Classroom Structure for ASD

An online presentation to demonstrate compartmentalization and structure in a self- contained classroom for students with autism.

 Writing with Alternative Pencils

Alternative Pencils give students access to the alphabet and can help students with significant and/or intellectual disabilities engage in emergent literacy activities. This module demonstrates five different types of alternative pencils.

Autism Statewide Network

TTAC members across the state collaborate quarterly to provide instructional resources as well as training and technical assistance for teachers of students with autism.  Members also participate on the Virginia Autism Council to improve services for individuals with autism from birth to adulthood, and  coordinate with staff members of the Virginia Autism Center for Excellence (ACE).  For example, regional Communities of Practice in Autism (CoLAs) have been established as a joint effort with ACE and T-TACs, and staff members have participated in the state grant from the National Professional Development Center for Autism to offer training and technical assistance in evidence based practices for students with autism.

Our mission statement: Through collaboration, statewide T/TACs will build capacity through professional development, instructional resources, and library materials to professionals, families, divisions, and agencies to improve outcomes for young children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

Portsmouth Autism Resource Team Wins State CoLA Award

T-TAC ODU is proud to announce that one of the Portsmouth Autism Resource Team members, an ASD division team formed in 2008 with the support of TTAC ODU, won the single teacher award for innovation at the statewide Communities of Learning in Autism Conference in Richmond this past summer. Tracie Scott, a Speech Language Pathologist with the Portsmouth Public Schools, adapted the Expanding Expressions Tool, a multi-sensory teaching tool to help ASD students improve their social language skills. By using the tool and worksheets with corresponding color stickers; students were better able to understand different emotions, solve communication breakdown problems, and improve their conversation skills. Congratulations to Tracie and the PART team!

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E-News You Can Use for Autism

A Quick Snapshot of Apps to Support Literacy Instruction
Did you know that there are so many GREAT Literacy applications for the iPad? IPads are exploding in the classroom and they can be instrumental in supporting students in the classroom because of their reinforcing value, their strong visual supports and the versatility they have with so many student and skills. This 15 minute webinar is a review of the checkout process for the lending library iPads at TTAC ODU and a snapshot of the various literacy apps on the devices to support balanced literacy.