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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
September 2011

Free Webcast by Dr. Landa on ASD in the First Three Years of Life, September, 27, 2011!

Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will present "The Progression of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the First Few Years of Life: Key Considerations for Early Identification, Intervention, and Communication with Families." Dr. Landa is the director of Kennedy Kreiger's Center for Autism and Related Disorders and a professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Landa will present on the emergence of ASD from infancy to 36 months of age. Data from a longitudinal, prospective study of ASD will be shared. Evidence of social, language, communication, and motor disruption in infants at risk for ASD, and the trajectory of change within these developmental systems from 6-36 months within children who do and do not have ASD will be shared. The different developmental trajectories associated with early versus later manifestation of ASD will be presented, as will evidence of the progressive nature of ASD. Videotaped examples will be used to highlight the differences between typical development and ASD. Early predictors of ASD and implications for early detection of ASD will be discussed. Information about screening for ASD in toddlers and about the evidence-based Early Achievements intervention for toddlers with ASD will be presented. This webcast has been sponsered by the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU, Integrated Training Collaborative and Va-LEND, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, VCU-ACE, VDOE and TTAC. Sign up now!

More information:

Event Information and Registration


Fall 2011 Autism Conference Hosted by the Greater Roanoke Valley Autism Action Group, October 14 & 15, 2011.

The Greater Roanoke Valley Autism Action Group (GRVAAG) is hosting its annual Autism conference on October 14 & 15, 2011. The keynote presentation on Friday will feature Adam Drefyus, MA, BCBA, addressing “It’s Just Good Teaching: Verbal Behavior Analysis.” On Saturday, the keynote presentation will be author and mother of three children on the spectrum, Kristi Sakai. Her keynote presentation will address “Interdependence: Finding Our Way Together.” Additional topics to include: developing behavior intervention plans; writing IEP goals and collecting data; transition planning; employment planning; visual strategies; apps and autism; special education law; and more.

This conference is low-cost - $30 a day to include materials and lunch. Limited child-care is available on October 15.

More information:

Conference Brochure and Registration Information


VAC and ASACV Host a Three-Part Workshop on Transitioning to Adulthood with ASD, September 19, 26, and October 3, Richmond, VA.

Transitioning to Adulthood with ASD: What Parents and Guardians Need to Know is a workshop designed to provide an overview of important factors and topics to consider as individuals with ASD enter the adult world.

Topics covered include:
• Age of majority
• Disability benefits and planning
• Post secondary readiness, education, and training
• Employment
• Housing and residential supports
• Life in the community

The three part series will take place on September 19, September 26, and October 3 from 7:00-9:00pm at River Road United Methodist Church. Participants must attend all three sessions. Registration is free, but space is limited.

More information:

Workshop Flyer


The Virginia Autism Council presents

“Learning, Living, and Working with Persons with Asperger’s Syndrome” is a six-hour workshop on September 17, designed to introduce educators, parents and service providers to the characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome and effective strategies that can be used to support these individuals. This training is for educators, family members, and service providers. The presenters are Ginny Love, M.Ed., Fairfax County Public Schools and Rosy McGuinness, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Loudoun County Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


The VIA Autism Speaker Series presents “Evidence-Based Strategies for Promoting Enjoyment among People with Autism” with Dr. Dennis Reid, September 22, 2011.

Dr. Dennis Reid will be presenting on Thursday, September 22 from 5:30-6:30 at St. Anne’s-Belfield Greenway Rise Campus, Randolph Hall Auditorium. Dr. Reid’s talk is titled, “Evidence-Based Strategies for Promoting Enjoyment among People with Autism.” The Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) Autism Speaker Series is a series of lectures on a variety of evidence-based, autism-related topics. The Autism Speaker Series is sponsored by VIA and the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. This series is free of charge and open to the public. CEUs will be available for BCBAs. Registration is required at the Virginia Institute of Autism’s website or call 434-923-8252


Navigation Behavioral Consulting presents “Motivation: Beyond Stickers & Treats” with four renowned speakers in Newport News, September 17th and 18th.

Mary Barbera, PhD, BCBA, Robert Schramm, BCBA, Steve Ward, BCBA, and Theresa Grimes, BCBA will present on how to capitalize on motivation to maximize learning for individuals with ASD. This workshop is relevant for parents, teachers, BCBA’s, BCaBA’s, and other professionals. For more information, check out the Navigaiton Behavioral Consulting website.


Drs. Taubman and Leaf Social Skills Workshop Tour Comes to Arlington, VA, September 16, 2011.

Authors of the book, "Crafting Connections," Drs. Leaf and Taubman of the Autism Partnership, will present on building social skills in individuals with ASD. "One of the most critical elements of the treatment plan implemented by Autism Partnership [is] the emphasis on teaching authentic social skills on multiple, complex levels. When all is said and done, improving the quality of life for a person with ASD must be our most important objective. How smart a person is or how many facts he or she knows may enhance the richness of his or her life only so much; what is most critical is whether the individual has meaningful social relationships." In this workshop, the authors will present success stories, including the strategies and programs that were critical in achieving their success. The registration fee for this event includes a copy of the book, “Crafting Connections” as well as Continuing Education credits for BACB and ASHA.

General Information on the Workshop Tour

Register for the September 16 event in Arlington


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