Spring 2017 workshops provide diverse learning opportunities

The VKC offers an array of learning opportunities in Spring 2017 workshops: strategies for parents of young children with autism; disability resources in health care, transition planning, and disability services; and alternative and augmentative communication. Click here for VKC Events; locate the event by date and link to register.

TRIAD Families First

Families First is a free monthly workshop series for parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) led by VKC TRIAD (Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders). Workshops are held at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Room 241, One Magnolia Circle Building, 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville.

Each 3-hour workshop focuses on providing parents and caregivers with strategies to use at home, at school, and in the community. The strategies discussed are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Registration is required. Upcoming workshops are:

  • Sat., Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Addressing Challenging Behavior
  • Sat. April 1, 9 a.m.-12 noon—Stepping Out of Your Routine: Preparing for Fun, Field Trips, and Family Vacations

Britt Henderson Training Series

Disability resources related to health care, transition from high school, and accessing disability service information will be the focus of the Spring 2017 Britt Henderson Training Series.

Educators, individuals with disabilities and family members, disability service providers, and others are invited to register for one or more of the three free monthly workshops, all held on Thursdays, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner is provided. Topics and dates are:

  • Feb. 9–How the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Health Care Toolkit Can Help Educators and Families: Connecting Medical Conditions with Behavior and Learning
  • Mar. 9– Transition in Tennessee–Putting Assessment into Action: Using Assessment to Guide Transition Programming
  • Apr. 6–Tennessee Disability Pathfinder: A Resource for Connecting and Collaborating

Workshops are held at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Room 241, One Magnolia Circle Building, 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville.

Founded in 1996, the Britt Henderson Training Series for Educators is made possible at no cost to participating schools and others through an endowment from the Robert and Carol Henderson family in memory of Britt Henderson.

The Henderson Series is a program of the VKC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). For information, contact kelly.wendel@vanderbilt.edu, 615-875-9853.

2017 Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Workshop

“AAC for All: Supporting Students with Evidence-Based Practices Across Settings” is the theme of this annual workshop for speech-language pathologists, special educators, other professionals in related fields, students, parents, and family members.

The workshop will be held Friday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons on the Vanderbilt campus.

The workshop consists of four sessions, and ASHA Continuing Education Credit is available. Topics and presenters are:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment: Essential Knowledge When Assessing Children with Developmental Disabilities — Denise Bryant, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP, pediatric speech-language pathologist at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Pediatric Speech-Language Clinic
  • Goal Writing: Tools for Generating Functional Goals for AAC — Amanda L. Oakes, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist III, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Pediatric Speech Language Programs
  • The ABCs of Using Picture-Based Communication Systems with Young Children with ASD — Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP, speech/ language pathologist and clinical director of the Tadpole project
  • Collaborative and Functional Approaches to Intervention and Play Skills with Complex Communicators — Kerry Hankins, M.A., CCC-SLP

The AAC workshop is co-sponsored by the VKC UCEDD, Department of Special Education, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Vanderbilt Consortium LEND, Technology Access Center, Dynavox, and ATW.

Registration is $175 for professionals, $50 for students or parents; $125 group rate for 2 or more persons from the same agency or organization who register at the same time. The workshop fee includes lunch, breaks, and instructional resources.

Jan Rosemergy is VKC deputy director and director of Communications and Dissemination.

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