Lori Frost, the developer of PECS, the Picture Exchange Communication System, is the keynote speaker at Autism: Putting the Puzzle Together Across A Lifespan, the first annual conference of the Rappahannock Area Autism Council. The conference will be held May 14, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. at the Caroline County Community Center, 17202 Richmond Turnpike, Milford, VA, 22514. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Register by linking to http://rappautismconf.eventbrite.com.
Frost will speak on “Teaching Critical Communication Skills.” Other breakout sessions include Waivers and Waiver Reform, Employment, Financial Planning for Special Needs, Early Intervention Services, Transitioning from PECS to Augmentative Communication Devices, IEP Advocacy, and STEP-VA, a unique arts program for children with disabilities. The closing keynote speaker is Justin George, a young adult on the spectrum who is putting the puzzle together. George attended college, is working, and is setting goals to live independently.
Free childcare is available for the first 30 children, ages 3 to 12, to sign up. To make childcare reservations, contact Alyson Beverly at Miss Alyson’s Daycare at 804-448-5838 to reserve your child’s spot.