This interactive presentation will begin with a discussion of the characteristics of individuals diagnosed with high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome. Areas of deficit and suggested strategies will be addressed. The afternoon will focus on the social issues that confront those with this diagnosis. Through lecture, video clips and hands-on activities, participants will learn a variety of techniques to teach social awareness. Participants will also learn different approaches to building empathy and understanding within the individual's peer group.
- Overview of PDD/autism spectrum disorders
- Easy-to-use theatre techniques for teaching social cues
- Techniques for teaching peer acceptance
- Opportunity to actively participate in the activities you will teach to students
- The attendee will be able to discuss HFA, Asperger Syndrome and social issues.
- The attendee will be able to identify specific techniques for educating peers about learning and social differences.
- The attendee will be able to review effective social skill curriculums and tools.
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
I. Overview Of PDD/Autism Spectrum Disorders
Asperger Syndrome will be defined as one of the five disorders under the PDD/Autism Spectrum. Neurological differences and the increase in diagnoses will be addressed.
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
II. Characteristics And Strategies
Participants will learn about the communication, social, sensory, behavioral and academic needs of individual with Asperger's Syndrome, as well as basic strategies for addressing those needs.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
III. Acting Socially
The deficit in social understanding has the most significant impact on the lives of those with Asperger Syndrome. In this segment the focus will be on techniques to teach social understanding. Participants will be introduced to effective social skill curriculums and tools. The group will be introduced to the 'Acting Antics' program. The instructor has designed this program to use theatre techniques to teach those with AS social understanding. Audience participation will be encouraged.
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
IV. 'In Some Ways We're Different; In Some Ways The Same'
Specific techniques for building empathy and understanding within the individual's elementary or secondary peer group will be explored. Audience participation will again be encouraged.
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
V. Questions And Answers