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Helping Students with Autism Navigate COVID-19

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Helping Students with Autism Navigate COVID-19

Presented by Kristi Porter, Autism Training Specialist and Training Supervisor, STAR Autism Support
Moderated by Alicia Balfrey, Autism Training Specialist, STAR Autism Support

Sponsored by STAR Autism Support

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For a variety of reasons, navigating COVID-19 can be challenging for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. New routines, new schedules, new expectations, increased hygiene, physical distancing—the list goes on and on! In this edWebinar, attendees will learn how to support students with autism as they navigate the changes brought on by COVID-19. Topics discussed will include:

  • Reflecting on the challenges educators and students face while teaching and learning during COVID-19, and identifying potential solutions
  • “What” to teach – ideas for new skills, behaviors, and routines to teach to students
  • “How” to teach – setting up the learning environment, pre-teaching specific skills, and practicing new routines with feedback
  • Reviewing a variety of FREE tools and resources for helping students understand new COVID-19 expectations

We will discuss evidence-based teaching strategies and watch video examples so attendees leave with an understanding of how to support students with learning during COVID-19, whether they are teaching remotely or in person. Teachers will receive access to free resources to support a safe and healthy transition to the classroom. Learning during a pandemic is a new experience, and there are many strategies for supporting our students through these changes.

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, school and district leaders, and anyone supporting a student with autism or other disability. 


Kristi PorterAbout the Presenter

As a training specialist for STAR Autism Support, Kristi Porter provides professional development and on-site coaching for educators and parents on implementing evidence-based practices for students with autism. Kristi graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a master’s degree in special education as an educational diagnostician. Kristi has served in many different capacities in special education in Utah, Wyoming, and Texas. She had the privilege of representing educators on the Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities while serving as Chair Elect. Kristi is passionate about professional development and has presented at the Texas Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Texas Region 11 Directors Meeting, and the National Council for Exceptional Children.


Alicia BalfreyAbout the Moderator

Alicia Balfrey resides in Eugene, OR and is an autism training specialist with STAR Autism Support. She provides workshops, coaching, and consultation to classrooms across the United States and internationally, supporting their implementation of evidence-based strategies. Alicia also enjoys providing training and support to families of students with autism. Prior to her role at STAR, Alicia taught an ECSE classroom for preschoolers with autism, serving as a training site to model evidence-based strategies for other educational teams around the state of Oregon. She received her master’s in early intervention/early childhood special education from the University of Oregon. Alicia also helps to facilitate STAR Autism Support’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.


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star autismSTAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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