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Emory Autism Center 2020 Summer Conference has ended
The Emory Autism Center’s Monarch Summer Conference is for anyone involved with the education of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including educators, vocational providers, behavior specialists, school administrators, paraprofessionals, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, school psychologists, parents, family members, mental health providers, families of individuals with ASD, and individuals with ASD.

We are featuring 25 sessions with top notch speakers in education and transition for students with ASD. Please identify the appropriate track (parent, education, transition) that will fit your interests/needs in order to identify sessions to attend.

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Wednesday, July 15
 

1:15am EDT

6A Toilet Training Individuals with ASD: Strategies for Success
Summary:
The process of developing a successful toileting routine can be uniquely challenging for children with ASD.  This presentation will describe practical strategies for achieving toileting independence.  In addition, a comprehensive toilet training procedure designed to teach any aged individual how to master toileting skills will be described.  Freedom from pull-ups will open a world of new opportunities for inclusion and independence.


Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the importance of toilet training and common barriers for success
2. Participants will be able to describe prerequisite skills for toilet training.
3. Participants will be able to develop an understanding of two evidence-based techniques for toilet training.

Speakers
SH

Sharon Hynes, M.Ed., BCBA

Emory Autism Center
Sharon Hynes, MEd, BCBA, received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), from Arizona State University. She has worked with individuals with... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 1:15am - 2:15am EDT
Downstairs 6C

7:45am EDT

Check-In
Wednesday July 15, 2020 7:45am - 8:30am EDT

8:30am EDT

5AB Welcome & Announcements
Wednesday July 15, 2020 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Upstairs 5AB

9:00am EDT

5AB Looking for an autism resource? We have a tool kit for that!
Summary:
Janet and J-Jaye will be highlighting and sharing the variety of evidence-based resources and tool kits that Autism Speaks has for our students with autism and their caregivers, educators, service providers and more. From help with blood draws to MRI teaching stories, Autism Speaks provides both printable and interactive resources covering many of the topics we encounter in our day to day life with autism. Bring your topics of concern and learn about the free resources available from the Autism Treatment Networks, the Autism Response Team and Autism Speaks.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn to successfully navigate the evidence-based resources and tool kits that are available to our community on the Autism Speaks website.
  2. Participants will access the free services offered by the Autism Response Team to all members of our community.
  3. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own areas of concern and be connected with online resources and supports.
 

Speakers
JW

Janet Williams

Director, Community Outreach, Autism Speaks
Janet is the Director of Community Outreach for Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic at Autism Speaks. She is responsible for planning and producing events and programs that support Autism Speaks strategic goals, mission and objectives. She is also responsible for disseminating information... Read More →
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J-Jaye Hurley

Autism Response Team Associate, Autism Speaks
J-Jaye is an Autism Response Team Associate at Autism Speaks. She is responsible for providing resources, supports and services for the Southeast region – including GA, TN, NC, SC, DC, MD and VA. The Autism Response Team (ART) is an information line for the autism community to... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Upstairs 5AB

10:30am EDT

5AB Better Together: Strategies for Inclusion in the Co-Taught Classroom
Summary:
Students learn best when they truly belong as part of a supportive, collaborative learning community. Through Specially Designed Instruction (SDI), educators adapt content, methodology or delivery of instruction to address the student’s needs. With structure, order and predictability in the inclusive classroom, all students benefit from the implementation of best practices. Throughout this session, participants will gain a better understanding of SDI, the relationship of the special and general educators, and strategies to increase initiation, investment and engagement for all students.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to define key characteristics of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI).
2. Participants will gain an understanding of best practices such as data collection, structured environments, prompting and fading, as well as academic accommodations to implement in the co-taught setting.
3.Participants will learn strategies to co-plan and create a partnership between the special education teacher and the general education teacher.

