MESA Professional Development Opportunities

2020-2021

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Foundation Training for Teachers and other Certified Staff

This two day workshop is designed for teachers and other certified staff who serve students with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Upon completion participants will have practical information regarding how ASD affects classroom performance.  Effective strategies and supports will be provided.

Topics include:

  • Autism: What we know
  • Characteristics of autism
  • Identification of autism
  • The power of teaming
  • Inclusive practices
  • Classroom strategies for supporting students with ASD
  • Enhancing students’ communication and social interactions
  • Social emotional supports
  • Understanding and de-escalating behavior
  • Parent and self-advocate perspectives
  • Motivating change

Register Online for Virtual Training

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Foundation Training for Paraprofessionals and Other Support Staff

This two-day workshop is designed for paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, Head Start providers and other school support staff who serve students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Upon completion participants will have practical information regarding how ASD affects classroom performance. Effective strategies and supports will be provided.

Topics include:

  • Autism: What we know
  • Characteristics of autism
  • The power of teaming
  • Classroom strategies for supporting students with ASD
  • Enhancing students’ communication and social interactions
  • Social emotional supports
  • Understanding and de-escalating behavior
  • Parent and self-advocate perspectives

Register Online for October 6-7 Virtual Training

Register Online for November 10-11 Virtual Training

 

Enhancing Communication for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

* ASHA CEU Credits available

This workshop is designed for elementary educators and speech-language pathologists working with students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Upon completion participants will have a better understanding of best practice for enhancing communication and serving students in the school setting.

Topics include:

  • Identifying goals and methods for documenting progress
  • Advantages of different service delivery options
  • Review current evidence regarding effective intervention
  • Utilizing a team approach

Virtual training dates and registration to be announced soon. 

 

Enhancing Communication for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Part II

* Pre-requisite:  You must have previously attended Enhancing Communication

   for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 * ASHA CEU Credits available

This workshop is a continuation of Enhancing Communication for Students with ASD. It is specifically designed for elementary educators and speech-language pathologists working with students with autism and other developmental disabilities. More in depth discussions of functional communication, social communication and goal writing for the school setting will be discussed.

Topics include:

  • Naturalistic teaching strategies
  • Review goals and methods for documenting progress
  • AAC selection and implementation
  • Techniques for transitioning from a low-tech functional communication system to computerized system
  • Latest techniques for teaching social communication skills

Virtual training dates and registration to be announced soon. 

 

Reducing Challenging Behavior for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 This workshop is designed for general and special educators serving students with ASD who demonstrate challenging behavior in the school setting.  Upon completion participants will be able to identify the functions of behavior, aka the “why”. Preventative strategies and supports that decrease problematic behaviors will be provided.

 Topics include:

  • Functions of behavior
  • Strategies and supports that prevent challenging behavior
  • Identifying and teaching alternative skills

 Register Online for Virtual Training

 

Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments & Writing Behavior Intervention Plans

 * Pre-requisite:  You must have previously attended Reducing Challenging Behavior 

   for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 During this training we will dig deeper into identifying and targeting challenging behavior. Participants will practice conducting a functional behavior assessment (FBA), and analyze the data that leads to the development of a behavior intervention plan (BIP).

Topics include:

  • Core components of an FBA and BIP
  • Tools for data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Writing SMART goals
  • Progress monitoring

Virtual training dates and registration to be announced soon. 

 

Watch our website for more updates on trainings!

 

Location for all workshops:  Online

 

For more information contact:  Jeanne Buchanan at 405-842-9995

Early Access

Autism Screenings & Awareness

Early Foundations

Early Intervention & Inclusivity

MESA Project

Professional Development