“He Chooses Not to Do It!” ... or Does He? Helping students with High Functioning Autism Meet Common Core State Standards
Location: Governors State University
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Speaker: Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A.,C.C.C., Speech-Language Pathologist
Please use for registration: CE-PPEH01-01
Fee: $50 for Professionals
Please use for registration: CE-PPEH01-02
Free for Governors State University Faculty, Staff and Students
(Verification may be required)
Description: This presentation will help participants develop an understanding for the underlying difficulty in these students’ ability to analyze and synthesize information necessary to achieve the goals of the CCSS. It will provide a framework to analyze the goals with respect to inherent difficulties unique to this population. It will also provide techniques in how to help them develop strategies to compensate for these deficiencies.
This workshop offered by the Friends of the Governors State University Library in cooperation with College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services and The School of Extended Learning.
Professional Development Credit Hours:
Occupational Therapy: 3.0 CEUs
Education CPDUs: 3.0
ASHA CEUs: 0.3
Students presenting with high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome present with unique challenges that may impact their ability to meet the Common Core State Standards – the recently developed standards of educational excellence that has been adopted in 45 states. While many perceive the CCSS as a mandated curriculum, it actually is designed to help propel students to an educational destination with special emphasis on critical thinking, a skill that frequently is extremely difficult for this population.
This presentation will help participants develop an
understanding for the underlying difficulty students with High Functioning
Autism may have in analyzing and synthesizing information necessary to achieve
the educational goals related to the Common Core State Standards, recently
adopted in Illionis. It will provide a framework to analyze the goals with
respect to inherent difficulties unique to this population. It will also
provide techniques in how to help them develop strategies to compensate for
By incorporating these skills, participants will be able to more effectively help these students achieve the intentions of the CCSS.
1. Describe how deficient Theory of Mind impacts CCSS outcomes
2. Describe how deficient Executive Functioning impacts CCSS outcomes
3. Describe how deficient Central Coherence impacts CCSS outcomes
4. Describe how deficient Emotional Intelligence impacts CCSS outcomes
5. List techniques designed to enhance these deficient areas to allow students to achieve the CCSS outcomes.
Timothy P. Kowalski, M.A.,C.C.C.-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist and nationally known expert on Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning Autism. He has worked in a variety of psychiatric healthcare delivery systems including in-patient and out-patient psychiatric hospitals, sex-offender units, and school-based settings. He obtained his Master's degree in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and earned his Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.
He is the author of six books that address the issues inherent in this population and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, The Council for Behavior Disorders, the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the Autism Society of America. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Clinician of the Year Award from the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, the TEAMS 2000 Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year award, and was Florida’s nominee for the 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement – one of only 8 nominees from throughout the USA. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Orlando Chapter of the Autism Society of America.
He regularly presents on Asperger Syndrome at national and international conferences as well as school-wide district in-services and is a guest lecturer for universities. He is an entertaining, dynamic presenter who provides insights and strategies that can be immediately implemented.