Kentucky Autism Training Center

-Inform the systems of support
-Build regional capacity
-Facilitate network
-Empower caregivers

Goal 1:
KATC will create, grow, and maintain relationships with service systems and providers that serve individuals with ASD and their families. Goals 2:
KATC will develop materials and supports consistent with evidence-based practices for families, educators, and service providers. Goals 3:
KATC will provide direct training consistent with evidence-based practices to families, educators, and service providers across the commonwealth of Kentucky

Operating as usual

How To Write A Social Story (A Step-By-Step Guide) | Life Skills Advocate 03/18/2024

I've been recommending social narratives as a problem-solving strategy lately because they work if written and used correctly! This article provides simple guidance on writing and using them for anyone of any age and ability.

How To Write A Social Story (A Step-By-Step Guide) | Life Skills Advocate Looking to write a social story but not sure where to start? This step-by-step guide will show you how to write a social story that is clear, concise, and effective.

03/15/2024

KATC is excited to announce that registration is open for our Mini-Caregiver Summit at Pine Mountain State Park in Pineville, KY on April 24, 2024. The summit will include local and state Resource Roundtables, 2 sessions on Behavior and Communication as well as the opening session conducted by KATC staff! This event is targeted for caregivers of autistics in the Pineville, KY area. Lunch is included in the registration fee, $15 single/ $25 couple. Please see the attached flyer for more details, scan the QR code or visit our registration site bit.ly/KATCEVENTREGISTRATION We hope to see you there!

03/14/2024

Congratulations to Tracy and Kevin for their huge success at the National CEC Conference in San Antonio! More than 110 people attended, standing room only! Please look forward to this presentation at our KY-CEC conference in November. https://x.com/merissa_waddey/status/1767973062815731834?s=20

Postsecondary Scholarships | Organization for Autism Research 03/08/2024

🌟 Exciting Scholarship Opportunity for Autistic Students! 🌟
Are you or someone you know on the autism spectrum and planning for college? We have fantastic news! There's a scholarship opportunity specifically for autistic high school students heading to a two-year college or a four-year university.
📅 Application Deadline: April 22, 2024
This is a chance not to be missed! It's an opportunity to support academic aspirations and recognize the unique talents of autistic students. If you're eligible, please apply! And let's not forget to spread the word: Parents, guardians, and friends, this could be the perfect opportunity for a student you know.
Let's help build brighter futures together! Share this post to reach aspiring students. 🎓💼

Postsecondary Scholarships | Organization for Autism Research Scholarships for Autistic Students The Organization for Autism Research's scholarship program awards $3,000 scholarships to students across the autism spectrum. We are pleased to invite applications from persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary,....

Information for all ages — Kentucky Autism Training Center 03/07/2024

KATC'S 2024 summer camp list https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:0e66c280-602c-33bd-a315-aa9265029f83

We will update the list on our website https://louisville.edu/education/kyautismtraining/families/information-for-all-ages as we learn about new camps.

The information provided in this document contains information from each camp’s public website. This information is intended to help families identify potential providers to meet their individual needs. The Kentucky Autism Training Center does not endorse these providers and encourages families to verify services.

Information for all ages — Kentucky Autism Training Center Kentucky Medicaid is a state and federal program authorized by Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide health care for eligible low-income residents including children, families, pregnant women, the aged, and the disabled. Eligibility is determined by a number of factors, including family si...

KY Traineeship | 03/05/2024

Kentucky Traineeship Program Traineeship Program funds are available to help defray part of the tuition costs for courses that lead to teacher certification in special education. Information about the Traineeship Program is available using this link: https://kytraineeship.org/ . The application window for the Traineeship Program is March 1, 2024-April 1, 2024.

KY Traineeship | Broaden Your Skills Special Education/IECE Certification Traineeship Program funds are available to help defray part of the tuition costs for courses that lead to teacher certification in special education or early childhood education. Currently approved programs include the University of Kentucky,....

03/04/2024

University of Kentucky Human Development Institute is hosting a webinar: Exploring Early Childhood: Early Supports to Build a Strong Foundation Seminar - March 22, 1-3p ET.

See the attached flyer for details. Please send any inquiries to the contact listed on the flyer.

Photos from Dreams With Wings's post 03/04/2024
03/02/2024

This designation is for anyone with communication barriers, so autistic individuals can have this added as well.

Did you know that you can now request a special code be added in the vehicle registration system?

If you are pulled over, this code will allow law enforcement officers to know that you are deaf or hard of hearing and there may be communication barriers before they ever approach your car.

For more information and ASL Video: Drive.ky.gov/CD

03/01/2024

Attention Parents! If your child recieves special education services, please read.

KDE: The annual Indicator 8 Parent Engagement survey is now out.

This is a survey for parents of students receiving special education services. Learn more and complete the survey:

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02/29/2024

Promoting the wellbeing of our teachers and autistic students is important for academic growth and quality of life. Join us on the International Day of Happiness to learn practical ways to integrate wellbeing in the special education classroom.

Register for this free webinar today! https://ow.ly/J9PC50QIruq

02/27/2024

Come join us if you’re in the area! Please reach out to us if you’d like to set up one of these events in your community. 🙂

We would love to see you Thursday!

02/27/2024

Wow! What a great resource for understanding autistic meltdowns for all ages….please check it out.

