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1 Day Event:
April 16, 2012

Cost of Attendance:
$215.00 per person

Event Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

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(5 hours )

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Practical Strategies for Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by Lori Ernsperger
Autism Consultant, Author and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Counselors, Speech Therapists, Paraprofessionals, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

  • Dozens of highly practical strategies for working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Classroom‑tested ways to increase student learning by using age‑appropriate schedules, predictable routines and providing visual organization designed specifically for these students
  • Learn to identify the functions for inappropriate behaviors along with strategies to help reduce those behaviors in both general and special education classrooms
  • Numerous practical strategies for increasing social skills development while reducing stress in order to maximize learning
  • Demonstrations, modeling, videos, and an extensive resource handbook filled with strategies and ideas you can use in your classroom immediately
ASHA CEUs Available

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Increasing numbers of students are being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders. How can we, as teachers, meet their unique needs in our classrooms and still meet the needs of the rest of the class?

Dr. Lori Ernsperger will engage you in a highly interactive and fast‑paced seminar addressing the many questions and concerns you have as a special education teacher, general education teacher, paraprofessional, or therapist who works with these students.

Lori will share evidence‑based techniques and strategies to increase learning and promote positive behavior. She will give you ready‑to‑implement ways to develop predictable schedules, organize the environment, teach social skills, and manage problem behaviors. You will leave this seminar with dozens of ideas and strategies to help you make a real difference in your students’ learning.

Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook including the techniques and strategies discussed in the seminar and much, much more!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Expand Your Toolkit of Strategies for Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Discover evidence‑based techniques to help these students be more successful in both the special and general education classroom ... Practical interventions that have been classroom proven in grades K‑12
  2. Learn Practical Ideas to Teach Social Skills Development
    Incorporate positive strategies that will help students become more socially aware and accepted by their peers ... Numerous practical techniques and supports to develop social skills ... Dozens of examples, video clips and demonstrations to help you implement the strategies
  3. Implement Powerful Structured Teaching Strategies
    Whether you are teaching first grade or high school, learn how to identify appropriate instructional methods to meet the needs of your students ... Classroom-tested techniques to help these students become more successful learners in your classroom
  4. Increase Student Learning with Easy‑to‑Use Practical Ideas
    Discover a wealth of ideas for organizing the learning environment and creating effective schedules to greatly improve the success of your students with high‑functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome ... Ways to strengthen your teaching and your students’ learning with ready‑to‑use strategies you can implement immediately in your classroom
  5. Increase Positive and Acceptable Behaviors
    Learn how to identify the functions of interfering behaviors along with strategies to help reduce these behaviors ... Successful ways to use reinforcement techniques to teach replacement and alternative behaviors
  6. Enhance Your Students’ Organization Skills
    Incorporate proven ways to help your students organize themselves and their materials in order to develop independent learning skills ... Ready‑to‑use examples and ideas
  7. Identify the Characteristics of Sensory Processing Difficulties in the Classroom
    Review specific criteria of sensory issues in the environment and practical strategies to integrate a sensory diet ... Ways to design a classroom that supports the students’ sensory needs
  8. Review Steps for Addressing Anger and Stress Management in the Classroom
    Learn how to teach stress and anger management strategies ... Use a stress hierarchy to determine the stress levels of your students ... Learn how to apply each intervention at the right time and in the right place
  9. Use Practical Evidence‑Based Methods
    Utilize techniques and methods that are proven to work with this population and are practical to implement in the classroom setting ... Strategies are designed and demonstrated so you can use them with your students immediately
  10. Receive a Detailed Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive handbook filled with the strategies and techniques discussed in the seminar and ready to implement in your classroom immediately

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Outstanding strategies for working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Easy‑to‑implement strategies to increase positive and productive behavior in both the general and special education classroom
  • Dozens of ways to enhance learning by implementing key elements of effective visual and spatial organization in the learning environment
  • Proven ways to modify and adapt your lessons and instructional materials to meet the highly diverse needs of students with pervasive developmental disorders
  • Research‑based strategies translated into practical interventions you can use in your classroom
  • A checklist for successful anger and stress management
  • Establishing predictable routines and strengthening organizational skills to promote independent learning
  • Strategies for teaching Theory of Mind at all grade levels and ideas for addressing social skills and pragmatic language
  • Effectively use structured teaching strategies to best meet the varied learning needs and styles
  • Focus on a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach for working with these students
  • An extensive toolkit of practical ideas and strategies adaptable for kindergarten through grade 12

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

If you are like most professionals in the field of education, you are acutely aware of the increasing prevalence rate for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prevalence rates for this population have grown over 175% in the last ten years. While rates have grown, personnel preparation in the field of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome is limited and is one of the weakest areas for effective programming according to the National Academy of Sciences.

Staff development is lacking in specialized training which targets an in‑depth study of autism, language intervention techniques, social skills methods, and adaptations to the environment. This seminar is specifically designed to fulfill the training needs of school personnel who are working with this increasing population.

During the day I will give you practical ideas for working with students with pervasive developmental disorders. A variety of techniques will be reviewed and demonstrated for addressing problem behaviors, social skills development, stress management, and organizational skills. I will provide you with a clear understanding of this special population and many back‑to‑school ideas which can be implemented immediately.

The strategies and techniques in this seminar are ones that I have used with students and have learned from outstanding experts across the nation. With the support of video demonstrations and an extensive resource handbook, you will be well prepared and equipped to meet the challenges in your setting. Just remember, “If we know better, we’ll do better.”

Lori Ernsperger

P.S. The focus of this seminar will be on practical strategies you can use to increase your effectiveness in the classroom and assist your students in maximizing their learning.

Who Should Attend

Educators working with students in grades K‑12: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Counselors, Speech Therapists, Paraprofessionals, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • A checklist for successful intervention strategies
  • Proven ways to modify and adapt your lessons
  • Key elements of effective visual and spatial organization
  • Numerous ideas to help your students become more socially accepted in the classroom

Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators seeking practical ideas working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Consultation Available
Lori Ernsperger will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own program.

This course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs per day (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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