VDOE Guidance for SOL Testing
|Evidence-based Practices for Students with Autism|
Kelly Barrett, Autism and ABA Behavior Specialist
Autism Awareness month (April) provides an opportunity to recognize sound practices for educating students with autism. As noted by Odom (2014), Autism Spectrum Disorder can incur an average lifetime cost of $3.2 million per person, however, early diagnosis and effective interventions can help to reduce that cost by as much as two-thirds.
The National Professional Development Center (NPDC) promotes the use of effective interventions, known as evidence-based practices (EBPs), for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, birth to 22 years of age. In 2014, the NPDC updated the list of EBPs. Given the application of more stringent criteria, the NPDC’s new report (2014)
dropped one evidence-based practice from the 24 previously identified in its 2008 review and added 5 more practices including “exercise” and “structured play groups”. After considering a larger number of research studies for the new report, scientists also renamed and broadened one category, that is now called technology-aided instruction instead of computer based instruction.
The NPDC’s report not only provides guidance for professionals, but is also an essential tool for families. Parents often consider paying for interventions that have little or no evidence to support their use. This report will assist parents to make the best choices for their child and to be well informed consumers.
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Recent VDOE Superintendents Memos
• MEMO 059-15
• MEMO 071-15
Mathematics SOL and Mathematics SOL Curriculum Framework Review Committee
VDOE is now accepting applications from qualified individuals who are interested in serving on a committee to review both the Mathematics SOL and Mathematics SOL Curriculum Framework this summer in Richmond. Applicants must be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or others who have expertise with the content areas and the standards. All nominees, including those who have previously served, must complete and submit the Web-based application using ICAPS by April 27. See Superintendent's Memo 071-15 for additional information.
VDOE is now accepting applications from qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the K-12 History and Social Science SOL Curriculum Framework committees this summer in Williamsburg. Applicants must be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or others who have expertise with the content areas and the standards. All nominees, including those who have previously served, must complete and submit the Web-based application using ICAPS by May 8.
Ability Olympics: WHERE Everyone can be an Athlete!
Ability Olympics is a multi-sport Olympic-style event for individuals with ANY disability ages 2 to adult. The mission is to empower individuals by giving them the chance to showcase their skills in a challenging yet successful athletic environment as well as learn about other sports opportunities for people with disabilities. this event is being held on April 17 & 18 At James Madison University. To learn more about this event, and to register, click on the title above.
|Upcoming Professional Development Events: Click titles for more details|
|April 8-11, 2015|
National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference
The event will be held in San Diego, CA this year. Opening General Session will feature keynote address by author Brad Cohen.
April 15 - 17, 2015
39th Annual Williamsburg Conference
Virtual Assistive Technology Training
April 20, 2015, 12-1 pm & 3-4 pm
AAC Update: Current findings and tools for educators and specialists
April 22, 2015, 12-1 pm & 3-4 pm
Technology tools to support executive functioning skills
April 24, 2015
Self-Regulation in Children: Keeping the Body, Mind and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorder Seminar
presented by PESI Rehab
Children who have trouble self regulating throughout the day are missing out on typical childhood experiences in school, on the playground and with their families. This workshop looks at the underlying factors of poor self-regulation and how they affect the child.
Save the Date! Registration opens April 2015
June 23-25, 2015
Opening Doors - Unlocking Potential 2015