MN Statewide ASD Newsletter
November 2021 MN Low Incidence Projects
Welcome to the ASD Statewide Newsletter!
Letter from the Editor
In future newsletters, I hope to include a brief welcome video and announcements such as exciting happenings in the field and drawing winners! For now, please read and share this 1st newsletter and let us know how we can make it better to help you all out in the field!
I'm so glad our first newsletter is in November so we can take the time to say THANK YOU to all educators for your dedication and hard work during these challenging times! You are making a difference! (Now take a couple of days off to eat turkey and nap! You deserve it!)
Meet Jen G!
We asked Jen to snap some photos of the visuals that are most important in running her classroom. We hope these tips are helpful! Click below to browse the photo gallery.
Jen has also created several videos for us that help educators understand how to plan and deliver instruction as well as what skills to focus on at the middle and high school level.
STAR Media Center and STAR Online Learning System (SOLS) for the Classroom
The STAR Online Learning System (including the STAR Media Center) is FREE To anyone in MN for the 2021-2022 School year!
STAR Support Quarterly Webinars
These webinars are open to all MN educators who are using or planning to use the STAR curriculum. In these quarterly webinars, we will provide guidance on the steps of implementing STAR as well as share resources and answer individual questions.
STAR/LINKS Midyear Training (In person)
Join us at Metro ESCU on February 2, 2022 from 9-3 pm for the STAR/ LINKS Midyear Training! This training is free of charge and open to all MN educators interested in or currently implementing STAR or LINKS.
Save the Date: Minnesota Autism Conference in Person!
Save the Date: Save the date! The 2022 Minnesota Autism Conference will be held April 27-29, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Bloomington, Minn. For more information: https://ausm.org/events/state-autism-conference/
Apply to present a breakout session at the conference: https://ausm.org/conferenceapp/
Proposals due by December 17, 2021. If you need help, contact email@example.com
Autism Internet Modules
The Autism Internet Modules (AIM) include 50 free, self paced modules on evidence based practice strategies for individuals with ASD. They include case studies, instructional videos, discussion questions, activities and more.
Check out the modules that are labeled “Autism in the Classroom”!Click here to view
The Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) are free, self paced modules on evidence based practice strategies for individuals with ASD. These modules include step-by-step guidance on each of the EBPs from the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence & Practice (formerly NPDC-ASD). These modules include activities, case examples, and videos as well as resources such as an implementation checklist and data collection sheets.
NEW!!! Autism Center Grab and Go Resource Gallery of Interventions
These interventions support all learners, including those with ASD. Completed and blank templates are free and available to download. Each intervention has a how-to explanation so it can be tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual you support.
The best tip we can offer is to START SMALL! For example, look at one routine in your day and break it down into steps, then make it into a picture or word schedule and practice it with your students. You can videotape them doing it and show it back to them so they can see themselves being successful in this routine!! Make sure they can see the visual schedule so they can follow along!
Here are 4 one-page resources to get you started!
Creating a mini schedule for your chosen routine
One page description on how to teach functional routines
Task Analysis Blank Template (Write down the steps of the routine here)
Tips for creating a Task Analysis (examples on here are for home but you can use school routines instead)
If you try this, please let us know how it goes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will enter your name in a drawing for a Different Roads Reinforcement Kit!!
Additionally, there are opportunities for educators to receive training, coaching, and free resources for STAR/LINKS implementation. For more information, contact Tami Childs at email@example.com
Research Project Opportunity for Teachers and Paras! Free Training!
The University of Washington School Mental Health, Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center has an amazing opportunity for MN paraprofessionals!
A new research study entitled “Supporting Paraeducators of Autistic Children to Engage! (SPACE! Study)” for the 2021-2022 school year. The goal of this study is to look at how a new intervention, the RUBIES program, works when paraeducators use it with their autistic students who have disruptive behaviors in the classroom.
Minnesota Accessibility Center aka MAC
The Minnesota Department of Education is excited to announce a new initiative aimed at addressing questions and issues experienced by educators regarding equitable access to education; the “Minnesota Accessibility Center” aka MAC.
The MAC Open Office Hours will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions, discuss issues, and connect with specialists, colleagues, and vendors. Office hours are for listening, discussing, and problem solving. Issues are discussed and resources shared in large groups and/or in breakout rooms.
MAC OOH are scheduled for the first and third Tuesdays of the month during the school year from 3:15-4:15 pm.
Click here for more information
MTAS Field Auditors Needed - Please share with people you know who may be interested
Each year, MDE employs Field Auditors to observe MTAS administrations in selected schools around the state and gather evidence to evaluate the validity and reliability of the assessment. . For 2021-22, MDE is looking for auditors to work with MDE to do between 4-7 days of work from February-May 2022.
Tami Childs, MN ASD Statewide Specialist
Gail Jankowski, MN Low Incidence Project Support