April is Autism Awareness Month
Easter Seals Autism-Related Workshops & Training
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[April 21, 2016]
- The CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM)
Network, in its 2016 Community Report, show that the estimated number of
children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) remains at 1 in
68. They state, “We urge those who work with or on behalf of children to
join forces to ensure that all children with ASD are identified and
connected to the services they need as early as possible.”
Autism generally appears during the first three years of life. It
is a spectrum disorder which means it includes a large range of
symptoms and behaviors. Typically, children display repetitive
behaviors and difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication,
social interaction and play activities.
The Autism Program at Easter Seals offers a variety of service
options from highly-intensive and comprehensive to issue-focused
consultation for children, families and regional schools.
Approximately 40% of autism diagnoses in the state of Illinois are
through the Easter Seals Autism Diagnostic Clinic.
During the month of April, Autism Awareness Month, Easter Seals will
host a series of workshops and trainings designed for professionals,
parents and community members who are interested in learning more
about autism, diagnosis and intervention strategies. The list of
workshops/trainings and descriptions can be found on the Easter
Seals website at ci.easterseals.com.
Workshops and trainings include:
Autism 101– April 7 & April 9: Designed for professionals and
families to learn about the fundamentals of Autism Spectrum
Autism: An Update on Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies - April
11: A review of the latest research on diagnostic practice and
evidence-based treatment by Developmental Pediatrician, Dr. Janet
BrainPaint: An Introduction and Demonstration of Neurotherapy -
April 18: Presenters will explore the basics behind brain based
treatment programming and will conduct a live demonstration
utilizing BrainPaint, a program available at Easter Seals.
iPads: Technology and Communication - April 21: Participants
will learn when and how to use an iPad to facilitate communication
and learning in children with Autism.
Acquisition through Motor Planning) Training - April 22:
Designed for professionals and families, LAMP is an augmentative
alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give a method
of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through a
speech generating device. Presented by Teresa Parrill of The Center
for AAC and Autism.
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ADOS-2 Pre-Session Training - April 25: Required for all participants in
ADOS-2 with no prior experience with administration of the tool. Basic
principles of Autism Spectrum Disorders and administration of the ADOS-2 will be
ADOS-2 Training - April 26-27: Participants will learn how to administer
the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2. Administration and scoring for
Modules 1 through 4 will be presented and discussed. Registrants who have no
experience with ADOS administration, must attend the ADOS-2 Pre-Session.
Online registration is available at ci.easterseals.com. For additional
information contact Jamie Hollis, Director of Programs and Administrative
Services, at 309-686-1177.
For nearly 100 years, Easter Seals has been changing the way the world defines
and views disabilities, making profound, positive differences in people’s lives
every day. Easter Seals is the champion for abilities, opening new pathways to
opportunities, so that every child can reach for and realize their full
potential. They take a complete approach, working with the whole family to help
children with disabilities, autism, developmental delays and other special needs
reach new milestones each and every day.
Easter Seals is the most comprehensive provider of pediatric developmental
services in the Central Illinois region, providing specialized therapies to help
children communicate, improve their mobility, interact with others, and cope
[Laura Blackaby, Easter Seals]