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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
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Friday, December 6 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Training Paraprofessionals to Implement FCT with AAC Users with Autism Seating Available

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Because breakdowns in communication can often contribute to challenging behavior, students with autism who utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) are at greater risk for engaging in challenging behavior resulting from characteristics related to their communication needs. An additional challenge exists when paraprofessionals are not adequately prepared to address the communication and behavioral needs of students with autism who use AAC. The presentation will present initial findings on a study evaluating the effectiveness of training paraprofessionals to implement functional communication training to address challenging behaviors of students with autism who utilize AAC.

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Kristin Joannou Lyon

Research Associate, University of Kansas
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Virginia Walker

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Virginia L. Walker, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Walker began her career as a special education teacher of students with extensive support needs in Atlanta... Read More →
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Megan Carpenter

Doctoral Candidate, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
I am a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My research focuses on educator implemented positive behavior supports for students with extensive support needs to promote access to inclusive settings. 

Friday December 6, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am MST
Meeting Room: Eagle 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226