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January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

They will Surprise You! Using Spelling for Access to Content and Self-Expression

Presented by:

Michelle Lubetsky, M.Ed., BCBA, S2C certified
Maggie Rice, Educator, Parent, Practitioner

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Learning objectives:
At the completion of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Review an alternative method of self-expression and access to information 
  • Describe challenges of motor differences and potential strategies
  • Promote positive practices and the presumption of competence

Program description:

Explore a means of self-expression that is working for some individuals with autism who are non-speaking and who experience motor differences. The role of motor efficiency is often overlooked in autism, but we are learning that it plays a critical role. For this group, a disconnect exists between intention and completing a desired or requested action. With practice, a number of individuals with autism are learning to express their own words via spelling, letter-by-letter, on a stencil, laminated board, or keyboard.

Michelle is a private educational consultant. She holds certifications as a Special Education Supervisor, Behavior Analyst, Spelling to Communicate Professional, PEERS Social Skills Instructor, as well as a masters degree in Special Education. She worked as a consultant at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and Carlow and she was a classroom teacher.


January 28
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Autism Connection of PA
35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
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