Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for

Presents
Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for
Students on the Autism Spectrum
Presenters:
Kelly Barrett (T-TAC ODU), Charlene Wentland (ACE Center), & teachers: Erin Butterfield, Kasey
Reed, Wendy Clayton (Newport News), Trish Momstios(Ches.),& Jo Roberston (Caroline Cty.)
This session will be offered twice, please choose one: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 or
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Description
Target Audience:
Teachers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)and other Developmental
Disabilities, paraprofessionals, administrators, reading specialists, co-teaching teams who
support students in the inclusive setting, teachers serving students with ASD in the
resource setting, and SLP’s supporting reading comprehension.
This professional development opportunity will provide information to help support students with ASD
and other developmental disabilities that are having difficulty with reading comprehension as a result of
social communication deficits. Based on the book Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for
Readers on the Autism Spectrum, presenters will address social communication issues, such as the
inability to read the emotional states of others or to identify the intentions of others, and the
subsequent impact on reading comprehension. Numerous comprehension strategies will be shared
throughout the day along with evidenced based literacy strategies. Participants will leave with useful
tools that will support students’ reading comprehension.
Cost: $30.00 per session
Fee includes book
& materials,
continental
breakfast and lunch
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dates:
Registration begins at
8:30 am
March 18,
2015
March 25,
2015
Register:
( for 1 day
Locations:
The Murray Center
455 E. Brambleton Ave.
Norfolk VA
757-622-5660
Work Force Development
Ctr., 600 Butler Farm Rd.,
Room 2235, Hampton, VA
757-766-5200
Click the link to register for March 18, 2015 https://events.membersolutions.com/event_detail.asp?content_id=52561
Click the link to register for March 25, 2015 https://events.membersolutions.com/event_detail.asp?content_id=52562
only)
Use the links to register online or print and complete the attached registration form.
Deadline:
March 11, 2015
Register early! Space is limited to (75) participants for March 18 and (45) participants for March 25.
Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No on-site registrations will be accepted
at this event.
Dedie Mccracken at 451-3028 or rmccrack@odu.edu Use subject line: Drawing a Blank.
Contact:
Register through the links on page 1 of this form or complete this form
and return by fax (757-451-6989) or by mail to:
T-TAC ODU, 860 W. 44th Street, Norfolk, VA 23529
Registration Form
Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for
Students on the Autism Spectrum
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 or
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Cost: $30
Make checks payable to ODURF 834500-002. This form will serve as your invoice.
Conference confirmations will be emailed one week prior to the workshop.
Do you require a vegetarian meal?
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Yes
Name:
Do you serve preschool children with developmental delays?
Position (check one):
 Administrator, General Education
 Paraprofessional
 Administrator, Special Education
 Parent/Family
 College Student
 Physical Therapist
 Guidance Counselor
 Pre-K-12 Student
Human
Services
Agency
Staff
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 Speech Pathologist
 Occupational Therapist
 Teacher, General Education
School Name:
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No
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Yes
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No
Teacher, Special Education
Transition Coordinator
University Faculty
Vocational Teacher Administrator
Other (Please Describe)
School Address:
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Zip Code:
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e-mail:
Your Program Affiliation (check all that apply):
 Adult Ed./Family Literacy
 Head Start
 School Age Special Education
Early
Childhood
Special
Education
Homeless
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 Title I
 Early Intervention
 Migrant Education
 Other (Please Describe)
 Even Start
 Occupational Child Care
 General/Regular Education
 Preschool Initiative
Disabilities you serve (check all that apply):
 ADD/ADHD
 Emotional Disability
 Speech/Language Impairment
Autism
Hearing
Impaired
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 Traumatic Brain Injury
 Blind
 Intellectual Disability
 Visual Impairment
 Deaf-Blind
 Multiple Disabilities
 ALL
 Deaf
 Other Health Impairment
 Developmental Delay
 Orthopedic Impairment
All T-TAC ODU professional learning events require pre-registration.
Overnight accommodations and travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant