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FYI Newsletter November 3, 2014

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Primarily for Paraprofessionals Training
Workshop on Restorative Practices
Indiana Association of School Psychologists Fall Conference
Fall IOTA Conference
Governor’s Council Annual Conference
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Primarily for Paraprofessionals Training

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Indiana Resource Center for Autism’s workshop focusing on the important role that paraprofessionals play in educating all students, including those on the autism spectrum.

November 7, 2014
BCSC Administration Building
Columbus, IN
Offered in conjunction with Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

While the content focuses on students on the autism spectrum, the material is relevant for any student who has behavioral or learning challenges. The goal is to provide paraprofessionals and interested others with information about understanding and handling problematic behaviors. Additionally, paraprofessionals will learn tools associated with both positive behavior support and applied behavior analysis. Practical ideas will be provided that can be quickly utilized in an instructional setting with a range of students. 
Registration fee is $60.00 per person. Click for more information or to register.

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Workshop on Restorative Practices

The Indiana Institute’s Center on Education and Lifelong Learning will host a one-day workshop titled “Introduction to Restorative Practices” on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Ft. Wayne, IN. 

This training will focus on:

The underlying concepts of restorative practices and effective strategies for:

  • Managing behavior;
  • Teaching people to take responsibility for their actions;
  • Engaging people in their own issues; and
  • Interactive experiences to enhance your understanding.

With this event, participants will:

  • Gain practical knowledge and skills you can use immediately;
  • Strengthen your ability to help others handle their own issues and achieve their own goals; and
  • Interact with other knowledgeable professionals to find realistic solutions to the issues you face every day.

Participants will receive helpful take-along handouts plus, the instructional book: The Restorative Practices Handbook.

Benefits of this training include: 

  • A stronger community;
  • Positive relationships;
  • Improved workplace or organizational climate;
  • Tools for classroom management and enhancing learning; and
  • Alternatives to suspension/expulsion.

Registration fee is $150.00 per person. Click for more information. To register, contact Deborah Reichmann ( or Tricia Campbell ( at (812) 855-6508.




Indiana Association of School Psychologists Fall Conference

Anna Merrill, Graduate Assistant with the Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism and Joseph M. Risch, Avon Community School Corporation, will present a session entitled “Evidence for the Effectiveness of Video Self-Modeling with Special Education in the General Education Classroom” at the Indiana Association of School Psychologists Fall Conference on November 12, 2014. Click to access a copy of the article written by Merrill and  Risch.

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Fall IOTA Conference

The Institute’s Kristi Jordan, Educational Consultant with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism along with Cheryl Boucher, Occupational Therapist with a large urban school corporation, will co-present a session at the Fall IOTA (Indiana Occupational Therapy Association) Conference on Saturday November 15th at the University of Indianapolis.

Their session presentation titled “Autism and Sensory Differences: Strategies for Improved Quality of Life,” will provide attendees with information on sensory systems and the impact of sensory differences on the quality of life. Sensory strategies and related evidenced-based practices will be discussed, in order to best support individuals at both school and home. Guidelines regarding the importance of having an occupational therapist involved in the consultation or treatment of sensory differences will also be shared. Click for conference information.



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Governor’s Council Annual Conference

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities will host their annual conference on December 8 and 9, 2014 at the Westin Hotel, Indianapolis. 2014 marks the Council’s 20th Anniversary.

This year, the conference theme is “Improve Yours: A Call for Healthy Communities,” and will feature keynote speakers and workshop sessions that address health and related community topics.

  • Keynote Session: Oklahoma City is a Role Model for Transforming Ourselves, Together (featuring the Mayor of Oklahoma City);
  • Pathways to Health: Task Force on Disability and Health (featuring Dr. Phil Stafford from the Indiana Institute);
  • Crosswalks to Health: Complete Streets;
  • Enriching Life through Social Interaction: Visitability;
  • Preventing Chronic Diseases: Healthy Communities Partnership; and
  • Roadmap to Health: Building a Healthy Community.

Click for more information on the conference and to register. The deadline to register is Friday, November 21, 2015.



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Library corner

  • Peoples, L., & Peoples, S. (2013). Held: Learning to live in God's grip: A Bible study for special-needs parents. [United States]: [Lee and Sandra Peoples].
  • Pitzer, M. W. (2014). Animal fun for everyone! Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.
  • Sautter, E. (2014). Make social learning stick!: How to guide and nurture social competence through everyday routines and activities. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.
  • Wein, E. (2013). Rose under fire. New York: Hyperion.
  • Whiteley, P., Earnden, M., & Robinson, E. (2014). Autism: exploring the benefits of a gluten- and casein free diet: A practical guide for families and professionals. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge.
  • Wilkinson, L. A. (2014). Autism spectrum disorder in children and adolescents: Evidence-based Assessment and intervention in schools. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

These new materials may be borrowed from the Center for Disability Information and Referral (CeDIR) at the Institute. To check out materials, contact the library at 800-437-7924, send us an e-mail at, or visit us at 1905 North Range Road in Bloomington.

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