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Additional Training Activities in VA

Supporting Students with Autism in the Public Schools

This workshop offers training for special education teachers, instructional assistants, general education teachers, school administrators, school psychologists and school counselors.

It fulfills the requirements of House Bill 325, which goes into effect in September of 2014 and ensures that paraprofessionals working with students with autism have received appropriate training. The workshop focuses on the skill competencies identified in “Training Standards for Paraprofessionals Assigned to Work with a Teacher Who has Primary Oversight of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” adopted by the Virginia Board of Education in January 10, 2013.

The workshop combines lecture, video, role play and practice to help participants learn how to design, implement and evaluate instructional and environmental changes in order to produce significant changes in behavior.

Workshops are held at VIA, and we can customize the workshop and bring it to you.

Upcoming workship dates: July 21-23, 2014. For more information, click here.


Longwood Autism Spectrum Disorders Summer Institute

The Longwood Autism Spectrum Disorders Summer Institute will be held July 23rd and 24th at Longwood University's Hull Building from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Summer Institute offers an opportunity to provide high quality professional development to a wide spectrum of profressionals, such as general and special education teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, SLPs, OTs, instructional assistants, administrators, and parents who impact the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

As a part of this high quality professional development opportunity, attendees completing the two-day institute will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which can be used toward the licensure recertification.

The cost for one day is $75 and for two days is $150. Cost includes lunch and registration fee. Click here to register or for more information contact or 434-517-0717.


VDOE TTAC's Provide Training Opportunities Year-Round

The mission of Virginia's Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC's) is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth - 22 years). The Centers provide quality training and technical assistance in response to local, regional, and state needs. T/TAC services increase the capacity of schools, school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth. The Virginia Department of Education, sponsor of T/TAC Online, also supports eight regional T/TACs that comprise a statewide system emphasizing collaboration in the planning and provision of services to meet state and local staff development needs. To visit TTAC Online and for more information on the trainings available by TTAC Region, please click here.


PECS Level 1 Training

PECS is an evidence-based strategy, with supportive research from countries around the world.

The PECS Level 1 Training is appropriate for parents and professionals working with learners with autism, related disabilities and/or limited communication skills. This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.

The PECS Level 1 Training will take place August 21st and 22nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Richmond Downtown. Cost is $395 for professionals, $295 for parents. The workshop hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click here to register.


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