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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Meeting the Academic and Non-Academic Needs of Students with Asperger's Syndrome

From AANE.org
The Asperger's Association of New England

June 11, 2014

2013 Professional Development Summer Institute
 
Audience: All elementary, middle, or high school special and general educators including specialists; building/program administrators, and related service providers working in a public or private school in the state of Massachusetts. Please forward to anyone else that you feel may be interested.
 
Course Description: Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is a neurologically-based Autism Spectrum Disorder affecting cognition, communication, social interactions, and behavior. Because of their average to above average intelligence, most students with AS spend the majority of the school day in inclusive settings.
 
However, because their brains process and interpret information differently from those of their "neurotypical" peers, students with AS often have difficulty discerning and adapting to academic and social expectations. In this institute we will examine the neurological, cognitive, social, and communication characteristics of students with AS, and the impact on students' learning and functioning throughout the school setting.
 
Equipped with this knowledge, participants will learn how to create learning environments, design curriculum, and adjust teaching strategies to address the academic and social needs of students with AS, in order to enhance their strengths and talents, address their challenges, and improve their academic success and social behaviors. Transition planning and transition services for high school students will be covered.
 
We will also explore how creating communication systems between home and school allows families and educators to work in close partnership to foster success for these students.
 
When:    Monday July 21 to Thursday July 24, 2014,
                   and Friday November 7 
 
                   9:00am - 4:30pm EDT
 
                  51 Water Street
                  Watertown, MA 02472 
                  Driving Directions 
  
This institute is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as is offered at no charge to educators. 
 
SPACES ARE LIMITED, THEREFORE, PLEASE SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION ONLY IF YOU CAN COMMIT TO ALL DAYS OF THE INSTITUTE AND FOLLOW UP DATES. 
 
Required Time Commitments
  • Workshop Dates: Monday - Thursday, July 21- 24, and Friday November 7.
  • Conference Day: Participants must attend an additional conference day. Choose one of the following days: The Summer Conference is August 1 in Hyannis, or our Fall Conference is October 25 at Harvard University.
  • Webinar: Participants will also participate in a webinar of their choice by the end of February 2015.
 
Special Note: In order to attend this institute and receive credits or PDPs, Participants must attend all dates and follow up sessions of the institute, complete a pretest, a post test and a survey of the Institute content and complete Institute projects and assignments as assigned.
 

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