Free Autism Webinars Each Month

Improving Speech and Language Skills for Individuals with Autism

Valerie Herskowitz

Event Date:2012-10-17

Event Time:6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)

Speaker:Valerie Herskowitz



This webinar will focus on what families can do to help improve speech and language skills for their loved one with autism. Ms. Herskowitz will introduce a hierarchy to determine what stage of language the individual is currently in, provide goals for each one of those stages to help move the individual to the next one, as well as provide learning materials available to accomplish this.

Bio of Valerie Herskowitz

Valerie Herskowitz has been a speech and language pathologist since 1978. She has spent many of those years working with individuals who have autism and other developmental disabilities. She was the founder of Dimensions Therapy Center, a facility that offered therapy services to children with special needs. She was the recipient of the Stevie Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with autistic and special needs children and has also been honored for starting two innovative community programs, Mothers of Special Needs Individuals (MOSI) and the National Autism Registry (NARY) Family Club.

Her youngest son, Blake, was diagnosed in 1993 with autism. Her professional journey as a therapist and as a parent of an autistic child have combined to give Ms. Herskowitz the unique insights to help families cope with problems they face in parenting a child with autism. She is a contributing writer for a number of national publications on the subject of autism, and is the author of the book, Autism and Computers: Maximizing Independence Through Technology and Always Leave Them Laughing. She writes a blog that focuses on issues of parenting an older or adult child on the spectrum.
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Free Autism Webinars Each Month

Improving Reading Comprehension For Students on the Spectrum: A Parents’ Guide to Simple, Effective Strategies You Can Use at Home

Improving Reading Comprehension For Students

Event Date: Wednesday, September 26

Event Time: 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern)
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Speaker: Kari Miller

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It can be so frustrating to watch your child successfully sound out words, but not have a good idea of the meaning of what he or she is reading. Reading comprehension can be very difficult for students on the spectrum and schools often don’t give your child enough of the right kind of help. The good news is that parents can learn techniques to help their child become better comprehenders, even if the school isn’t providing targeted reading instruction to your child. The key is skillfully applying strategies that draw on your child’s strengths and slowly increasing his or her skills in areas that are challenging.

Bio of Kari Miller

You know how some students with learning challenges such as autism, attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities have poor grades, struggle with school work and think they can’t learn…well I help children with these problems to improve their grades, and increase their chances of getting into college, all while helping them develop their true talents.

If you’re like the parents I work with, you are looking for help for your child who is struggling in school. There are five factors that can get in the way of learning for students with complicated learning needs, and all five of their problems must be addressed for them to succeed. They need to:

* Be taught in a way that fits their learning style—not just the same old approach that is used for other students.
* Catch up on basic skills they’ve missed because they learn differently.
* Build their core learning skills such as attention and memory that students need to be successful.
* Learn how to set priorities, manage their time and study to remember what they are learning.
* Believe in themselves again so they can play the game of school to win.

My five-step SUCCESS program gives students with complicated learning needs the tools they need to be successful in school and in life.

Dr. Kari Miller, PhD, Board Certified Educational Therapist, began her career almost twenty years ago as a special education resource teacher. She has worked with students in a vast array of capacities, including special education teacher and educational therapist.

Dr. Miller has a PhD in Educational Psychology and Mathematical Statistics, a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities, Gifted Education and Educational Diagnosis, and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Behavior Disorders.

Visit her website to learn about the power of her SUCCESS approach to educating learners with complicated learning needs such as autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD.