Fall 2013 courses will be offered in Chicopee and are scheduled to accommodate busy professionals. Read descriptions for courses offered at each location below.
Instructor: Karen Chenausky
Saturday, November 2 , 2013, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1 credit
This course is designed as an orientation to the characteristics/ learning traits often evident in individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and related social communication challenges. Basic information regarding the differential diagnosis of social communication challenges and common routes to diagnosis among affected individuals is included. Students will gain a beginning understanding of the clinical observations, theories, and research that are the foundation for instructional tools and strategies for this population. Particular emphasis will be placed on the varying types of intervention and support necessary throughout the lifespan, and on collaboration between the individual, family members, and supporting professionals. An overview of both the historical perspective and future directions in the field will be provided.
Instructor: Lyndsey Nunes, M.Ed. BCBA
Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26, 2013, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., 2 credits
The course will examine state and federal requirements of the transition requirements, creating a transition plan as part of a life plan, the IEP process, as well as the support services available to students and young adults with disabilities. Through participation in the course students will learn how to comply with federal and state laws regarding the transition of students with disabilities and understand the importance of such areas as disability awareness, natural supports in the workplace, and essential functions of the job (i.e. functional academics, community/social skills, language, hygiene, motor skills, interpersonal skills, transportation skills, and money management). Also involved will be discussion of the importance of interfacing with schools, students, adult service agencies, communities, and parents.
An out-of-class assignment will be required for all classes taken for credit.
Students must register two weeks or more prior to the first class meeting in order to receive all necessary communications related to the course.
We are a Catholic liberal arts college founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts.