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Description: This webcast designed to introduce parents, educators, and professionals to effective strategies for supporting someone with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) in adolescence and adulthood. The webcast provided a description of common strengths and areas of need present in adulthood and focused on characteristics related to communication and social-emotional development.
Description: Henrico County Public Schools, in partnership with VCU-ACE, are piloting a guidance document that defines the student’s current skill level in relation to determining classroom placement. This webcast outlined this guidance document on classroom placement for the student with ASD and described the team model established by Henrico County Public Schools to effectively use the document.
Description: In this presentation, Sam and his mom, Bradford, shared Sam's journey and some of the tools used to facilitate the path to an "extra" ordinary life for him. This presentation discussed how these principals were used throughout his entire lifetime and are still utilized now as he is preparing for the transition to adulthood.
Description: VDOE provides six-week facilitated online courses through a grant with Intel. These professional development courses are available to educators in Virginia at no cost. The courses are conducted all online (no face-to-face meetings needed) and take approximately 30 hours, or 5 hours per week, to complete. The courses are facilitated by Virginia educators. Participants will receive a certificate at the end that can be used towards 30 recertification points.
Description: FPG researchers study important issues facing young children and their families, and we use this information to enhance policy and improve practice. We are committed to sharing the information we generate with the public and to supporting professionals’ understanding and use of evidence-based practices. Like other top tier research organizations, our work is published in the most respected journals and publications in our field. What sets us apart is our effort to ensure that parents,...
Description: The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.
Description: The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation was created through a grant from the Office of Head Start. The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website. This site includes Best Practice Tutorials designed to enhance your skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs.
Description: Communication is an essential part of everyday life and is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Impairment in communication is one of the diagnostic characteristics of ASD. This means that every student identified with an ASD will experience communication difficulties. It is now widely regarded that communication is an essential life skill and should be a primary goal for students with ASD.
Description: This PBS News video discusses a new study that demonstrates the connection between repetitive head injuries in athletes and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
Description: This training package has been developed collaboratively with staff from the ECTA Center and WRRC in response to the need expressed from state and local providers to have specific information and resources about developing Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. First introduced in September 2012, this revised training package includes: an introductory video; a set of six fully scripted PowerPoint presentations; handouts, activities and...
Description: Job-embedded professional development (JEPD) refers to teacher learning that is grounded in day-to-day teaching practice and is designed to enhance teachers’ content-specific instructional practices with the intent of improving student learning (Darling-Hammond & McLaughlin, 1995; Hirsh, 2009). It is primarily school or classroom based and is integrated into the workday, consisting of teachers assessing and finding solutions for authentic and immediate problems of practice as part of a...
Description: The third annual issue, which appeared in September, 2012, is packed with resources for teachers, leaders, professional development providers and families. Articles range from Tackling Children’s Weight Issues Through Music Therapy to Because I Said So: Effective Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Behavior. This issue also includes ideas, resources, international perspectives, and podcasts you can participate in.
Description: Mt. Sinai's Dr. Wayne Gordon introduces one mother's powerful story about the importance of accurate diagnosis. "Few experiences are as difficult for a parent as seeking help for a child and being denied the help that they were seeking. The story (in this video) is that of a mother asking time and again for help from diverse professionals and being told time and time again that her son's ongoing and worsening symptoms were the result of poor parenting, bad behavior, or an attention deficit...
Description: It is estimated that there are between 1.4 and 3.8 million sports related concussions every year in the US. Concussion management can be difficult complicated by the fact that there have been many changes in concussion science.This 1-hour online training is designed to educate the licensed health care professional on current best practices in office based evaluation and management of sports related concussions.
Description: VSTE is the premier professional development and advocacy organization for educators in Virginia. The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) was founded in 1986 as the Virginia Educational Computing Association and is Virginia’s affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In addition, VSTE is the Virginia state chapter for CoSN. VSTE’s mission is to promote excellence in education through professional development endeavors supporting the...
Description: Welcome to the Autism Case Training (ACT) Web-based CE course. This introductory course contains three modules designed to help you better: identify autism spectrum disorders, assist a family through the diagnostic process, and care for patients with autism spectrum disorders. Users will gain knowledge and skills to improve early identification of children with ASDs and ensure timely and appropriate care.
Description: Digital video is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance a range of early care and education practices, including observation, documentation, assessment, evaluation, coaching, consultation, reflective practice, reflective supervision, family education, and professional development. The Desired Results access Project established a Digital Video Initiative to support early childhood practitioners' use of video in their work.
