TRIAD Foundations of Autism Education Workshop (TFAEW)

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide a three-day hands-on workshop with follow up support designed specifically for LEA faculty and staff in Tennessee who directly serve students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in an elementary or middle school setting. The purpose of TFAEW is to provide LEAs with foundational knowledge and strategies to better serve their students with ASD.

Participant Requirements
  1. Register in two-person teams
    • Preference will be given to teams that include one special educator or general educator and one paraeducator who work directly together; however, other teams of two may apply and state their roles and professional development needs. Teams should both be highly involved in common educational settings within their elementary or middle school setting.
  2. Attend all three days of the workshop
  3. Participate in a three-hour school visit 4-6 weeks after the training and 1 hour a month of distance consultation for the remainder of the school year. These follow up components will serve the purpose of providing feedback, coaching, and troubleshooting regarding team goals set at the training.*
Training Topics
  • Characteristics of ASD and its impact on learning
  • Evidence based practices (EBPs) to use in structuring a successful learning environment for students with ASD
  • Strategies to integrate EBPs throughout the school day to optimize learning for all students
Workshop Format
  • Large group instruction, modeling, and discussion
  • Small group application and role play activities
  • Demonstration and hands on-practice with students with ASD
  • Planning with TRIAD Educational Consultants
  • Creation of individualized team goals and action plans regarding implementation of the strategies discussed
Proof of Attendance Participants will receive certificates documenting their participation in TFAEW and 21 hours of professional development.**
Follow Up
  • Participate in a three-hour school visit at your school 4-6 weeks after the training*
  • Monthly remote consultations via teleconferencing, phone or e-mail up to 1 hour per month for the duration of the school year.

*Participants must attend all three days to be eligible for the school visit and must participate in a site visit in order to receive a certificate of completion.
**Participants mustattend all three days and complete the site visit in order to receive 21 professional development hours.

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This workshop opportunity is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education and is available to educators in LEAs in Tennessee at no-cost to participants.