An Atlantic Partnership
Autism in Education

AIE Talks

“Relaxation Strategies”
presentation created by: Marlene Breitenbach

Presentation Overview
One strategy for addressing anxiety in individuals who deal with this challenge, including those with ASD, is to teach relaxation strategies that the individual may use “in the moment” when he or she is facing a situation that causes anxiety. Unfortunately this is often more difficult than it sounds. The PowerPoint presentation below may provide some helpful information if you are working with a learner who experiences anxiety, or assisting school personnel who are looking for some strategies to support a learner dealing with anxiety.

“Just Relax! Why Telling Doesn't Work” (PDF)

“Social Narratives”
presentation created by: Marlene Breitenbach

Presentation Overview
Some learners with ASD and diverse needs may benefit from structured opportunities to practice and rehearse situations that are challenging for them. A variety of strategies, such as Social Stories, scripts, and cognitive picture rehearsal are available to facilitate this type of rehearsal, but figuring out which strategy is best for your learner and for the situation may not be an easy task. The PowerPoint presentation below provides some helpful information on the similarities and differences between these strategies and suggests some considerations for choosing the best approach for your individual learner.

“Social Narratives: Variations on a Theme” (PDF)

“Transitions in Rural Communities”
presented by: Annamarie Talbot

Presentation Overview
Transition planning is an essential part of the program planning process for students with diverse needs. At times, such planning can seem overwhelming for families and school teams alike. The goal of this presentation is to introduce school to community transitions in rural communities by creating an individualized, person-centered plan that ensures successful transition across a variety of environments.

“Using i-Pad Technology to Support Students with ASD”
presented by: Barry Hicks

Presentation Overview
In this practical, hands-on presentation, Barry explores the benefits of using i-Pad technology to support students with ASD in school, home, and community settings. He discusses current research regarding the use of i-Pad technology, and provides practical examples of ways in which i-Pads and apps can be used by students to help with organization, expression, and learning outcomes.

“Families as Partners”
presented by: Sheri Gallant

Presentation Overview
School teams and families of students with diverse learning needs need to, and can, work together effectively, even under some of the most challenging circumstances. In this presentation, Sheri highlights some practical and simple actions that have helped to build positive and collaborative relationships between families and school teams, as they maneuvered through daily routines as well as more challenging times.

“Bridging the Gap”
presented by: Raeanne Adams

Presentation Overview
In her role as an Autism Consultant with the English Language School Board on Prince Edward Island over the past several years, Raeanne has often supported students with ASD and their families and school teams with transitions from school to school. Based on her experience in this area, Raeanne has developed a unique and very effective strategy for addressing these transitions. In this presentation, Raeanne explains the approach she has developed to help students with ASD successfully navigate the challenges of moving from one school to the next.

“Current Research Regarding Time-out”
presented by: Shelley McLean

Presentation Overview
Few topics in education inspire such animated and emotional discussion as does the topic of time-out. Stories about the use of time-out and time-out rooms appear with regularity in the media across North America. Social media has also started to play a role in sharing of information on this topic, with Facebook posts and blogs related to this issue garnering interest among educators, parents, and the public in general. The purposes of this presentation, based on the Autism in Education information paper, “Current Research Regarding Time-out”, are to attempt to explain what time-out is and what it is not, to clear up some common misconceptions about time-out, and to highlight the research that exists on this important topic.

“Social Skills Training for Elementary Students on the Autism Spectrum”
presented by: Jill McMullin

Presentation Overview
This presentation focuses on the elements of facilitating a social skills group for elementary students on the autism spectrum. A structured learning approach is used as the core teaching model, incorporating four teaching components:

  1. Didactic instruction / explanation of the skill steps;
  2. Modeling of the skill steps;
  3. Role-playing skills with feedback; and
  4. Practice in and outside the group.

Additional positive incentive supports to maintain the student’s attention and cooperation, including a First-Then chart with an accompanying choice board and a Token Economy chart for skills completed are discussed in this presentation as well.

“Peer Sensitivity Training”
presented by: Danielle Rochon

Presentation Overview
This presentation provides viewers with a collection of examples of different ways to educate and engage the peers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It includes samples of power point presentations, a variety of group contingency programs to increase social interaction among individuals with ASD and their peers, and some samples of handouts shared with classmates.

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