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This Wednesday....watch a webinar by our friends from the Colorado CDE team as they share about Autism and Females! Videos from Megan's early years are included before she was diagnosed with ASD. Join us! Registration information is included in the flyer...FREE training!
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A story that offers hope to the autism community!

More and more companies are recruiting workers on the autism spectrum, changing the face of workplace diversity and bringing valuable skills to bear.

More and more companies are recruiting workers on the autism spectrum, changing the face of workplace diversity and bringing valuable skills to bear.

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We have two coordinators retiring this year -Mary Flory from the Southeast Region, and Dawna Sigurdson from the Central Region. We have benefitted tremendously from their expertise, and service, and they will both be missed!

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RETIREMENT - Please join us in wishing Mary Flory, Southeast Regional ASD Coordinator, the best as she turns the page to a new chapter.

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Educational Service Unit 6

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL ASD COORDINATOR - Due to retirement, ESU 6 is currently seeking applicants. This position serves 13 counties in ESU's 4, 5 & 6 including LPS. Visit www.esu6.org/opportunities for more information. Application period ends February 26.

Does your child or student have challenges with getting a good night sleep?
Join Torri Smith Tejral, MS, BCBA, LIMHP, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7th to learn about "Sensible Sleep Strategies"!
See the flyer below for details....

Do you know an educator in Nebraska who demonstrates remarkable dedication to individuals with autism spectrum disorders? Consider nominating them for the ASD Network Friend of Autism Award.

Do you know a team in which all members demonstrate a remarkable dedication to individuals with autism spectrum disorders? Nominate them for the ASD Network Friends of Autism Team Award. Team members can include (but aren’t limited to) special education teachers, para educators, regular education teachers, SLP’s, OT’s, PT’s, psychologists, parents and administrators. The team should include representatives from different disciplines/roles within the school.

The forms with nomination criteria are available for download on the state website at: https://www.unl.edu/a…/nebraska-asd-network-state-conference.

Dr. Patrick C. Friman is director of clinical services at Father Flanagan's Boys' Home (Boys Town) and a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in the application of behavior analytic methods to....
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Great information on the early signs of autism.

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Autism Navigator

Which of the following is the earliest sign of autism that you can observe in a baby?
A. Not talking
B. Not using the show gesture
C. Not looking at faces

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The answer is…....

.... B. Not using the show gesture.

Babies learn to hold up and show objects to draw your attention to things of interest at 11 months. They learn to use a point gesture at 12-14 months. One of the earliest observable signs of autism is a lack of showing and pointing gestures. Early red flags of autism unfold between 9 and 18 months of age. Looking at faces can gradually decrease during this time and so a lack of looking at faces may not be evident until 15-18 months. Most children us their first words at 12-14 months of age, so a delay in talking may not be evident until 18 to 24 months.

You can see photos of the early gestures children learn before they talk at http://firstwordsproject.com/about-16by16/. Check out both Lookbooks-16 Gestures by 16 Months and 16 Actions with Objects by 16 Months.

The development of the show gesture is a critical social communication milestone to look out for around a child's first birthday. The lack of a show gesture does not mean a child has autism because autism is a collection of early red flags in social communication and restricted repetitive behaviors, not just one. Catching a delay in early gestures provides an opportunity to offer support in social communication development and help a child reach their potential.

Autism Navigator is teaming up with FIRST WORDS Project to improve early detection of autism. If your child is between 9 and 18 months of age, go to www.FirstWordsProject.com and click the purple "Screen My Child" button in the top right corner to find out how you can be in our research and get your child screened.

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Register soon for the 2018 ASD Network State Conference. Early registration ends this Wednesday, January 31st! To view the full breakout session schedule go to: https://www.unl.edu/…/2018%20Schedule%20At%20A%20Glance1.pdf

Is getting out of the door with your child difficult?
Are you struggling to manage mealtimes? Join us for the next Tri State ASD Webinar: Overcoming Daily Drama on Wednesday, January 24th at 3:00pm (CT) and 4:30pm (CT) to learn about evidenced based strategies to support these difficult times.

Interventions presented will focus on how to
facilitate a behavior change. The session will cover...
strategies to structure for success and how
reinforcement can support a long-lasting change in
behavior.

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Excellent information on the how and why of teaching functional living skills with an emphasis on independence!

Dr. Partington tells his clients, “Whatever you don’t teach him, long term, you will have to either do it for him or pay somebody else to do it for him.” Take ...a second to think about the implications of this quote. This could include financial dependency and also a major time commitment from the parent. Regardless of whether or not an individual has an autism diagnosis, it is important to teach him basic, functional living skills that will allow him to take care of himself. Some of these skills may include the ability to independently brush his teeth, get dressed, take a shower, prepare basic meals, and maintain a clean living space or household. The more you teach him now, the less you’ll have to do to support him later!

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Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals With Autism January 12th, 2018 Dr. Partington tells his clients, “Whatever you don’t teach him, long term, you will have to either do it for him or pay somebody else to do it for him.” Take a second to think about the implications of this quote....
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A great resource on Coaching from our Tri State partners at TASN.

Definitions and characteristics of unproductive patterns of listening -- autobiographical, inquisitive, solutions, and judgmental listening.
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Are you passionate about autism spectrum disorders? ESU 10 is now taking applications for the Central Region ASD Network Regional Coordinator position. For more information go to: https://esu10.org/CRASD_TeamCoordinator

Administrator ContractsAdministrator's LetterContinuous ImprovementEducation LinksEmployment OpportunitiesCentral Region Autism Spectrum Disorders Team CoordinatorNebraska ESUs Quicklinks For: Administrators Teachers/Staff Parents Students Public ESU 10 Staff FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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Are you interested in learning more about how to support students with ASD? Join us for the Tri-State Autism Collaborative Webinar Series.

All of the Webinars a...re FREE.

Participants receive a certificate of attendance.

Each webinar is offered twice on the date scheduled.

See the flyer below for our scheduled webinars through the remainder of the school year.

**If you can't attend a live webinar, all of the webinars are archived after their air date at http://ksdetasn.org. Watch them when you have time and then send in your responses to the Study Questions to receive a certificate of attendance.

https://drive.google.com/…/0B_85giO1ZYKwbGZXazRXNU9ob…/view…

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Registration is now open for the 2018 Nebraska ASD Network Annual Conference! Early Registration runs through January 31st, 2018.

View full conference flyer at: https://drive.google.com/…/1CqzebyyI0LHVe3tIw3QOeMw6V…/view…

Register at: https://cehs25.unl.edu/ccp/asdnetwork2018/index.php

Renee Kiernan is with Tj Kiernan.

He’s done several interviews, this was the first time he advocated for himself with a reporter and answered all of her questions. Remi helped make him comfortable 🐾

Tres Kierana, 10, sometimes wanders off. He’s left his parents while shopping to go look for a book he wanted to read. A few times when he was younger he
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Here is video of Kerry Mataya and Judy Endow's segment on Autism education from the American Health Journal, that aired on PBS SoCal on July 26, 2013.

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What you may not realize about "that" kid this Thanksgiving.