Research has shown that individuals with autism may have challenges that affect one’s ability to enjoy a quality of life at a similar level of peers of the same age and stage of life. Quality of life is not static and can be enhanced in a dynamic way by discovering and experiencing new opportunities and possibilities. Context specific and individualized support strategies can be used to empower individuals with autism to actualize their potential and gain functional skills to increase independence, self-determination, interpersonal relationships, community involvement and physical and emotional well-being. This 2-day interactive workshop will include strategies to identify, teach, guide and assess functional skills for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. By the end of the workshop, participants will have practical knowledge and tools to implement functional skills lessons in the home, school, and community settings.
This workshop is appropriate for K-12 classroom teachers, resource teachers, learning support teachers, case-managers, and other professionals who are not yet familiar with assessment and instruction of functional skills. The workshop is particularly beneficial for those who can attend as a school team (e.g., the classroom teacher, case manager, and EAs for a student who would benefit from functional skills instruction)