Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Free 2-day training from UPAN in Escanaba

The Upper Peninsula Autism Network is providing a free training program for parents and educators on June 15-16, 8:30-4:00, at Bay de Noc Community College, Joseph Heirman University Center, Escanaba.  The title is "Asperger Syndrome:  Rethinking the Glass House Rule."

I was a little confused by the title and asked Barb Nelson if that meant the conference was only relevant to parents and educators of children diagnosed with AS, and she assured me it did not, that the information would be apply to those with a pdd-nos or mild ASD diagnosis as well.  I was thinking maybe what is meant is any ASD child in a regular classroom setting. 

Now I'm a little confused by what "Rethinking the Glass House Rule" means.  I'll just give the description from the brochure:  "This presentation will offer a new way of thinking about Asperger Syndrome (AS).  The information presented will go beyond specific characteristics of students with AS and instead consider how those characteristics impact the way adults interact with students with AS.  The significant emotional, and often negative, reactions of adults may be due to a misattrabution of the behaviors of AS.  These reactions may impede relationships and social and academic performance, resulting in less positive outcomes for students with AS.

"This presentation will provide a review of attribution theory through the lens of AS, allowing adults working with students with AS to better understand their role in the response to and education of these students."

Maureen Ziegler, ED.S.--Autism Education & Intervention Specialist from Grand Valley University/Autism Education Center
Stephanie Dyer--Psychologist from Clinton County RESA
Doug Derdowski--School Social Worker from Clinton County RESA

I found a bit more information on this program on the START website.  I can forward the brochure to you if you send me your e-mail address in a comment (your e-mail address will not automatically appear as sender of a comment; you have to include it in the message).  I also plan to bring copies of the brochure to the next meeting.

If you are interested in attending, you can register online through the Delta-Schoolcraft ISD.

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