Date: December 07, 2010
Time: 8:30AM to 3:30PM
The Department of Education, Division of Special Education, in collaboration with the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, will offer the TRIAD Winter Institute twice: once in Nashville and once in West Tennessee. It will focus on Integrating Different Methodologies for teaching students with autism. Each of the four-day Winter Institutes is open to two, four-person teams from each grand region of Tennessee (24 participants in all). Each team will concentrate on developing a program for a particular student with autism in their school, and will receive a follow-up site visit later in the year. The team needs to bring information about the student's IEP, behavior plan, cognitive functioning, etc. Teams can consist of teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, SLPs, psychologists, etc.; or, any school personnel who provide direct service to the same child with autism.
The Institute will consist of a combination of lectures, videotape demonstrations, and hands-on learning experiences to teach the methodologies of discrete trial training, structured teaching, and incidental teaching. During the first three days, trainers will provide an overview of ABA and specifics about the components, teaching sequences, and phases of discrete trial training, structured teaching, and incidental teaching. On the fourth day, participants will learn about integrating the different methodologies and will practice their implementation including making various visual supports for their specific student.
There is no cost to participants for tuition or materials, but the costs for lodging, transportation, and food must be provided by participants or their school systems.
Schools or supervisors interested in applying should complete the application and submit it ASAP. This is a competitive application process. Return of the application does not mean automatic acceptance. Please fill out the application completely and carefully. Remember, this is a team application. Individuals without a team will not be considered. Each team will need to have approval from the LEA Special Education Director to apply. The deadline for receipt of the application is November 15, 2010.
Contact Linda Copas in the Division of Special Education at (615)-741-7790 or Linda.Copas@tn.gov to apply.
For more information, visit:
The Tennessee Department of Education Training site.