AARC Tip of the Month | January 2019 | View as Webpage
Are you wanting to learn something new about autism or gain new skills this year? Trying to find training that is evidence-based? Look no further!

FREE Distance & In-Person Training
The AARC provides customized, in-person and distance training options. Visit our website or contact us for more information

FREE Online Training - Alaska Specific
  • AARC E-Modules: These modules were created for Alaskans by the AARC, and include certificates of completion. Topics include behavior, reinforcement, task analysis, adapted materials, sensory/regulation, assistive technology and classroom environment. Modules are added as they are developed. You can also check out the SESA e-modules for further training!

FREE Online Training - National
  • Autism Internet Modules: Online modules provide training on evidence-based practices and additional topics. University credit and certificates are available.

  • Autism Focused Intervention & Research Modules: Online modules provide training in evidence-based practices, including video examples and resources for implementation. Certificates of completion are available. Modules are regularly added.

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism 200 Series: "Autism 200 is a series of 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand autism spectrum disorder. Faculty from Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington and community providers teach the classes. Each class includes time for questions. Classes are held on most third Thursdays of the month from" 6 to 7:30 p.m. Alaska time.

Save the Date! Upcoming AARC Events:
Autism Insights: AARC Speaker Series Featuring Brenda Smith-Myles
All presentations are FREE and will be available both in-person and online via livestream. Keep an eye on our website for registration information
  • 2/15/19, 1-4 PM | Anchorage & Online
  • Building Critical Mass: Learn easy-to-use strategies that can help individuals with ASD to move about their world as independently as possible, making informed decisions about their wants and needs.

  • 2/16/19, 1-4 PM | Fairbanks & Online
  • Evidence-Based Practices: Learn about nationally identified interventions for children and youth who have autism, and how to apply them at home, at school, and in the community.

  • 2/18/19, 5-8 PM | Utqiagvik & Online
  • Hidden Curriculum: Learn practical tips for teaching "hidden" social rules (unspoken rules, slang, metaphors, body language, etc), and incorporating this knowledge into every day life. 

  • 2/21/19, 4:30-7:30 PM | Kodiak & Online
  • Self-Regulation, Meltdowns, & Sensory Issues: Learn the cycle of meltdowns, interventions that can be used during the cycle, and ways to prevent its occurrence.

  • 2/22/19, 5-8 PM | Palmer & Online
  • To Graduation & Beyond: Learn strategies for achieving independence, including interventions for self-regulation and mindfulness. Learn how to avoid missteps and resolve ongoing challenges by creating a comprehensive plan to implement these tools in the workplace, for transportation, and in after-work settings.

Alaska Statewide Special Education Pre-Conference
  • 2/23/19 & 2/24/19 | Anchorage
  • AARC will be sponsoring 50% of the registration fees for those attending Brenda Smith-Myles' sessions at the pre-conference. Register here.

Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference
  • 2/25/19 - 2/27/19 | Anchorage
  • AARC specialists will be presenting at the conference. Register here.

Autism Awareness Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Autism Awareness Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Anchorage Walks for Autism
Resources of the Month:
The resources of the month are available in the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) Library. Search for items on the   SESA website , or contact the librarian, Anne Freitag, at   afreitag@sesa.org   or 907-334-1301 

