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Play is Powerful: Strategies for Teaching Social Communication to Students with Autism

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Play is Powerful: Strategies for Teaching Social Communication to Students with Autism

Presented by Elizabeth Curtin, Autism Training Specialist, STAR Autism Support

Sponsored by STAR Autism Support

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Play is a powerful tool for teaching a variety of skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Through play, children learn to engage with each other and develop critical skills, including language, social skills, and academics! Learn how to “play” your students into learning by creating purposeful opportunities for communication and social skills during natural play times and daily routines.

In this recorded edWebinar, viewers will learn about:

  • The importance of play for social communication development, as well as typical milestones for play development
  • Examples of communication, language, and social skills that can be taught through play
  • How to create opportunities during play for students to practice social communication skills
  • Strategies for increasing variety and complexity in play, a common area of need for children with autism

Practitioners will be able to immediately apply the strategies they learn during this presentation to their students and daily routines in the classroom. These strengths-based strategies can be adapted for each student’s unique learning needs and can also be implemented by families in the home setting. Using these strategies with consistency across environments creates many natural opportunities for learning throughout the child’s day.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to PreK through elementary teachers, school and district leaders, families of students with disabilities, and anyone supporting a student with autism or other disability.


Elizabeth CurtinAbout the Presenter

Elizabeth Curtin has worked with students with autism and other disabilities for a number of years. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in special education and master’s degree in education policy, organization, and leadership. Elizabeth also holds a current Illinois Administrator License. She has worked across elementary, middle, and secondary levels in academic, functional life skills, community, and vocational settings. As a classroom teacher, Elizabeth implemented the STAR program and Links curriculum, and became an elementary model site for the STAR program in her district. Elizabeth works as a training specialist for STAR Autism Support to provide hands-on training during workshops and classroom consultations. She has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, and Portland.


Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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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, August 10, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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