Autism Spectrum Disorder
|Date||Friday, October 12th, 2018 to Friday, December 7th, 2018|
|Time||8:30am to 4:00pm|
|Location||Stern Center for Language and Learning|
183 Talcott Road
WE’RE SORRY, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Please check back next week to see the Spring listing of this course.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Stimulating Language, Social Communication and Social Emotional Learning from Birth through Third Grade
This course focuses on assessment, intervention and clinical application of evidence based practices for children, birth- 8 years who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Etiology, diagnostic considerations and theoretical underpinnings for the developmental impairments exhibited across: Language, Social Relatedness and Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors and Interest will be addressed. Additionally, practical applications for supporting social emotional learning and managing interfering behaviors will be explored. Students will reflect upon their own learning during the course by integrating course content and required readings into their personal and professional experiences through hands-on class activities.
8:30 AM -4:00 PM
Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Instructor
Laura Bonazinga Bouyea, M.S., CCC-SLP, provides speech, language, and socio-communicative assessment and instruction for students of all ages. She specializes in language learning and best-practices in early intervention for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related social-thinking disorders as well as in assessing and providing intervention for social communication and social emotional learning. Laura develops workshops and provides training for educators, clinicians and parents on topics related to interventions supporting autism, social communication, social cognition and language learning. Additional areas of expertise include social cognition and theory of mind. Laura also partners with families in schools and in home-based environments to foster effective communication on behalf of children. Laura is also an adjunct lecturer in the graduate Communication Sciences Department at The University of Vermont.
Prior to joining the Stern Center, Laura worked in private practice serving children who present with autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, and language-based learning disabilities. In addition to providing home-based services, Laura partnered with the Howard Center’s Baird and Jean Garvin Schools as well as several Vermont school districts to meet the needs of a wide range of children on the autism spectrum.
Laura holds a Master of Science from the University of Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and art. Her interest in autism spectrum disorders began during her work as Graduate Research Coordinator for the Social Story™ and Peer Play Interventions at UVM. The focus of her master’s thesis was on the assessment of Theory of Mind, a project which culminated in the development of the standardized assessment tool, The Theory of Mind Inventory (TOMI) (www.theoryofmindinventory.com). Laura has coauthored journal articles on the TOMI as well as published a review of the DIR/Floortime™ Intervention in the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders-2nd Edition (2017). Most recently, she provided consultation for the development of a pilot PBS Kids show, Mr. Chris & Friends. When she is not working with students, Laura enjoys birding, spinning, yoga, playing hockey and spending time with family.
|Audience||educators, early childhood care providers, speech language pathologist, occupational therapists and mental health providers|
|Grade Level||Birth - 3rd grade|