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How to travel safely, smoothly and sanely with children who have autism spectrum disorder...Autism - Travel made easy(ier) - YOU CAN JOURNEY too!
This course will provide you with easy and practical information to assist you and your family to have a safe and smooth vacation for everyone, especially your children with autism spectrum disorder. I will provide you with easy, inexpensive ways to make your trip an adventure for all. I will provide you some insight information I have gathered while working with children with ASD. Hello, my name is Dr Valarie Whiting and I have worked in Human Services for more than 30 years. I have worked with many innovators, top teachers, and researchers in the autism world. I hope you will look at my information and share your experiences as well. I am so happy you decided to buy this class! I know you will learn something helpful! Dr. Valarie
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|Section 1: A journey...for sure...|
|Section 2: Autism refresher - like you don't already know...but things are always changing|
Let’s begin with a quick overview – what is autism spectrum disorder?
|Section 3: Considerations when traveling with autism - what could make a journey difficult|
Issues with behavior...
|Section 4: Preparing for a trip|
Prepare, prepare, prepare, and practice too!
Prep the family
|Section 5: Taking a flight - are you kidding me?!|
Trains, Planes and automobiles
Boarding a plane
|Section 6: Some risks to consider...|
Being safe...some considerations
|Section 7: Case studies|
Stories to relate to...
|Section 8: Autism travel resources for your consideration|
|Section 9: Final thoughts to leave you with...|
Autism - Travel made easy(ier) - YOU CAN JOURNEY too!
Dr Valarie has worked in Human Services for over 30 years. She has experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, and Intellectual Disabilities which ensures her varied background working with families and individuals. For the past 10 years, she has been the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
Her expertise in this field is reflected by several recent accomplishments:
Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
October 2004 – now
Responsible for leadership of the training department to include statewide initiatives such as the ‘Massachusetts Management Certificate Program’, the ‘Aspiring Supervisor’s Program’, ‘Making a Contribution’, ‘Community College Direct Support Certificate Program’, ‘Awareness and Action’, and orientation of 7800 state employees for the department – Development and dissemination of curriculum for state and college programs– Training support for over 332 Non-Profit Provider Agencies statewide – Management and support of statewide diversity project – Development and assessment of current training and staff development curriculum
New Bedford, MA
· The Division Director provides the management of the employment unit in New Bedford. -Supervision of all staff assigned to the program. -Hiring, evaluation, training and discharge of division employees. -Management of budgeted revenue and expense categories. -Ensure safety of staff and persons served in the division. -Carried out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with company policies and applicable laws. -Planning, assigning, training and directing all work activities.
The Kennedy-Donovan Center
Foxboro, MA – Cape Cod Residential Program
· Administration of the residential programs of seven private, non-profit, residential homes on Cape Cod for 31 adults with Developmental Disabilities. -Development and supervision of a year-round applied behavior analysis treatment program stressing the documentation and verification of individualized programs for each adult. -Development and supervision of a Family Support Services Program providing advocacy, referral and intervention for families living on the Cape and the Islands
Behavior Specialist at Lewis Bay Head Injury Center
The May Institute, Inc.
Head Teacher for autistic children