Milestones to offer autism training at Canterbury

Participants in a Milestones workshop.

Milestones Autism Resources will host Milestones School Team Training on Aug.4-8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Canterbury Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. While all districts are encouraged to attend, first-ring-suburb school personnel can register at a deeply discounted rate, thanks to a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation presented to Milestones.

Founded in 2003, Milestones Autism Resources helps individuals with autism throughout Northeast Ohio reach their unique potential and is the first call for help at each transition of an individual’s life. Milestones focuses on educating and coaching family members and professionals in evidence-based practical strategies. Its conferences, workshops, professional development, referral calls and online resources connect the autism community with vital information, and each other.

Milestones School Team Training is a week-long, hands-on professional development opportunity focused on evidence-based classroom techniques for students with autism in preschool through high school. Intervention specialists, paraprofessionals, school administrators, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists and occupational and physical therapists are invited to attend.

“I have been teaching for 14 years and consider myself a master teacher but never really had behavioral strategies to use before attending this training,” said Renee Schonhiutt, a past attendee and intervention specialist at West Geauga Local Schools. "It’s been the best training of my career.”

Participants will learn how to work collaboratively to improve student outcomes and performance, reduce problem behaviors using the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), manage and structure the classroom to promote independence, improve Indvidual Education Plan (IEP) writing skills and data collection procedures and motivate students for success using proven reinforcement strategies.

School districts that are eligible for the grant-funded discounted rate are Bedford, Berea, Brooklyn, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Maple Heights, Parma, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid-Lyndhurst and Warrensville Heights.

Limited spaces are still available, and pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.milestones.org, or contact Leslie Rotsky at lrotsky@milestones.org or by calling 216-464-7600.

Scholarships are available based on need.

Britney Beaman

Britney Beaman is the communications coordinator for Milestones Autism Resources.

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