The focus of this webinar is to provide the support and information that teachers, supervisors, BCBAs, therapists and other professionals supporting youth during Co VID 19 have been seeking. The challenges that Co VID 19 poses to clients and students will be discussed. Strategies for reaching and supporting clients via telehealth platforms and teaching students through the virtual classroom will be identified and discussed. The main focus will be on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and autism during this difficult time. Individuals across the Autism Spectrum have specific needs and profiles that will be discussed and the supports and strategies needed to address their specific strengths and weaknesses will be explored.
Cynthia Policastro-Smith, BCBA is both a teacher and a practicing Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience. Cynthia started out in the field by providing ABA services to clients on the autism spectrum, in their homes. Cynthia moved on to teaching students with autism at both the intermediate and elementary grades. Currently, Cynthia teaches a self-contained class of students with autism for the Toms River Regional School District in New Jersey and works as a Clinical Supervisor at the Family Resource Network, where she trains and oversees staff and supervisor in-home ABA services.