autism webinars

5 insightful webinars for Autism Awareness Month

These webinars can help educators better understand their students with autism

A typical school day can be difficult for students with autism. They often struggle with communication and transitions, and crowded school hallways and different class schedules present challenges.

School districts need all the resources they can get if they are to best support students with autism and the teachers who are with those students each day.

Many educators—general classroom teachers and special educators as well—also are looking for resources to help neuro-typical students better their peers with autism.

During Autism Awareness Month, these five free webinars from PresenceLearning can help educators generate conversations and new ideas focused around how to support students with autism.

1. The Autistic Brain by Dr. Temple Grandin

School administrators are seeking a deeper understanding and new strategies to serve a growing population of students with autism. An overburdened system and the Common Core’s emphasis on language and communications skills has created a sense of urgency to find the best approaches to giving them appropriate access to the curriculum.

2. Uniquely Human: A Different Way to See Autism and Create Pathways to Success by Dr. Barry Prizant

Providing services for children with autism is a growing challenge. Special educators and families are hungry for advice and encouragement. Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits: difficulties interacting with others, sensory challenges, and repetitive—sometimes disruptive—behaviors. Therapy has focused on eliminating “autistic” symptoms. Now there’s a different perspective and a new approach.

3. The New Science of Learning: Effective Approaches for Older Students with Autism and Attention Disorders by Dr. Marty Burns

Change agents—leaders in special education—are transforming ways to help older students cope with autism, attention deficits, and related problem behavior that interferes with learning. What does the latest brain research suggest about how we can individualize services, help these students pay closer attention to oral instruction, develop self-regulation skills, complete assignments on time, and meet their educational goals?

4. Social Communication + Emotional Regulation: An Environment for School Success by Dr. Barry Prizant, Amy Laurent, and Emily Rubin

With growing concerns about behavior issues that disrupt the learning environment, educators are seeking new evidence-based strategies to help students with challenges in social communication and emotional regulation. This webinar is an overview of The SCERTS Model, which helps create positive school climates. SCERTS prioritizes developmental areas of social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional support.

5. New Insights for Building Disability Pride and Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities by Dr. Margo Izzo and LeDerick Horne

Gain insight about our growing population of students with hidden disabilities and how general and special educators can destigmatize them to improve student engagement and achievement. Two experts on hidden disabilities will inspire you with their stories and share evidence-based practices and case studies. You will realize the importance of a positive disability identity for those with hidden impairments.

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