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Autism 101

We are offering either in person or live virtual options of this session.

Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. As educators, we want to support all of our students well. Join us to learn how to best meet the needs of autistic students in your school. Presented by Amanda Rinehart.

During this session, participants will develop an understanding of:

·       Various facets of autism

·       The implementation of various strategies for managing different behavioral needs

·       How to implement various strategies for modifying classroom resources and curriculum to meet the needs of students

·       The importance of understanding individual student’s needs.

·       Strategies for managing the classroom and dealing with other students’ reactions to students' behavioral needs

·       The importance of communication with all individuals involved with the student’s service plan

Educators will leave this session with:

·       Resources and strategies to implement in their buildings

·       A firm understanding of the Autism Spectrum and the common comorbidities

·       An action plan for individual students or classrooms


About Our Presenter:

    For 15 years, Amanda has been an educator in urban settings. She has a Master's degree in both Educational Leadership/Administration and in Applied Behavioral Analysis with a focus on Autism.

    Amanda has been a classroom teacher, Building Options Coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools, middle and high alternative school  coordinator, and an Assistant Principal in a charter school. She has developed academic and behavioral plans, helped to reduce the number of suspensions or expulsions, led data collection, analysis, reporting for the Alternative Education Department, and provided data-driven procedures and strategies to implement for students to be successful in their least restrictive environment. Additionally, she is a practicing children's therapist specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. 


Target Audience
K-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, special education teachers, special area teachers, administrators 

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09/30/2020 9:00 AM-3:30 PM1Region 8 Education Service Center 3333 9999

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