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The courses in this category cover a wide variety of topics.

Autism Law Enforcement & First Responder Training Video and Toolkit

This 30-minute video includes information about autism to educate and inform various first responder groups who may encounter individuals with autism in their community. The Autism Society of Central Texas worked with the Williamson County EMS, Round Rock Fire Department, Austin Fire Department, Smithville Police Department, Red Media Group, Chester Security Group, In-Focus Video, and local teens and young adults with autism to make the training video. It is recommended to show this video and then use the National Autism Association (NAA) Big Red Safety Toolkit to further educate law enforcement officers and first responders about autism.

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Bullying and Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to 1) define bullying, 2) explain the social-ecological model of bullying, 3) identify resources for dealing with bullying, and 4) locate research on bullying and students with ASD.

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Crafting Connections: Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis for Enriching the Lives of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Workshop #SP1737684

One of the most critical elements of working with students who have autism spectrum disorder is the emphasis on teaching authentic social skills on multiple, complex levels. When all is said and done, improving the quality of life for a person with ASD must be our most important objective. In this workshop, Dr. Ron Leaf will discuss the strategies and detail the programs that have been critical in achieving success with individuals with autism. He will share the success stories of clients who have developed meaningful relationships and entered the world of dating. Through discussion, videos and case presentations, participants will be better able to assist their students in improving their quality of life.

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FBA and BIP Issues and Strategies

Workshop #SP1737414

“Why won’t he behave?” “When are you going to fix her behavior?” “Do I really have to do this BIP?” “You really want me to collect data?” These are just some of the questions district-level specialists may hear when working with teachers and para-educators to solve behavior challenges in the classroom. As a district-level specialist, LSSP, SLP, teacher, or other related service provider, you know the importance of a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and a quality Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), and you probably conduct them on a regular basis. This workshop is designed to address two objectives: 1) providing support and build understanding for the team conducting the FBA and 2) building skills in the implementation of the BIP. The purpose of this workshop is to provide solutions to common difficulties as well as provide an update on current research in the field.

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Sexuality for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Workshop #SP1736763

Adolescence is often a difficult time for children and families, and may be particularly challenging for those with developmental disabilities. This presentation provides an overview of the specific challenges present during puberty and adolescence, with safety and sexuality.

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Understanding the Autism Supplement

Workshop #SP1737108

This webinar explains the history behind the Commissioner’s Rule Related to Autism TAC 89.1055(e) Content of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), sometimes referred to as the Autism Supplement. Each of the 11 strategies identified in the Autism Supplement will be discussed with regards to identifying student need, documenting pertinent information in the FIE, and meeting compliance requirements.

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Unstuck and On Target: Improving Executive Function, On-Task, and Flexible Behavior

Workshop #SP1737277

Executive dysfunction is common in ASD and is linked to academic, social and adaptive problems. Content will focus on a framework focusing on executive functioning (EF) for students with ASD, including strategies that you can use today. Information provided will help you identify when a child with ASD is having trouble with executive functioning, so that you can better distinguish a ‘can't’ from a ‘won't’ and intervene more effectively.

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Working With and Supporting Paraprofessionals in the Special Education Classroom

Workshop #FA1636020

In this course, Dr. Robert Pennington from The University of Louisville will take learners through the ins and outs of working with paraprofessionals in the classroom. This course covers the following 5 modules: Roles and Responsibilities, Planning, Training, Inclusive Settings, and Building Relationships

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