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January 8, 2019

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8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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Increase Your Success in Working with Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by Kathy Morris
National Consultant, ASD Expert and Award-Winning Educator

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Specifically Designed for Special Education Staff, General Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Counselors, and Speech Pathologists who Work with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Dozens of highly practical strategies for working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) including Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism and other social and cognitive differences
  • Classroom-tested ways to establish structure, predictability and routines in your classroom to better support students with ASD in order to gain and maintain their focus
  • How to address challenging behaviors using highly effective prevention, intervention and post-vention strategies
  • Demonstrations, video examples, modeling, specific “how-to’s,” and an extensive resource handbook filled with strategies and ideas you can use in your classroom immediately with your students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

Practical Ideas and Strategies

As more and more students are being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, educators are looking for the best practices to help these students experience success in the school setting. How can we, as teachers, meet their unique needs in our classrooms and still meet the needs of the rest of the class? Kathy Morris will engage you in this NEW, highly interactive and fast-paced seminar addressing the many questions and concerns you may have as a special education teacher, classroom teacher, speech pathologist, or paraprofessional who works with these students.

Using humor, demonstrations, role-playing, video clips, and real-life experiences, Kathy will share successful techniques and strategies for increasing learning and positive behavior. She will give you ready-to-implement ways to develop predictable schedules and organize your classroom both physically and visually to maximize learning and minimize distractions. 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. Build and Expand Your Toolkit of Strategies for Working with Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Practical strategies to help these students be more successful in both special and general education classrooms … Practical, evidence-based techniques ready to use tomorrow
  2. Implement the Critical Components for Success with Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Numerous, student-proven strategies that are considered the most critical to help students increase their school skills – socially and academically
  3. Address the Challenging Behaviors of Students on the Spectrum
    Learn to identify the sources of unacceptable behavior along with strategies to help reduce those behaviors … Use techniques such as Power Cards, Cue Cards, Social Autopsies, Social Stories, Body Mapping, and many more
  4. Implement Powerful Structured Teaching Strategies
    Learn how to organize and structure your instruction to meet the needs of students with ASD and help them become more successful learners in your classroom
  5. Enhance Your Students’ Organizational Skills
    Incorporate proven ways to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder organize themselves and their materials in order to develop independent learning and life skills … Hands-on examples and strategies
  6. Intervening with Meltdowns and Tantrums
    Identify the differences between a meltdown and a tantrum and how to intervene more successfully for each … Learn prevention strategies for both
  7. Practical Ideas to Create a Successful Environment
    Choose from a wealth of ideas for organizing, scheduling and setting up the classroom to greatly improve the success of your students with Autism Spectrum Disorders … Strengthen your teaching and your students’ learning with student-proven strategies you can implement immediately
  8. Modify and Adapt Your Instruction to Reach Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Explore teacher-proven methods to modify and adapt your lessons and instructional materials that will truly make a difference for these students … Ways to set up your lessons to enhance the learning and retention of skills and concepts
  9. Ideas for Including Students with Moderate to More Severe Autism in the General Education Classroom
    Examples and hands-on materials that are real-life solutions to help students be more successful and included classmates
  10. Receive a Detailed Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook filled with strategies and techniques discussed in the seminar and ready to implement in your classroom immediately

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Student-proven strategies for working with your students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Outstanding strategies that will make a positive difference in the behavior and academic performance of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Research-based techniques to increase student learning and acceptable student behavior
  • Prevention, intervention, and post-vention techniques for providing greatest possible potential for students on the Autism spectrum
  • Strategies that will also help your students with co-morbid disabilities of ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorders often associated with ASD
  • Proactive, practical and effective strategies that promote self-regulation and appropriate social skills
  • Instructional consequences and post-vention techniques that address escalating behavior and meltdowns
  • Proven ways to modify and adapt your lessons and instructional materials to meet the highly diverse needs of students with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism
  • Research-based strategies translated into practical interventions you can use in your classroom
  • Tips from an experienced educator on how to best work with students with ASD
  • Ideas for turning obsessive subjects into strengths to facilitate learning
  • How to recognize the signs of escalating behavior and defuse symptoms of anxiety
  • Provide strategies that infuse structure, predictability and routine in the therapy room or classroom
  • Video modeling, Power Cards, Social Stories, Keychain Rules, Social Autopsies, Breathe Cards, Emotion Cards, and numerous other visual strategies
  • Establishing predictable routines to strengthen independent learning
  • How to identify possible misinterpretations of behaviors
  • Demonstrations, examples, videos, and specific how-to’s, including an extensive resource handbook

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

“If I could, I would give you wings” is a meaningful phrase from a lullaby that I sang to my sons when they were young. I did not realize at the time that two of my sons would have disabilities (autism and cerebral palsy). Even though I was a special education teacher at the time, it is a different ballgame when they are your own children. It has been my life work to help educators and others understand how to successfully utilize strategies and techniques to reach our students with learning disabilities, and most specifically, Autism Spectrum Disorders. I will share dozens of these ideas and strategies with you at this fast-paced, strategy-packed seminar.

During the day I will give you practical ideas for working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome, and other social-cognitive processing differences. Modifications and accommodations for academic programming, as well as cues for appropriate behaviors will be shared through video clips, role playing and hands-on examples. All these strategies will be ready for you to use the very next day with your students.

The strategies and techniques are ones that I have used with students and have learned from various outstanding experts across the nation. The strategies have worked for the students with whom I’ve worked and I want to share them with you so your students can be more successful in your classroom. Please join me for an exciting day filled with ideas you can use immediately.

Sincerely,
Kathy K. Morris

P.S. The focus of this seminar will be on practical strategies you can use to increase your effectiveness in the classroom.

Who Should Attend

Special Education Staff, General Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Counselors, and Speech Pathologists who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • 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 a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in increasing their success in working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Consultation Available
Kathy Morris will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.

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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