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Free Resource for Finger Lakes Regional Schools

Suzannah Iadarola, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Professor and Director of the Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder at the University of Rochester Medical Center, reached out to us asking if we could help get the word out about a resource they offer in the Finger Lakes area. She says:

In our division we house the Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder, a state-funded resource center for individuals with ASD and their families. We develop and disseminate programs across 12 counties: Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

This fall, we are offering school districts in those counties the opportunity to participate in a tele-mentoring program around supporting students with autism spectrum disorder in classrooms. Tele-mentoring involves regular, group-based meetings (usually 1 hour, either weekly or every other week) that are conducted via video-conferencing. Through these meetings, participants will have access to an interdisciplinary team of experts in ASD (including psychologists, educators, behavior analysts, social workers, parents, and medical providers). At each meeting, this interdisciplinary team will present information on a topic related to supporting students with ASD. Then, the participating schools can present cases to the team (such as those that might be challenging) and receive feedback from the group about possible solutions.

We are inviting school administrators, school psychologists, social workers, and teachers to participate. The program w