Maine UCEDD To Host Summer Workshops on DIR/Floortime and Employment Supports for Individuals with ASD

June 30, 2011

Kathleen Platzman, Alan Kurtz, and Janine Collins
Kathleen Platzman, Alan Kurtz, and Janine Collins

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (Maine UCEDD) is hosting two summer workshops with a focus on autism spectrum disorders.

The first workshop, the 4th Annual DIR®/FloortimeTM Summer Workshop will be held on July 21-23, 2011, at the University of Maine. The three-day workshop will be led by Kathleen Platzman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and member of FloortimeÔAtlanta; and Mary Beth Stark, M.S., CCC-SLP, a licensed speech and language pathologist specializing in social communication disorders in children and also a member of FloortimeÔAtlanta. For more information about DIR®/FloortimeTM, please visit http://www.icdl.com/dirFloortime/overview/documents/WhatisDIR.pdf. For more information about the workshop or to register, please visit http://ccids.umaine.edu/.

 The second workshop, Quality Employment Supports for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders will be held on August 11-12, 2011 in Bar Harbor, ME. This two-day training is based on the curriculum developed by the presenters, Alan Kurtz, M.Ed., and Janine M. Collins, MTS, MSW, Quality Employment Practices for Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  It combines information from a wide variety of sources about best practices in community employment with up-to-date knowledge about the diverse support needs of individuals across the autism spectrum. Throughout the workshop, the voices and perspectives of individuals with ASD are emphasized. For more information, please contact Alan Kurtz at the Maine UCEDD alan.kurtz@umit.maine.edu.