Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. This is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism.
Did you know
- Autism affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
Here’s another resource to review to learn more about autism: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-based Interventions – this Guide, produced by the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative, describes evidence based interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) based on six recent nationally recognized systematic research reviews. The document provides information and tools to support individuals with ASDs and their families and to assist healthcare professionals, educators, and other community-based service providers in making informed decisions about selection, implementation, and monitoring of ASD interventions.
If you are interested in receiving professional development on intervention strategies, CSD has an upcoming two-day workshop, Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Early Childhood Setting. Strategies will be reviewed, including applied behavior analysis, structured teaching, sensory support and behavioral intervention.
Tags: Autism Speaks, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Light It Up Blue, World Autism Awareness Day
This workshop on January 18, 2013 will include a brief overview of the seven sensory systems along with sensory integration strategies that can be utilized in classrooms to increase student engagement and time on task. After this all day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of strategies to take back to their classrooms, and leave with a book of resources.
Capitalizing on her 25+ years in the field of education, Karen Westhoff brings a hands-on, practical approach to her workshops. Prior to being a School Improvement Consultant at Cooperating School Districts, Karen has served as a Special Education Teacher, a Lead Teacher for TIP (Therapeutic Intervention Program), and as the Director of St. Gertrude’s Preschool in Washington, Missouri. Certified as an administrator in Missouri, Karen developed and implemented an At-risk Behavior Program for grades K-6. In her quest to support educators in fostering environments that support student growth, she continues to present on topics such as Positive Behavior Support and Sensory Integration. Karen looks forward to continually share effective strategies with other educators in Missouri with a passion for student development.
Register for this workshop by January 11
Cost: $75 CSD Members | $90 Non-Members
(includes lunch, book and materials)
Questions? Contact Brian Lankheit.
Tags: Positive Behavior Support, sensory integration strategies, sensory systems