National autism expert to lead Lakeland College workshop in Appleton
Adult Education - posted on 8/19/2008
Lakeland College is bringing a national autism expert to Appleton in September for a one-day workshop geared toward parents, educators and other professionals helping children, students or patients with autism.
Carol Gray, a national expert on autism spectrum disorders (ASD), will lead "Solving the Social Equation in Autism Spectrum Disorders" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Liberty Hall Conference Center in Appleton.
This fun and practical workshop will use lecture, demonstration and activities to explore instructional strategies that directly address the core deficits in ASD through utilization of everyone's strengths.
"We were made aware of the critical need for community education regarding ASD by Lakeland staff and organizations after reaching out and speaking with them," said Maria Wierichs, director of Lakeland's Business and Leadership Development Institute (BLDI), which put together this workshop.
"One of the goals of Lakeland's BLDI program is providing community outreach and filling gaps in community educational needs. The information we gathered about the desperate need for ASD education led to this workshop. We're thrilled to bring Carol Gray to Appleton, and we've been overwhelmed by the response from parents and professionals who have struggled to get access to resources that will help them learn more about ASD."
Gray is director of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding in Grand Rapids, Mich. She recently completed over 22 years of employment with Jenison Public Schools in Jenison, Mich., initially as a teacher with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and in recent years as a consultant to students with ASD in inclusive educational programs.
In 1991, she developed Social Stories™ and Comic Strip Conversations strategies that are used worldwide with children, adolescents and adults with ASD. She has published several resources on topics related to children and adults with ASD, including articles on bullying, death and dying and how to teach social understanding. She is the recipient of the Barbara Lipinski Award for her international contribution to the education and welfare of people with ASD.
This workshop will include demonstrations of Gray's strategies, as well as others available to parents and professionals working with victims of autism.
Participants will also learn how to work as a team with parents and other professionals to effectively and efficiently address challenging behaviors and situations, and how to build and promote friendly behavior and friendship opportunities among all children in the general education classroom.
Cost of the workshop is $149 and includes handouts, breakfast and lunch. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the conference will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Participants can register online at lakeland.edu/autism
or contact Wierichs at 920-565-1477 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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