Wabash Valley Education Center

Autism 101

Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. As educators, we want to support all of our students well. Join us to learn how to best meet the needs of autistic students in your school. Presented by Amanda Rinehart.


During this session, participants will develop an understanding of:

  • Various facets of autism

  • The implementation of various strategies for managing different behavioral needs

  • How to implement various strategies for modifying classroom resources and curriculum to meet the needs of students

  • The importance of understanding individual student’s needs.

  • Strategies for managing the classroom and dealing with other students’ reactions to students' behavioral needs

  • The importance of communication with all individuals involved with the student’s service plan


Educators will leave this session with:

  • Resources and strategies to implement in their buildings

  • A firm understanding of the Autism Spectrum and the common co-morbidities

  • An action plan for individual students or classrooms

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Amanda Rinehart - For 15 years, Amanda has been an educator in urban settings. She has a Master's degree in both Educational Leadership and Administration and in Applied Behavioral Analysis with a focus on autism. She has been a classroom teacher, Building Options Coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools, middle and high alternative school interim principal, and an Assistant Principal in a charter school. She has developed academic and behavioral plans, help to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions, lead data collection, analysis, and reporting for the Alternative Education Department, and provides data-driven procedures and strategies to implement for students to be successful in their least restrictive environment.


Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch on your own)

Location: Wabash Valley Education Center


Cost: $125/Service Center Member or $250/District not belonging to a Service Center*


*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 12/10/2019 9:00 AM EST

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Wabash Valley Education Center

3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906