Montana Autism Education Project News – April 2017
2017 Summer Institute
Polson, June 13 and 14
June 13 - Language of Emotions
June 14 - Managing Challenging Behavior
Autism for Administrators
Billings August 2nd
Morning Objectives: Participants will (a) define the major characteristics of autism and identify symptoms commonly associated with the disorder and state whether they are part of the official definition or not, (b) identify two ‘gold standards’ for diagnosing autism and state the difference between diagnosis and verification, and (c) identify at least two accommodations and two alternate assessments for students who have autism.
Afternoon Objectives: Participants will (a) identify and describe several classroom and academic interventions for students with ASD, (b) describe social and behavioral approaches to increasing these skills in students with ASD, (c) identify the need for crisis planning and supports including FBA and Function-based interventions, (d) list at least four considerations for improving policies at their own school or district, and (e) inform others of current research which applies to students with ASD in their school or district.
See more information and register here.
Social Thinking Returns to Montana!
Missoula August 17 and 18
Social Thinking (Kari Zwebel Palmer) will present the following workshops:
Registration will open in May.
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 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.
Montana Autism Education Project recent blog posts of interest:
Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia
60 Minutes visits "Sesame Street" for the first time and films the debut of their new Muppet character, Julia, who has autism.
FDA Cracks Down on False Claims
According to Commander Jason Humbert, M.H.S., R.N., a regulatory operations officer in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, the agency has warned and/or taken action against a number of companies that have made improper claims about their products’ intended use as a treatment or cure for autism or autism-related symptoms. Some of these so-called therapies carry significant health risks and include:
“Chelation Therapies.” These products claim to cleanse the body of toxic chemicals and heavy metals by binding to them and “removing” them from circulation. They come in a number of forms, including sprays, suppositories, capsules, liquid drops and clay baths. Chelating important minerals needed by the body can lead to serious and life-threatening outcomes.
The National Autism Association’s Big Red Safety Box® is a free-of-charge safety toolkit for autism families in need of wandering-prevention tools.
NAA’s Big Red Safety Box® includes:
Educational materials and tools, including NAA’s Be REDy Booklet
Two (2) GE Door/Window Alarms including batteries
One (1) MedicAlert Bracelet or Pendant, and One (1) Shoe ID tag. You will receive instructions in the box to submit your custom personalization order and create your free MedicAlert account
Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
New findings on regression in autism
Q: Is there evidence that regression may be a universal aspect of autism rather than one subtype of autism?
We have to be cautious about saying that anything is universal in autism. Autism involves so much diversity. Rather, I’d say that regression may be much more common than we used to think.
This may be especially true if we broaden our definition of regression beyond loss of language and look at how kids are losing skills before they speak. When we track their communication skills and abilities over time, starting in infancy, we see evidence that they’re doing certain things less. There’s a larger proportion of kids where we see evidence that they’re not as socially engaged at 9 or 12 months as they were at 6 months.
As a result of all these things, I think we may be getting away from the notion that regression is in just a minority of children with autism. As we start to think about loss of skills more broadly, it may be that regression affects most kids with autism in some way.
Upcoming and Archived Webinars
‘Perfectly Normal’: Autism Through a Lens
At about the halfway point of “Perfectly Normal,” the artful short documentary about a man with Asperger’s syndrome, there is a rare filmic experience of the sensory overload of autism.
For about a minute, as Jordan, the articulate middle-aged subject of the film, speaks about his own condition, the soundtrack skitters and booms, rapid jump cuts intensify the sense of danger, and in this swelling moment of uncertainty, the viewer experiences a fleeting sense of what it might be like to live in a condition of permanent, anxious neural flood. “You think life has one circle, but no, there are circles which are added to extra circles that create chaos, and it looks like you’re drowning,” Jordan says.
Webinar - Supporting Sensory Needs in Children & Teens with ASD
Mon, May 8, 2017
Sensory issues are a complex and often overlooked issue for individuals on the autism spectrum. Join occupational therapist Lindsey Biel - co-author of the book Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, to learn tips for successfully supporting children and teens who struggle with sensory discomfort and pain.
Does your Middle or High Schooler struggle with Executive Functioning tasks? Is disorganization or complicated planning hindering their ability to get more out of their programs or classes? Join us for a discussion on strategies to help build organizational skills and strategies for students with ASD.
Choreographing Effective Paraeducator Support in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings
Supporting Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities: What Paraeducators Need to Know and Do
The Three Ps for Behavioral Support: Preventive Strategies, Personalized Supports and Positive Strokes
Delivering Effective Paraeducator Support to Students with Disabilities: A Delicate Dance
Teacher and Paraeducator Teaming for Student Success
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 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