The Ninth Annual Autism Summer Institute is presented to you by Florida Department of Education (DOE), Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA), Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Gulfcoast and Region 4 Technology Services, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk County School Districts and the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD).

Summer Institute on Literacy Training

Presented by Glennda McCallister, Linda Johnston, and Nina Gregory
Date/Time: August 2-5, 2010 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration begins at 7:30
*Attendance is required for all 4 days

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Training Description
The Summer Literacy Institute will focus on utilizing the Four-Blocks Literacy Model for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Participants will be able to describe and implement the major components of the Four-Blocks with students who have significant cognitive and/or physical disabilities at the supported and participatory levels. As part of the training, participants will be expected to create materials to support implementation. Each participant will receive a copy of both The Teacher’s Guide to the Four-Blocks and Children with Disabilities: Reading and Writing the Four-Blocks Way. Target audience: Teachers of supported and participatory and speech/language pathologists.

Participants will

Explore the various barriers and beliefs that ALL children can learn
Compare and contrast typical and emergent literacy development
Learn how to create classroom environments that foster emergent literacy
Learn a range of strategies that address emergent and conventional literacy needs of students with             significant dissabilities
Develop his/her own Change of Practice Plan after completing the training

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Basic Training

Presented by Jo-Anne Matteo, M.S. CCC/SLP
Date/Time: August 4-5, 2010 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration begins at 7:30
* PECS handout packet will be provided

Training Description
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a language-training package that is used to teach communication skills rapidly to those with limited functional speech.  PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training.  Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting.  An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech.  Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, including attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities.  Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

Training Objectives

The key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
Strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
The relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches
How to implement all six phases of PECS with target individuals using a behavior analytic orientation The criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities


Required Pre-reading Materials:
1. Manual reading and activity
2. Barriers article
3. Implications article


Registration for the PECS Basic Training is closed. Registration for The Summer Institute on Literacy Training is limited.  For more information contact Tanisha Dobney at 813-974-3126.

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The Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism is a program funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.