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This is a pre-recorded event. Once registered, on March 1 you will receive an email to view the presentation and download the slides.

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Functional Communication and Play Strategies for Young Children with ASD

Presented by: Rosie Portera Hosted by: FAU CARD

Participants will be able to identify the importance of teaching, supporting and reinforcing communication skills in young children with ASD.

Participants will be able to:

1. Learn strategies to facilitate and motivate children to communicate.

2. Develop skills to support alternative modes of functional communication.

About the Presenter

Rosie has her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Florida State University. She worked at The Arc of Palm Beach County for over 20 years where she specialized in program development and implementation for children with a wide range of disabilities. During that time she founded and served as Principal of Palm Beach County's first conferred Charter School and later established a second school on FAU's Research and Development Park. She completed her career at The Arc as Director of Children and Family Services. In that capacity, she created an innovative early intervention/prevention program; expanded community based recreational opportunities for children with developmental disabilities and increased Palm Beach County's Family to Family support network assisting over 3,000 families annually.

Rosie has also served as a Speech Language Pathologist for the Martin County School District. There she worked side-by-side with teachers and therapists providing interventions for children with Autism and significant communication deficits. She enjoys working with families and community partners to create new possibilities for children with disabilities. Rosie is FAU CARD’s Clinical Specialist for Martin and Okeechobee Counties.

About FAU CARD

The FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them. FAU CARD’s goal is to optimize the potential of the individuals we serve by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize. If an accommodation(s) for a disability is required, please call 561-297-2055 or e-mail us at CARD@fau.edu, a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the date of the event. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we have had to rely on the community for support. Help us provide free support and assistance to people with autism and related disabilities. To donate to FAU CARD visit: http://coe.fau.edu/centersandprograms/card/donate.php 

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