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Autism Series begins Sept 9

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Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) offers an Autism Series recommended for those who interact with children, including parents, caregivers, educators, and practitioners.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes an overview of ASD as well as interventions and information about behavioral assessments and programs, assistive technology and advocacy for services. Classes include lectures, videos, discussion and demonstration of strategies, and offered on Wednesdays, September 9 to October 14, from 5- 7:30 p.m. in UCB Room 113.

Behavioral Strategies for Success with Children with Autism will provide an overview of practical behavioral strategies used to teach children with autism based on the fundamental principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Techniques can be used in classrooms, at home, as well as in other social situations. Classes include videos, examples and guest speakers who work with people with autism in order to provide a more comprehensive look at ABA and ASD. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 21 to November 25, from 5-7:30 p.m. in UCB Room 113.

Each course is $80, or $150 for both.

Courses are taught by Johanna Taylor, Ph.D., program manager at Easter Seals Hawai╩╗i Early Intervention Program in Hilo. Taylor is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) who specializes in training parents, caregivers and support staff in educational and behavioral interventions to facilitate learners with autism and developmental disabilities.

For more information or to register, call CCECS at 974-7664 or email

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