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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
 

1:15pm EDT

5AB Panel Discussion: Collaboration to Support Inclusive Programming for Students with ASD
Speakers
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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 →
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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
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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
 
Thursday, July 16
 

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
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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
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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

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
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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

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

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
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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
KB

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