Intensive ASD Classroom Training

Based on "TEACCH" Structured Teaching Strategies (August)

5 Day Seminar Date(s): August 2-6, 2021 @ Kenton City Schools

The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center (MRESC) is partnering with Kenton City Schools and Sloane Burgess Ph.D., Certified TEACCH trainer, to bring this professional development seminar to west central, Ohio.

Dr. Burgess, and five (5) other Ohio trainers will provide a 5-day Intensive (ASD) Classroom training for staff working with students with autism spectrum disorders and multiple disabilities.

Workshop Description & Overview

AUDIENCE: Educators working with students (aged 5-14 years) with autism spectrum disorders and multiple disabilities.

Overview: This intensive classroom autism spectrum disorder (ASD) training (5 days in duration) has been designed for educators working with students aged 5-14 on the autism spectrum.

  • The training includes small/large group discussions, lectures, and hands-on (practical) experiences with students on the autism spectrum in a model classroom.

  • Close guidance and feedback from five (5) trainers will be provided throughout the seminar.

  • To view a DRAFT of the five-day agenda, please click on the link below.

  • While the focus group is students with autism, the strategies learned by teachers are applicable to other students with other developmental disabilities as well.

To complete the seminar you MUST attend all five days of the training!


Date: August 2-6, 2021

Time: See Sample DRAFT Agenda for Specific Daily Times

When should I arrive? Please Arrive 15 Minutes Early Each Day to Sign-In & Find Your Seat

Location: Kenton Elementary School (CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)

Lunch: Lunch will be Included

Contact Hours: 30 Hours (6 Hours Per Day x 5 Days)

Graduate Credit (up to 2 semester hours) will be available through Ashland University.

**An additional fee of $235 per credit hour is required to receive graduate credit.

Registration Fee

= $1350 per person (fee includes 5-day intensive training, materials, and lunch each day)

**Purchase orders, cash/money order, or credit card payment must be received by the MRESC no later than June 15, 2021.

If you have questions about fees or the registration process, please contact Kim Leach at

Meet our Presenter/Lead Instructor

Speaker: Dr. Sloane Burgess, Certified TEACCH Trainer & Associate Professor, Kent State University

Background: After graduating with my B.A. in psychology, I accepted a position working at a residential program for children who had been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. There I met a child unlike any I had ever met before; he frequently asked and answered questions by spelling rather than saying words, didn't seem interested in developing friendships with other children his age and instead preferred predictable interaction routines with familiar adults, and frequently curled himself into a tiny ball and hide in small cubbies and crevices and jumped and flapped his hand.

Although I did not know it then, I learned during my Master’s Program in Social Work at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill that he most likely was a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I was intrigued by this young man sought out an internship with the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children) Program in North Carolina, working with individuals with ASD across the lifespan. Upon graduation, I worked as a TEACCH Psychoeducational Specialist in Asheville, North Carolina for 10 years.

During this time, I had the opportunity to work with individuals with ASD of all ages and their families in a variety of roles and settings. I came to Northeast Ohio to complete my doctoral degree in Communication Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. I am currently an Associate Professor with a joint appointment between Special Education and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the Kent Campus. I am the advisor for the Graduate ASD Certificate Program and undergraduate ASD minor at Kent.

I also serve as the Co-coordinator for the Special Education Program and the Undergraduate Coordinator for Speech Pathology and Audiology. My research and professional interests include understanding how individuals with ASD evaluate their quality of life and predictors of positive perceptions of quality of life, the implementation of visual strategies to support learning, positive behavior, and communication skills in school-aged students with ASD, lifespan support for individuals with ASD, and how adults interact with young children with ASD in their home and school environments.

To learn more about Dr. Burgess's background and her experience as a trainer, please CLICK HERE

Registration Deadline

June 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm


Monday, Aug. 2nd 2021 at 8am to Friday, Aug. 6th 2021 at 4pm

631 Silver Street

Kenton, OH

What time should I arrive at the training site? Please arrive 15 minutes early to each day to complete the check-in process. Please enter through the main entrance and check-in with the Office before proceeding to the training room.

Food & Beverage: Lunch will be provided to attendees! Bottled water, ice tea, lemonade, and assorted breakfast bars will also be available throughout the seminar. Coffee will not be available onsite during the training....please plan accordingly…..

What You Should Bring? Participants should bring a laptop, note taking materials, and writing utensils with them to the session.

Our Cancellation Policy - Cancellations must be received by June 15th.

  • Cancellations received outside of this policy will not be accepted.
  • Attendees and/or employing districts will be billed for their registrations on June 15, 2021.

Will the ESC accept substitutions for previously registered staff? YES.The ESC will accept substitutions for previously paid seats up to seven days prior to the training (Deadline for Substitutions is July 27th).

Midwest Regional Educational Service Center

Our Vision/Mission: The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center serves and supports students, families, and districts as an innovative educational partner.