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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
October 2011

Virginia Autism Insurance Reform: What Does It Mean For You? Find Out at Upcoming Workshops in Arlington, Fredericksburg, and Richmond!

The Virginia Autism Project, Autism Speaks, the Autism Society, and Virginia families were successful in bringing autism insurance to the Commonwealth this year. Find out what that means to you and your family at an upcoming free workshop in your area! For a list of dates and locations, click here.


Live and Learn … 4th Annual Parent Conference and Resource Fair, Charlottesville, November 12, 2011.

The PREP/Parent Resource Center and the Special Education Advisory Committees (SEAC) of Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa and other Community Partners will sponsor Live and Learn … the 4th Annual Parent Conference and Resource Fair on November 12, 2011, at Ivy Creek School, 225 Lambs Lane, Charlottesville. The free program will include sessions on visual strategies, standards-based IEPs, understanding special education and MORE; door prizes; food; and childcare!

For more information or to register, contact:
Sarah Blech, PREP/Parent Resource Center
(434) 975-9400 ext. 68032 or
*Childcare is limited. Please contact Sarah Blech for childcare reservations.


I Don’t Want to Talk About It! Adolescence and ASD Workshop hosted by Autism Society, Central VA; October 21; Richmond.

Parenting a child on the spectrum through adolescence brings new challenges and concerns, but the issues related to sexuality are especially concerning. Lack of understanding of societal rules surrounding appropriate sexual behavior can hold significant negative consequences, among them the potential for becoming exploited or becoming involved with the legal system.

The Autism Society, Central VA will welcome Kristi Sakai, nationally renowned speaker, author, and the mother of three children on the spectrum to River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Road, Richmond 23229, on Friday, October 21st, from 7 to 9 p.m. Kristi will provide parents with strategies to overcome obstacles in communication with your child, information about what and how you should teach, and additional educational resources. Topics will also include masturbation and important components of healthy sexuality.

Register for this free workshop here.





Autism Training Opportunities in Southwest VA Sponsors “Seeing Beyond ‘Behaviors’: Using Positive Behavior Supports to Help Kids Develop Confidence, Competence, and Well-Being in School” in Blacksburg, October 26, 2011.

Autism Training Opportunities in Southwest VA welcomes David and Cindy Pitonyak to present: “Seeing Beyond ‘Behaviors’: Using Positive Behavior Supports to Help Kids Develop Confidence, Competence, and Well-Being in School” at German Club Manor, Blacksburg, VA, on October 26, 2011. This training will address recent research in cognitive science that can help teachers, parents, and caregivers understand why many efforts to address student problem behaviors fail. It will include specific strategies that are “building blocks” for promoting self-confidence, creating engagement, and improving the quality of life in school for students with problem behaviors, their classmates, and their teachers.

Dr. David Pitonyak consults and provides training nationally and internationally with individuals, families, and professionals through his private practice, Imagine, which is dedicated to supporting people who experience disabilities and “difficult behaviors.” Cyndi Pitonyak is Coordinator of Positive Behavior Supports for Montgomery County Public Schools. Her work focuses on assisting school teams in developing quality positive behavior supports for students and in designing instructional programs for students with complex needs. David and Cyndi have provided training and consultation to schools and other organizations thoughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, and Ireland. They live in Blacksburg, VA.

Registration: $70 per person. Morning coffee and Lunch are included.
Registration Deadline is October 20, 2011. No on-site registration.
For more information and to register, click here.


Commonwealth Autism Service Continues Efforts to Train Childcare Providers Statewide on the Basics of Autism, December 3, 2011, Richmond, VA.

Commonwealth Autism Service and the Autism Society, Central Virginia will present “The Basics of Autism: A Training for Childcare Providers” on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at River Road United Methodist Church in Richmond, VA. Because evidence has indicated that early identification and intervention can significantly improve outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, CAS has designed this workshop to provide a comprehensive overview of autism for childcare providers. Participants will be introduced to the core deficits of autism, early warning signs, and common screening tools. Strategies to discuss concerns with family members will also be provided. Evidence-based interventions and strategies for successful inclusion in both the public and private childcare environment will be discussed. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop.

Registration: $15. Continental Breakfast provided.
Registration Brochure


Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA, Returns to Williamsburg on November 29, 2011 to present Part 2 of his Unique Take on the Verbal Behavior Approach to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

The TTACs at ODU and VCU welcome back Robert Schramm, MA, BCBA, to present part two of “ABA in the Classroom for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Using the Verbal Approach” on November 29, 2011 at the Williamsburg Marriott. Robert will share practical strategies to teach language to a variety of learners from those who are non-verbal to highly verbal. This video filled workshop will provide examples of how to implement these important teaching techniques.

This workshop is appropriate for educators and related service providers serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or Intellectual Disabilities who want to learn more about the methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for teaching students in their classrooms. Although this workshop is part two of a two-day series, all participants will be provided a review of part one (held April 6, 2011); thus, first time registrants are welcome to attend.

Registration: $55. Coffee, lunch, and workshop materials included.
For more information, click here.


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