Director's Monthly Message


January 19, 2016

Dear Visitors,

Happy New Year! We have been busy during semester break planning our spring events and activities for the Center and we hope you will find items of interest that will assist you as you work with individuals with ASD.

First, I am very excited to announce a new page on our website that will begin in February. Doreen Tilt, our Coordinator of Training will be offering a “Tips for Teachers” column each month filled with exciting ideas and activities that we hope you will find helpful in your classroom.

 Our Center staff will continue to provide program consultation, program evaluation and/or workshops to any school or district but if you would like to access this service, please book your consult soon, our calendar is filling up fast.

Center staff will also be busy working on a training module for Peer Training in collaboration with the ASRC . We hope to have this developed and the first iteration completed by May 2016.

Our annual Bridging Communities Conference on Autism, presented by the Center in collaboration with the ASRC is scheduled for March 18 & 19, 2016 here at Southern CT State University. The title of the conference this year is “Preparing for Successful Employment : Building Skills from Pre-K to Adult”. We are very excited to bring as our keynote speakers, Carol Gray of social story fame on Saturday and Barbara Bissonnette , an author who has written a great deal about job success for individuals on the spectrum on Friday. We will also once again offer a variety of breakout sessions on Friday afternoon with many well known presenters in the field of autism including Dr. Michael Powers, Dr. Peter Gerhardt, Dr. Jim Loomis, Anne Holmes SLP/BCBA, to name just a few. Our speaker on the Spectrum this year is John Miller who will talk about his book “Decoding Dating” for young adults on the spectrum. The conference looks to be a wonderful opportunity for families and professionals to once again come together to explore current issues and topics in autism spectrum disorders. Conference registration will be on our website within the month so register early, last year we were sold out! We hope to see you there!

 Please join me in welcoming our newest member to the Center team, Dr. Kari Sassu. Dr. Sassu is a faculty member in the SCSU department of Counseling and School Psychology. Dr. Sassu will share her expertise in school psychology with the Center team as we prepare a set of training modules on assessment and eligibility determination for school districts to access by the fall of 2016.

 Look for our Saturday Seminar Series for teachers and related service providers to begin in late February, dates and location to be announced soon!

 Our program for short term care providers for individuals with ASD “ Sit for Autism” will also be available for districts or community groups. Please contact the Center for more information about this program which is delivered at no cost.

 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Center and we hope to see you at some or all of our events and programs.

 As always, we are here for you and the children you serve, so do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for information on evidenced based practices or program development for individuals on the spectrum!

 Warm regards and best wishes for a wonderful 2016!


Ruth Eren, Ed.D.                                                                                                                                                                   Director                                                                                                                                                                               Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders                                                                                          Southern Connecticut State University