Final Special Agents of Change Webinar Explores New Approach to Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Dr. Barry Prizant presents the “Uniquely Human” perspective to debunk myths and help educators truly understand ASD in an effort to help all students succeed


This is the fifth and final webinar in the Special Agents of Change webinar series.

To date, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been portrayed as a checklist of deficits: difficulties interacting with others, sensory challenges, and repetitive — sometimes disruptive — behaviors, and therapy has focused on eliminating these “autistic” symptoms. However, a new groundbreaking approach called the “Uniquely Human” perspective was created to improve the long-term outcomes of students with ASD. PresenceLearning is bringing this new approach to parents, teachers and special educators in a new webinar, “Uniquely Human: A Different Way to See Autism and Create Pathways to Success,” presented by one of the world’s leading authorities on autism, Dr. Barry Prizant.

The 90-minute webinar on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern Time) will feature research, stories and advice based on Dr. Prizant’s countless experiences with families and children with autism, and his forthcoming book, “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism” (Simon & Schuster, August, 2015). Kirkus Reviews has awarded “Uniquely Human” a Starred review, referring to it as “A truly impactful, necessary book”. This is the fifth and final webinar in the Special Agents of Change webinar series. To sign up for the webinar, visit:

By participating in this webinar, attendees will:
●    Understand stereotypes and misunderstandings of the behavior of children with ASD and how to move away from these using a more accurate, evidence-based view.
●    Examine experiences and address the concerns of parents of children with ASD in order to build collaborative and trusting relationships.
●    Debunk common beliefs about negatives associated with ASD and understand why many commonly used approaches do not result in the best long-term outcomes.
●    Apply the “Uniquely Human” perspective to reform educational practices and help school communities be more responsive to the needs of children with ASD and their families.

About Special Agents of Change
PresenceLearning’s Spring 2015 webinar series “Special Agents of Change” features thought leaders and their expert experience in the special education field. The first webinar in series featured gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) expert Janice Toben presenting on the importance of SEL for students with special needs. Dr. Shari Robertson explored a new collaborative and results-driven approach to early literacy intervention during the second webinar and Dr. Marty Burns covered new research and techniques related to autism and attention disorders in older students during the third webinar. Dr. Frances Stetson then addressed five major pitfalls to avoid in reimagining special education programs. Participate in the entire series to become a special agent of change for your schools.

About Dr. Barry Prizant
Dr. Barry Prizant has more than 40 years’ experience as a clinical scholar, researcher and international consultant on ASD and managing related emotional/behavioral challenges. He is an Adjunct Professor at Brown University and Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Barry is co-author of The SCERTS Model: A comprehensive educational approach for children with ASD (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006) He has published more than 120 articles and chapters, serves on the advisory board of five professional journals, and has presented more than 700 seminars nationally and internationally.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, behavioral and mental health services and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of online professionals and telehealth providers includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), special education teachers, and behavioral and mental health professionals. Treatment sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

By partnering with PresenceLearning, education agencies can fill service gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of special education and related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and improve efficiency. Since 2009, PresenceLearning has delivered more than half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, proving that online delivery of special education and related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.


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