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In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Hussman Institute for Autism will present a series of four weekly presentations in April on topics that connect current autism research to everyday life.
Parents and others supporting people with autism often search for ways to better understand behaviors and communication differences. Presenters will help bridge the gap between the neurological basis of autism and the understanding and supports many people with autism may need.
Beth Benevides, Associate Director for Outreach
Fernanda T. Orsati, Ph.D, Clinical Research Associate
Holly Bennett, M.S., BCBA, LBA, The Children’s Spot
Have the individuals with autism in your life been experiencing behavior difficulties in your classroom or home and cannot communicate what is happening? In this interactive session, we will work with parents, caregivers, teachers and/or support people to clearly describe the behavior, identify possible functions, and implement supports to address the underlying need and reduce challenging behavior, all in a small group workshop setting. Presenters will share a variety of skills to analyze behavior and practice with examples during the session. Participants will learn to apply those skills toward the behaviors specific to their child or student, and leave with practical strategies for positive behavior support. Due to its interactive nature, space in this workshop is limited. Upon registration you will receive a letter confirming your attendance.
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the components of a coaching protocol for creating cycles of interaction with individuals with autism who do not use speech as a primary mode of communication. Grounded in naturalistic teaching strategies, the cycle of communication model breaks down steps in creating and supporting reciprocal, rewarding opportunities for interaction between communication partners (parent/child; sibling/sibling; teacher/student; para/student). Presenters will share current research results using this protocol, introduce the central concepts and examples of each across varied contexts, as well as provide opportunities for practice and problem solving. This workshop is intended for parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals supporting individuals with autism. If applicable, participants are welcome to bring the AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) device used by their child or student, in order to tailor practice activities to the programs or technology they use.
Gene Blatt, Ph.D, Director of Neuroscience