On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Family Autism Support Team (FAST) with support from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and former VSU Police Chief Scott Doner, sponsored an Autism Safety Training for First Responders. The presentation was provided by Dennis Debauddt, a nationally known autism expert and law enforcement trainer. Regional agencies including the Valdosta City Police and Valdosta City Fire Department sent personnel to be trained. One professional drove from north of Atlanta as he had a duel interest in the training. He is both a first responder AND the parent of a child with autism.
Following the training, FAST sponsored a FAMILY FUN DAY at a local park. Sensory friendly activities were provided including bubbles, silent bowling, shave cream play, coloring and play dough. Parents were able to sit and talk and share while VSU students from Communication Sciences and Disorders and Communications, provided childcare and support.
For more information about FAST, contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Development Concentration Area invites you to join our webinar learn event. Our webinar topics provide mental health and family advocacy professionals with resources and information supporting work with military families. Our focus connects largely to early intervention, family strengthening, family violence prevention and treatment. More information can be found on our home page: http://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies/family-development/
There are various continuing education opportunities for live and archived webinars. Types of CEU’s offered: National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy. For more information, click here.
Date: April 23, 2015
Time: 11:00 am EST
Topic: Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, & Mindfulness-Part 2
Webinar Location: https://learn.extension.org/events/1879#.VId8jL7yPKA
This 2 hour webinar will explore not only current research findings linked to wellness and mindfulness but also how mental health clinicians and those in helping professional roles can utilize this information to implement preventative and restorative practices in their work and personal lives. The presentation will also include practical examples that individuals can provide to families dealing with stress, anxiety and other difficulties that can provide barriers to wellness.
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As we have received feedback from CAEP about what we do here at the COEHS, one of the items that has caught our attention is that the CAEP reviewers are interested in knowing how our courses and assessments align to the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards created through the Council of Chief State School Officers. In its report, CAEP reviewers indicated that they would ask us about the relationship between what we do in our teacher preparation programs and the InTASC Standards during the onsite visit next month. Both CAEP and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission consider the InTASC Standards to be important because they represent best professional practices and strongly influence the CAEP, state, and Specialized Professional Association accountability standards. So, it is important that we understand—and are able to explain—how our programs align with InTASC.
Remember, InTASC Standards cover 10 domains. They are (1) Learner Development, (2) Learning Differences, (3) Learning Environments; (4) Content Knowledge, (5) Application of Content, (6) Assessment; (7) Planning for Instruction, (8) Instructional Strategies, (9) Professional Learning and Ethical Practice, and (10) Leadership and Collaboration (Council of Chief State School Officers, 2013).
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