Speakers
SH

Samantha Hebenstreit

Autism Specialist, Tapestry Public Charter School
Samantha began her work with students with autism while attendingThe University of St. Thomas in 2000, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree inSociology and Family Studies. Samantha spent several years working as a BehaviorTherapist before moving to Atlanta to pursue her... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Upstairs 5AB

11:45am EDT

Lunch
Wednesday July 15, 2020 11:45am - 1:15pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

6A Overview of the Diagnosis Criteria and Assessment of Autism
Summary:
This presentation will explain the diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as specified by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5, 2013) and the difference between the diagnosis of ASD per the DSM-5 and special education eligibility of ASD in the school systems. An introduction to the screening and detection of ASD will be described. The presentation will share an overview of the diagnostic evaluation models used in Emory Autism Center’s Child Autism Assessment and Screening Clinic and the Teen and Adult Assessment Program.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to describe the prevalence and characteristics of ASD in the United States.
  2. Participants will be able to define the diagnostic criteria for ASD as specified by theDSM-5 and the criteria used in the school systems for Autism eligibility.
  3. Participants will be able to identify guiding principles of developmental and comprehensive approaches to the assessment of autism.

Speakers
AS

Allison Schwartz, PhD

Assessment Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory Autism Center
Before coming to the EAC, I worked as a school psychologist in the DeKalb County School District. Previous positions included school psychology positions and internships at a GNETS program and several schools and school systems in Georgia and New York, working at the Marcus Autism... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Downstairs 6A

1:15pm EDT

6B Exploring the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®): Evidence-based Practice for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism
Summary:
The PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) Curriculum is a manualized, evidence-based, and ecologically valid social skills training for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The PEERS® curriculum is taught over the course of 16 weeks and focuses on how to make and keep friends, as well as how to manage conflict and rejection. Each lesson consists of didactic instruction, as well as role-plays, behavioral rehearsals, and homework assignments. During this presentation, participants will be introduced to the 15 topics covered during the curriculum, as well as have the opportunity to participate in an abridged version of one of the didactic lessons.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn who the PEERS curriculum is designed to benefit.
  2. Participants will be introduced to the skills covered within the PEERS curriculum.
  3. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in an abridged version of a PEERS lesson.


Speakers
avatar for Molly Tucker, MSW

Molly Tucker, MSW

Training and Advocacy Specialist, Center for Leadership in Disability- Georgia State University


Wednesday July 15, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Downstairs 6B

1:15pm EDT

5AB Panel Discussion: Collaboration to Support Inclusive Programming for Students with ASD
Speakers
KB

Katie Brown, Ed.S.

Principal, Troup County Schools
I have been in education for 20 years starting as a teacher, then moving into instructional coaching, then as assistant principal and on to Principal at LCE. LCE is a state recognized Title 1 distinguished school of 550 students with a diverse population. I am originally from northern... Read More →
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Sharon Mines, BS

General Education Teacher, Troup County Schools
I am a first grade teacher at Long Cane Elementary in Lagrange, GA. My husband, Will, and I met in college at Auburn University and have been married for 9 years. We have two daughters, Molly Kate and Claire. I have 10 years of teaching experience in Pre-K - 2nd grade. My goal is... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin

Special Education Teacher, Troup County Schools
Valerie has her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies PK-8 and is certified in Early Childhood Education, Middle School Education, and Special Education. She has been a teacher for 20 years. She decided to become an Exceptional Education teacher 3 years ago. She has taught in Gwinnett... Read More →
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Laura HIcks

Speech Language Pathologist, Troup County Schools
My name is Laura Hicks. I am married to Daniel and have two sons, Ridge and Rance. I grew up and reside in LaGrange, Ga. I am a Valdosta State graduate receiving my Bachelors and Masters degree in Communication Disorders. I have worked at Long Cane Elementary for 11 years as the Speech... Read More →
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Rochelle Pompey, Ed.S.

Instructional Specialist, Troup County Schools
Rochelle Pompey is the Instructional Specialist at Long Cane Elementary School in Lagrange, GA. She completed her Specialist degree in Educational Leadership at Columbus State University. Rochelle spent 17 years teaching and 4 years as an Elementary administrator. She was also honored... Read More →
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Kristin Highland

Paraprofessional, Troup County Schools
I am currently the behavioral paraprofessional for Long Cane Elementary school in which I focus primarily on assisting students who require behavioral intervention as part of their IEP. I focus primarily on identifying behavioral triggers for each student, as well as, implementing... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 1:15pm - 3:30pm EDT
Upstairs 5AB

2:30pm EDT

6A Lean with it, Learn with it, Rock with it
Summary:
In this interactive session participate will experience evidence based practices for students with Autism in a brand new way. As group we will LEAN into the research, LEARN creative ways to implement ideas, and ROCK-out to our student’s success.

