Social Success at School: We’re Included, Now What?

Students with ASD are increasingly included in daily school activities. These daily school activities center around social interaction. Recess, lunch, hallway transitions, before or after school, clubs and extracurricular activities – once students with ASD are included, these are prime opportunities to teach and support social skill acquisition. This webinar will provide strategies that can be implemented in naturalistic environments to help students with ASD go beyond inclusion to experiencing social success.

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 2:00–3:00 PM


Everyone Wants to Be Included!

Do you remember a time that you were excluded from a social group or activity when you were in school? How did that make you feel? Isolated, anxious, frustrated, lonely, or depressed? To be excluded from a social group or activity can bring up negative feelings and emotions that can be prevented with the implementation of individualized supports and/or strategies. Educators can step in to support positive social interactions and prevent social isolation. Join us to learn different strategies on how to include students with ASD in school activities and build a sense of community with their peers.

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 2:00–3:00 PM


One is a Lonely Number: Designing Social Skills Training for Students

Individuals with ASD often have difficulty navigating social situations, especially at school. This webinar will be a “how to” guide for designing effective social skills training programs using a small group approach. We will provide relevant examples and guide participants through the steps required to develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of social skills intervention.

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect



What’s New with LASARD? (September 2018)

The LASARD facilitators are excited to be back in schools. We’ve provided professional development to several districts/organizations since the beginning of the school year. We’d like to thank all of the teams/ organizations below for asking us to present to their educators and staff members. Some of the topics covered include: ASD and Essential Supports, Transition Supports and Strategies, Function Based Behavior Strategies, and Social Interaction Strategies. 

Partner/Alumni Districts 

  • East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Tangipahoa Parish
  • Plaquemines Parish

Non-Partner/Community Organizations

  • St. John the Baptist Parish
  • Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools
  • Families Helping Families of Region 7

We are in the process of conducting the Fall LAQI (Louisiana Autism Quality Indicators) with our district team members to collect baseline data on our partner schools. We will conduct a Spring LAQI towards the end of the school year to monitor progress.