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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
August 2011

Click Here for Links to Other Statewide Training and Events Calendars.

As professionals and families around the Commonwealth gear up for the start of a new school year, there are many great training and networking opportunities to look forward to! Check out the Virginia Autism Council Calendar, the T/TAC Calendars for your region, Commonwealth Autism Service, and your local Autism Society of America Chapters for more information!


“What's APPening? What You Need to Know about Using the iTouch/iPad with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum” hosted by the ASACV on September 9, 2011 at 7pm.

The September 9 chapter meeting of The Autism Society of America Central Virginia Chapter will focus on the use of the iTouch and iPad for individuals across the spectrum and in a variety of settings including the home, school and community. Various devices and applications will be reviewed. Helpful tips, hands-on access, and informed discussion will leave participants with a better understanding of some of the best possible options for your students or children! The event is free and childcare is available, though space is limited. RSVP here.


Commonwealth Autism Service Presents “Sexuality and Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Designing Effective Curricula and Teaching Strategies” with Drs. Cicero and Hopkins, October 18, 2011.

“Sexuality is a topic that is often difficult to discuss and therefore avoided. However, it is a highly important topic when it comes to increasing quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum. The presenters will discuss issues related to sexuality including sexual development, issues regarding consent, behaviorally-based teaching approaches, designing effective sexuality curricula and treating problem behavior related to sexuality. Strategies that will be discussed in detail include social stories, video modeling, differential reinforcement, creating task analyses, scripts and script fading, didactic instruction, and incidental teaching. This workshop will include a review of some of the literature in the field over the past 30 years. Materials will be presented that can enhance sexuality teaching programs.” Join Frank Cicero, Ph.D., BCBA and Eileen Hopkins, Ph.D. as they explore this subject: October 18, 2011, 9:00-4:00, The Westin, Richmond, VA. BACB CE credits are available.

For more information and to register, click here.


VCU T/TAC and the ASA-CV Host “Insight 2011: Practical Solutions for a Supportive School, Home, and Community for Students with ASD,” October 20-22.

Kristi Sakai, nationally renowned speaker, author, and mother of three children on the spectrum will be featured during this three day event as she translates best practice for individuals with ASD into practical strategies. Friday, October 21, Sakai will present “A Beautiful Spectrum in the Classroom Community; Inclusion for the Student with Asperger Syndrome” followed by an evening workshop, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It! Adolescence and Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Saturday, October 22, Sakai will focus on the family with “A Grand Adventure! The Joys and Challenges of Parenting a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” A Pre-Conference workshop on Thursday, October 20th will look at the issues related to diagnosing and serving diverse individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

More information:

Insight 2011 Conference Information


PECS Basic Training Comes to Richmond, August 25th and 26th!

In this two day, intensive workshop, participants will learn the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as well as how to appropriately implement all six phases of PECS. PECS is used to teach a method of communication to individuals who otherwise have very limited speech. In particular, PECS focuses on promoting communication within a social context, spontaneous speech, an abundance of language opportunities, and a range of communication functions. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about it!

More information:

Register now here!


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