Check our Web site for additional programs being offered by continuing Education & Extension: www.uwlax.edu/ContEd Continuing Education & Extension Room 205 Morris Hall University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601 Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is in compliance with Title IX and Section 504. The University of Wisconsin System provides equal opportunity in employment and programming including Title IX requirement. Please advise us at the time of registration or at least two weeks prior to the start of the course if you desire special accommodations. Autism is characterized by difficulties in communication, unusual responses to sensory stimuli, difficulty relating to people or to the environment, and developmental discrepancies. All of those with autism share a common symptom cluster, yet each student’s personality, interests and responses to problems are influenced by the severity of the autism and intellectual ability, the impact of additional disabilities, inherited traits, family culture, and past educational and community experiences. Although considered a relatively uncommon disorder, the incidence of individuals with autism spectrum disorders is ten times more prevalent than ten years ago and it requires specific teaching strategies for individuals to successfully participate in home, school, and community life. This training will review the history of autism and common characteristics. Best teaching practices for communication, education, nutrition, medication, sensory, social, and vocational issues will also be presented. Finally, a review of controversial treatments will be discussed. Who Will Benefit School personnel including regular and special educators, paraprofessionals, speech pathologists, occupational therapists; medical field professionals including psychologists and mental health counselors; health and human services workers; parents and family members of persons with ASD, or anyone who currently or will provide direct support or service to individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, school, work and community setting. Participants Will: • Understand the diagnostic criteria for and characteristics of autism • Become familiar with a variety of communication strategies for individuals with autism • Develop an understanding of strategies that help develop social skills • Become familiar with the use of nutritional supplements and medications that can relieve some of the symptoms of autism • Develop an awareness of sensory integration difficulties of individuals with autism and strategies to provide appropriate sensory input • Become more aware of the needs of families with individuals with autism • Develop an understanding of non-intrusive behavior strategies to support social behaviors • Develop an understanding of alternative therapies and ways to judge the validity of these therapies CEU’s Program Format and Requirements: • CEU based, no grades • Full attendance • Read all handouts prior to session • Give a final small group presentation after reading autobiography/biography of an individual with autism • Book review from instructor list Credit Program Format and Requirements: Undergraduate Credit • Application of information assignments (5-7 total) • Presentation and discussion of teaching ideas specific to individuals with autism • Full attendance at workshops • Post-workshop seminar discussion • Written book review from instructor list Graduate Credit • Completion of all undergraduate requirements listed above • Case study analysis and summary paper (may include research and applications outside of workshop times). Core Presenters Kirby Lentz, Ed.D., is President and CEO of Chileda and has 33 years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism. Diane Hietpas, M.S.E., is the Director of Special Education at Chileda and a part-time instructor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Vitrebo University. She has 24 years experience working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism. Lynn Kay, L.C.S.W., M.S., is the Director of Family Services at Chileda and has 34 years experience working with families of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism. Shari Carlson, B.S., is the Director of Behavior Services at Chileda and has 17 years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism. Carol Angell, Ph.D., is full time faculty within UW-L’s Department of Educational Studies where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses for Cross-Categorical Special Education certification and inclusive practices for general classroom teachers. Dr. Angell oversees the credit course content and serves as the university instructor of record. Additional presenters will include a physician, speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, and special education teachers, all with expertise in treating individuals with autism. Contact Information To receive additional information including an application form and a schedule of the next available sessions, please contact the UW-L Office of Continuing Education and Extension at 608.785.6500 or FAX us at 608.785.6547 or e-mail us at: email@example.com or visit our Web site at: www.uwlax.edu/conted. Certificate Course Content “A Child Who Couldn’t Play” Video Medication and Side Effects for Persons 1.5 hours (.15 CEUs) with Autism This is an introductory session on autism. 1.5 hours (.15 CEUs) This session introduces indicators of autism, This session reviews the diagnostic criteria signs of symptoms of autism, autism for autism and autism spectrum disorders spectrum disorders, and DSM-IV diagnostic and then reviews treatment evaluation of criteria for autism and Asperger’s medication and behavior intervention. Syndrome. Medications prescribed to individuals with autism are covered in detail. Asperger’s Syndrome Nutritional Supplements 1.5 hours (.15 CEUs) 1.5 hours (.15 CEUs) This session defines Asperger’s Syndrome, This session discusses the three commonly its incidence and possible causes. In used nutritional supplements and presents addition, the following characteristics of general information, usual dosage, and Asperger’s Syndrome are discussed: social length of trial period. skills, use of language, preoccupation, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed individuals, Alternative Therapies and co-existing conditions. 3 hours (.3 CEUs) This session discusses a number of Communications Strategies alternative therapies, defining each therapy 3 hours (.3 CEUs) and its potential for positive/negative effects. This session discusses what communication is, communication modes, communication Positive Behavior Supports characteristics of individuals with autism, 1.5 hours (.15 CEUs) and techniques to enhance communication. This session discusses the use of non- intrusive behavior strategies to support Social Implications/Theory of Mind appropriate social behaviors. 3 hours (.3 CEUs) This session discusses the Theory of Mind Family Perspectives and Implications for with insights and implications on how the Professionals Working with Children with mind of an individual with autism may Autism work. Appropriate strategies for teaching 1.5 hours (.15 CEUs) socially acceptable behaviors are This session will focus on family issues that emphasized. may arise which may be unique to families Sensory Input, Impact, and Implications with a child with autism. for Persons with Autism Summary 3 hours (.3 CEUs) 3 hours (.3 CEUs) This session discusses three facets of This session will be an open discussion, processing sensory input: integration, allowing participants to review knowledge registration, and dysfunction. Practical gained and how this knowledge can be strategies to meet sensory needs are also applied to actual situations. Each presented. participant, during the course of this TEACCH 3 hours training, will read and be expected to (.3 CEUs) summarize an autobiography about a person Treatment and Education of Autistic and with autism. related Communication handicapped CHildren presents specific teaching strategies that include visual scheduling, modifying the environment, teaching independence, and creating educational, recreational and life skills tasks.
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