Little Hosts In-Service Training for Education Professionals

Annette Little (Education) hosted an in-service training for education professionals on April 7 titled “Supporting Language and Communication for Individuals with Autism.” DynaVox, the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis (TABA) and Belmont co-sponsored the event so that there was no cost to participants. Speech/Language Pathologists were offered free American Speech/Language Hearing Association Continuing Education Units (ASHA) CEUs through DynaVox, and Behavior Analysts were provided free Board Certified Behavior Analyst Continuing Education Units (BCBA) CEUs through TABA. The main focus of the presentation was combining speech/language techniques with behavior management strategies to teach people with autism how to communicate through both low and high tech devices. Approximately 70 participated in the event and feedback from participants was positive and indicated a need for similar additional training opportunities.