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November 2017

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2016-2017 School Year


Autism Workshop – All About Social Skills for Individuals with Autism

December 11th, 2016 1 pm – 3 pm

Presenter: Gitty Endzweig, MSEd, BCBA, LBA

Free Admission! Refreshments will be served!

Participants will get practical advice on how to help children with autism interact using social skils. It si for parents, educators, and professionals. Learn about

  • Joint Attention – the shared focus of two individuals on an object in order to share a social mement with another around an object.
  • Theory of the Mind – Theorty of mind refers to the notion that many ASD individuals do not understand that other people have their own plans, thoughts, and points of view.
  • Executive Functioning – a set of mental skills that help you get things done. These skills are controlled by an area of the brain called the frontal lobe.
  • Central Coherence – Having a “weak” central coherence suggests that instead of understanding the “whole” children with ASD focus on the details and have more difficulty processing the whole.
  • How to assess social skills
  • How to focus treatment and activities around social skills to help children with ASD
  • ILAUGH Model: Social Thinking
  • 4 steps of Communication: Social Thinking
  • Ways to teach social skills
  • Social Stories
  • Activity Schedules
  • Role Modeling
  • Social Groups
  • and the best part, Positive Outcomes!

School Newsletter – June 2016

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School Newsletter – August 2016

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2015-2016 School Year

 April 11, 2015

Wallingford’s Autism Program Makes the News!

Click here to view news coverage of our program on WTNH News 8