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Engineering Classrooms with Visual Strategies for Autism Success

Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Visual Strategies

Presented by Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, and author
Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle


If you attended the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Teaching Students with Autism community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

We’ve learned a lot about how to help students on the Autism Spectrum achieve success at school. But research shows that half the time we don’t apply what we know works. Using a few simple tools and tweaks can change stress into easy, meltdowns into smiles, and fear into fun.

In this webinar, Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, and author, highlighted her list of 12 “must haves” for every classroom with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. When and how you use these tools is important, so she also covered how to integrate them easily and meaningfully into classroom routines.

Viewers will learn to:

  • Recognize situations where communication breakdowns can affect the student’s understanding, behavior and participation
  • Use specific visual supports that have significantly improved student behavior and independence to participate successfully in school and life opportunities
  • Develop a communication style that will help students achieve independence and success

One thing we know is that the majority of students with ASD (and lots of other students, too) are visual learners. You’ll see lots of visual tools on Linda’s “essentials” list. Use it as a checklist for your setting.

This webinar will benefit those who work with preschool through middle school students with ASD, including SLPs, classroom teachers, support staff, and therapists who work with students with ASD, communication challenges, behavior problems, or related special learning needs.

Join the Teaching Students with Autism community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources.

Linda Hodgdon Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is internationally known as a pioneer in developing the use of visual strategies for students on the autism spectrum. She is a strong believer that easy-to-use visual tools have great value for students and their communication partners. Linda’s programs share practical, effective ideas that reflect “best-practices.” Originally, Linda’s teaching focused on using “low tech” visual tools and supports to aid students. As smartphones and iPads have become available, she has explored taking visual strategies to a new “high tech” level and she’s thrilled with the possibilities. Linda is the author of the popular best-selling book, Visual Strategies for Improving Communication: Practical Supports for Autism Spectrum Disorders.


monarch center for autismMonarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.


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!


vizzle autismVizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.


Thursday, September 22, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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