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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001



Events

Extraordinary Minds in MCPS 2017

Our annual “Extraordinary Minds in Montgomery County Public Schools” (MCPS) Forum informs parents about public school placements and services for students across the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, Maryland, a county that supports roughly 2,300 autistic students . Our Forum is an important service that helps parents participate meaningfully as members of their child’s Individual Education Program (IEP) team.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:30-9:00 pm
Location: Julius West Middle School 
651 Great Falls Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850


Agenda

6:30–7:00: Welcome and Introduction to Autism Services
7:05–8:00: Session 1 Breakouts
8:05–9:00: Session 2 Breakouts

Special thanks to Sarah Starr and Kids Being Kids for providing recreation for children of all abilities, ages 4 and up, during the event.

Kids Being Kids specializes in play-based learning for children with special needs that increases communication, builds friendships, self-regulation skills, lifetime wellness, and more. Our programs are led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and special educators with low child-to-staff ratios. We believe kids learn and generalize their learning best through play! www.kidsbeingkids.org

7:05–8:00: Session 1 Breakouts

Diploma-track Elementary School Services (Grades K–5)
Learn about the elementary special education services available to support students with autism who participate in general education curriculum and are expected to earn a high school diploma. Elementary services include: Resource Services, Home School Services Model, Learning and Academic Disabilities, Gifted-Talented/Learning Disabled (GT/LD), Elementary Learning Centers, Jones Lane Learning Center, Carl Sandburg Learning Center, Asperger’s Services, and Behavioral and Emotional Support Services.

Presenters: Melissa Diggs, special education teacher; Joanna Dwin, supervisor; Laurie Kelderman, program specialist

Diploma-track Middle School Services (Grades 6–8)
Presenters: Robin Daisey, program specialist; Sandi Posner, supervisor

Diploma-track High School Services (Grades 9-12)
Presenters: Robin Daisey, program specialist; Sandi Posner, supervisor

Prekindergarten Curriculum, Kindergarten Readiness, and Kindergarten Services
Parents of pre-K students will hear an overview of pre-K instruction and its relationship to kindergarten success for students with autism. A brief overview of kindergarten services will also be provided.

Presenters: Michelle Fyock, instructional specialist; Lisa Grant, program specialist; Kathy Van de Poll, PEP parent educator

Non-Diploma Elementary School Services
Review of the elementary curriculum resources available to students with autism who are non-diploma bound.

Presenters: Marlene Kenny, principal, Carl Sandburg Learning Center; Emily Stanley, instructional specialist, ASD Services

EN ESPAÑOL – Overview of Elementary Services, Grades K-5 (Diploma and Non-Diploma Bound)
Learn about services available to support students with autism who participate in the general education curriculum and are expected to earn a diploma, and review the curriculum resources available to students who are non-diploma bound.

Presenters: Brenda Browne, instructional specialist

8:05–9:00: Session 2 Breakouts

Role of MCPS Psychologists, FBAs, and BIPs
The role of the school psychologist in MCPS, including the purposes of assessments for school-age children. This session will also review information about the definition, components and purposes of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA’s) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP’s)

Presenters: Steven Jordan, psychologist; Sarah Melchior, psychologist

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technologies
An overview of AAC systems and strategies will be presented, as well as the Assistive Technology Considerations process that an IEP team can use. The role of the InterACT team in addressing AAC selections, supports, and training will be highlighted.

Presenters: Catherine Hunter, teacher, Middle/High School; Marilyn Jacobs, team leader, InterAct

Writing Strategies for Middle School Struggling Readers and Writers
This session will describe common barriers to writing in middle school, how to match no-tech and technology-based writing tools to address these barriers, and methods for students to access these tools at school and home.

Presenters: William McGrath, instructional specialist; Megan Sullivan, teacher, Tilden Middle School

Fostering Self-Advocacy Skills
This session will discuss why self-advocacy is a critical skill for students to develop for postsecondary success. Strategies that parents can use to promote self-advocacy at home will be presented.

Presenters: Simone Geness, supervisor, transition services; Patricia Fredericks, teacher, transition services

Non-Diploma Secondary School Services
Learn about middle and high school special education services and the instructional framework for students with autism identified as non-diploma bound.

Presenters: Eric Kuhn, supervisor; Kristin Rattan, teacher, ASD services

EN ESPAÑOL – Overview of Secondary Services, Grades 6-12(Diploma and Non-Diploma Bound)
Learn about secondary services available to support students with autism who participate in the general education curriculum and are expected to earn a high school diploma; and review the curriculum resources available to students who are non-diploma bound.

Presenters: Brenda Browne, instructional specialist


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