Monday, August 31, 2015

Archived Webinar - Beyond Behavior: Creating a Culture for Data-DrivenBehavioral Interventions

Using data to make better decisions about student behavior is a cultural and environmental shift impacting special educators, administrators, and counselors alike. While we continue to observe and document cases related to behavior problems, there is a heightened need for easier and more reliable ways to determine the effectiveness of behavioral interventions.

Now we can clearly define what influences a child's maladaptive behavior and apply the most appropriate methods. During this webinar, we'll explore a range of practical data-driven solutions that will transform your schools into more positive settings for teaching and learning.

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MSHA Workshop - The Social Academic Connection-Story Based Interventionfor Social Communication and Social Learning Challenges

October 15-17, 2015 The Crowne Plaza 27 North 27th Street Billings, MT 59101 This highly interactive professional development workshop will focus on Story-Based (or Narrative) Intervention, which is needed when students experience difficulties using language to think, communicate and learn. Narrative intervention is important to all students for developing communicative competence, but especially early learners and those with Autism as well as those who may have social communication, developmental or learning challenges. Through the use of narrative development and children’s literature, educators can help children to: tell their "story," take perspective, develop Theory of Mind, become critical thinkers, build Central Coherence, solve problems, initiate conversation to establish relationships, recognize feelings through verbal and nonverbal cues, infer, make plans and improve writing with cohesion. The multisensory tool, Story Grammar Marker® which provides a concrete representation of the narrative episode will be discussed. This methodology provides motivation in the learning process while both the research-based narrative developmental sequence and data collection process assure an ongoing way to measure progress. The presenter will present using multiple modes; lecture, small and large group activities, videos, children’s literature, and handouts.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Webinar - Let's Write a Story: Tools for Creating Social Stories

Date: Thursday, October 01, 2015 Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Social stories help learners understand the world and prepare for the unexpected. Workshop participants will learn about a variety of tools that can be used to create a social story.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Girls & women with autism particularly prone to epilepsy.

A new study adds a twist to the pronounced ways that autism affects girls and boys differently. While boys are four times more likely to develop autism, when girls do, they’re more likely to also have seizures that don’t respond to epilepsy medications.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner


August 5 and 6, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Downtown – 200 South Pattee StreetCost: FREE! This workshop is brought to you by the Montana Autism Education Project of the Montana Office of Public Instruction

Social Thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions. Because social thinking is an intuitive process, we usually take it for granted. But for many individuals, this process is anything but natural. A treatment framework and curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner targets improving individual social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic label.
Day 1
Informal Dynamic Social Thinking Assessment & Core Treatment Strategies for Home & School – This workshop is designed to help parents and professionals better understand the inner minds of individuals with social learning challenges

Day 2
Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary into the School and Home Day – Michelle will define many Social Thinking concepts and explain how to apply Social Thinking Vocabulary (STV) across the school and home day.