Greetings from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project. We hope you find the information below useful and interesting. You can always find more training opportunities and information on our blog.
Big Picture Planning provides schools and families a flexible structure for engaging in conversations about how best to support the transition to post-school living for students with disabilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a completed Big Picture Planning for session activities. By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
*Provide examples of how to adapt Big Picture Planning for different transition needs, ages, setting, and family structures
*Use Big Picture Planning to improve IEP and transition plan writing and implementation
*Design a school-wide system to support ongoing, embedded Big Picture Planning system
*Use learned strategies to facilitate more difficult transition-based conversations with families and students
Read more and register here.
February 28 - March 2
Sessions of special interest include: "The Birds and the Bees: Puberty, Hygiene, Safety and Sexuality for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder" and "Penny vs. Sheldon: An Approach to Social Communication Instruction" and "Google Form Data Collecting Made Easy" and "Writing Data Friendly, Individualized IEP Goals" and "Social Skills Aren’t Rocket Science!" and "How to Write Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Goals for IEPs" and "Expanding Your Toolbox; How to Integrate Zones of Regulation across the School Setting."
You can find the full conference schedule here.
Facing the Frontal Lobe: Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills in Students with Planning, Organization, Emotional Control, Working Memory and Attention Needs
Participants in the workshop will learn the impact of Executive Functioning on student learning and social interaction. The workshop is designed for all educators as attention is given to those skills needed by kindergarten through middle school students to be successful in a general and special education classroom. Participants will learn about the five domains of cognitive skills and will be given resource ideas and strategies that are designed to support strong cognitive skills in students. The strategies presented focus on skills that promote effective organization and time management, task completion, independent work, student goal setting and accountability. Additionally, the intervention ideas also provide a foundation to assist student self-monitoring, impulse control and emotional management.
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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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YETI is a week-long opportunity for children with social skill challenges to develop thier skills. Peer models attend this camp and each child has a 1:1 interventionist.
December 14, 3:30 - 5:00
This talk is developed for bosy with ASD ages 10 and older. The boys will learn about body changes,urges, embarrasment, how to talk to their parents, attreaction and other strategies for this challenging life transition.
Upcoming and Archived Webinars
This workshop discusses the wide range of assistive technology available to help support children’s sensory and behavior needs. Tools, apps, and resources will be discussed and demonstrated.
Addressing Challenging Behaviors: An in depth look at antecedent and consequence strategies
View the archived webinar here.
Making The Team: SEL Skills for Successful Relationships among Educators
Our Autism Consultants are available to provide consultations for students with autism for no charge. Please contact Doug Doty at email@example.com if you are interested in scheduling a consultation visit.
OPI Has Behavioral Consultants
The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) has 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Doug Doty, Statewide Coordinator
OPI Montana Autism Education Project