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February 2011

The Autism Diagnostic and Evaluation Taskforce launches with first meeting on Friday, February 18th

On Friday, February 18th medical and educational professionals from across the Commonwealth met at VCU to launch the beginning of the diagnostic and evaluation taskforce. Dr. Chad Dillard was charged with leading the taskforce through an examination of the commonalities and differences in ASD screening, diagnosis, and service delivery throughout the different regions in Virginia. Through a collaborative effort the taskforce seeks to establish parameters and guidelines to standardize screening, diagnosis, and medical and evaluative service delivery practices throughout Virginia for individuals with or at risk for ASD.

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High Quality Screening, Diagnosis and Educational Assessment


Forty-one school districts from across the state applied for Technical Assistance from VCU-ACE!

The ACE Technical Assistance (TA) team received 41 applications from school divisions across the commonwealth seeking technical assistance services. This number represents approximately 35% of school divisions in Virginia. The review team will meet in the first week of March and selected divisions will be notified in the second week. The selected divisions will be contacted by the TA Associate from their respective regions to begin the assessment and interview process. This intensive work will commence with the Autism Excellence Academy, March 28 - April 1, during which action plans will be developed and targeted technical assistance begins!

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VCU-ACE Technical Assistance


Register now for the Webcast, Teaching Communication to Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, March 8, 2011, 3:30pm

Dana Childress, M.Ed. presents on effective strategies for supporting the communication development of individuals with ASD in school, home, and the community. Communication characteristics of ASD, receptive and expressive communication, and natural environment teaching strategies will be discussed.

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Webcast Information


Sign up for the VCU-ACE Email List

By joining the VCU-ACE email list, you will receive announcements of new trainings, updates on ACE activities, and links to the newest research in the field.

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Sign up here!


Applications from local school districts for technical assistance from VCU-ACE due by February 25, 2011 at 5pm!

School division-wide technical assistance will be provided to selected school divisions through a competitive application process. School divisions who are selected to participate will receive two to three days a week of embedded technical assistance from VCU-ACE technical assistance associates.

Technical Assistance Associates will assist selected school divisions in completing a self-assessment and develop an improvement plan. These plans will provide data based targets and define the exact technical assistance and training activities that will take place in the division. These plans will provide a coordinated approach to division-wide systems change, professional development, coaching, mentoring, and services improvement. VCU-ACE Technical Assistance Associates will guide practice and facilitate implementation of the plan. In addition, Technical Assistance Associates will collect data and revise technical assistance efforts based on ongoing data based decision-making.

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View the Webcast Archive on Sensory Needs, Sensory Integration and Self-regulation in Individuals with ASD

The first in our webcast series was a big success! Marie Anzalone, ScD, OTR, FAOTA, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at VCU, provided a framework for understanding individual differences in sensory based self-regulation based on sensory integration theory. She also described how sensory integration can be integrated across environments and settings to help support regulation and foster interactions in the home, school, and community. If you missed the live webcast, check out the archived presentation!

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View Archived Webcast


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