Electronic books may be accessed from anywhere in the state. If you've used our ebooks before,   go to the login  page here.  If you haven't, please contact Anne so she can set up a username and password for you.   Learn more about ebooks here .
The Coach's Guide to the Creative Curriculum for Preschool: A step-by-step resource for individualizing professional development
Cate Heroman ... [et al.]
Teaching Strategies, 2008
ISBN: 9781933021782
Description: "...empowers those who provide direct, in-class assistance to preschool teachers. This practical, comprehensive guide helps them individualize their support as teachers take small, manageable steps. You will be able to help all of your teachers become more effective in implementing The Creative Curriculum for Preschool --whether it is their first day on the job or they are master teachers with years of experience (and all levels of experience in between). Coaching opens the door to more collaboration and collegial learning among the teachers in your program. Working side-by-side with teachers and administrators, coaches observe in the classroom, offer feedback, and model best practices. ... coaching helps teachers make informed decisions that will lead them to teach in the way that children learn best."
Communicators: A paraprofessional training program: coaching paraprofessionals to use language stimulation strategies in the classroom: coaches guide
By: Ali Steers & Adie Buchinsky
Illustrations & design by: Kari Bolt
Communication and Learning Consultants, LLC, 2014
ISBN: 9780990631606
Description:  "Paraprofessionals will learn: how to use naturally occurring classroom activities to support a child's ability to understand, learn and use language; over 20 practical and immediately implementable strategies to support communication development; ways to increase a student independence throughout the school day; how to facilitate peer interactions; how to use language strategies to mitigate challenging behaviors; techniques for speaking to a child that support the child's ability to learn language; means of cueing for language and supporting a child to produce more language when communicating throughout the day; increase awareness of children and adult communication styles." - publisher's website .
The Paraprofessional's Guide to the Inclusive Classroom: Working as a team
By: Mary Beth Doyle
3rd ed. Paul H. Brookes Pub, 2008
ISBN: 9781557669247
Description: "...helps teachers and paraprofessionals work together to create the most effective inclusive classrooms. Collaborating on creative and enlightening activities, teachers and paraprofessionals will learn how to: work more effectively with students who have a variety of disabilities, including autism; clarify their roles and responsibilities; provide individualized curricular and instructional support for each student improve communication among members of the educational team; use positive behavioral support to successfully address behavior challenges." - Publisher's website
"Sit & Get" Won't Grow Dendrites: 20 professional learning strategies that engage the adult brain
By: Marcia L. Tate
2nd ed. Corwin Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781412999342
Description:  "Teaching busy adults can be a daunting task. How do you grab their attention, make material memorable, and create experiences that immediately improve their professional practice? What you'll find in the 2nd edition: 20 brain-based learning strategies proven to engage adults and boost long-term retention ; 150 professional learning activities that spark educator participation ; New findings on learning styles, brain research, and adult learning theory ; References to the Learning Forward Professional Standards ; Key differences between adult learners and younger students ; Samples of professional learning designs ; Sections devoted to job-embedded practice, peer coaching, and action research ; Guided reflection and application sections. ...for staff developers, trainers, teacher leaders, and educational consultants..." Publisher's website
Student Teacher to Master Teacher: A practical guide for educating students with special needs
By: Michael S. Rosenberg, Lawrence O'Shea, Dorothy J. O'Shea
3rd ed. Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2002
ISBN: 9780130413727
Description: This book recognizes the breadth of information and teaching skills new special education teachers must demonstrate in order to be effective. In response, this reflective guide offers realistic, structured activities to help student teachers transition from pre-service training to meeting the challenges of teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include: Field Experiences with Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities; Legal Aspects of Special Education; Setting Up for Instruction; Classroom Assessment Practices for Instruction; Planning for Instruction; Delivering Instruction; The Paperwork; Classroom Management; Student and Family Transitions; Collaborative Programming and Consultation; and The Master Teacher. For new special education teachers.
Educational Interpreting Series
Boys Town Press, 2008
Description: 12 DVDs (6 each for secondary and elementary levels) in ASL and PSE. These DVDs will enable interpreters to practice translating students' sign language into spoken English, or the teacher’s spoken language into sign language for the student. The DVD is an authentic resource that will complement the professional development plans for interpreters of all skill levels. 
Facing the Challenge: Working with children who use challenging behaviors
Producers: Karen Cairone, Dan Huber, Linda Likins
Devereux Foundation, 2007.
Description: Two DVDs: Instructional and interactive video developed by the Devereux Early Childhood Institute and Video Active Productions in cooperation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Includes over two hours of training and documentary to help teachers learn how to prevent children's use of difficult behaviors and how to develop intervention strategies to work with children who use challenging behaviors to meet their needs.
Floortime DVD training series
Volumes 1, 2, and 3
ICDL, 2005.
Description: Shows parents how to interact and play with their child to support his or her development, from shared attention and engagement to interaction and more advanced communication.
The Skillstreaming Video: How to teach students prosocial skills
Research Press Company
Produced by: Norman Baxley and Associates, Inc
Research Press, 2008
1 DVD + 2 books.
Description: Provides a step-by-step illustration of procedures involved in the structured learning approach to social skills training which involves modeling, role playing, performance feedback, and transfer training. Dr. Arnold P. Goldstein discusses the background and development of the skillstreaming approach and trains teachers how to use the structured learning procedures. Dr. Ellen McGinnis demonstrates how to conduct group sessions with elementary students.
STAR Program Training DVDs
Levels 1, 2, and 3
STAR Autism Support, 2006
Description: "Shows examples of how to teach students with autism using discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching functional routines. The content of the lessons are in the areas of expressive language, receptive language, spontaneous language, functional routines, pre-academic skills, play/social interaction skills" - STAR website
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