National Autism Conference underway in region

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Over fourteen hundred people from all across the world will participate in sessions to teach them how to better help children with autism.

“Through carefully designing the way you teach, and making sure that teaching results in children getting new skills and that those new skills result in good things for the child — we see great outcomes,” PaTTAN Educational Consultant Mike Miklos said.

While the basic principles and concepts of teaching continues to stay the same, breakthroughs do emerge from research.

“There is a lot of recent research on how to teach children to engage in complicated behaviors such as learning how to appreciate a joke, how to engage in a conversation with someone else,” Miklos.

Miklos said those behaviors don’t come out of no where, but are actually simple skills previously learned and applied in a new situation.

Here, teachers become the students to learn new techniques they can later apply in the classroom.

“If reinforcement doesn’t work, like what we need to do. Cause it’s not really an accurate thing to say…but you hear a lot of people say it in the field. So then, what strategies we can use to make sure that kids are engaging the behaviors that we want them to engage in,” Autistic Support Teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst Kate Lynagh said.

While teaching constantly evolves, learning new ways to better help kids is something they all find very rewarding. 

The conference runs through Thursday with sessions starting around nine a-m each day and registration is still open for anybody that wants to attend. 

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