5/30 no meeting

ASBG does not meet in May due to Memorial Day.

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4/25 Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behavior

presented by Collin Shepley

Collin Shepley is a supervisor for special education student teachers and a research assistant in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education Degrees in Special Education at the University of Georgia under the guidance of Dr. David L. Gast.

Mr. Shepley taught elementary and preschool-aged students with social communication delays and challenging behavior in public schools for five years. In addition, he worked as a supervisor in the University of Georgia’s Severe Behavior Clinic overseeing program development and implementation for individuals with autism. Research interests include evaluating research-based interventions in school settings, applications of technology in special education classrooms, parent and teacher training, and systematic instruction.

His talk will provide recommendations for preventing and responding to challenging behavior, as well as information concerning a school’s role in managing challenging behavior. Parents and attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the talk.

Managing Challenging Behavior

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Summer Camp List

The Kentucky Autism Training Center posted a list of Summer Camps for kids with autism.

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4/16 Autism Workshop

“Supports for the Newly Diagnosed in Early Childhood and Elementary Years”


The Early Years
The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders is stressful and overwhelming. Families and professionals need all the supports available as they begin to cope with the condition. Supports help with behavior management, visual learning, seeking medical services, sensory integration therapies and financial strategies through waiver programs to secure services. This workshop can be a great way to help you on this journey.

A huge thank you to all our presenters and organizers!

Numerous presentations are posted on this web page. We will also post videos!

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ASBG referenced by LexingtonHealth247

LexingtonHealth247 will include the following page in their April publication. We appreciate their references to ASBG.

Autism Month April 16 Heath247_11

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3/21 Treatment programs at The Speech Network

Treatment programs at The Speech Network: An integrated focus on play skills, social language and feeding skills through individual intervention and enrichment groups

Amanda Moore Chastain, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Amanda is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist and feeding specialist. She also has specialty training in orofacial myofunctional disorders and is currently the only certified orofacial myologist in the state of Kentucky. She is Hanen certified in It Takes Two to Talk, an evidence based intervention for children with autism. A passion for developing play skills and feeding skills for the early intervention population has guided her practice and ongoing learning in these areas.

Amanda is the owner and director of The Speech Network that houses The Pediatric Feeding Clinic and The Orofacial Myology Clinic here in Lexington KY. She is also a part of the therapy team at The Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky.

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2/29 An Overview of ABLE Accounts as One Piece of A Sound Financial Plan

Presented by Carolyn Wheeler

Carolyn Wheeler is a native Kentuckian with over thirty years of experience in program development, training and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities and their families.  From 1990 to the present, she has been employed on a variety of projects with the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky.  Carolyn was instrumental in the development of the Hart Supported Living Program and the promotion of person-centered planning practices.   Carolyn has developed an area of expertise in estate planning issues for and has been instrumental in the development of Life Plan of Kentucky, which is a pooled special needs trust.   She has developed a WORK Initiative with a focus on educating employers about the benefit of employing people with disabilities. Carolyn is also a Certified Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC), and provides information and training about the impact of income on Social Security Disability benefits.

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1/29 Therapeutic Parks and Recreation Program

Come share your thoughts about the Therapeutic Parks and Recreation Program this Friday January 29 at the Dunbar Center @ 11am. (This meeting will an opportunity to give feedback to staff about program offerings)

Please RSVP to vog.yknotgnixelnull@enrobialcb by Wednesday January 27, 2016. If you can’t make the meeting then send Brent Claiborne your ideas and/or suggestions.

Spring 2016 TR program brochure

Spring 2016 Registration Form

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1/25 A Conversation with your Legislator!!

Individuals with Autism and other disabilities, their families, advocates and their providers represent a large segment of the voting population in Kentucky. As now there is a new Governor, the upcoming legislative session promises to be very interesting as there are many new people appointed to leadership positions for agencies that could impact quality of life. Issue around inclusive, appropriate school/educational issues, possible changes to Medicaid program, person centered and consumer directed services, housing and other issues. Come to this session to meet policy makers and share your concerns around services, supports and unmet needs as someone who votes.

Legislators invited:

  • Representative Kelly Flood
  • Representative Susan Westrom
  • Senator Reggie Thomas
  • Senator Tom Buford

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Spring classes at Stage Right Acting

ASBG members have enjoyed the classes offered by Stage Right Acting.

Register for Spring 2016.
Now that winter break is over, get back in the studio to prepare for upcoming auditions, shows and continue perfecting your craft.

Classes begin JANUARY 18!

As always, we are offering a variety of classes for all ages:

Film Acting
Stage Acting
Musical Theatre
Adventures in Acting (Ages 4-7)
Music Theory & Rep
Acting for ASD (and other developmental disabilities)!

For more information on our classes and to register, click the link below!

Stage Right Acting
3323 Partner Place, Lexington, KY, United States
Suites 5/6
Lexington, KY 40503

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