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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
 

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
 
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
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

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

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

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