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Promoting Verbal Language and Social Development In Young Children with Autism
This training covers procedures for increasing initiations from a child so that child-centered instruction can proceed at an optimal level of intensity required for learning. Strategies for environmental planning that increase the frequency for learning opportunities, specific methods of selecting highly preferred toys and materials, and suggestions on ways that teachers can arrange the environment to create teachable moments and sustained play will also be covered.
Dr. McGee will include specific examples and cover key steps to promoting opportunities for typical peers to be models of social and language skills.
This training is based on the principles of the Walden Early Childhood Program, which is recognized as a best-practices preschool intervention model by the National Research Council. The classroom model targets young children with autism blending inclusive center-based intervention with home-based treatment by parents.
Dr. McGee was a student of and mentored by the late Todd Risley, worked for a number of years at Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI), was one of the leads on the National Research Council's 2001 report "Educating Children with Autism" (Lord & McGee, 2001), and is currently the Director of the Emory Autism Center/Walden Early Childhood Program. Walden is a nationally recognized and highly regarded model of inclusive preschool educational programming for children with autism.
To register, please call the workshop registration line at (480) 603-3284.
Date: Friday, October 3, 2008
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: SARRC 300 N. 18th St.
Cost: $70 per person (lunch is not included)