Learning Objectives:
1. Name two or more resources for Evidence-based Practices for ASD
2. Articulate why Evidence-based Practices need to be implemented
3. Locate reliable ASD online EBP learning modules

Speakers
JB

J. Brock Tarno, Ed.S.

Coordinator for Autism Programming & Supports, Henry County Schools
J. Brock Tarno began his career in Clayton County Public Schools in 2007. He received his M.A.T. and Ed.S. in Special Education from Valdosta State University. Presently, he is working in Henry County Schools as the Coordinator for Autism programming and supports. Additionally, Mr... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6A

2:30pm EDT

6C Neurodiversity: Variation of Brain and Behavior
Summary
In this session we will explore the concept of “neurodiversity” and its’ origins in the autism community. Some key questions to be addressed include: What does it mean to be “neurodiverse” or “neurotypical”? Are these groups and what qualifies someone to be “in” or “out” of the group of “neurodiversity”?Why do humans seek to label and classify ways of functioning? What are the bounds of being “neurodiverse” and what are some key personal, social, and societal implications? What does it mean to say someone is on the “autism spectrum and how does this help or hinder the person’s engagement with the world in which they live? How can neurodiversity expand our thinking to appreciate unique ways of engaging with the world?

Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will be able to identify at least two reasons that diagnostic labels exist.
  2. Participants will be able to define the concept of neurodiversity.
  3. Participants will be able to indicate how the autism spectrum represents neurodiversity.

Speakers
CR

Catherine Rice, Ph.D.

Director, Emory Autism Center
Catherine Rice, PhD, is the Director of the Emory Autism Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. She is a Developmental Psychologist and is a Licensed Psychologist in Georgia. Her clinical and educational work has focused the meaning of the... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6C

2:30pm EDT

6B Packing Your Bags: Transition Journey to Adulthood
Summary:
Transition from school to adulthood is marked as a critical time for students with disabilities. For these students to have successful postschool outcomes, planning for that transition requires a process that promotes movement to postsecondary environments which include postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to name the two required areas to address in the transition components of the IEP.
2. Participants will be able to list two reasons why students need to be active participants in the IEP process.
3. Participants will be able to describe how a Summary of Performance is developed.

Speakers
EJ

Elise James, MS

Transition Specialist, Post-school Outcomes, Georgia Department of Education
Elise James has been a Program Specialist with the Georgia Department of Education for over 11 years. Her primary responsibilities are as the lead for transition initiatives and the scaling up of self-determination efforts across Georgia, including providing training and technical... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6B
 
Thursday, July 16
 

7:45am EDT

Check-In
Thursday July 16, 2020 7:45am - 8:30am EDT

8:30am EDT

Welcome & Announcements
Thursday July 16, 2020 8:30am - 8:45am EDT
Upstairs 5AB

8:45am EDT

5AB Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions during Early Intervention and Beyond
Summary:
Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI) are commonly thought of as applying to young children with ASD and their families. The use of NBDI is going beyond early intervention and can be used successfully for school-aged youth and adults. Intervention targeted with NDBI during early childhood does not have to end once a child leaves early intervention. This presentation will provide an overview of NBDI and how the targets of early intervention can also be targeted with school-aged youth and adults during naturally occurring activities and routines.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe the tenants of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions and how they differ from traditional treatment for ASD.
2. Participants will be able to describe how to extend treatment first targeted in early childhood to apply to school-aged and adults with ASD.
3. Participants will be able to identify and target goals for school-aged and adult individuals with ASD into ongoing activities and routines.

Speakers
MM

Michael Morrier, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Early Emory Center for Child Development and Enrichment, Emory Autism Center
Dr. Michael J. Morrier is the Program Director for Child Behavioral Interventions at the Emory Autism Center, as well as n Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory. For more than 25 years, Dr. Morrier has provided diagnostic and intervention... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 8:45am - 10:00am EDT
Upstairs 5AB

10:15am EDT

5AB Teaching Self-Contained Elementary Special Education: A Practical Perspective
Summary:
This presentation, we will discuss the basics for designing and managing students’ behaviors, academics, and independence in a self-contained elementary education setting. Emphasis will be placed on classroom setup, differentiation, and behavioral management. We will also discuss various strategies to support community-based instruction.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify three types of visual supports that can be used to aide in scheduling and transitions during the school day.
2. Participants will be able to describe how to practically differentiate and use token systems to manage behavior within the classroom setting.
3. Participants will explain methods designed to support community-based instruction.

Speakers
KH

Kelsey Hester, M.Ed.

Special Education Teacher, Tift County Schools
">I teach a self-contained elementary special education classroom designed to support the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. This is my fourth year teaching and I have experience in preschool intervention as well as elementary... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Upstairs 5AB

10:15am EDT

6C The Power of Paraprofessionals: Creating Partnerships in Co-Teaching Classrooms
Summary
As teachers, we are responsible for implementing meaningful instruction as well as supporting paraprofessionals by providing specific training, observations, modeling and feedback regarding their interactions with students. By enhancing the paraprofessional/teacher partnership, staff can engage in ongoing conversations about their support styles, the need for aiding and fading, and the overarching learning opportunities for all students.

Learning Objectives
  1. After attending this session, participants will understand how to effectively train paraprofessionals in the co-teaching setting to increase student engagement, independence and academic achievement.
  2. Attendees will learn strategies to engage in reflective practice to examine the relationship between teachers, paraeducators and students.
  3. Participants will learn how to design a day utilizing paraprofessionals through communication strategies, and roles and responsibilities checklist.

Speakers
SH

Samantha Hebenstreit

Autism Specialist, Tapestry Public Charter School
Samantha began her work with students with autism while attendingThe University of St. Thomas in 2000, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree inSociology and Family Studies. Samantha spent several years working as a BehaviorTherapist before moving to Atlanta to pursue her... Read More →
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Christina Gonzalez

Academic Support Specialist, Tapestry Public Charter School
Christina Gonzalez is the Academic Support Specialist and the Special Education Department Chair at Tapestry Public Charter School, in Dekalb County. She is a certified special education teacher who obtained her Master’s Degree in Administration and School Leadership from Concordia... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Downstairs 6C

10:15am EDT

6A Family Engagement: Unraveling the mysteries and sharing secrets!
Summary:
Participants will learn how to put real family engagement into practice as well as how to locate resources for support in Georgia. Participants will learn about dispute/conflict prevention options that will lead to greater outcomes for students.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to list 2 resources that help with family engagement.
2. Participants will be able to identify 2 barriers to family engagement.
3. Participants will be able to locate dispute prevention resources.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Jones, BS Ed.

Sharon Jones, BS Ed.

Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education
I am a Family Engagement Specialist with the GaDOE and I work with agencies and families in Georgia to support families of students with disabilities. I have been an advocate for families for over 20 years and use my experiences raising a child with autism and working in a school... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Downstairs 6A

10:15am EDT

6B Setting functional goals for transition-age youth with autism
Summary:
Student-Focused Planning and Student Development are two key aspects of high quality transition planning for students with IEPs. For students with autism, we believe that the areas of (a) social skills, (b) self-awareness, (c) executive functioning skills, and (d) daily living skills are critical for preparation for an interdependent life in adulthood. Come learn about our model for assessing these key areas and brainstorm goals and activities that will help transition-age youth with ASD build these critical functional skills.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the components of a best-practice model for transition planning.
2. Participants will be able to discuss key skill domains that are critical to address in developing goals for the Transition Plan in the IEP.
3. Participants will be able to match transition goals with contexts and activities that are relevant and meaningful for students and their families.

Speakers
MS

Matt Segall, Ph.D.

