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Second Annual Autism Conference; Atlanta, GA; 2008

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Invited Paper Session #6
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Effective School-Based Programs for Children with Autism

Saturday, February 9, 2008
11:45 AM–12:45 PM
Regency Ballroom
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Ilene S. Schwartz, Ph.D.
ILENE S. SCHWARTZ (University of Washington)
Dr. Ilene S. Schwartz is a Professor and Chair of the Area of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology at the University of Kansas. Dr. Schwartz has an extensive background working with young children with special needs, specifically with young children with autism and other severe disabilities. Currently, Dr. Schwartz is the faculty advisor of the integrated preschool and kindergarten programs at the Experimental Education Unit at UW. Dr. Schwartz maintains an active line of research and personnel preparation activities. She is the Principal Investigator of a model demonstration project to develop school-based services for young children with autism, a research project to assess the differential effectiveness of preschool programs for young children with autism, and of a personnel preparation to prepare early childhood teachers who work with children with severe disabilities in inclusive settings. Dr. Schwartz has published numerous chapters and articles about early childhood special education and social validity. She is on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Early Intervention and Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. Dr. Schwartz is very involved early intervention issues at the local, state, and national level.

Public education is the one great entitlement that is designed to help every citizen in the United States achieve their potential. For students with disabilities, including students with ASD, the right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) is further guaranteed by federal law. There remains, however, much debate over what constitutes FAPE for students with ASD and even if these services can be provided in the context of public schools. The purpose of this presentation is to review the research on what constitutes a high quality preschool and elementary school program for students with ASD and describe how educators/teachers and parents can work together to ensure that all students with ASD receive the high quality education to which they are entitled.

Target Audience:

Licensed Psychologists and/or Certified Behavior Analysts

Learning Objectives: N/a



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