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January Mini Institute

10 Tips to Expand Your Child's Diet Families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be concerned about their child’s feeding abilities. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder frequently have restricted diets consisting of foods with similar characteristics provided in a consistent manner. In fact, research has shown that as many as 90% of individuals with Autism demonstrate feeding difficulties (Kodak & Piazza, 2008). You are NOT alone if your child or student is experiencing these difficulties as well.

Video Modeling Mini Institute

What is Video Modeling?
Video modeling is an intervention/strategy that is used with students with Autism. Video modeling can help with:

Observing correct behaviorTeaching imaginative play skillsTeaching perspective takingIncreasing existing positive behaviorsModeling, then teaching imitative playPreparing for a new event or activity

SPARK For Autism

Want to be a part of something big? The University of Iowa invites you to join SPARK for Autism, the nation's largest autism research study. The SPARK site in Iowa City is the closest clinical site for all of Iowa and Nebraska. But on January 5, SPARK for Autism is coming to YOU! Free for anyone participating in SPARK, participants will enjoy a sensory-friendly night at The Durham Museum in Omaha.
Learn more HERE

Autism Society of Iowa Fall Conference

The Autism Society of Iowa Fall Conference will feature internationally renowned keynote speaker Stephen Shore, Ph.D. presenting on the 3A’s of Autism: Awareness to Acceptance to Appreciation as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives. The conference will also offer multiple breakout sessions. Click here for more information.

October Mini Institute

The Function of Preference Assessments for Students and  Their Importance in Applied Behavior Analysis Techniques
    Preference assessments are an integral piece of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) but, first, what is ABA? ABA involves research-based strategies for conducting preference assessments, teaching behaviors (including academic behaviors) by using specific and systematic methods for instruction, providing consistent and scripted adult-response strategies following various student behaviors, presenting highly motivating and immediate reinforcement following defined (correct or appropriate) behaviors, and determining systems of data collection and analysis.
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Social Skills Resources

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond - Dr. Jed BakerThe Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication in Children with Autism - Jed BakerThe Incredible 5-Point Scale - Kari Dunn Buron & Mitzi CurtisPreparing for Life - Dr. Jed BakerSocial Skills Solutions - Kelly McKinnon & Janis KrempaSocial Behavior Mapping - Michelle Garcia WinnerBuilding Social Relationships - Scott BelliniInclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism - Sheila WagnerThe Zones of Regulation - Leah M. KuypersThe Hidden Curriculum - Brenda Smith MylesThe Hidden Curriculum: Getting and Keeping a Job… - Brenda Smith MylesHow Do I Teach This Kid? - Kimberly A. HenrySocial Skills Training - Jed E. BakerTasks Galore: Making Groups Meaningful - Laurie EckenrodeSocial Skills Lessons and Activities for Grades 7-12 - Ruth Weltmann BegunThinking About You, Thinking About Me - Michelle Garcia Winner

September Mini Institute

Social Skills and Autism

   What are social skills? Everyone uses them everyday. These are skills that we use at work,
play, school, day care, grocery store, etc. Without appropriate social skills, individuals are often
identified as having behavior problems. Social skills allow an individual to initiate and maintain
positive social relationships. Through social skills, we learn to recognize and manage emotions,
develop caring and empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible
decisions.One of the largest deficits for individuals on the Autism Spectrum is their ability to
understand and interact in the social world.