Symposium for educators addresses teaching students on the autism spectrum

From July 8 to 12, Saint Joseph’s College is holding a symposium to explore issues, themes and strategies for teaching students of all ages on the autism spectrum. The symposium will focus particularly on the high end of the spectrum (Asperger’s).

The symposium is a great opportunity for teachers, administrators, special education personnel and others who work with students on the autism spectrum. It will clarify terminology, discuss IEPs (individualized education programs) and advocacy, and focus on strategies for K-12 students in mainstream classrooms. The keynote speaker, Dr. Christopher Kaufman of Portland, will present his topic, “Understanding and Intervening Across Academic, Executive, and Social Domains.”

Participants may take the course for three college credits or for three continuing education units. Select topics include:

­—Autism overview, history and terminology

—Strategies for classroom teachers

—Personalized stories from parents

—Legal issues and IEPs

For those attending for college credit, tuition is $1,050 plus applicable fees. For non-credit students, the cost is $350 plus fees. The symposium will be held at the College’s Standish campus, and it is open for current students and those not currently enrolled at the College.

For more information, call 207-893-7841, email or visit

May 15, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 ·