Educational Consultant & Licensed Psychologist, Emory Autism Center
Matt Segall, PhD, is the Program Director for Education and Transition Services program at the Emory Autism Center. Matt is a Licensed Psychologist in Georgia with a background in School Psychology. His program at the Emory Autism Center focuses on delivering training and professional... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Downstairs 6B

11:15am EDT

Lunch
Thursday July 16, 2020 11:15am - 1:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

5AB To Infinity and Beyond: Using 'Toy Story' and Other Disney Movies to Teach Social Skills
Summary:
You've got a friend in using children's love of all things Disney to instruct how to make to pals and deal with other social situations. Learn how to creatively incorporate a kid's favorite Disney flick into various evidence-based practices.

Learning Objectives:
1) Participants will learn how to incorporate the interests of a child with autism into social situations
2) Participants will learn evidence-based practices on social skills

Speakers
RM

Rachel McCann

Coordinator, SEC (Powers Ferry)
Dr. Rachel McCann is currently the autism coordinator for Fulton County Schools. Dr. McCann has worked in many areas of special education from inclusion to self-contained autism. She has had the opportunity to provide supports to students with disabilities in the eligibility areas... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Upstairs 5AB

1:00pm EDT

6A Introduction to the IEP/504 Process
Summary:
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the IEP/504 process, including definitions of the continuum of services and appropriate accommodations. We will also discuss the definitions of the IEP and 504 plan, as well as their similarities and differences. In addition, the presentation will highlight who is eligible for an IEP versus a 504 plan and how to be an active participant before, during, and after the meetings.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the differences between the IEP and the 504 plan.
2. Participants will be able to identify who is eligible for an IEP vs. a 504 plan.
3. Participants will be able to identify ways they can be an active participants before, during, and after meetings.

Speakers
LB

Lindsey B. Coker, M.Ed.

Educational Resource Coordinator, Anna Shaw Children's Institute
I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Elementary Education in 2008, after completing my student teaching in Geelong, Australia. Once returning to the States, I became a special education paraprofessional and went on to receive my Masters of Education from the... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Downstairs 6A

1:00pm EDT

6B Navigating New Waters: Inclusive college programs for students with intellectual disabilities
Summary:
Inclusive college for students with intellectual disabilities has been expanding for decades. Georgia currently has nine programs, and the Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary Education Consortium is working with several other colleges and universities to build the capacity for welcoming students onto their campuses and into their classrooms. We will address background and strategies for transitioning students into this postsecondary option. Clearly, careful preparation of these youth and their families is necessary, much as it is for their typical peers.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will learn about the nine inclusive postsecondary education programs in Georgia.
2. Participants will learn resources for preparing effective transition plans that can lead to inclusive postsecondary education.
3. Participants will learn about employment outcomes for students who attend inclusive postsecondary education programs.

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Miller-Raines, MSW

Susanna Miller-Raines, MSW

Operations Coordinator, Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University
Susanna Miller-Raines, MSW is the Operations Coordinator for the Center for Leadership in Disability in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She is the Statewide Coordinator for the Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary Education Consortium, is the Project Coordinator... Read More →
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Sheryl Arno

Director, Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta
Sheryl Arno currently is the Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta. She consults with the Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary Education Consortium, housed at the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She is also a private consultant through her... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Downstairs 6B

1:00pm EDT

6C : Your High School As a City: How and Why to Create School-Based Work Experiences
Summary:
We will focus on practical ways you can use your school building to develop meaningful work sites and school-based enterprises to help students build social skills, self-advocacy skills, soft skills, and executive functioning skills.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will understand the difference between school-based work sites and school-based enterprises.
  2. Participants will be able to define and list important considerations when creating school-based enterprises/ work sites.
  3. Participants will be able to formulate transition plan goals to align with school-based work experiences.

Speakers
DH

Dayna Holbel, M.Ed.

Educational Consultant, Emory Autism Center
My focus throughout my career in education has been in developing meaningful transition activities and plans for students. Meaningful transition starts with the student at the center and includes families, teachers, community members, and service providers to effectively plan for... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Downstairs 6C

2:15pm EDT

5AB Lean with it, Learn with it, Rock with it
Summary:
In this interactive session participate will experience evidence based practices for students with Autism in a brand new way. As group we will LEAN into the research, LEARN creative ways to implement ideas, and ROCK-out to our student’s success. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Name two or more resources for Evidence-based Practices for ASD
2. Articulate why Evidence-based Practices need to be implemented
3. Locate reliable ASD online EBP learning modules

Speakers
JB

J. Brock Tarno, Ed.S.

Coordinator for Autism Programming & Supports, Henry County Schools
J. Brock Tarno began his career in Clayton County Public Schools in 2007. He received his M.A.T. and Ed.S. in Special Education from Valdosta State University. Presently, he is working in Henry County Schools as the Coordinator for Autism programming and supports. Additionally, Mr... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Upstairs 5AB

2:15pm EDT

6A Out of Options?: A Bag of Behavior Tools and Tricks for Inclusive Elementary Teachers
Summary:
In this session we will discuss routines, specific strategies, and behavior systems that will benefit ALL students but set students with ASD up for success in inclusive classrooms. We will focus specifically on ways to help difficult students take ownership of their behaviors. We will discuss strategies that help with even the most difficult behaviors while bringing attention to the positive behavior of all students.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will learn ways to create a positive, inclusive learning environment for all students.
2. Participants will learn a variety of strategies to learn with all students to improve the most difficult behaviors.
3. Participants will hear real-life examples of struggles and successes from a first grade inclusion classroom.

Speakers
SM

Sharon Mines, BS

General Education Teacher, Troup County Schools
I am a first grade teacher at Long Cane Elementary in Lagrange, GA. My husband, Will, and I met in college at Auburn University and have been married for 9 years. We have two daughters, Molly Kate and Claire. I have 10 years of teaching experience in Pre-K - 2nd grade. My goal is... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Downstairs 6A

2:15pm EDT

6C Supporting Families: Education and Collaboration through the IEP Process
Summary:
About 1 in 6 students are now diagnosed with a developmental disability. Federal law requires schools to provide special education services in the form of an individualized education program (IEP) for students with disabilities. When parents and school districts have different ideas about the services that special education students should receive, disagreements can lead to disputes.  The best way to avoid misunderstandings with parents is to have ongoing, clear lines of communication from the beginning.  Effective communication is essential for building school-family partnerships. 
 
This session will engage its audience and discuss strategies for building partnerships with parents and ways to support them because their role in their student’s learning is essential. Educators and district leaders attending this session will learn strategies for effective IEP and ways to avoid conflict. Families that attend will understand the IEP process and their rights as a parent of a student with a disability. Come learn these tools and so much more as we focus on parents, educators and student success.

Learning Objectives:
1 Participants will be able to quote research on student learning. This learning is enhanced by the involvement of parents and families in their children’s educationprocess.
2. Participants will be taught a minimum of three strategies to prevent conflict and build positive school-family partnerships.
3. Participants will list one benefit to understanding the perspective of others and strive for a shared goal with positive outcomes both for families and school districts.

Speakers
KB

Karen Barineau, Ed.S.

Educational Consultant, Karen 4 Kids
Karen Barineau, Ed. S. has been working in the field of special education for over 30 years. Currently, she is an Educational Consultant and President of Karen 4 Kids (K4K) LLC.  She advises school and district employees on strategies to improve classrooms that have students with... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Downstairs 6C

2:15pm EDT

6B Transition Planning for College-Bound Students with ASD
Summary:
Transition from high school into whatever comes next for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is challenging for students and families alike. Even those individuals that are high achieving and college-bound tend to struggle in college environments and have poor outcomes despite their intellectual abilities. This presentation aims to identify supports necessary at the high school level in order to increase success at the college level (e.g., IEP goals, extending time in high school, elective classes that address social, vocational and independent living skills, etc.). We will also discuss the supports available at the college level (academic accommodations, peer mentoring, academic coaching, etc.) and how these college supports will differ (sometimes drastically) from the support system students experienced in high school.

