Education symposium to highlight teaching strategies for autistic students

Saint Joseph's College will present a symposium for educators called "Students on the Autism Spectrum: Achieving Success in the Classroom" during July 18-22 at its Sebago Lake campus in Standish. The symposium will focus on teaching strategies for K-12 students in mainstream classrooms and feature nationally known keynote speaker and author Deborah Lipsky, who herself has autism.

Intended for mainstream classroom teachers, administrators, special education staff and others who work with children on the spectrum, featured speakers and breakout sessions will explore issues and strategies for students of all ages, particularly those with high-functioning autism/Asperger's syndrome, says Dr. Thomas Hancock, who directs the online master's degree in education at Saint Joseph's College. "This symposium is a wonderful opportunity to explore a vitally important topic in education today, and the goal is to enhance understanding and effective instruction for students on the spectrum," he states.

Topics include classroom strategies for understanding socially challenged children; bullying issues; legal issues; executive functioning in children with Asperger's syndrome; the background, terminology and diagnosis of the autism spectrum; one family's journey with Asperger's syndrome; and a case study of a successful school model for educating children on the autism spectrum.

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June 3, 2011
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail