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Treatment and Education of Autism and related Communication handicapped CHildren

Monday - Friday, July 21 - 25


Since 1972, the TEACCH Autism Program has coordinated the largest state wide, public school-based educational program for children with autism and related disorders.  In 1995, the Watson Institute began working with TEACCH Autism Program staff to offer training seminars for professionals in the Pittsburgh region.

The Watson Institute provides individualized programming for children diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, neurological impairments, developmental delays, brain injuries, severe emotional and behavioral challenges, and other impairments.  Watson also provides consultation, training and program development services for individuals, schools and other educational organizations to enhance the skills of those who work with children with disabilities.


Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an intense, hands-on learning experience under the supervision of our distinguished instructors, led by a training director from the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina.  To broaden the scope of the training, children of differing ages and functioning levels attend the demonstration classroom for four days of the training.  The trainees are able to work directly with the children, practicing their newly-learned skills.  The seminar includes periods of active learning presentations and demonstrations of techniques to use when working with children with autism and related disorders.


By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the characteristics of autism.

2. Explain classroom assessment of children with autism.

3. Demonstrate structured teaching techniques.

4. Understand the importance of working cooperatively with families of children with autism.

5. Describe communication deficits, assess expressive communication and develop teaching techniques to address behaviors.

6. Use structured teaching techniques to promote students' independence as well as develop skills for leisure activities.

7. Describe behavior management strategies and various levels of social interaction.

Presenter Biographies and Disclosures

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Tuition for the five-day seminar is $1,900.  Fees include seminar materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.  Please make your check payable to The Watson Institute and return it with your registration form.  Space is limited; reservations will be accepted in the order in which they are received.  Registration and payment or purchase order must be received by June 27, 2014.  Cancellations made by July 3 will receive a full refund, by July 11 half refund.  No refunds will be issued after July 11.


Lodging is available at La Quinta Inn Pittsburgh Airport for $95 per night plus tax.  Reservations must be made by June 27.  Call 1-866-527-1498 and use reference code 0627 GRVXJQ.  Directions will be sent with registration confirmation.
Click here for a registration form.  For more information contact Tammie Crnkovich at 412-749-2803 or