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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

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

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
 

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

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 →
SA

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

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