Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings – 60 minutes

This webinar session will present strategies on how to use classroom routines and group instructional activities in inclusive settings as opportunities to facilitate positive peer social interactions and promote friendship and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Participants will learn how to set up the classroom environment – the physical, instructional and social environment – to enable children with ASD to develop appropriate social skills, make friends and to be effective members of a group. The session will illustrate how a variety of child-specific interventions including using video-modeling, scripted stories social narratives and prompting strategies can be used to teach targeted social skills. Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

Beginner

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This is not a DRILL: Real Skills For Real Life With Autism

People with Autism have a very specific set of characteristics and therefore require specific strategies while working with them. In this session we will discuss the specific characteristics of people with Autism, how this can look as they become adults, and strategies that have been found to be successful for people with Autism in the real world. We will also look at social skills and behavior as the people work with get older. Real life stories will be shared!

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

Beginner

Autism | Social Skills

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Teaching a Classroom of Students with Autism – Got Started, Now What?

Teaching children with Autism requires specialized instruction and depends on how the room is set up, how you communicate, how you manage behaviors, and how to modifying curriculum to name a few. In this session you will learn some specific strategies and resources to use to manage behaviors, increase social skills, and modify instruction so that you can get the most out of your school day.

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 3: Independent Work Skills and Social Skills

In its inception, Special Education was never meant to be separate. It was intended to provide students the supports they need to be as successful as possible. This thought process includes independent work skills and social skills. This workshop will explore what kinds of strategies and supports that AT can afford a student in natural environments related to learning.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

Beginner

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