide Coordinator

OPI Montana Autism Education Project

ddoty@mt.gov 459-5303


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