⭐ New Resource ⭐ All About Autistic Meltdowns: A Guide For Allies https://reframingautism.org.au/all-about-autistic-meltdowns-a-guide-for-allies/

An Autistic meltdown, also sometimes referred to as an autonomic storm, is a reaction to feelings of intense overwhelm, distress, or dysregulation. Although some may see an Autistic meltdown as a tantrum, or worse – as someone being manipulative to get their way – that is not the case.

A meltdown is not a conscious behaviour that can be changed, but rather an uncontrollable response to overwhelming feelings; a physical reaction to an overwhelmed brain. Too much information from sensory or cognitive stimuli triggers the automatic nervous system, which then signals to the brain that the person is in danger. This results in behaviours of distress, which can manifest in a variety of ways.

Read more to learn:
• What does an Autistic meltdown look like?;
• Autistic meltdown triggers;
• The warning signs that a meltdown is coming;
• Autistic meltdowns in adults vs. children;
• How to help an Autistic person during a meltdown; and
• Is preventing a meltdown possible?

Read our free resource here: https://reframingautism.org.au/all-about-autistic-meltdowns-a-guide-for-allies/

: What do you wish more people knew about Autistic meltdowns? What does a meltdown look and feel like for *you*?

02/27/2024
Photos from National Association of School Psychologists's post 02/27/2024
02/27/2024

KATC Field Training Coordinator Tracy Belfield will present at the Council for Exceptional Children 2024 Annual Convention and Expo March 13th from 1-2PM in in San Antonio, TX.

The session titled Little “t’s” and Big “T’s” - Everyday Transitions from PreK to Grade 12 will address the difficulty autistic students can have within their days and how teachers can not only support them for the year that they have them but also ensure that they effectively share it with the next year's teachers so they do not need to start from scratch.

02/23/2024

Exceptional Family is a disability specific publication published twice a year by CCDD.

If you would like to receive a physical copy of the magazine email [email protected].
To read the magazine online or to download it:
English version click here: https://issuu.com/lexingtonfamily/docs/ef_24_ws_--_english_final
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Enter to win a $250 gift card by filling out the survey for Exceptional Family Magazine here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MHCVBG

Photos from Kentucky Autism Training Center's post 02/21/2024

On February 3rd, we had such a great KATC-Berea RTC Preschool Autism Learning Network Group 2 meeting in Somerset that we forgot to take pics until the end. Apologies for those who had already left! Our superstar preschools are McCreary County Schools, Science Hill Ind., Memorial Education Center, Wayne County, and Somerset Ind. It’s such a pleasure to work with these sites and listen to how their teams are strengthening their skills to support all students! 🙌🏼

02/19/2024

This is open to the community. Register if you plan to attend.

Learn more about the AAC Journey from nationally recognized AAC User - Mateo Moreno. Join WKEC for one of the four sessions offered this Spring at a district near you!

02/05/2024

Check out Patrick’s blog below…🫶🏼

In this remarkable guest blog by 14-year-old, non-speaking Autistic advocate Patrick Saunders (he/him), he shares how he learnt to communicate through spelling with a letterboard.

Full of valuable insights and tips for supporting Autistic non-speakers and spellers, it is a must-read for family, teachers and other professionals who are in a position to help non-speaking Autistic individuals thrive.

Patrick will be contributing a series of blogs for us so stay tuned for more wisdom from this exciting young advocate.

Read his blog here : https://bit.ly/3Un5ms6

🌟 Are you or do you know someone who communicates via letterboard, an AAC device or other means of non-speaking communication?



[ID: A blue background featuring the Reframing Autism logo at the top left corner and rainbow logo knotwork at the bottom left. A quote from Patrick Saunders reads, "Spelling has changed my life because I now get to make my own choices and get some of my needs and wants met." On the right hand side is a photo of Patrick, a Caucasian teenager with blonde hair and blue eyes holding an English language letterboard. He is wearing a rainbow tie-dye t-shirt and navy tracksuit pants.]

02/01/2024

Kentucky Clinicians,

Registration is open for KATC’s upcoming virtual ADOS-2 Administrative Training on May 16-17, 2024! You can register here: bit.ly/KATCEVENTREGISTRATION. Priority registration for Kentucky residents begins today and out of state/country residents can register if spots are still available on April 1st. This two day training with be conducted by Dr. Rachel Hundley via Zoom. Participants will be provided with training modules and a certificate of attendance with KY CEU information. KATC does not certify participants to administer the ADOS. Please contact me michelle.bush@louisville or (502)852-2467 with questions.

01/31/2024

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren or know someone who is?

The Gateway Area Development District’s “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program” is accepting participants for Fiscal Year 2024. Eligible grandparents can receive up to $500 for the purchase of clothing, school supplies, and other authorized expenses for their grandchild(ren).

For more information on eligibility requirements, check out their website at gwadd.org/grandparents/ or contact their Aging and Disability Resource Center at 855-882-5307.

01/31/2024

We are so proud of last year's accomplishments- 857 loans, 118 demonstrations, 2,154 devices given away for free (saving Kentuckians almost a million dollars). We also now have a ramp building program in Northern KY, a tablet and laptop loaner program at the McDowell Center in Louisville, and a financial loan program to direct individuals to via the Appalachian Assistive Technology Loan Fund (AATLF). Here's to doing even more in 2024!!

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  • KATC will create, grow, and maintain relationships with service systems and providers that serve individuals with ASD and their families.

  • KATC will develop materials and supports consistent with evidence-based practices for families, educators, and service providers.

  • KATC will provide direct training consistent with evidence-based practices to families, educators, and service providers across the commonwealth of Kentucky
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