Learning Objectives:
1.Understand high school supports/IEP goals that should be in place prior to graduating in order to prepare for the college environment
2.Understand changes between high school and college supports (IDEA vs. ADA, etc.)
3.Understand supports available to college students with ASD in order to increase opportunities for success

Speakers
KB

Kelsey Bohlke, LPC, CRC

Counselor, Emory Autism Center
Kelsey Bohlke is a counselor at the Emory Autism Center, having worked at the EAC since July 2015. Ms. Bohlke works with the Education and Transition Services program at EAC, providing individual counseling to adolescents and young adults with ASD, engaging in transition assessments... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Downstairs 6B

3:30pm EDT

5AB Peer Mediated Instruction
Summary:
This presentation will give simple and easy to apply tips for introducing peer mediated instruction into a school setting. The teacher will be given the knowledge and skills to: choose buddies, train those buddies and create opportunities for buddies to interact. Teachers will also learn ways to create greater independence in their students through the use of peer mediated instruction.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to implement a buddy program in their school setting.
2. Participants will be able to teach peer buddies skills to better interact with their students.
3. Participants will be able to teach peer buddies how to implement procedures to decrease adult prompting.

Speakers
DW

Danielle Wetherald, M.Ed.

Special Education Teacher, Lee County Schools
I am currently in my third year of teaching in a 3-5th grade MOID self-contained classroom. Previous to teaching I served as a special education paraprofessional for three years while I earned my bachelor's degree. I have experience in SID, MIID, and inclusion settings as well. I... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Upstairs 5AB

3:30pm EDT

6C Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Promote Self-Regulation
Summary:
In this presentation participants will gain an understanding of a child’s sensory processing in the school environment. An emphasis will be placed on the individualized planning for sensory processing deficits and the need for creating sensory friendly and safe learning environments. Participants will be educated on sensory modulation and the seven sensory systems (Auditory System, Visual System, Tactile System, Olfactory System, Gustatory System, Vestibular System, and Proprioceptive System). Emphasis will be placed on developing meaningful and budget friendly sensory diets that promote self-regulation in a variety of classroom settings.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the barriers in a classroom that prevent sensory friendly environments.
2. Participants will be able to Identify at sensory strategies for teaching sensory modulation and self-regulation
3. Participants will be able to identify self-regulation and arousal states.
4. Participants will be able to identify classroom friendly sensory equipment and gain an understanding of safety precautions.
5. Participants will learn procedures for using weighted materials in the classroom.

Speakers
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Kim Bruce, Ed.S. OT/L

Assistant Special Education Director and Occupational Therapist, Tift County Schools
My name is Kim Bruce. I have had the pleasure of being a licensed school based occupational therapist for thirteen years. I graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Masters of Health Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006 and earned an Educational Leadership Degree... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6C

3:30pm EDT

6B Addressing the Transition to Adulthood in Autism Spectrum Disorder Through a Patient-Centered Lens
The purpose of this session is to host an open discussion regarding the challenges encountered during the transition to adulthood in autism spectrum disorder and identify ways to overcome these challenges from the individual and caregiver perspective. Conference participants will share what they learned from today's conference and identify next steps that need to be taken.

Speakers
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Susan Brasher, Ph.D., CPNP

Assistant Professor, Emory University
Dr. Susan Brasher is an Assistant Professor at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Her background includes being a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Registered Nurse. She obtained her PhD in in Nursing with an emphasis in neurodevelopmental... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6B

3:30pm EDT

6C Why Problem Behaviors Occur and What to Do About Them
Summary:
This presentation will provide an overview of why problem behaviors occur and how they
work for those who use them; what triggers problem behaviors and makes them continue;
and general ways to prevent, teach replacements for, and reduce problem behaviors.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to explain the difference between what a behavior looks like and how it functions-and why that is important.
2. Participants will be able to name the 4 ways that a behavior can function.
3. Participants will be able to specify several ways to prevent and to respond to problem behaviors.

Speakers
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Charles Coleman, MEd, BCBA

Emory Autism Center
Charles Coleman, MEd, BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with the BehaviorSupport and Skill Building Program at the Emory Autism Center. He has workedcollaboratively with individuals with autism of all ages and their families for over 23 years,providing both intensive and... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Downstairs 6A