MAIER Professional Development Workshop

From First Words to Written Expression!
Building Communicative Competence in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability

Speaker: Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Session Description: In this interactive session, participants will learn strategies for developing their students’ communication skills within school environments. Dr. Pennington will spend the first half of the day, providing simple strategies for jump-starting basic communication skills for students with ASD and intellectual disability. In the second half of the day, he will provide the latest research on teaching written communication to students with ASD/ID and walk participants through strategies for making writing meaningful and teaching spelling, sentence construction, and the generation of basic narratives. 3 Contact hours can be earned upon completion of this workshop.

Robert Pennington, Ph.D. BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and the Lake and Edward J Snyder, Jr. Distinguished Scholar in Special Education at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. He has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, their families, and teachers. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and has since published 50 articles, book chapters, and books related to working with persons with ASD and intellectual disability. Robert is passionate about disseminating research-based practice and has provided hundreds of refereed and invited presentations to researchers, practitioners, and families. He also currently sits on multiple journal editorial and advisory boards. His current interests involve behavior analytic communication instruction, expanding students’ repertoires in written expression, and improving educational programming for students with severe disabilities.

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