MAIER Professional Development Workshop

Developing Social Connectedness: A key component to successful inclusion

Speaker: Terese Dana, M.S., BCBA

Session Description: An essential goal for participation in an inclusive classroom setting is the opportunity for students with ASD to develop social connectedness with their peers. Teachers and support staff can play a significant role in preventing a student from becoming socially isolated. In this workshop, you will learn ways to naturally motivate both autistic and non-autistic students to engage in collaborative activities that promote positive experiences and lay the groundwork for building meaningful social connections. This session will introduce participants to specific strategies, tools, and video modeling techniques to improve social interactions and the modeling of interactive activities. 3 Contact hours can be earned upon completion of this workshop.

Terese Dana, M.S., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her masters from the University of Southern Maine in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Terese has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum, along with their families and teachers, for over 25 years and is the founding board president of the Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy, a nonprofit in Madison, N.H. She is the program designer and behavioral consultant for the foundation’s adaptive recreation center. Terese is currently collaborating with the Appalachian Mountain Club to create an Autism Outdoors Program. She consults in schools, has lectured in both the U.S. and Canada, and publishes educational materials through her company, T.D. Social Skills.

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Upon completion of viewing, you may access and download your Contact Hours certificate by completing the post-workshop survey. Completing the survey provides us with important data to report to our funders.

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