Description: The Autism Center at OCALI provides a clearinghouse of information on research, resources and trends to address the autism challenge. The center offers a source for training, technical assistance, resources, and consultation to build program capacity and individual learning and growth. Autism Internet Modules are available on a wide range of topics.
Description: The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Modules feature videos, charts, pictures, case studies and a...
Description: The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers. The Web site provides resources, training modules, news, and a blog for discussions related to inclusive practices. (Inclusion)
Description: The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publicly funded charity whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication. We are the ONLY national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to children with apraxia and their families. On-Demand Webinars are available for a fee. You must register to view Research Symposium.
Description: This resource includes a baby sign language dictionary that includes: General Signs, Action, Animal, Color, and Family Signs, Feelings, Food/Drink, Manners, and Motivational Signs, Objects, and Survival Signs
Description: Every 19 seconds someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That adds up to 1.7 million people each year. Brain injuries range from mild to moderate to severe. Every injury is different, but when your brain is injured, it can affect everything: your ability to speak, focus, remember, and relate to other people. BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of...
Description: Autism Training Solutions is the online education company dedicated to training professionals and paraprofessionals within the field of autism and related behavioral disabilities. Thousands of professionals rely on ATS to provide up-to-date, interactive video training in evidence-based interventions.
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: Association for Behavior Analysis International® The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.
Description: The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise of hundreds of behavioral scientists to solve problems in the home, school, community, and the workplace. The Cambridge Center is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to advance the scientific study of behavior and its humane application to the solution of practical problems, including the prevention and relief of human suffering. The Cambridge Center was founded by Dr. Robert...
Description: Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift have spent more than 30 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. There is a fee to view the training videos.
Description: This module discusses the importance of selecting evidence-based practices and programs. It also examines actions that school personnel can take to increase the likelihood that the practice or program is implemented as it was designed.
Description: This module, "Functional Behavioral Assessment: Identifying the Reasons for Problem Behavior and Developing a Behavior Plan" explores the basic principles of behavior and the importance of discovering the reasons that students engage in problem behavior. The steps to conducting a functional behavioral assessment and developing a behavior plan are described.
Description: NAEYC's position statements on Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluations are included on this site.
Description: This website includes handouts and "Make it Yourself" directions, vendors and selected resources, web links, books and products for assistive technology for communication and literacy. (Communication)
Description: The ASD Video Glossary is an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains over a hundred video clips and is available to you free of charge, but you must register. (General Autism)
Description: This article database is written by teachers for teachers and contains articles related to responsive classroom strategies. Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs....
Description: The SPD Network is a project of the Kid Foundation, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for students, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder. Available on this site are FAQs about SPD, scientific research related to SPD, SPD conferences and workshops, a treatment directory, and general information about SPD. (Sensory)
Description: This website includes autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community.
Description: In this research-based set of 45 video clips and accompanying materials, teacher-training professors, educational administration and supervision faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI) worked with K-12 educators to inform new teachers of effective classroom methods and best practices relating to 12 topics identified in a 2006 field study conducted by CEPI involving beginning teachers.
Description: This blueprint is intended to serve as a resource for professional education programs and preK-12 school settings to enhance supervised field experiences, including classroom experiences and internships of teacher candidates. The blueprint focuses on the continuum of field placements from early field experiences for an individual exploring a career in education through the culminating student teaching field experiences that serve as a bridge from the education program into the profession....
Description: Foundational Skills for Young Readers This proven Phonics program provides explicit instruction and abundant practice for phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, decoding skills, sound-symbol correspondences, and manipulating and building words. (This program must be purchased.) You will: Use a variety of learning opportunities— traditional, hands-on, and online—to makes sure all students have a strong foundation for reading Inform instruction with multiple, grade-appropriate...
Description: The IRIS Center offers a wide variety of resources and services to suit a diverse set of instructional needs and circumstances. Resources: Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, the Center’s resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices—Modules, Case Study Units, Activities, and others (including a number of Web-based tools)—are specifically created for use in college instruction, professional...
Description: Created in association with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and supported by Part C funding, this is an excellent training website for all ECSE and ECE teachers. Training modules include:- A course on typical child development for children from Birth to 3- A second module for 3-6 (to be developed in the near future)- A course on Family Centered PracticesCourses can be used towards re-certification points and the site has a registry that will keep track of the courses you have taken....
Description: Virginia's state professional association for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Inforamtion on legistation, advocacy, and training. Hosts an annual state conference each spring. (SLP)