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Thursday, July 4, 2019

FREE Online Autism Training from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project



The OPI Montana Autism Education Project is offering 84 hours of online training in Teaching Procedures, Behavior Interventions and Focused Topics to public school staff in Montana who educate students with autism spectrum disorders. The training can provide 79 OPI Continuing Education Units.

A listing and description of the training content can be found here. The training can be taken for OPI renewal units and ASHA CEUs and SWP/MFT/LAC/ CEUs. 

New groups start the beginning each month and you will be sent information then to begin your training. 

You can find more information and register for the online training here.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU ARE TAKING THE TRAINING FOR ASHA CEUs:

Information for Speech-Language Providers

ASHA members and/or MT state licensed SLPs are qualified to earn ASHA CEUs for completing the online Relias Learning curriculum. In 2011, a MT licensed SLP completed the ATS training as an "Independent Study" course and earned ASHA CEUs.

ASHA requires that Independent Study activities are approved 30 days prior to the start of the learning activity.

Independent Study forms should be dated at least 30 days prior to the date of the first certificate for completing a module. Below is a link for the ASHA Independent study form. Independent study plans are limited to 20 hours. Participants fill out the form and send it to the Montana MSHA rep. Contact Doug Doty at ddoty@mt.gov for information on whom to send it to.  

The link below will take you directly to the Independent Study form:

http://www.asha.org/ce/self-direct/isteps/
 


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Webinar - Sensory Smart™ Strategies for Real-Life Challenges

This presentation will demystify sensory processing difficulties, emphasizing practical strategies and solutions. You’ll learn techniques to cope with sensitivity to noise, touch, movement, sights, taste and smell and ways to prevent sensory overload. You’ll also find out more about “sensory diet” activities and environmental modifications that can help individuals maintain an optimal state of arousal throughout the day. Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L is the coauthor of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child, with a foreword by Temple Grandin, newly updated and expanded. She is also author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens. Visit her websites at www.sensorysmarts.com and www.sensoryprocessingchallenges.com for downloadable checklists, articles, podcasts and more

Save the Date: LAMP Trainings - Billings, Bozeman, Missoula

LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give users a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through a speech generating device. This course will cover the components of LAMP: readiness to learn, engaging the learner through joint engagement, and learning language through a unique and consistent motor plan paired with an auditory signal and a natural consequence. Discussion will include how this approach addresses the core language deficits of autism, device features that are beneficial to teaching language, and how to use those features to implement LAMP components.

Tentative Dates (depending upon the approval of the State Superintendent):
 
Billings     February 4, 2019
 
Bozeman    February 5, 2019
 
Missoula    February 7, 2019
 
Registration and location information will be shared once the workshops have been approved.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Webinar - School Engagement and Avoidance: What to do When Your Child is Struggling

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

This training will help parents and others consider positive approaches to working with a child’s school to increase school engagement when attendance becomes a concern.

Register here. 

Using Smartphones, Watches, and Wearables to Support Executive Function for All Ages

 Monday, December 3, 2018 — 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This workshop will explore ways that smart phones, smart watches, and other wearable can support executive function skills for people of all ages. Participants will learn ways to increase time awareness and focus, how to use reminders, explore tools to organize and prioritize, and discuss task initiation and completion. The tools and strategies demonstrated will benefit people with disabilities such as ADHD, executive function disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and blind or low vision.

Register here. 

Most Psychoactive Drugs Taken During Pregnancy Do Not Increase Risk of Autism

New research finds that a mother’s use of antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs while pregnant does not place the baby at risk for autism.
But the rates of autism were higher among children of mothers with worse general health before pregnancy, suggesting that the mother’s health plays a more critical role in a child’s development than the medications she takes.
Investigators from The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York discovered babies exposed in the womb to most of the medications that target neurotransmitter systems, including typical targets of antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, are not any more likely to develop autism than non-exposed babies.

New Bozeman Group

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Please join us for our next
Autism Support Group and Family Training!
Pediatric Therapy Clinic would like to invite family members who have a child or loved one diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to a new support group and parent/family training opportunity.

The 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6pm!
Upcoming meetings:
November 14th
December 12th
January 9th
February 13th

This group will provide an opportunity for families to meet and support each other as they face the challenges of raising a child with ASD.
In addition, general topics associated with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will be addressed at each meeting by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Please email or call Rachel Bradford, BCBA at rachel@ptcbillings.com;(406) 624-6669, if you have any questions or are interested in being added to the autism support group email list.

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LOCATION:Pediatric Therapy Clinic 270 West Kagy Blvd, Suite B Bozeman, MT 59715

Webinar: Evelina Fedorenko discusses language processing in autism

Nov 28, 2018 3:00 PM 

Register for the webinar here. 

Large Danish study finds autism prevalence rises with age

The rising prevalence of autism shows no sign of leveling off, according to a new study that accounts for every diagnosis made in Denmark over 32 years1.
That may be in part because more adolescents and adults are being diagnosed with the condition than before, the researchers report. The results were published today in JAMA.
“We don’t see any evidence that the prevalence increase is plateauing or stabilizing,” says Diana Schendel, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at Aarhus University in Denmark, who led the work. The findings highlight the need to expand support and services for adults with the condition, she says.
The study found an autism prevalence of 1.65 percent in 10-year-olds in Denmark in 2016. This broadly matches estimates from studies in the United States. However, the researchers tracked people into adulthood and found that autism prevalence seems to increase with age.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LAMP Trainings - Billings, Bozeman, Missoula


LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give users a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through a speech generating device. This course will cover the components of LAMP: readiness to learn, engaging the learner through joint engagement, and learning language through a unique and consistent motor plan paired with an auditory signal and a natural consequence. Discussion will include how this approach addresses the core language deficits of autism, device features that are beneficial to teaching language, and how to use those features to implement LAMP components.

Tentative Dates (depending upon the approval of the State Superintendent):

Billings     February 4, 2019

Bozeman    February 5, 2019

Missoula    February 7, 2019

Registration and location information will be shared once the workshops have been approved.